Gigabyte X58A UD3R V2 Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

Gigabyte X58A UD3R Review

Test Setup

Gigabyte X58A UD3R v2
Intel Core-i7 950
6GB Mushkin Redline RAM
Corsair AX1200 PSU
Noctua NH-D14
ASUS HD5870
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

With the Gigabyte nicely positioned at the entry-level enthusiast end of the market with a £150 price tag to match, it only made sense to put it up against our most recent £150 X58 motherboard, the ASUS Sabertooth.

Overclocking

So how does the updated UD3R perform? Starting with the BCLK we managed to achieve 218 MHz which is higher than the Sabertooth we're up against and the original UD3 too.

Gigabyte X58A UD3R Review  

With a serious step-up in Core voltage that is easily achievable with the more stable power circuitry on the v2 revision of the UD3R we managed to get the system bootable at 4.6GHz. Of course we wouldn't want to run at this voltage as a 24/7 overclock so we dropped the voltage back to 1.4 and the CPU to 4.4GHz for our testing. Speaking of which...

Gigabyte X58A UD3R Review

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Most Recent Comments

08-11-2010, 06:44:08

alienware
Fantastic stuff. I need not worry as if I ever go X58 then this is the board I shall get.

The original is an absolute legend and this one seems to make the design even better. And the price is sensational too.

This is the board that CPC gave a massively high score to saying that it made all of the models above it (in the Gigabyte range) redundant due to them being no better for functionality and that they came with loads of bolt on tat that didn't do anything.Quote

08-11-2010, 06:57:01

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post

Fantastic stuff. I need not worry as if I ever go X58 then this is the board I shall get.

The original is an absolute legend and this one seems to make the design even better. And the price is sensational too.

This is the board that CPC gave a massively high score to saying that it made all of the models above it (in the Gigabyte range) redundant due to them being no better for functionality and that they came with loads of bolt on tat that didn't do anything.
We'll soon see Ive got the UD7 V2 to do next Quote

08-11-2010, 07:14:19

alienware
Fair enough. But price to performance they are cutting their own throats. Let's say for example the 7 costs £300. Will it offer double the performance of the 3?

I look forward to it though and thanks for the review Quote

08-11-2010, 07:17:06

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post

Fair enough. But price to performance they are cutting their own throats. Let's say for example the 7 costs £300. Will it offer double the performance of the 3?

I look forward to it though and thanks for the review
Not quite the way to look at it, but i get where you are coming from.Quote

08-11-2010, 09:00:57

THD
I wish you didnt make another good review Tom as before this the choice for my new rig was clear : the sabertooth with I950 but now again I dont know what to get

Ps just joined the site but been reading reviews last couple weeks and really like what you guys are doing compared to most sites and for my new rig certainly couple decissions will be based on your reviews. THANKSQuote
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