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  • Gigabyte X58A-UD3R Ultra Durable Motherboard Review
  • Gigabyte X58A-UD3R Ultra Durable Motherboard Review



    The Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R is clearly a different kind of motherboard.  On one hand you have this low-end mainstream motherboard that comes equipped with a wide assortment of overclocking controls and high capacity motherboard coolers.  While these things do complement the overall package extremely well the motherboard is not quite of enthusiast caliber, but hides this fact extremely well.

    During our tests we found the motherboard to be extremely easy to use and very forgiving.  Installation went well and nothing prevented us from replacing memory modules with the system fully assembled.  The expansion slot configuration supports mulitGPU layouts up to 3 video cards.  You won't be able to run dual slot coolers in a standard chassis; however that is only a minor inconvenience.

    Overclocking did have its ups and downs.  At first our overclocking experience was met with disappointment and rather low clockspeeds.  It was not until we started looking around the advanced menus did we find the necessary settings needed to stabilize the system.  There are plenty of settings available and yet no apparent way to save your profile information for future use. 

    Now for the ever popular list of Good things and Bad things.  happy smile
    Good Things
    2oz Copper for a Solid Feel
    Onboard Indicator LEDs
    Extensive Overclocking
    Excellent Motherboard Cooling
    Triple GPU support
    USB / SATA 3 Support
    Conservative Styling
    Bad Things
    No onboard power/reset buttons
    No debug LED
    Included cables very minimal
    BIOS layout was confusing at first
    Ninjalane Rating
    Gigabyte X58A-UD3R Ultra Durable Motherboard Review

    Furious 5 of 5

    We would like to thank Gigabyte for helping to make this review possible.