GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+/AM3 Motherboard Review

by MAC     |     July 27, 2009


Thanks to architectural changes in the design of processors such as the integrated memory controller, performance differences are no longer the distinguishing factor when it comes to selecting a motherboard. As such, manufacturer-specific features and overclocking capabilities are key elements when picking between two similarly-priced motherboards featuring the same chipset. As mentioned previously, this is merely a mainstream model, but Gigabyte's philosophy is that all motherboards should have a robust basic feature set, and the MA770-UD3 is no exception.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the included features:

Socket AM2+ / HT3.0

The GA-MA770-UD3 is based on the AMD 770 / SB700 chipset combo, which features the 5200MT/s HyperTransport 3.0 (HT3.0) system interface and PCI Express 2.0 x 16 graphics. It is optimized with AMD´s latest AM3 CPUs in mind, but also supports all previous Socket AM2 and AM2+ AMD Athlon, Phenom, and Sempron processors.
Dual Channel DDR2 1200+ MHz

Delivering native support for DDR2 memory up to 1200MHz, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 series motherboards allow users to easily reach higher memory frequencies at lower voltages; achieving higher memory performance with lower power consumption to run even the most memory intensive applications such as high-definition video and 3D games with ease.
Socket AM3 - 45nm Support

This motherboard has Split Power Plane design, with a 4+1 phase power design to support AMD's latest 45nm AM3 Athlon II and Phenom II series multi-core processors. This motherboard will even support 140W processors like the upcoming Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition.
AMD OverDrive Support

The AMD OverDrive utility is provided by AMD, offering high-end users the ability to maximize the capability, flexibility, and adjustability of the platforms utilizing AMD processors, sockets, and chipsets.
Ultra Durable 3 – Classic

As we have come expect from Gigabyte, the MA770-UD3 utilizes the new Ultra Durable 3 technology. As with Ultra Durable 2, this signifies that the motherboard was designed with high quality and energy efficient components, namely Low RDS(on) MOSFETs, ferrite core chokes, and long-lasting solid capacitors. However, it also features an industry first 2 ounce copper PCB delivering lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency and enhanced overclocking stability.
Easy Energy Saver

Featuring an advanced proprietary software design, GIGABYTE Easy Energy Saver is able to dynamically adjust CPU power depending on workload, delivering just the right amount of power needed for the task. Coupled with AMD’s highly efficient AM2+ and latest 45nm AM3 CPU, the Easy Energy Saver is able to provide exceptional levels of power savings and enhanced power efficiency without sacrificing computing performance.

GIGABYTE has created EasyTune6 from the ground up to make it easier than ever to manage and monitor your hardware resources as well as tweak your system settings in order to achieve maximum system performance. Whether you are an overclocking enthusiast, or a computer novice, EasyTune6 provides the tools you need to quickly and effortlessly fine tune your system.

DualBIOS is a GIGABYTE patented technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when main BIOS has crashed or failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOS allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating.

Those of you familiar with our prior Gigabyte motherboard reviews will notice that there really isn't anything missing in terms of features, all the specific technologies that make Gigabyte's motherboards unique are present and accounted for on this budget-minded model.

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