GIGABYTE 870A-UD3 AM3 Motherboard Review
AMD has somewhat revolutionized the current PC market by offering extremely affordable and versatile multi core solutions to the low-end, mid-range, and high-end market sectors. With its most basic Athlon II processors starting at under $80 CDN and its top-of-the-line six-core Phenom II X6 1090T processor costing only $300 CDN, this pricing strategy will certainly appeal to most budget-conscious computer enthusiasts. AMD’s chipset offerings are also geared towards the affordable end of the spectrum. The most basic 870-based motherboards are approximately retail for about $99, and the top-of-the-line 890FX-based motherboards cost substantially less than competing products based on the Intel platform.
Today, we are going to take a look at a motherboard which is targeted at the low-end market share. Let’s all be honest; average computer users do not want to spend $300 on a motherboard, nor would they ever use half of the features those motherboards tend to offer. With a price of under $110, the GIGABYTE 870A-UD3 fits the bill perfectly for someone who wants stability and some features normally associated with enthusiast-grade products. While this motherboard features AMD’s most basic 870 chipset, you should not be too quick to judge as it packs a formidable punch. Its support for all AM3 CPUs and PCI-E 2.0 X16 graphics cards definitely makes it an attractive option for budget-conscious gamers or enthusiasts who want core unlocking, USB3.0 and SATA 6Gbps capabilities - all new technologies commonly found in the 870A-UD3’s more expensive brethren.
Since its inception in 1986, GIGABYTE has been known for making high-quality products. The company stands heavily behind everything that they make by providing a 3 year warranty on all motherboards currently sold in the US and Canada regardless of price. In other words, GIGABYTE is equally as confident with their low-end budget products as they are with the high-end enthusiast components.
The GIGABYTE 870A-UD3 featured in this review sports an AMD 870 northbridge and a SB850 southbridge chipset combo and is designed to replace the AMD 770X and SB750 chipsets that were originally introduced in 2007. While the 870 and the 770X offer identical features, the evolution to the SB850 is what provides the 870A-UD3 its list of new technologies. All in all, this product could be the perfect fit for a massive number of consumers.
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