The packaging for the Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H is very shiny and standard for Gigabyte boards. The front shows all the logos of the different technologies that I’ll be talking about and the box is very shiny (I know I said that already, but I wanted to emphasize the shiny).
The motherboard comes in the standard blue that the Gigabyte boards I’ve used in the past were, and is in a similar layout. The board felt very familiar to me, which is a good thing. On a more technical note, the 890GX sports a nice passive heatsink-heatpipe-heatsink kinda thing that wraps around the CPU socket. The SB850 has a simple metal block passive heatsink as well.
The I/O panel contains, PS/2, 4 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, and 1 FireWire 400 ports. There are also VGA, DIV and HDMI v1.3 ports as well as optical audio and the standard 6 PC audio ports.
Gigabyte is also providing their Ultra Durable 3.0 technology bringing 2oz of copper to the motherboard board construction making this a very high quality board. Ultra Durable 3.0 allows for greater heat dissipation, improved energy efficiency, and enhanced stability for over clocking. This board also has Dual Bios so if you bios is whack, the second bios takes over offering a greater level of protection.