The 890GX chipset that this motherboard uses is a mid-range offering but the board still offers considerable overclocking abilities
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Chipset: AMD 890GX
CPU socket: Socket AM3
DIMM slots: 4
Form factor: ATX
Integrated graphics: Y
Whereas the Asus Crosshair IV Formula uses AMD's high-end 890FX chipset, Gigabyte's 890GPA-UD3H uses the mid-range 890GX. As a result the Gigabyte is cheaper than Asus' offering by US $72.
However because the 890FX and 890GX chipsets aren't hugely different from each other, the Gigabyte performed competitively in our benchmarks. While the Formula was faster in both gaming tests the Gigabyte was actually faster overall in our application and multimedia tests.
As the Gigabyte isn't designed primarily for gaming and overclocking the board's BIOS isn't as comprehensive as the Asus' BIOS. The Gigabyte includes all the necessary overclocking but falls short in terms of ranges; whereas the Asus offers a maximum front side bus speed of 600MHz, the 890GPA tops out at 500MHz.
Beyond the BIOS the board is packed, it features USB3.0 and 6GB/sec Serial ATA support. On the expansion front the board features two PCI-E x16 slots, three PCI-E x1 slots and two PCI slots. This combination along with the physical arrangement on the board allow you to build a multi-GPU rig using two dual-slot GPUs while retaining the use of one legacy PCI slot. The Gigabyte is also more legacy friendly because whereas the Crosshair lacks an IDE ports, the Gigabyte features one.