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.
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.
X58 for the Masses: Gigabyte's EX58-UD3R & EX58-UD4P
16 April 2009
Conclusion: Performance Summary: We have to commend Gigabyte for creating these two relatively affordable X58-based boards. Because virtually all of the performance-related BIOS options which are inherent in all of Gigabyte's X58 boards from the Extreme all the way down to the UD3R are left intact, both boards are able to hange with boards from ASUS and MSI that cost nearly double the price.
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: Compared to previous chipsets with GIGABYTE’s VRD 11.1 support, energy conservancy wasn’t quite as prominent. To be fair and impartial, this isn’t so much GIGABYTE’s fault. The minimal 20 Watt difference observed here is due in part to the X58 chipset which requires more power on hand at all times with the Core i7 965 processor used in testing. In any other setting where applicable, the chipset does exactly what it should to keep the platform stable.
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.