Excerpt: The Gigabyte EX58-UD3R represents a budget X58 motherboard, if there is such a thing. While the feature set is somewhat limited when compared to other more robust X58 boards, the EX58-UD3R's performance and overclockability is anything but limited.
Summary: The Gigabyte EX58-UD3R represents a budget X58 motherboard, if there is such a thing. While the feature set is somewhat limited when compared to other more robust X58 boards, the EX58-UD3R's performance and overclockability is anything but limited.
X58 for the Masses: Gigabyte's EX58-UD3R & EX58-UD4P
6 May 2009
Excerpt: Many positive commentaries have been written about Intel's current flagship Core i7 processors and its companion X58 Express chipset, due to the solid performance gains offered by the platform. In addition to the increased performance offered by Core i7 processors though, the X58 chipset also brings with it native support for ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU technologies--provided support is available in the BIOS--as well as support for the flexible triple channel...
Pros: •, •, Decent tuning options in each BIOS
Cons: Not extreme overclocker friendly, Bare essentials included with each board, Just a
Conclusion: Don’t be fooled by the EX58-UD3R’s low price tag: this is a very powerful motherboard. With an extremely robust BIOS that’s loaded with adjustable settings, a solid feature set, and low price tag, the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R is an excellent solution for enthusiasts on a budget looking to build an inexpensive Core i7 system. The motherboard’s BIOS is probably its strongest feature.
Summary: When you look at the price tag of the GA-EX58-UD3R it looks like a budget board (compared to other X58 boards), but when you start using it, it doesn’t feel like one. The BIOS feels feature rich, and the feature set is comparable to higher priced boards. The only time it ever felt like a cheap board was when we tried to install the dual Palit 4870′s.
Conclusion: Gigabyte cannot be accused of skimping in any area when it comes to catering for the PC enthusiast. The Taiwanese company offers luxurious high-end motherboards to the people who believe that you get what you pay for. They also offer budget motherboards to the price savvy where compromises on features are outweighed by the flagship equalling performance.
Pros: 3D performance., Encoding performance., The Price.
Cons: Packaging. This is an area in which Gigabyte need to seriously improve.