Excerpt: For the gamer there is the great G1.Assassin2, for the bencher there is the X79-UD7 and for the enthusiast there is the X79-UD5. But for those that are a little bit more budget minded there is the X79-U3.
Conclusion: In terms of pure price, the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 sits in-between the seriously cheap mATX and ATX boards at sub $250, but below the more established price range for 'regular' X79 boards around $300-$325.
Summary: Even though main focus is lately on Ivy Bridge, let's not forget about Intel's High End range based on the X79 chipset. One of the main drawbacks of Socket 2011 is the total platform cost. Besides the quad core i7-3820, the hexacores versions cost a pretty penny.
Summary: This is a junior model in the line-up, but with a full feature set and unique peculiarities. Moreover, in some aspects it is even superior to some of the higher-end models, and its functionality is extended with a number of additional onboard controllers.
Summary: What's great about the UD3 is that it offers four PCIE 3.0 slots making it the cheapest 4-way
/AMD friendly motherboard on the market. It's a solid performer and offers a full range of IO features similar across all the other platforms.
Pros: Great quality, solid performer, 4-Way NVIDIA SLI/AMD CrossFireX, Overclocks relatively well, Dual BIOS redundancy, Excellent value for the features, Excellent solid, performance, 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX support, Includes a Wi-Fi PCIE dual band card, Extreme overclocking design and pot...
Cons: UEFI BIOS feels incomplete and frustrating at times, Audio could use improvement, UEFI BIOS feels incomplete and frustrating at times, Problematic BIOS response when removing storage or USB, Audio could use improvement
Summary: I've come away pretty impressed with Gigabyte's budget X79 motherboard. There were a few quirks along the way but overall this is a pretty solid offering at a good price (in X79 terms, at least).
Summary: Final Thoughts
This being Gigabyte’s lowest priced socket 2011 offering we are very impressed. Being low-cost in the socket 2011 segment is not like its socket 1155 counterpart where the low-cost boards start at around $60.
Pros: – Price compared to other Intel X79 motherboards, – Four PCIExpress x16 slots, – Six SATA 6GB/s ports and USB 3.0, – 3D BIOS, – Easy and stable overclocking
Summary: It is always difficult breaking in a new hardware platform and while X79 has been out for awhile there are still many things to explore and different hardware combos to try. If you are looking for an inexpensive option to get you on the X79 bandwagon the UD3 might just be your motherboard.
Summary: Intel’s new X79 Express Chipset has been out for a while and every enthusiast has probably already bought the latest motherboards for their new builds or are planning to in the near future. We have review a few of the high-end motherboards from Gigabyte, ASUS, and Intel.