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GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H AMD 880G Motherboard Review
|Date:||Tue, Aug 17, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Dan Stoltz -|
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
All in all I have to say that I am very impressed with the GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H. Throughout the testing it never complained or crashed, and was competing near the top of the charts with the much more expensive boards like the ASUS Crosshair IV Formula. I suppose I should expect nothing less from a company like GIGABYTE, though it is still surprising how well it did! This is the type of performance I have come to expect from GIGABYTE! Unfortunately, the GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H isn't without issue.
As you can see in the above image, when using longer cards like the ATI Radeon HD 5870 there is a clearance issue. Three of the five SATA3 ports are blocked by my HIS Radeon HD 5870. Now, there are shorter performance cards out there so if you were to use something like NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 460 or an ATI Radeon HD 5770 there will be no issues with clearance with those graphics cards. That is an option that you are going to have to weigh; it's going to depend on what type of configuration you are going to use. If you plan on only running two drives the GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H will suit you perfectly. If you plan on needing more drives you will have to evaluate your options for graphics cards. I would have liked to have seen the SATA3 ports parallel to the board because that would have eliminated this issue. Otherwise, the GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H is a great board.
Overclocking on the GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H was a breeze. I was able to boot into Windows 7 at 3,863MHz without having to adjust any of the voltages on the board. To get stability I had to increase the voltage by .075Volts but that was it. We have had this particular AMD Phenom II X6 1055T break the 4GHz barrier on a couple of different boards; those were enthusiast level boards based on the AMD 890FX chipset. They were priced at least double what the GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H costs. Currently you can find the GIGABYTE GMA-UD2H for $99.99 with free shipping at Amazon and with $8 shipping at Newegg. GIGABYTE backs this board with a three year warranty; this is just the icing on the cake that will make the GIGABYTE GMA-UD2H a very attractive option!
Legit Bottom Line: Top of the barrel performance, bottom of the barrel pricing should put the GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H at the top of your short list of mATX boards.
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Page 1 - GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H
Page 2 - GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H Retail Packaging
Page 3 - GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H Board Layout
Page 4 - GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H System BIOS
Page 5 - Legit Reviews Test System
Page 6 - PCMark Vantage
Page 7 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 8 - SiSoft Sandra 2010 Memory Bandwidth
Page 9 - USB3 Testing
Page 10 - Network Throughput
Page 11 - Rightmark Audio Analyzer
Page 12 - Aliens Vs. Predator
Page 13 - System Power Consumption
Page 14 - GIGABYTE 880GMA-UD2H Overclocked
Page 15 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion