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GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) Motherboard Review
|Product:||GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0)|
|Date:||Fri, Nov 26, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Alton Engelman -|
The GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0)
GIGABYTE has released a number of X58 based motherboards since the chipset made its appearance in 2008. While they don't have the most X58 boards out there, they do offer some of the best. GIGABYTE first released the GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 1.0) not too long ago and it was well received with it's low price and excellent performance. Recently however, GIGABYTE saw fit to release a revision to the GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) adding some minor changes. Just looking at the board and box will more or less leave you hanging as far as what the differences are.
It still features the same low $200 price range, USB 3.0, SATA 3, a 3 year warranty, and an identical layout as the original but GIGABYTE added four more power phases compared to eight. Another added feature is an extra USB header(red one) that employs GIGABYTE's new On/Off USB Charge technology that maintains power to the front USB even when the computer is turned off. GIGABYTE also says that the header provides around three times as much power than a standard USB port meaning that devices such as iPhones charge a bit quicker .
Most people already know about and what's expected of the X58 chipset so I won't go into details about it other than it's my preferred chipset.
Before going any further let's take a look at the specs.
|| Intel X58 / ICH10R
|LAN||Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)|
|Storage Interface||South Bridge
|USB|| South Bridge
|| T.I. TSB43AB23 chip
|Internal I/O Connectors
|Back Panel Connectors||
|H/W Monitoring|| System voltage detection
||Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
||Support for Microsoft® Windows® 7/Vista/XP|
||ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm|
With all these features it would be a challenge not to like the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R. During the review we'll be looking at the performance of some key features like SATA3 and gaming along with some applications such as 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage. Let's move onward to the retail packaging before powering it up.
Page 1 - The GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0)
Page 2 - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) Retail Box and Bundle
Page 3 - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) Board Layout
Page 4 - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) Bios Images
Page 5 - The Legit Reviews Test System
Page 6 - PCMark Vantage
Page 7 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 8 - SiSoft Sandra 2010 Memory Bandwidth
Page 9 - SATA 3 (6Gbps) Testing
Page 10 - Aliens vs Predator Benchmark 1.03
Page 11 - Power Consumption
Page 12 - Overclocking the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0)
Page 13 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion