Conclusion: The packaging of the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P is completely in tune with its mid-level standing in the universe of motherboards. It's bright, catchy, covered in diagrams and text describing its major differentiating features. It does not attempt to seduce on any level with guns, girls, or layers of opulence. It's marketed like a Toyota, not a Lexus, all right? Once the retail package is opened, you are faced with the neatly packaged accessory kit.
Pros: Outstanding BIOS - designed for overclockers!, Silent-Pipe design improves P45 Northbridge thermal stability, Value priced for the features and capability, DDR2 1366, memory support (via OC), Supports 45nm processors with standard 1600MHz FSB, Ultra Durable 3 package w/ high-quality power components, Double-thick layers of copper for the power and ground planes, Advanced Dynamic Energy Saver offers VRD 11.1 ultra-low power state
Cons: Only one PCI Express 16-lane (16 GBps) interface, CMOS Reset Header should be a switch, Complicated BIOS for novice overclockers, Lacks SLI support
Conclusion: With high-end dual-GPU motherboards slowly rising in price, it’s getting harder and harder to find a good motherboard for less than $150. The latest flagship motherboards often sell for $300 or more! Therefore the EP45-UD3P is a refreshing surprise from Gigabyte. Its extra ounce of copper is a feature you’d expect to find on a $200+ motherboard, not to mention the motherboard’s fully-equipped back plate.