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Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Review



The Gigabyte X58A-UD3R was a beautiful motherboard that gave me no trouble at all. For the price it is being pushed at this is a great deal - especially with the USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 support. SATA 3.0 should come in handy real soon with the advances that SSD drives are making, and the RAID-0 capabilities of this board in SATA 3.0 should mate well together. The ten SATA ports total should satisfy most users, but IDE and FDD both make a comeback to support the older technologies. Four full-length PCI Express slots allow users to install up to three video cards for Tri-SLI or CrossFireX so gamers and benchmarking/overclocking enthusiasts alike should enjoy this board!  The double-sized copper PCB, Japanese capacitors/Ferrite core chokes, and decent cooling make this board very stable.  When combined with the good looking color scheme of blue and white, the whole package is a winner!

The only con I could find was that the driver disk was hard to use due to glitches on the autorun executable and so I opted to download drivers from Gigabyte's website instead. Otherwise, everything worked like a charm, overclocking was smooth and easy, but had the ability to go in-depth for fine tuning and high overclocks. This is a great board and a bargain at the price they are offering it for online at the time of writing.



  • Gulftown Ready
  • Tri-SLI and CrossFireX capable
  • USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gb/s Onboard
  • Easy Overclocking/Tuning
  • Competitive Pricing
  • High Quality Construction



  • Buggy Driver Disk


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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Bundled Accessories
  3. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  4. Closer Look: Drivers and Programs
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS
  6. Closer Look: The BIOS Continued
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  9. Testing: Apophysis & Win Rar
  10. Testing: Excel, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  12. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench 10, HD Tune
  13. Testing: Far Cry 2
  14. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  15. Testing: BioShock
  16. Testing: Call Of Duty: World at War
  17. Testing: Dead Space
  18. Testing: Fallout 3
  19. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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