The before some years have been so kind to GB; the company's shipments have enhanced to the point that it is only approximately tied with Asus in terms of volume shipments. Component of the conclude for the company's excellent fortune is its decision to aggressively align its higher-end CPU boards, both in terms of cost and in build characteristics. Gigabyte has put a major push behind Universal Serial Bus 3.0, and arrogates to have bought one million of the 3 million Universal Serial Bus 3.0 controllers NEC has shipped thus far.
The X58A-UD3R we are reviewing now is an excellent modules of GB's competitive product positioning. The board's characteristic loadout is excellent given its cost point—the question we will be expecting to answer is whether or not the company cut any corners to hit its target.
The X58A-UD3R packs entire the standard characteristics we had look from an LGA1366 CPU board, its 6 RAM slots, support for multiple video cards, and its plethora of Universal Serial Bus 2.0 slots are entire checked boxes on the common list. Where the UD3R stands out is its storage capabilities, the board sports 10 SATA ports, an ATA port, and 2
combination Universal Serial Bus 2.0/eSATA ports. Toss in the Universal Serial Bus 3.0 ports and the X58A is capable of managing up to 16 hard drives at native interface speeds. That's early we count outer enclosures attached through USB 2.0, FireWire, or through the utilize of add-on cards.
The added chords and several items are bog-standard but we need to assume a time to compliment Gigabyte's manual. When you have been constructing PC for a decade or more it is simple to overlook the significant of a well-written guide. Happily, Gigabyte did not. The X58A-UD3R's manual weighs in at 125 pages, almost all of them helpful.
GB has diagrammed and documented the board's parts, BIOS characteristic, and bundled utilities and furnished a step-by-step how-to on setting up a RAID array or installing an appropriate AHCI driver for Intel's ICH10, the JMicron controllers, or the onboard Marvell 9128 SATA 6G chip. The manual wraps up with a complete tutorial on configuring surround sound speakers; someone who's curious can assume a peek at the digital edition here.