Buildzoid Reviews GIGABYTE 990FX-Gaming Motherboard, An Overclocking Review

To be fair we don’t usually cover motherboard reviews on the front page too often, but once in a while a motherboard review happens that overclockers might actually care about, this one is great example of that. It comes from Buildzoid, the captain of /r/overclocking, a team that originates from an overclocking Reddit group. Buildzoid has a flair for technical detail that I’m sure most Overclockers would appreciate. Here’s a sample from his review of the GIGABYTE 990FX-Gaming:

“The VRM on the 990FX-Gaming is strong offering 320A to the core and 80A to the CPUNB as long as you keep the VRM cool. On LN2 that is not a problem as the LN2 pot will be cooling down the entire motherboard. However on air and watercooling the VRM will need some extra cooling because during my short testing with minimal airflow the VRM heatsink was reaching into the 90s with core voltage at 1.55V.”

“Direct airflow from a fan quickly got the temperatures under control however without it I'd expect the IR 3564's OTP to kick and either throttle the CPU or shutdown the VRM. So if you plan to bench this board with an air or water cooler I recommend you stick a fan on the VRM heatsink(which recommend for most AM3+ boards anyway). You might also want consider attaching some small heatsinks on the back side of the PCB in this area:”

Check out the full review on the Actually Hardware Overclocking blog here.


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United States OC Nub says:

T?hank you, I?ll check it out!

United States OC Nub says:

sorry, but that is probably the most negative review ive seen. i agree that amd is far behind intel, for the price though, you could grab a mobo, the top end AMD cpu, and a kit of memory for around 450usd. 450.00 will get you a k series i7 with very little money left over to put towards a decent motherboard. not everyone can afford a k series cpu and a decent motherboard, so id say for the price, its a good value for someone on a budget, especially considering it did everything as well as the more expensive board you compared it to. just my opinion, but why bother doing a review if you start out by saying how stupid it would be to even consider buying this product? just my 2c

Czech Republic buildzoid says:

OC Nub said: sorry, but that is probably the most negative review ive seen. i agree that amd is far behind intel, for the price though, you could grab a mobo, the top end AMD cpu, and a kit of memory for around 450usd. 450.00 will get you a k series i7 with very little money left over to put towards a decent motherboard. not everyone can afford a k series cpu and a decent motherboard, so id say for the price, its a good value for someone on a budget, especially considering it did everything as well as the more expensive board you compared it to. just my opinion, but why bother doing a review if you start out by saying how stupid it would be to even consider buying this product? just my 2c


An i3/i5 skylake or haswell will beat any FX chip at gaming(while using less power and not needing to OC). So buying anything 990FX for gaming is dumb. Sure it sounds negative as hell but it's the truth. Just to check this I did a quick comparison on OC UK price wise.

FX6300 + 990FX-Gaming >> 215GBP

i3 6100 + Z170-Gaming K3 >> 215GBP

The i3 has much more single core power almost matches the multi threaded performance uses less power and comes on a mobo with the same audio and networking while having better USB support and native M.2 functionality. Also if you find the right BIOS for the board that i3 will hit around 4.5Ghz easy and totally crush the FX chip even if both are OCed. 990FX is just not cost effective for gaming. For benching 990FX is awesome because you can throw Phenom IIs on the boards.

United States OC Nub says:

i wasnt saying i would buy one, or its fast. my point was why write a review on it to begin with, why put the time into it, just to call it stupid. thats what i was getting at.if youre using it to get points and bench then i understand, just didnt understand taking the time to review a stupid board.

Czech Republic buildzoid says:

Buying 990FX to play games >> dumb Buying 990FX to bench >> great choice I even say that 3 lines later: "the fact that 990FX is terrible platform for everything except benching AM3+ CPUs"

United States lnlcooling says:

Hey guys. I'm a little interested in this. I've seen a ton of results from intel CPU's. But I've never compared, or seen compared, side by side, intel vs amd per core performance... of course I'd like to know the performances at the same cache voltages etc. See I've pushed a 8350 to 6.3 ghz and benched it separately without knowing anything about benching. Now I've been using 5960x with LNL cooling systems and learning quite a bit more. I just wonder what the performance is at ghz/cache/voltage side by side. Can anyone say what the comparitive performance is? Again, side by side. So if the AMD chip will only do xxx cache/voltage then the intel run at the same. How does the intel chip compare benched at the same cache? Or do intel chips just shred AMD regardless?

Czech Republic buildzoid says:

lnlcooling said: Hey guys. I'm a little interested in this. I've seen a ton of results from intel CPU's. But I've never compared, or seen compared, side by side, intel vs amd per core performance... of course I'd like to know the performances at the same cache voltages etc. See I've pushed a 8350 to 6.3 ghz and benched it separately without knowing anything about benching. Now I've been using 5960x with LNL cooling systems and learning quite a bit more. I just wonder what the performance is at ghz/cache/voltage side by side. Can anyone say what the comparitive performance is? Again, side by side. So if the AMD chip will only do xxx cache/voltage then the intel run at the same. How does the intel chip compare benched at the same cache? Or do intel chips just shred AMD regardless?


Intel is about 2x faster per GHz per core. So an intel 4 core at 4Ghz is about 2x faster than an FX 4300 at 4Ghz. Doing anything but grinding HWpoints or max CPU valid on AMD doesn't really make sense.

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