Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Rev.2 review

The second coming of Gigabyte's budget X58 board

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Our Verdict

Gigabyte's affordable X58 board brings Intel top chipset up to date with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps. With a BIOS tweak it might approach perfection.

For

  • Ticks all our boxes for features
  • USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps
  • Competitively priced

Against

  • Not quite the overclocking king we expected

Intel's LGA1366 socket is the highest performing PC platform, period. With motherboards typically costing over £200, it's also pretty pricey. In that context, the recently revised Gigabyte X58A-UD3R is a bit of a bargain at just £159.

Like all LGA1366 desktop boards, the X58A-UD3R is based on Intel's X58 chipset and designed to play ball with Intel's finest quad and hexa-core CPUs, namely Bloomfield and Gulftown.

Admittedly, the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R isn't literally the cheapest LGA1366 board you can buy, but it does come with several features you won't find on the likes of MSI's £140 X58 PRO, while at the same time as being around the same price as its arch nemesis, the Asus P6X58D-E.

For starters, you get both SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 and therefore bags of bandwidth.

Of course, these features are not natively supported by the Intel X58 chipset, so you only get a pair of ports for each.

For revision 2.0, Gigabyte has also tweaked the X58A-UD3R's power management with a view to improved overclocking headroom.

On paper, this board ticks all our boxes.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX58 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX, SLI
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots4
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameGigabyte
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i7, Xeon Quad-core
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory24 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots6
Number of PCI Slots1
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of IDE Interfaces1
Number of SATA Interfaces11
QuickPath Interconnect6.40 GT/s
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
Network (RJ-45)Yes
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports4
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports2
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports2
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
Total Number of PCI Express Slots6
Processor TechnologyEnhanced SpeedStep Technology
Width305 mm
Depth244 mm
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelGA-X58A-UD3R
Product NameUltra Durable 3 GA-X58A-UD3R Desktop Board
Controller TypeFloppy Controller, Serial ATA/600, Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Manufacturer Part NumberGA-X58A-UD3R
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Marketing Information

Ultra Durable 3 GA-X58A-UD3R Desktop Board, featuring 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers which dramatically lowers system temperature by delivering a more efficient spreading of heat from critical areas of the motherboard such as the CPU power zone throughout the entire PCB. GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures.

Package Contents
  • Ultra Durable 3 GA-X58A-UD3R Desktop Board
  • Driver Disk
  • User Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 1 x IDE Cable
  • 4 x SATA 3Gb/s Cables
  • I/O Shield
  • 2-Way SLI Bridge Connector
  • 3-Way SLI Bridge Connector