What you are seeing is the first AMD based UD7 board, the high end line from Gigabyte. It has an AMD 990FX chipset, AM3+ socket, and 6 PCIe 16x slots. To top it off, when was the last time you saw a board with both 4-way CrossfireX and 4-way SLI? It looks like the Nvidia exclusive lockout licenses just went poof. Isn’t that sad?
If 4 GPUs isn’t enough, the UD7 has six PCIe slots, although all do not have the full bandwidth. One chrome-plated-nothing to the first person that does 3-way crossfire AND 3-way SLI on this board at the same time. Yay stupid hardware tricks. Should that not be enough, there is a PCI slot to add something really old to the mix. Depending on where Bulldozer ends up for performance, this could be the basis of a killer gaming system.
On top of that, there are the usual Gigabyte features, 2x copper PCB, dual BIOS, and lots of USB3 ports. The USB3 ports are all 3x power, and coloured red for USB2, blue for USB3. Should you want more, the board has firewire, eSATA, optical audio, and all the usual features.
The last little bit is quite cool, a little connector between just to the left of the SATA ports. It looks like a SATA power plug because it is a SATA power plug. You put an extra SATA power cable in to it, and it feeds power to the GPUs/slots to keep overclocked or power hungry boards nicely fed. The GA-990FXA-UD7 looks like a very interesting enthusiast board if Bulldozer comes through. We will know soon.S|A