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Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R


$210.00 Released February, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Accessible and clearly understandable BIOS. Very receptive to overclocking of CPU and RAM. BIOS can identify specific problems when they occur unlike older models that simply beep.

The Cons:BIOS does not indicate that start-up stages have completed adequately. Most setups will require a lot of BIOS fine tuning, not for beginners. PCI slots seem relatively close together, may restrict air flow or limit possible cooling options with larger graphics cards.

The Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R is a mid-range X58 motherboard, initially released in early 2010. This product is virtually identical to Gigabyte’s higher-end GA-X58A-UD5, the main differences being dual Gigabit Ethernet connections and a larger heat pipe.

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This Intel Core i7-compatible motherboard is available in two versions: rev 1.0 and rev 2.0. The second version of the UD3R adds support for On/Off Charge mode, which allows plugged-in devices such as an iPhone to charge up to 3 times faster. Gamers will likely be interested in 2-way/3-way CrossFireX and SLI options, which includes 2 PCI Express slots running in x16 mode. Additionally, 2 PCI-E slots can be run in x8 mode. Other notable features include dual SATA 6Gb/s hard drive connectors and 2 USB 3.0 ports on the back panel.

Features

  • X58 Express chipset
  • 6 x DDR3 memory sockets
  • 24GB max. system memory
  • 7.1 HD audio built-in with S/PDIF in/out
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 4 x PCI Express x16 slots
  • 2-way/3-way SLI and CrossFireX support
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports

Model variations

  • Rev 1.0
  • Rev 2.0 - added On/Off Charge support

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Pros
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    Accessible and clearly understandable BIOS

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    Very receptive to overclocking of CPU and RAM

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    BIOS can identify specific problems when they occur unlike older models that simply beep

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    More SATA and USB ports than average at this price range

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    Attractive aesthetic combined with sturdy component connections and board thickness

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    Relatively low price for an X58 motherboard

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    All connections clearly labeled, laid out well for convenient cable routing

Cons
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    BIOS does not indicate that start-up stages have completed adequately

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    Most setups will require a lot of BIOS fine tuning, not for beginners

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    PCI slots seem relatively close together, may restrict air flow or limit possible cooling options with larger graphics cards

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