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Many of you already know a motherboard design can vary widely between motherboard makers. Colors, layout, and components are often fingerprints of the product designer and backed up by the pedigree of the company. In this review we will be looking at a new mainstream motherboard from Gigabyte called the GA-X58A-UD3R. This motherboard is one of the lower end X58s but does feature the Ultra Durable name and basic set of features.
The motherboard layout is typical for an X58, memory is located to the right of the processor socket, while the North and South bridge chips are located below near the expansion slots. As with all Gigabyte products the PCB is a light blue with expansion slots being either blue or white.
Gigabyte has posted a very good explanation of the features associated with an Ultra Durable 3 motherboard. The article is a little dated but contains some very good information related to some of the things we will be covering in this review.