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Title: AM3 Socket USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s
Description: USB 3.0 and SATA 3 have been implemented in motherboards by the main manufacturers for some time now. Gigabyte, Asus, MSI and others (to mention just the main players) have all got at least one model with this connectivity. Nevertheless, only Socket LGA1156 models were available up till now.

Owners and future buyers of Socket AM3 processors are now also catered for as the GA-790XTA-UD4, announced by Gigabyte in November, is available as of today. In practice, it’s a clone of the GA-790XT-UD4 but with USB 3 and SATA 3 in addition. We’re therefore looking at an ATX format motherboard, based on the 790X chipset, which in practice translates to a 2 PCI-E 2.0 x 16 interface with CrossFireX support. The two USB 3 ports are, as expected, handled by the now standard Nec µPD720200. The two SATA rev3 ports are linked to a no less standard Marvell controller.

This model is no doubt the first in a list that will grow until these two interfaces are supported natively by card chipsets. In the meantime, you’ll have to shell out a little over €120 to buy this first model.

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