Intel’s new X79 Express Chipset has been out for a while and every enthusiast has probably already bought the latest motherboards for their new builds or are planning to in the near future. We have review a few of the high-end motherboards from Gigabyte, ASUS, and Intel. However, now its time for the lower-end motherboards that is more for the consumer level. It’s mainly for the computer geeks who want to get their hands on the new chipset but don’t want to go broke doing it. Gigabyte has solution for many consumers who want a budget friendly X79 motherboard with their Gigabyte X79-UD3 motherboard. It won’t have as many features for overclocking like the UD7 but it will definitely keep us with the X79 bandwagon.
For people that don’t know anything about the new chipset or what it has to offer, I’ll be going into full detail on what the chipset has to offer. Main improvements with this new chipset include Performance Overclocking, PCIe based Uplink to processor, Up to 8PCIe lanes from PCH, and up to 14 SATA connections (10 ports at 6 Gb/s and/or 8 ports supporting SATA and SAS). Intel has also included Quad Channel DDR3 memory and an overclock memory speed of up to 2666MHz. As I have mentioned before in previous reviews “Quad Channel” is really just 4 Dual Channels Memory sticks, so don’t’ get pulled into the marketing scheme.
Also, a new feature that comes with this new chipset is Intel’s Rapid Storage Technology. This is geared towards the increased allowable SATA ports so that your system can run in RAID 0/1/5/10. And with the addition of true SATA 6Gb/s ports, you can experience all the amazing speeds from your SSDs. The Marvell controllers on your X58 motherboards are capped and will definitely be a good bit slower than the speeds that will be seen with these SATA 6Gb/s ports. Now that we have taken a good look at the specs of these new features of the X79 chipset, let’s see what comes inside Gigabyte X79-UD3 motherboard.