Almost two long months of waiting since they discovered the notorious bug in the chipsets are finally over and new LGA1155 mainboards based on the B3 chipset revision, which is totally bug-free started appearing in stores. You can still feel some shortage resulting from the new wave of postponed consumer demand as well as from the need to replace old mainboards with the new ones. However, as time passes by, they should resolve he shortage in supply of certain mainboard models, unless other factors start playing their crucial part in the overall market situation, such as the tragedy in Japan, where production has been significantly slowed down because of power shortages. So far all the leading mainboard makers have already arranged new mainboard shipments and made sure that they can be easily distinguished from the old mainboard models. The first replacement board we got our hands on is Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3, and it is going to be the main hero of our today’s review.
Packaging and Accessories
All Gigabyte mainboards based on the new chipset revision have received a special “B3” index in their model name, so the former Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 model is now called Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3. Moreover, they have also changed the packaging design, so now the users can tell right away whether the mainboard is based on the “correct” chipset stepping.
Besides the actual mainboard, there are also the following accessories inside the box:
- Four SATA cables with metal connector locks, two with L-shaped locks and another two with straight ones;
- A flexible bridge for two-way SLI graphics configurations;
- I/O Shield for the back panel;
- User manual;
- A booklet with brief assembly instructions in 18 languages;
- A leaflet warning the users that the board is incompatible with LGA1156 processors;
- DVD disk with software and drivers;
- “Dolby Home Theater” and “Gigabyte” logo stickers for the system case.