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Today I will be looking at the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, the entry-level model of their three new X58 motherboards, which appear to be designated differently from the older models by an “A” after the X58 in their name, and ending with an “R” rather than the usual “P”. Will this be the board of the future? Read on to see!
The Gigabyte X58A-UD3R was a beautiful motherboard that gave me no trouble at all. For the price it is being pushed at this is a great deal - especially with the USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 support. SATA 3.0 should come in handy real soon with the advances that SSD drives are making, and the RAID-0 capabilities of this board in SATA 3.0 should mate well together.
We at Bjorn3D.com going to be looking at one of Gigabyte's motherboards that received SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, and Gigabyte's very own USB Power III(Gigabytes 333 Design). Gigabyte's X58A-UD3 motherboard is one of Gigabyte's most affordable X58A offerings, coming in at $209 USD.
Gigabyte packed tons of great features, bundled accessories, as well as applications and utilities into their lowest end X58A board. While the board is priced at around $210 with shipping, this is on par with the current market climate, but that doesn't mean consumers might be a little apprehensive at purchasing these fairly expensive parts in the current economic environment.
The X58A-UD3R we're reviewing today is a good example of Gigabyte's competitive product positioning. The board's feature loadout is excellent given its ~$200 price point-the question we'll be looking to answer is whether or not the company cut any corners to hit its target...
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.
"This mainboard belongs to the value segment only formally. It barely differs from the top model in the lineup, almost all of its functions remained the same. Its functionality is even much more extensive than that of many mainboards from other manufacturers. The only feature that allows us to consider it a Value product is its price."
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