Gigabyte P67A-UD7-B3 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review
As probably everyone has heard by now, Intel recalled all B2 P67 chipsets due to a manufacturing flaw that can affect the performance of the SATA 2 ports on motherboards. This recall took P67 boards off the shelf very shortly after release. Well finally the recall fiasco is coming to a close, P67 boards are hitting the retail shelves once again and B2 owners are having their boards replaced. We got our hands on a brand new GA-P67A-UD7-B3 board so you all can see how it performs and stacks up against the competition.
Best known for motherboards, Taiwan-based Gigabyte Technology has been in the forefront of computer hardware manufacturing for 25 years. The flagship UD7 series of motherboards takes the stage for every new chipset release and the P67 chipset UD7-B3 is the latest to hit the PC enthusiast market. The UD7-B3 comes in at the top of Gigabyte’s Sandy Bridge lineup and hosts a wide range of features and Gigabyte technologies such as Maximum Power Delivery technology, Dual CPU Power technology and Ultra Durable 3 design, just to name a few.
Among the first high end Cougar Point (P67) boards to market, the UD7 is on the shortlist of any enthusiast, gamer or overclocker looking to get the Sandy Bridge game. However the rule of thumb is that a rich feature set usually equates to a rich price point and the UD7-B3 is no exception. At over $300 on retailer's shelves, this is definitely not an inexpensive board. Users looking for expanded power regulation and 3-way GPU support can’t go wrong with a such a high end product and with Gigabyte’s huge lineup of Sandy Bridge boards users can choose the board with the exact features they want and need.
Competition is fierce in the enthusiast motherboard market and getting a board to market the day of launch gives a great advantage over competitors. In this review we will take a very close look at the board, the features, the accessories, Gigabtye exclusive software, the BIOS, overclockability, and 3D performance. We will also push the board to its limits with sub zero cooling and high voltages as we challenge 2D and 3D benchmark tests.
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