Gigabyte EX58-UD3R X58 Motherboard

BIOS Features

BIOS Features
 
Like the packaging, the POST page is near identical to other motherboards in the Gigabyte range. Before we crack on with the motherboards BIOS features, I thought it best to update the BIOS to the latest version (F5). This can be easily done thanks to Gigabytes Q-Flash feature which allows the motherboard to be flashed via a USB pen drive. Simply download the latest BIOS from the Gigabyte website, unpack it to a formatted pen drive, hit F8 on post and everything else is pretty much automatic save for a few on screen prompts.
 
frontpage 
 
With the latest BIOS installed I headed straight for the Motherboard Intelligent Tweaker section (M.I.T) where all of the overclocking features of the motherboard can be found. The M.I.T section is nigh on identical to the M.I.T sections of the UD3R's stablemates with all of the main features neatly stacked in a logical order.
 
bios MIT
 
Opening up the CPU feature page, we find that all of the usual X58 refinements are here including Intel's Turbo boost Technology which effectively overclocks the CPU when placed under load conditions. While this is not a unique feature of the UD3R, it is nice to see it prominently displayed as opposed to being hidden away as with some other motherboards I have come across.
 
cpu features QPI
 
Back to the front page we see that QPI link speed can be adjusted here or as part of the QPI & Uncore features which again opens up a separate window. Settings can be altered in a number of ways, either by the +/- keys, entering the value directly or via the menu method. Navigating the BIOS pages is done in the usual manner via the use of the arrow keys and TAB.
 
Uncore bclk
 
The advanced clock control section is not as complex as one might believe with the Base clock control mirroring that on the front page. PCIe frequency along with Clock Drive and Skew values can also be set in this area. The Performance enhance feature of the UD3R alters the memory sub timings to increase performance automatically or to slacken said timing off a little to help stabilise the system.
 
performance
 
The memory multipliers (dividers) range from x6 to x18 giving an abundance of possible frequencies available depending on your chosen base clock. I would prefer to see the actual frequency displayed in the menu rather than the multi used but this is a minor point as the frequency is displayed in the main menu when you return. Each channel of the memory can be tweaked independently of each other which is a nice little feature allowing one to mix and match ram.
 
memory multi mem timings
 
If playing with sub-timings is your bag then the Gigabyte should satisfy your cravings with plenty of settings available for you to tweak until your heart's content. Once you are bored playing with the numerous timings, you can then move on to the business end of the overclocking section and the one section which could quite easily fry your expensive hardware should you get carried away with the numerous voltages available. Gigabyte do however, give a healthy reminder of what they deem to be a safe (yellow), risky (magenta) and deadly (red) colour coded readouts.
 
subtimings voltages
 
Once you have saved your settings, you can then view the set voltages and the resulting temperatures in the PC Health section and if all is to your pleasing then you can save those settings to the hidden Save/Load Profile page which allows up to eight profiles to be saved and then reloaded which is great news for those who get fed up of re-entering the same mundane settings over and over again!
 
health profiles
 
So, as you can see, the EX58 UD3R has an identical BIOS to the more expensive motherboards and while the settings are perhaps not as complex as say a DFI motherboard, everything is there and should keep Pro's and novices alike happy.
Let's move on to out test setup where we begin to put some of these settings to the test... 
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Most Recent Comments

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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