When it comes to enthusiast motherboards Gigabyte is a household name. Their recent lines of Ultra Durable boards have been a hit with overclockers everywhere. Therefore, it is no surprise that Gigabyte has introduced their third generation of the Ultra Durable line, or UD3. One of the first boards available is the one we are looking at today, the EP45-UD3P. Based on Intel’s P45 chipset, UD3 adds an extra ounce of copper to the layers in the motherboard. According to Gigabyte, the extra copper in the motherboard layers helps both Power and Ground layers. It also helps keep the board running cooler, with claims of up to 50C in some areas! Finally, with the board running cooler and having cleaner power and ground signals, the board should overclock better than one without the additional copper layers. Of course, all of the old Ultra Durable pieces are still in place, like the all solid Japanese capacitors, and Low RDS MOSFETs.
Let’s take a look at the specifications of this board: