Gigabyte A75M-D2H and A75-UD4H Motherboard Reviewformerstaff -
Price: $69 - $114
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If you know only three things about desktop computers, the fact that Gigabyte makes top end motherboards is probably one of them. The enthusiast has been able to count on Gigabyte to provide high end motherboard solutions with a multi-graphics interface and overclocking capabilities. Today's offerings are a bit different. They fall in the budget category and make a home for AMD’s highly successful and innovative APUs, which are known to be more suited to the general computer user. What is different about these two offerings is that, while hovering around the $100 price mark, they retain a feature set that lets the user get some higher end graphic performance if they choose to. The question for these boards is, how many users will fit this profile? Let's take a look at the Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H and GA-A75M-D2H.
The retail packaging for the UD4H and the D2H are nearly identical except for the model number. They have a look that is reminiscent of the late 90s motherboard packaging and don’t exactly jump out at you from the stacks on a retail shelf. That being said, the packaging does do a good job of explaining what the "Super 4" branding is about. The top of the box has an animated sports car with flames blowing back from the front tire. Below that, it tells us that we are dealing with a "Super 4" motherboard, followed by a prominently displayed badge touting a three-year warranty for those of us in the USA and Canada. Next up are some rows containing some of the features and attributes of the board, including an explanation of what this a "Super 4" motherboard: super-speed, super-safe, super-savings, and super-sound. In the lower right corner is an image of the corner of the box being peeled back to reveal the now well known "2 x PCB copper" that Gigabyte touts being used in its motherboards for better conductivity and heat dissipation. The bottom of the package goes into more detail about what the "Super 4" features are and tells us that this is a motherboard capable of AMD Vision's Dual Graphics feature. To the side we have three images illustrating the RDS MOSFET design, the 108 dB audio, and a very high level board layout. In a less prominent fashion, we learn that this board employs an 8+2 power phase design, is equipped with on/off charge, and has Dolby home theater sound.
The other sides of the package are duplicates of each other, with nothing that is not covered on the top of the box. Let's lift the lid and see what we have to work with here.
Keeping with the price point of the A75-UD4H, the accessory bundle is down to the bare essentials. You get a rear I/O shield, four SATA cables, an install driver disk, and a user's manual. Enough to get the job done, but no extras here.
The camera flash penetrates the mirrored anti-static bag and we get the first view of the UD4H with Gigabyte's signature powder blue and white color scheme we have seen in years past. Have a click and let's see what those thousand or so solder connections have attached to the UD4H.