Still though chief focus is lately on Ivy Bridge, let's not forget about Intel's High Finish range founded on the X79 chip set. One of the chief drawbacks of Socket is the entire platform price. As well the quad core i7-3820, the hexacores editions price a fairly penny. On top of that, most of the X79 conventional boards are long from affordable. Luckily for us Gigabyte and ASRock have acquired 'let's call them a more" budget friendly CPU board in their X79 lineup. Gigabyte's type numbering has ever been maintained fairly easy. Recently UD3 board is the entry board for their limited socket 2011 series. Limited, because Gigabyte just has acquired 3 boards left in the X79 range : the UD3, UD5 and a gamer orientated G1 Assasin 2 board. The X79-UD7 board has been EOL'ed. And till just there is even no sign of the X79-UD5 S edition. But does a "cheap" board mean that the quality or function is inferior ? Time to search out what this X79-UD3 has acquired in save for us.
We must applaud the attempt from both Gigabyte and ASRock to be capable to make an X79 chip set CPU board at this cost level. Both producers skipped the 8 dimm ports and opted for only 4 ports. While this may sound as a drawback, you are even capable to outfit these boards with up to 32GB of random access memory. Which is more than lot for most enthousiast users. For those that need still more random access memory, they likely would not even imagine of purchasing one of these entry examples and opt straight for a server or a more costly variant. The UD3's box is fairly small in comparison with the UD5 and 7 board. Only the bare minimum is added, nothing fancy as additional Universal Serial Bus3.0 slots, WIFI antennas or other sortlike accesoires.