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GA-880GMA-USB3

(rev. 3.1)
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 AMD SB850 provides 6 native SATA3 storage interfaces with superfast 6Gbps link speed and RAID 0, 1,
5, 10 support
 Supports USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps
 3X USB power delivery for greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices
 Unique On/Off Charge delivers the best recharging capability to iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
 Ultra Durable 3 Classic Technology with copper cooled quality for lower working temperature
 Revolution energy saving design with Easy Energy Saver technology
 Supports AMD AM3+ & AM3 Phenom™ II/ Athlon™ II processors
 Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics (DirectX10.1)
 Innovative Turbo 3D technology to unleash extra levels of 2D/3D graphics performance
 PCI-E 2.0 x16 interface with ATI Hybrid CrossFireX support for ultimate graphics performance
 Hi-def 108dB Signal-to-noise ratio Blu-ray DVD audio playback
 Hybrid EFI technology with DualBIOS for 3TB HDD support
 Integrated HDMI/ DVI interface for Full HD 1080 Blu-ray playback with HDCP
 Supports Dolby Home Theater audio to enjoy a rich surround sound experience

 Get Ready for New Generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ CPU

GIGABYTE's AMD motherboards are ready to support new generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ multi-core processors, delivering the
very best platform for multitasking, multimedia and high performance gaming.
 On/Off Charge Technology
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is
on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables
devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so that charging from your
PC can be as fast as with a charger...more
*Due to certain mobile phone limitations, users may need to connect the mobile phone to their PC before the PC enters S4/S5 mode
to enable a quick charge from non On/Off Charge USB ports. Charging results may vary by model.
*Whether to support 3X USB power design, it may vary by models.

 Introduction

The 880GMA-USB3 motherboard is designed to offer a stable, high-speed platform for delivering amazingly fast data transfer via
revolutionary GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 Classic technology with featuring 2 oz copper PCB, and further the latest GIGABYTE
333 onboard acceleration technologies (USB 3.0 / SATA3 6Gbs / 3X USB power). Based on AMD 880G chipset, the 880GMA-
USB3 supports the latest 45nm AMD AM3 Phenom II/ Athlon II processors, integrated DDR3 memory controller,
HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology links and PCI Express 2.0 graphics interfaces for ATI Hybrid CrossFireX support. With the
innovative GIGABYTE Easy Energy Saver technology, the 880GMA-USB3 is able to provide user friendly computing, reach the
maximum system performance easily while still able to save the power and environment in real life at the same time.
 Supports next generation of 45nm AMD AM3 CPU

This motherboard designs with Split Power Plane, 4+1 phase VRM to support AMD the latest 45nm AM3 Phenom™II/ Athlon™II
processors, delivering the great performance enchantment to system and ultimate scalability hardware expending.
 SATA 6 Gbps Support

Yet another onboard feature of GIGABYTE AMD 800A series motherboards are integrated the latest AMD SB850 chip for high-
speed SATA Revision 3.0 compatibility, delivering 6 ports native superfast 6Gbps link speeds for twice the data transfer rates of
SATA Revision 2.0 (3 Gbps) and RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support. When used in RAID 0 (Stripe) mode, GIGABYTE AMD 800A series
motherboards offer even faster data transfer rates of up to 4x the speed of current SATA interfaces.

 USB 3.0 Support

The GIGABYTE motherboards support the latest generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology made possible through an onboard
USB3.0 host controller. With superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, users are able to experience an almost a 10x improvement over
USB 2.0. Additionally, backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 assures users of long term use of their legacy USB 2.0 devices. The
onboard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology also provides new power management features that include increased maximum bus power
and device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices.

* USB 3.0 10x performance is a maximum theoretical value. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
 3x USB Power Boost

GIGABYTE motherboards feature a 3x USB power boost, delivering greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices.
GIGABYTE’s unique USB power design is also able to efficiently regulate output over the full voltage range, which greatly
enhances USB device compatibility. In addition, dedicated lower resistance fuses ensure lower voltage drops, and provide more
stable and plentiful power delivery.

 108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio playback

GIGABYTE strongly believes that in 2011, HD audio playback is a standard specification, and as such, we have made Blu-ray audio
playback a standard for all of our motherboards.
All of GIGABYTE's 2011 motherboards feature higher capability audio solution with 108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback
quality to deliver high-performance, multi-channel HD audio. SNR is a comparison of the amount of signal to the amount of noise
such as hiss present in the signal (expressed in Decibels). A higher SNR equals a better audio experience. For example, 108dB, is a
high audio specification, as this means the audio signal is 108dB higher than the level of the noise.
 DualBIOS™ 3TB+ HDD Support (Hybrid EFI Technology)

Hybrid EFI Technology combines the benefits of GIGABYTE's mature BIOS platform including stability and compatibility with 3rd
party products with 3TB+ HDD support from EFI technology, allowing GIGABYTE to offer the best of both worlds through a quick
and easy BIOS update using GIGABYTE's @BIOS utility that is freely available from the GIGABYTE website.
GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ is a patented technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when the main BIOS has crashed or
failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ allows quick and seamless recovery from
BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating. In addition, GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ now supports 3TB+
(terabyte) hard drive booting without the need for partitioning, and enables more data storage on a single hard drive.
 Turbo XHD- Full Automatic RAID 0/Stripe

GIGABYTE Turbo XHD provides a quick and easy way to boost your hard drive performance. Just via the latest BIOS update,
Turbo XHD will automatically enabled when the system detecting 2 new SATA3 HDDs and providing users effortlessly to set up a
RAID 0/Strip configuration.
Note: Turbo XHD function only enabled for the SATA3 ports provided by AMD SB950/SB850 Chipset.
 Ultra Durable 3 – Classic
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 Classic motherboards once again lead the motherboard industry for the highest quality and most
innovative motherboard design. Featuring the industry’s first consumer desktop motherboard design to introduce 2 ounces of copper
for both the Power and Ground layers, delivering a dramatically lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency and
enhanced stability for overclocking. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 Classic motherboards are equipped with the GIGABYTE Ultra
Durable signature features including Japanese Solid Capacitors boasting an operational life time of more than 50,000 hours, and
GIGABYTE patented DualBIOS™ technology (providing dual hardware BIOS protection). GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 Classic
motherboards promise to provide the stability, reliability and longevity essential to meet the power needs of high-end processors and
other components running today's most demanding applications and games.
 AMD 880G 3D Graphics Performance Upgrade- up to 3DMark 2006 3000 marks!!

The 3DMark 2006 is a benchmark software which is from Futuremark Corporation and generally used on analyzing a PC
performance of DirectX® 3D visualization, especially a valuable guideline for gaming users as reference.
3DMark06 2868 marks on 880G system configuration
AMD PhenomII X4 965 (OC), GPU OC 1124MHz, 4GB DDR3-1600(OC), Win7-32bit, 3DMark06 (1280x1024)

* 3000+ marks in 3DMark06 was achieved by overclocking.


* Please be aware that GIGABYTE's product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking.
 ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology support

ATI Hybrid Graphics is a technology umbrella brand encompassing several technologies, such as ATI Hybrid CrossFireX™, ATI
SurroundView™, ATI PowerPlay™, etc. that allow both an AMD integrated graphics processor and a discrete graphics processor to
work co-operatively on an AMD based system to provide enhanced gaming performance, productivity and platform efficiency to the
mainstream PC.
* Please use ATI Hybrid CrossFireX certified DX11 VGA card (i.e., ATI Radeon HD 5450, etc.), detail information please refer to
AMD website.
 Dual Channel DDR3 1866+ MHz

Delivering native support for DDR3 memory up to 1866+ MHz, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 motherboards allow users to easily
reach higher memory frequencies at lower voltages; achieving higher memory performance with lower power consumption to run
even the most memory intensive applications such as high-definition video and 3D games with ease.
 GIGABYTE innovative technology- Easy Energy Saver
GIGABYTE innovative technology- Easy Energy Saver Featuring an advanced proprietary software design, GIGABYTE Easy
Energy Saver is able to dynamically adjust CPU power depending on workload, delivering just the right amount of power needed for
the task. Coupled with AMD’s highly efficient processors, the Easy Energy Saver is able to provide exceptional levels of power
savings and enhanced power efficiency without sacrificing computing performance.
 EasyTune6

GIGABYTE has completely redesigned EasyTune6 from the ground up to make it easier than ever to manage and monitor your
hardware resources as well as tweak your system settings in order to achieve maximum system performance. Whether you are an
overclocking enthusiast, or a computer novice, EasyTune6 provides the tools you need to quickly and effortlessly fine tune your
system.
 HDMI 1.3* certification, support Full HD 1080P

HDMI is able to provide up to 5Gb/s video transmitting bandwidth and multi-channel high quality audio all through a single cable.
Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, HDMI ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p
without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. GIGABYTE motherboard has
obtained the latest HDMI 1.3* certification, able to support Full HD 1080p multi-media and HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content
Protection) which allowing Blu-ray/ HD DVD and other protected contents playback.
* HDMI 1.3 certified in video spec only.
 Dolby Home Theater® - Enjoy a Rich Home Theater Surround Sound Experience

Dolby Home Theater places listeners in the middle of the action, giving their PCs a powerful set of tools to deliver a cinema-style
experience in vivid surround sound.

o Delivers vivid surround sound for music, movies, and games, using two to eight speakers or any set of headphones
o Designed to automatically deliver the best possible listening experience
 Norton™ Internet Security
Fast, comprehensive, and up-to-the-minute protection against online threats. It safeguards your computer, identity, and home
network without slowing you down. It sets a new standard for speed and makes online shopping, banking, and browsing safer and
more convenient than ever.
 Qualified for Windows® 7
The motherboard qualified for WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) certification of Windows 7 from Microsoft ®, setting the
standard for future Windows 7 certified motherboards...more
 ErP Lot 6 support

The ErP (also known as Energy-Related Products Directive) is part of the European Union's environmental regulations policy. It is
based on concern for the environmental as the proliferation of electronic devices continues, and how to improve energy efficiency
for a better and greener life. GIGABYTE supports ErP and produces motherboards that help you effectively improve system
efficiency.
* The entire materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE reserves the right to modify or revise the content at
anytime without prior notice.
* Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who
defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
* All trademarks and logos are the properties of their respective holders.
* Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is
less than the stated amount.