Gigabyte 970A-UD3 review

Getting on board the Bulldozer-ready motherboard bandwagon before it starts

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The evidence is in black and white in the following benchmarks. The Cinebench result shows just how far ahead of the Gigabyte 970A-UD3 the two Asus 990 boards are in getting the most out of the CPU. The power draw is also rather interesting, with the high-end RoG board the most eco-friendly.

X264 HD v4.0: Frames per second (bigger is better)
Asus M5A99X EVO: 32.7fps
Gigabyte 970A-UD3: 32.5fps
Asus ROG Crosshair V: 32.9fps

Cinebench R11.5
Asus M5A99X EVO: 5.86pts
Gigabyte 970A-UD3: 5.78pts
Asus ROG Crosshair V: 5.86pts

PCMark Vantage
Asus M5A99X EVO: 9252
Gigabyte 970A-UD3: 7118
Asus ROG Crosshair V: 8511

Stalker: Call of Pripyat (1280 x 1024, low, DX11, Day)
Asus M5A99X EVO: 165.79fps
Gigabyte 970A-UD3: 157fps
Asus ROG Crosshair V: 163.6fps

Power use (Peak): Watts (lower is better)
Asus M5A99X EVO: 305W
Gigabyte 970A-UD3: 318.9W
Asus ROG Crosshair V: 299W

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset Model970
Onboard VideoNo
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket AM3+
Brand NameGigabyte
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedPhenom II X3, Phenom II X4, Phenom II X2, Phenom II X6, Athlon II X3, Athlon II X4, Athlon II X2, Athlon II, Sempron, Phenom II
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Number of PCI Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces6
HyperTransport Speed2600 MHz
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports10
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports8
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports6
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots5
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Processor TechnologyHyperTransport 3.0 Technology
Width305 mm
Depth244 mm
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelGA-970A-UD3
Product NameUltra Durable 3 Classic GA-970A-UD3 Desktop Motherboard
Product LineUltra Durable 3 Classic
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberGA-970A-UD3
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Marketing Information

The 970A-UD3 motherboard is designed to offer a stable, high-speed platform for delivering amazingly fast data transfer via the GIGABYTE 333 onboard acceleration technologies. Featuring the USB3.0 controller, AMD 900 series motherboards allow users to take advantage of super fast USB transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, delivering 10x faster data transfer compared to USB 2.0. Utilizing the industry's first Serial ATA Revision 3.0 solution via AMD SB950 chipset, GIGABYTE AMD 900 series motherboards offer native 6 ports of next generation high speed data storage devices support with data transfer speeds of up to 6 Gbps with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10. The AMD 900 series motherboards introduce a unique hardware design with lower resistance fuses for ensuring lower voltage drops and providing more stable and plentiful power delivery. All USB ports also benefit from a 3x power boost for better power delivery to power hungry USB devices.

Package Contents
  • Ultra Durable 3 Classic GA-970A-UD3 Desktop Motherboard
  • Motherboard Diver Disk
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 4 x SATA Cables
  • I/O Shield