Introduction to the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 Socket 2011 Motherboard
The launch of the latest AMD chipset, the 990FX just a few months ago bought us once again into an area where there would a ton of motherboards to test and write about. Its time like this that most reviewers, testers, benchers and bloggers really enjoy doing what they do. Yes, the time spent to get the article done in a meaningful time is a little tedious but it is still fun.
Now, it is Intel’s turn to unleash some new tech on the market. With the not so-hot performance of the AMD Bulldozer, it is up to Intel to provide us with the performance numbers we want in an upgrade from our old tired out systems. The X79 chipset was just released a couple of months ago with some pretty decent performance numbers but at a cost that many would have to wait for next mainstream chipset.
Many motherboard manufacturers like Gigabyte are well aware that many of us are not willing to pay an arm and a leg to get the next generation set of goodies. Yet, they can do nothing about the price of the CPU itself but they can sure do something about the pricing of the motherboards. Gigabyte on launch rolled out a series of motherboards that covers every sector of computer users based on the X79 chipset.
For the gamer there is the great G1.Assassin2, for the bencher there is the X79-UD7 and for the enthusiast there is the X79-UD5. But for those that are a little bit more budget minded there is the X79-U3. At about $260, the UD3 has quite a bit of wanted features like SLI/X-Fire support, high quality components and decent overclocking abilities. Just what one would want without having to broke the bank.