Excerpt: 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. However, now its time for the lower-end motherboards that is more for the consumer level.
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. On top of that, most of the X79 mainstream boards are far from cheap. Prices of 250 euros and more are pretty common.
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 NVIDIA/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. While the audio quality isn’t as nice as we expect from a new platform, its cost leaves room for adding a good quality audio card. The UD3 would be an even greater value if it included the Wi-Fi card.
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).
It all starts with aesthetics where Gigabyte took a simple approach with an all-black PCB and connectors with the occasional white highlight. It's not over-the-top like some other offerings which means it will "fit" into any number of themes without clashing.
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. As a result, the question becomes whether the GA-X79-UD3 is a cheaper regular board, or a more expensive budget board (whatever 'budget' means on X79).
Intel i7 3960X EE / Gigabyte GA X79 UD3 / 16GB GSkill Ripjaws Z (2133mhz) Review
14 November 2011
Excerpt: 48 Flares 48 Flares × Today we have multiple reviews focusing on the new Intel X79 launch, featuring two high end motherboards from Asus … the £280 P9X79 Deluxe and flagship £335 Rampage IV Extreme … for those with deeper pockets. That said, we know that many people won’t want to spend £300 (or more) on a new motherboard so our third article today focuses on the Gigabyte GA X79 UD3, which retails at a modest £199.
Excerpt: Hinsichtlich des neuen X79-Chipsatzes von Intel hat Gigabyte sein Portfolio an High-End-Desktop-Mainboards neu gestaltet und wesentlich klarer strukturiert. Beim UD3 handelt es sich um Gigabytes Einstieg in die X79-Klasse. Das Board verfügt über ein sehr schlichtes Design und einen attraktiven Feature-Mix. Hinzu kommt eine Overclocking-Tauglichkeit, die in diesem Preissegment ihresgleichen sucht.