Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R ReviewRHKCommander959 - March 18, 2010
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The Gigabyte X58A-UD4R comes with three booklets - one user manual, one installation guidebook, and one Smart 6 user manual. The board also comes with SLI and Tri-SLI bridges as is standard with motherboards that support SLI technology - CrossFire connectors aren't necessary since they come with the ATI graphics cards. Also included are four SATA cables - two of which have a 90 degree connection on one side, all four have latches to keep the cables firmly connected. A blue IDE cable is also provided for connectivity support. Other than that, the I/O bracket, Gigabyte case badge, and driver disk are the only accessories included. The user manual is quality in feeling, and matches the motherboard box well with the artwork and imagery. The user manual is tailored to this motherboard - some manufacturers make a generic manual to apply to a broad spectrum of products while this one is for this specific board. The installation guidebook is cheaper but adequate - its intention is only to help get the board installed. The Smart 6 manual helps users use the management suite to best make use of the motherboard. This manual is of better quality than the installation guidebook.
The Tri-SLI bridge is standard for Gigabyte - blue, solid, and lead free. Not much else can be said for it. The part number is GC-3SLI for any replacement needs. The SLI connector is similar to the design that has been employed for a long time with the ATI crowd - this bridge is long enough to skip a slot and aid a pair of cards in SLI with better air circulation since cards back to back have more airflow restriction.
The SATA cables are paired up - two have 90 degree ends and two have standard flat ends. They all have latches to grab onto drives when installed, helping keep the cable from accidentally popping loose or damaging the port. The IDE cable is a standard ribbon cable with Gigabyte Technology stamped on it. The I/O bracket has a sticker placed upon it, labeling each port with color and text. Overall this looks like a standard accessory group for a board of this caliber.
Time to move onto the star of the show - the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R motherboard!