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It’s easy to find a name for a mainboard when you have only three or five models in a series. You name your basic model first, then add “Pro” for the midrange one, and “Elite” or “Extreme” for the flagship. But what if there are a dozen or more models in a single series?

Gigabyte has long found a solution to that problem. The company’s mainboards have simple and understandable names, falling into several categories. If you see the number 2 at the end of a Gigabyte mainboard’s name, for example “D2H”, then you have a basic microATX product. A basic full-size mainboard would have the number 3 in its name, like “USB3” or “UD3”. “UD4” or “UD5” would mean a midrange product whereas senior models would be called something like “UD7” or even “UD9”.

Following this logic, you can easily learn a lot of things about the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 2.0) mainboard from its name. Obviously, it is based on the Intel X58 Express chipset and is thus meant for LGA1366 processors. It is a new model as denoted by revision 2.0, and it is a basic model since it has “UD3” in its name. While these assumptions are all correct, you may be surprised at the rich capabilities and functionality of this mainboard. In fact, its price is the only entry-level thing about it!

Packaging and Accessories

Gigabyte’s same-series mainboards come in similar boxes, so this package design is already familiar to us from our Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 (rev. 2.0) review. We are going to use the latter model as a point of reference for the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 2.0).

Besides the actual mainboard you also get the following accessories:

  • Four SATA cables with metal connector locks, two with L-shaped locks and another two with straight ones;
  • An IDE cable;
  • A flexible bridge for two-way SLI graphics configurations;
  • A hard bridge for 3-way SLI configurations;
  • I/O Shield for the back panel;
  • User manual;
  • A booklet with brief assembly instructions in 18 languages;
  • A booklet on Smart6 utility suite;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers;
  • “Dolby Home Theater” and “Gigabyte” logo stickers for the system case.

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