Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R and ASUS P6X58D-E review
Author: Luka Rakamaric
Date: 11 Aug 2010
We must say that the 1366 platform had little to offer to an average buyer, as the 1156 offers just a tad slower performance for a lower price. Multi GPU configurations and workstations with high memory requirements were practically the only ones that really needed the 1366. With Intel’s introduction of six core CPUs exclusively for 1366, this platform got another plus to its side. Not so much right now, as the CPUs are incredibly expensive when compared to their four core siblings, but as an upgrade. However, you have to have in mind that the 5 series of chipsets will be the only one using the current sockets, while the next generation X68 will switch to four memory channels and a new socket.
Cheap motherboards (cheap in the X58 world) certainly do work. They deliver as promised, and can do almost anything the most expensive ones can. With both you’ll have the latest connectors, huge amounts of SATA connectors, and so on. However, on an, by design, expensive platform, not too much can be done to make them best buy or something similar. In a direct battle, we feel that Gigabyte’s board is the winner. Not so much on performance, as it is pretty similar, with ASUS claiming the win in more tests by few tenths of a percent, but because it has more features built in. eSATA, more USB and SATA ports and more PCI-e expansion slots are all things you won’t necessarily need but are nice to have around just in case. Also, the inclusion of an IDE connector is nice for owners of older hard and optical drives.
So, this time round, Gigabyte's motherboard gets Editor's choice award: