Excerpt: GIGABYTE has released a number of X58 based motherboards since the chipset made its appearance in 2008. While they don’t have the most X58 boards out there, they do offer some of the best. GIGABYTE first released the GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 1.0) not too long ago and it was well received with it’s low price and excellent performance. Recently however, GIGABYTE saw fit to release a revision to the GA-X58A-UD3R (Rev. 2.0) adding some minor changes.
Conclusion: As far as the basic layout is concerned, there’s nothing to complain about on the 12” x 9.6” ATX board. No connectors blocking out any other hardware components or cables being squished. It’s pretty standard fair all around, with the same light blue and white colour scheme as the X58A-UD9.
Conclusion: We must say that the 1366 platform had little to offer to an average buyer, as the 1156 offers just a tad slower performance for a lower price. Multi GPU configurations and workstations with high memory requirements were practically the only ones that really needed the 1366. With Intel’s introduction of six core CPUs exclusively for 1366, this platform got another plus to its side.
Conclusion: When we think of affordable motherboards we tend to think of motherboards that do not have the performance of their higher end, more expensive siblings. In some cases we would be correct, in the case of the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R motherboard we were totally wrong. This motherboard not only has SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, and USB Power III, this motherboard also overclocks and performs just as good as well as the higher cost motherboards.