Author: Bob Buskirk
- Board Overview
- The BIOS
- System Overview & Testing Procedures
- Testing – CPU & Memory
- Testing – System
- Testing - Video
- Testing – Gaming
- Final Thoughts
Gigabyte’s lineup of Intel X79 or Sandy Bridge-E motherboards is only made up of four boards. For gamers there is the G1 Assassin 2, X79-UD7-OC for overclockers, and X79-UD5 for enthusiasts. This brings us to the X79-UD3 which is Gigabyte’s entry-level and least expensive Intel X79 motherboard coming it at $249. Sandy Bridge-E is Intel’s high-end platform and the X79 chipset is much improved over its P67/Z68 counterparts. You now have 40 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes and quad-channel memory. That means with this board you can easily throw in up to 32GB of DDR3 and run 4-way Crossfire or SLI right out of the box. Also this is the first time we will see Gigabyte’s 3D BIOS. Read on as we inspect the X79-UD3 Motherboard.
The X79-UD3 comes in a nice retail box that I would have to say is more reserved than previous Gigabyte motherboard boxes. The front is not completely littered with information, just the really important stuff. On the back there is an overview of some of the more important features of the board.
To give you a good idea of what all comes with the board and for an overview check out the video below.