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GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs was a bit nervous, but... 10/11/2010

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: what a nice board! With all the DoA report here I was a bit nervous when ordering, but much to my relief it arrived without any apparent mishap.

Lots of connectivity, 2 PCIE x2 slots @ x16
USB 3.0 and SATA III
The board looks very nice with either red or blue LED illumination.

Cons: Price may be a bit high?
Grasping for a wish list here, but I'd love it if the USB headers were actually on the front of the board instead of the bottom ... front audio header is way in back too.
Honestly, does anyone need the floppy connectivity anymore?

Other Thoughts: So far so good with this board.
Haven't had a lot of time to play with overclocking, but all my stuff runs so much faster now, I hadn't really needed too.

current rig's hardware:

Intel i7:930
GA-x58A-UD3R LGA 1366
Crucial Ballistix Tracer (2GB x 3) DDR3 1600
MSI N460 GTX Cyclone 1GB
Samsung Spinpoint F4 2 TB HD (need some money back from uncle sam for my SSD)

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Thermaltake Element G VL18501W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Gaming Case w/ 850W Modular Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great Looking case inside and out. Colorshift LED fans = win + decent airflow. At the same time, the fans are super quiet and the front intake has filters.

Pretty decent price for Modular PSU and case together.
Matte Black not glossy, so not so many fingerprint issues.
Cable management is pretty nice, includes clips behind the mobo tray.
PSU cables are pre-sleeved, as are most of the wires running of the control panel.
Front bezel removes easily.
cut out in the mobo tray for the CPU matched up well with my mobo.
Plenty of room for a tall cooler even with slightly concave side panel and huge fan.

also, nothing DoA or broken in transit!

Cons: 8 pin connector on the PSU is a bit short to route behind the tray and plug into the mobo (the access hole is a bit small too).
I kept wishing the mobo had a little more clearance around the top and rear fans, I finally took them out so I could work my fingers into the areas where things needed plugged in.
Another cable management hole on the top of the mobo trary (front) would be nice for routing cabling for optical drives.
Sleeving on the USB header / audio header cables were not shrink wrapped leaving some exposed wires between the end of sleeve and the header; the sleeving also had a weird feeliing to it. Cabling for the power switch, LED, reset and HDD activity lights were not sleeved at all.
Back panel feels a bit flimsy, I had to be very careful when popping out the I/O panel as well as the PCI slots in order to not bend it.
No window on the side panel.

Other Thoughts: Pretty happy with this case once I got everything put together. There's a good amount of room to work with on the inside a lots of places to hide extra cables (modular PSU helps as well).

CPU: Intel i7:930
Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 1600 (2GB x 3)
GPU: MSI N460 GTX Cyclone 1GB
HD: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB (waiting til after taxes to upgrade to SSD for the OS

excluding the HD, WEI of 7.5 w/o any overclocking.

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MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: What an upgrade! Went from running on low settings and resolution to Ultra and high resolution on SC2 and I haven't even had to try the afterburner software.

fits nicely in my case

Cons: was hoping for a better price drop with the release of the twin frozr, guess its still too new (only $20 rebate? and it takes 12 ~ 14 weeks to recieve it back???)

Other Thoughts: Intel i7: 930
Crucial Ballistix Tracer (3x2GB) DDR3 1600
Gigabyte GA-X58-UD3R LGA 1366
MSI Nvidia GTX 460
Win7 Professional: Score 7.5 w/ overclocking

Also SC2 trial coupon?? what a dumb promo.

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Bram D.'s Profile

Display Name: Bram D.

Date Joined: 07/11/04

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  • First Review: 08/07/10
  • Last Review: 10/11/10
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