Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 Rev2.0
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Author:  fluxboxuk [ Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:12 am ]
Post subject:  Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 Rev2.0

Another vote for this motherboard, i grabbed this after a failed build using the 990FXA-UD3 board. Quite a few posts on this forum already stating this board worked well, but i thought id be clever and try the version up (Fail).

Okay, so working box specifications

Motherboard : GA-890FXA-UD5 Rev2.0
Motherboard BIOS : F6 (Latest at time of posting)
CPU : Phenom II X6 1055T (95W)
Memory : 16GB DDR3 1600 (KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX)
OS HDD : SATA WD Scorpio Black WD1600BEKT
RAID Card : Adaptec 3805 Unified SAS Controller
NIC 1 : Intel Quad Port 82575GB
NIC 2 : Broadcom Dual Port BCM5704

Notes about Motherboard Config
  • C1 Power = Disabled
  • Onboard Nics (Both) = Disabled (If anyone has got these working in full ESX, let me know how :)
  • IOMMU Support = Enabled
  • Virtualisation = Enabled
  • Onboard USB3.0 Chip = Disabled
  • Onboard Firewire = Disabled
  • Onboard Audio = Disabled
  • Onboard Serial = Disabled
  • Onboard Parellel = Disabled

Dont take my word that all this stuff needs killing, C1 Power and Onboard Nics are about the only ones that i think really need killing, the others were just useless to me on this box and most likely would of caused issues :)

Anyways, might follow up with some pics of the final box etc, still got some last min bits to add, but looks pretty good.


P.S Adaptec CLI Management tools work pretty well too, have full control over the RAID card from the ESX Putty session :)

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