Gigabyte X79-UD3 review

High-performance Sandy Bridge E hero

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These days, we're accustomed to pretty consistent performance across motherboards sharing the same chipset. Gigabyte's X79-UD3 is no exception.

OK, MSI's pointedly pricier X79A-GD65 8D edges it in most tests, but the gap is thoroughly inconsequential and UD3 was comfortably the fastest in Photoshop.

What's more, we used the X79-UD3 as a basis for our overclocking tests with the Intel Core i7 3960X. By achieving 4.5GHz with ease, it only adds further weight to the notion that you needn't spend more.

The only slight snag is that you'll have to do it manually; there's no auto-overclocking option.

CPU rendering performance

Gigabyte X79 UD3

Video encoding performance

Gigabyte X79 UD3 Benchmarks

Real-world productivity performance

Gigabyte X79 UD3 Benchmarks

Gigabyte X79 UD3 Benchmarks



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