Gigabyte X58A UD3R V2 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Gigabyte X58A UD3R Review

Introduction

When Gigabyte first released their batch of X58 motherboards it contained three models representing the value, mid-range and high-end markets. They were the UD3, UD5 and UD7 respectively.

The main differences between each model were the "extras" that you got with each one. Although the UD3 did have a reduced amount of power phases compared to its two bigger brothers.

Power-phases have two main uses. Firstly to ensure that the power delivery is smooth and stable from idle through to heavy loading. The second, and to us almost more important, aspect is that the ability of a motherboard to supply plenty of amps and retain stable voltage is key to overclocking.

Sadly the original UD3 was quickly found wanting in this department and so the budget overclockers moved on to other boards with more potential. Having honed their skills on the UD9 and various P55 platforms Gigabyte are back to bring the UD3 up to the standards it should have been from the start, by giving it the increased power phases that the overclocking community demands.

Technical Specifications

With the main change being those power phases, here is the list of specifications. As you can see the UD3R is compatible with the "333" technologies and 32nm Intel Hexcore processors.

CPU
  1. Support for an Intel® Core™ i7 series processor in the LGA1366 package
    (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.)
  2. L3 cache varies with CPU
QPI
  1. 4.8GT/s, 6.4GT/s
Chipset
  1. North Bridge: Intel® X58 Express Chipset
  2. South Bridge: Intel® ICH10R
Memory
  1. 6 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 24 GB of system memory(Note 1)
  2. Dual/3 channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
  4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
  5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list.)
Audio
  1. Realtek ALC889 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for Dolby® Home Theater
  5. Support for S/PDIF In/Out
  6. Support for CD In
LAN
  1. 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
  1. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2) (Note 2)
  2. 2 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1/PCIEX8_2) (Note 3) (The PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2, PCIEX8_1 and PCIEX8_2 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  3. 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
  4. 1 x PCI slot
Multi-Graphics Technology
  1. Support for 2-Way/3-Way ATI CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology
Storage InterfaceSouth Bridge:
  1. 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
Marvell 9128 chip:
  1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0, and RAID 1
* SATA3 RAID 0 4x and SATA3 2x performance are maximum theoretical values. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
* SATA3 SSDs are not recommended for use in RAID 0 mode on Marvell SE9128 ports.


GIGABYTE SATA2 chip:
  1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
  2. 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_8, GSATA2_9) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
JMicron JMB362 chip:
  1. 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s connectors (eSATA/USB Combo) on the back panel sup- porting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
iTE IT8720 chip:
  1. 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
USBIntegrated in the South Bridge
  1. Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 on the back panel, including 2 eSATA/USB Combo, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
NEC chip:
  1. Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel
* USB 3.0 10x performance is a maximum theoretical value. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
IEEE 1394
  1. T.I. TSB43AB23 chip
  2. Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a header)
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector Connectors
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x floppy disk drive connector
  4. 1 x IDE connector
  5. 8 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  6. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  7. 1 x CPU fan header
  8. 3 x system fan headers
  9. 1 x power fan header
  10. 1 x North Bridge fan header
  11. 1 x front panel header
  12. 1 x front panel audio header
  13. 1 x CD In connector
  14. 1 x S/PDIF In header
  15. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  16. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  17. 1 x IEEE 1394a header
I/O Controller
  1. iTE IT8720 chip

 

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Most Recent Comments

08-11-2010, 05:50:10

tinytomlogan
Gigabyte have updated their best selling UD3 motherboard with extra power-phases. Does it help it keep up with the best value boards?

Continue Reading

08-11-2010, 06:44:08

F-alienware
Fantastic stuff. I need not worry as if I ever go X58 then this is the board I shall get.

The original is an absolute legend and this one seems to make the design even better. And the price is sensational too.

This is the board that CPC gave a massively high score to saying that it made all of the models above it (in the Gigabyte range) redundant due to them being no better for functionality and that they came with loads of bolt on tat that didn't do anything.

08-11-2010, 06:57:01

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post

Fantastic stuff. I need not worry as if I ever go X58 then this is the board I shall get.

The original is an absolute legend and this one seems to make the design even better. And the price is sensational too.

This is the board that CPC gave a massively high score to saying that it made all of the models above it (in the Gigabyte range) redundant due to them being no better for functionality and that they came with loads of bolt on tat that didn't do anything.
We'll soon see Ive got the UD7 V2 to do next

08-11-2010, 07:14:19

F-alienware
Fair enough. But price to performance they are cutting their own throats. Let's say for example the 7 costs 300. Will it offer double the performance of the 3?

I look forward to it though and thanks for the review

08-11-2010, 07:17:06

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post

Fair enough. But price to performance they are cutting their own throats. Let's say for example the 7 costs 300. Will it offer double the performance of the 3?

I look forward to it though and thanks for the review
Not quite the way to look at it, but i get where you are coming from.

08-11-2010, 09:00:57

THD
I wish you didnt make another good review Tom as before this the choice for my new rig was clear : the sabertooth with I950 but now again I dont know what to get

Ps just joined the site but been reading reviews last couple weeks and really like what you guys are doing compared to most sites and for my new rig certainly couple decissions will be based on your reviews. THANKS

08-11-2010, 09:31:30

F-alienware
Hey THD.

I guess it all depends on looks. Personally I think the Saber kicks the 3's butt when it comes to looks, but hey, performance can not be ignored.

The original UD3 won so many gold awards it would make your head spin. I don't like Gigabyte's colour schemes on their boards but hey, who effing cares when they kick so much ass?

08-11-2010, 11:23:28

kemical
I'm not sure, found a pic with the sabertooth and my gigabyte below

but then again i would be bias some what



08-11-2010, 12:13:22

Aurus_OC
Quote:
Originally Posted by THD View Post

I wish you didnt make another good review Tom as before this the choice for my new rig was clear : the sabertooth with I950 but now again I dont know what to get

Ps just joined the site but been reading reviews last couple weeks and really like what you guys are doing compared to most sites and for my new rig certainly couple decissions will be based on your reviews. THANKS
Well I got the same problem. From reading both reviews there is no difference other than looks. I really like the design of the Sabertooth so I'll probably be going with it for my next build. Also I think you get a 5 year guarantee with the Asus. But I guess choose which one you like best from the looks or the name.

Cheers,

08-11-2010, 12:48:52

murphy7801
Quote:
Originally Posted by kemical View Post

I'm not sure, found a pic with the sabertooth and my gigabyte below

but then again i would be bias some what

]


That sabertooth rig looks really cool.

08-11-2010, 15:27:10

Xeno_Crux
Oh great another blue and white Gigabyte board.

Do you people not get tired?

08-11-2010, 15:31:24

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xeno_Crux View Post

Oh great another blue and white Gigabyte board.

Do you people not get tired?
Tired?

13-11-2010, 06:21:55

SpriteAlpha
Hi. How does the P6X58D-E compare with this board and the Sabertooth? I'm trying to decide between the 3. I know the P6X58D-E has 16 phase power, so maybe that would help with overclocking?

Thanks.

24-11-2010, 17:22:13

MSIRawZ
Nice board and layout but struggles with high OC's with regards to cold boot failures. I prefer the ASUS P6X58D-E and MSI X58A-GD65, especially the latter.
Reply
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