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Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3


$109.00 Released January, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Many overclocking options when using Black Edition processors. Includes support for AMD's 6-core processors - no need to buy a high-end motherboard. USB 3.0 support - not available on all mid-range boards yet.

The Cons:Poor PCI-E layout - dual slot graphics cards will cover the BIOS reset jumper and battery. Lacks heat pipes for both north and south bridge. Boot issues with older PATA hard drives.

The GA-870A-UD3 from Gigabyte is a low-end motherboard. It is similar to another one of Gigabyte's motherboards, the GA-790FXTA-UD5, as both contain some of the same features as one another. Both of the motherboards have support for 6-core CPUs from AMD, and both use the latest version of the AM3 socket.

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Ultimately the GA-790FXTA-UD5 has more features, such as ATI CrossFireX technology (allows a user to plug in up to two ATI GPUs to combine their power, resulting in better graphics) and onboard quick switches (allows for easy and quick tweaking). The GA-870A-UD3 features USB 3.0 technology, which is ten times faster than USB 2.0. This allows for faster transfers of data, and increased device current draw, allowing more complex or powerful devices to utilize the technology. It also features On/Off Charge support, which lets a user charge an iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad. It does this by allowing them to draw more power from the USB ports than a standard USB port. The PC can even be turned off or in stand-by mode, and the devices will continue to draw power. As well as these, the GA-870-UD3 features Auto Unlock support, which increases system performance. It does this by unlocking the unused cores in a CPU, greatly effecting the performance.

Features

  • Support for AMD Phenom II x6/Athlon II x4/870 chipset CPUs
  • AM3 socket
  • USB 3.0 technology
  • On/Off Charge support
  • Auto Unlock
  • 3x USB power boost
  • Up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Four DIMM slots
  • EasyTune 6
  • Dolby Home Theater support

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    many overclocking options when using Black Edition processors

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    includes support for AMD's 6-core processors - no need to buy a high-end motherboard

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    USB 3.0 support - not available on all mid-range boards yet

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    unique on/off charge mode for quickly charging USB devices

Cons
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    poor PCI-E layout - dual slot graphics cards will cover the BIOS reset jumper and battery

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    lacks heat pipes for both north and south bridge

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    boot issues with older PATA hard drives

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    second PCI Express x16 slot only runs in x4 mode - not suitable for CrossFireX

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