Gigabyte EX58-UD3R X58 Motherboard

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
Gigabyte cannot be accused of skimping in any area when it comes to catering for the PC enthusiast. The Taiwanese company offers luxurious high-end motherboards to the people who believe that you get what you pay for. They also offer budget motherboards to the price savvy where compromises on features are outweighed by the flagship equalling performance.
 
The EX58-UD3R is one such motherboard, offering performance at the cost of some of the fancy frills that not everyone requires. Sure on-board switches are a godsend (especially to bench testers and reviewers) but in all honesty who uses them once they are installed in a case? Much the same as Motherboard diagnostic LED readouts, CMOS reset switches and the like. Sure they are a 'nice to have' but are they a necessity? If price is a major concern and the one compromise you simply cannot afford to make is performance, then the UD3R is definitely worth considering.
 
Performing very well throughout our suite of benchmarks, the UD3R has shown it is a very capable motherboard and despite it's lack of on-board switches, the areas which matter, such as on-board connectivity and the I/O area, are awash with ports that should support even the most ardent up-grader for years to come. The aesthetics of the board are no different from that of the flagship motherboard, the UD5 Extreme, itself costing £100 more and the packaging while poor in our sample should see that the motherboard reaches you in good condition.
 
If there's one fault I can aim at the UD3R it's that the memory support is a little lacking. I have already stated that 6GB is the sweet spot but that is with today's applications. Who knows what the future holds but you can bet your bottom dollar that memory usage will increase and until 4GB memory modules become the norm, a memory upgrade could prove expensive, negating the money saved on initially buying this budget motherboard.
 
That said, for anyone looking to break into the X58 genre, the EX58-UD3R is an excellent example of bang per buck and Gigabyte will no doubt sell many units to those looking for a performance motherboard on the cheap and rightly so as this motherboard is perhaps the best budget motherboard in the X58 range to date.
 
Update 19/05/2009: SLI compatability is now standard on the UD3R with the latest official BIOS from Gigabyte available for download HERE. Performance score ammended to reflect this change.
 
The Good
- 3D performance.
- Encoding performance.
- The Price.
 
The Mediocre
- Four memory slots may not be enough to future proof the motherboard.
- Sparse accessories.
 
The Bad
- Packaging. This is an area in which Gigabyte need to seriously improve.
 
 
Thanks to Gigabyte for providing us with the EX58-UD3R for today's review. Discuss in our forums.  
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05-05-2009, 04:18:20

w3bbo
Budget does not always mean a comprimise on performance. Gigabyte's entry level X58 motherboard might just throw up a few surprises in our latest motherboard review...

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...162023939s.jpg

Read the full review HERE

05-05-2009, 08:30:17

Ham
Nice review mate.

If I were to get the inkling to go I7, this board would probably make the shortlist. Performance at a good price is always a winner.

05-05-2009, 10:56:45

prosser13
Teehee 158 for "budget"...

*wanders off muttering to self about what the motherboard market has come to*

05-05-2009, 14:21:49

djw746
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='prosser13'
Teehee 158 for "budget"...

*wanders off muttering to self about what the motherboard market has come to*
This isn't that outrageous for the "next" Intel board. We just got used to new 775 being in $100 range... New means long time til mainstream for cheapness... but very sad if you want the best. Stupid Best/New tax

05-05-2009, 14:29:18

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='prosser13'
Teehee 158 for "budget"...

*wanders off muttering to self about what the motherboard market has come to*
Agreed. It's still outrageous.

Considering the kind of systems u can still buy with 775 and get an equal terms use out of it. Performance on a par.

Nice mobo, but u can get an EP45-DS5 for around 120 (at least I did), and clock the eff out of whatever proven cpu. And that's a ddr2 option. Heck get urself 8g of nothingness whilst ur at it and u still have cash left, from what u didn't buy the I7 kit with, to buy a GTX260/275/280/285 to build a rig not to be sniffed at.

06-05-2009, 14:50:44

w3bbo
Prices of motherboards have been rising for a long time now. You are always going to pay top dollar for cutting edge technology. Take SSD's for example: for a 30GB SSD you could have 2TB of standard drives in raid 0!

06-05-2009, 14:59:33

prosser13
Aye w3bbo - I'm just reminiscing of the old days, in 939 and the like, where 150 would buy you the best board out there

06-05-2009, 15:08:57

Ham
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Prices of motherboards have been rising for a long time now. You are always going to pay top dollar for cutting edge technology. Take SSD's for example: for a 30GB SSD you could have 2TB of standard drives in raid 0!
The point being the 2TB drives are there as an alternative though. Or you can just buy one 500GB drive and save loads.

You just cant do that with I7 mobos.

06-05-2009, 17:18:12

w3bbo
EVGA Classified - 380

Gigabyte UD3R - 150

Less than half the price?

06-05-2009, 17:25:48

Mul.
X58 boards are expensive yes, but it's fair to say that there's a reason why. The X58 chipset as such is not exactly basic with the sheer number of PCI-E lanes, triple channel memory controller and as I understand the power regulation on these boards must have to be fairly strong for these 130W TDP CPU's. Combined with the fact that Intel is well aware that there is no true Core i7 competitor that they are free to price their CPU's and Chipsets accordingly. That being said, I don't believe that the overall i7 adoption cost is so bad these days with the price of respectable DDR3 kits taking a nose dive and more "budget" friendly i7 boards like the EX58 UD3R making an appearance.

I see prosser13's argument with regards to AMD boards and I do recall my legendary DFI LanParty UT nF4 series motherboard that at 90 would reach high base HTT's in excess of 300MHz but the AMD nForce boards were historically cheaper than Intel equivalents like for like. I remember the Canterwood 875P boards sitting around the 100 mark but that was ever so long ago and ever since I recall the higher end 925XE, 955X, 975X, X38/48 boards all exceeding 175. The X58 is no exception.

I do however like what this 160 motherboard acheives and think it's a fantastic buy if you believe that you can take advantage of the perks from the Core i7 platform but have a restricted budget. Excellent review W3bbo

06-05-2009, 17:37:26

PeterStoba
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mul.'
X58 boards are expensive yes, but it's fair to say that there's a reason why. The X58 chipset as such is not exactly basic with the sheer number of PCI-E lanes, triple channel memory controller and as I understand the power regulation on these boards must have to be fairly strong for these 130W TDP CPU's. Combined with the fact that Intel is well aware that there is no true Core i7 competitor that they are free to price their CPU's and Chipsets accordingly. That being said, I don't believe that the overall i7 adoption cost is so bad these days with the price of respectable DDR3 kits taking a nose dive and more "budget" friendly i7 boards like the EX58 UD3R making an appearance.

I see prosser13's argument with regards to AMD boards and I do recall my legendary DFI LanParty UT nF4 series motherboard that at 90 would reach high base HTT's in excess of 300MHz but the AMD nForce boards were historically cheaper than Intel equivalents like for like. I remember the Canterwood 875P boards sitting around the 100 mark but that was ever so long ago and ever since I recall the higher end 925XE, 955X, 975X, X38/48 boards all exceeding 175. The X58 is no exception.

I do however like what this 160 motherboard acheives and think it's a fantastic buy if you believe that you can take advantage of the perks from the Core i7 platform but have a restricted budget. Excellent review W3bbo
Exactly what I was going to say (you said it better )

06-05-2009, 17:38:51

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Prices of motherboards have been rising for a long time now. You are always going to pay top dollar for cutting edge technology. Take SSD's for example: for a 30GB SSD you could have 2TB of standard drives in raid 0!
I object to the term "cutting edge" being used on I7

As for SSD, I can't see me ever buying a current day SSD. I'm confident enough to allow quote-age on that.

07-05-2009, 10:05:17

GigaMan
BTW, this board DOES support SLI and the warranty will NOT be affected.

It's just a BIOS (F5) update - that is it!

Maybe other brands will void the warranty, but not Gigabyte.

And well done for picking up our new EZ-Share technology

Allowing you to share and safe profiles.

You should receive a prize for that

09-05-2009, 07:29:36

w3bbo
Ah cool.

So will Gigabyte be stopping production of the UD3R - SLI then?

13-05-2009, 12:45:11

GigaMan
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
Ah cool.

So will Gigabyte be stopping production of the UD3R - SLI then?
No, the UD3R - SLI will go ahead, we think that it will just make sense and will create less confusion in the market.

13-05-2009, 12:57:47

limpkorn
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='w3bbo'
EVGA Classified - 380

Gigabyte UD3R - 150

Less than half the price?
Agree, this is a great price for an X58 mobo, and if it overclocks well it's kind of pointless to go with the 775 mobo unless you're trying to build a budget system.

13-05-2009, 13:49:59

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='GigaMan'
No, the UD3R - SLI will go ahead, we think that it will just make sense and will create less confusion in the market.
Ah ok.

BTW, welcome to the forums GigaMan. It's always nice to have company reps give feedback and add info as appropriate.

19-05-2009, 17:09:01

w3bbo
Review updated and score ammended to reflect the fact that this motherboard now supports SLI with the latest BIOS update. Well done Gigabyte!

19-05-2009, 18:52:03

sammytomjohn
Its a good thing all these companies make so many different models of boards, chips, graphics, chips,, etc... as it means we can still get our hands on a wide variety of performance parts

I mean otherwise the only places that would be seeing these i7 and quad cores would be corporate and buisness sectors!!

i do think they should get some sort of regulations about newer products should always be significantly more powerful than older model's and the improvement % should be equivalently higher!!

as every1 knows : you do get headaches upgrading all the time!!

19-05-2009, 18:57:32

Rastalovich
Just to put that side of ur mind at rest, I work at one of the biggest corporations in the country and nation-wide they use 10s of 1000s of pcs, mostly p4 with a large sprinkling of c2d. Very small % of 45nm.

... and tbf they do their job.
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