Conclusion: Gigabyte are widely regarded as one of the biggest computer component manufacturers in the world, especially in the motherboard market. They cater for all of the latest AMD and Intel platforms including AM3, socket 1156, 1155 and 1366 and with Sandy Bridge taking over, we still believe that 1366 has some life left in it.
Excerpt: We have seen a resurgence in the number of X58 chipset motherboards with the release of the 980X, the Core i7 970 and the release of USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/second drives and chips to support those drives types. Many motherboard manufacturers have taken the existing design of their x58 chipset boards and added features like USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/second ports to the motherboard.
Summary: Some of those we can live without, but can we live without all three? Not us. Particularly when $30 more gets you the Sabertooth X58, which offers the full complement of interface options. The GA-X58-USB3 is best left to budget X58 buyers who need the better slot layout of the Gigabyte board and have no need for any ports other than USB.
Pros: Good slot layout; beefy heatsinks; low price.
Excerpt: GIGABYTE has a long standing reputation in the enthusiast community as a top tier manufacturer. While GIGABYTE is among the top enthusiast motherboards, not all of their boards are aimed at the folk’s that are budget-less. Today we are fortunate enough to have one of GIGABYTE’s budget minded socket 1366 motherboards in hand to put through the paces. The GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 is a low cost, budget friendly motherboard based on the Intel X58 chipset.
Conclusion: One of the cheapest X58 boards around CrossFireX and SLI support Decent overclocking potential Relative excellence of X58A UD3R v2.0 puts this in the shade The Gigabyte X58 USB3 is currently available on pre-order from Scan.co.uk for £137.67 . At HEXUS, we invite the companies whose products we test to comment on our articles. If any company representatives for the products reviewed choose to respond, we'll publish their commentary here verbatim.
Excerpt: There has been a battle brewing in the motherboard world, and predictably it's been between the Taiwanese motherboard giants Gigabyte and Asus. And the battle has been fought on the LGA 1366 battlefield.
Summary: В серии тестовых испытаний плата показала впечатляющие результаты — чего и следовало ожидать от платформы, предназначенной для самых передовых на сегодняшний день решений, доступных индивидуальным пользователям. Такой ПК сохранит актуальность в качестве мощнейшей вычислительной станции еще на долгое время.
Pros: Добротная схемотехника, высокие тестовые показатели, богатая фирменная функциональность, присутствие интерфейса USB 3.0.
Cons: Отказ испытанного экземпляра взаимодействовать с тестовым накопителем USB 3.0.