GIGABYTE 870A-UD3 Motherboard Review :: Features

06-23-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
  • 6 core ready
  • On/off charge support
  • AMD AM3 interface
  • Auto Unlock support
  • USB 3.0 support
  • 3x USB Power Boost
  • SATA 6Gb/second support
  • Ultra Durable 3
  • AMD OverDrive
  • DDR3 1866+
  • Easy Energy Saver
  • EasyTune 6
  • Norton Internet Security

The 870A-UD3 is based upon AMD’s new 870 chipset. This is the mainstream equivalent to the 890FX chipset that is the high-end of the spectrum much as the 880G chip is the mainstream version of the 890GX chipset. The 870 chipset does not have integrated graphics which is the main difference between the two chipsets.

GIGABYTE 870A-UD3  Motherboard Review

The 870 chipset is ready for AMD’s Phenom II x6 CPUs. These are AMD’s first 6-core CPUs and have good overall performance for the price. The 870 chipset replaces the 760 chipset in AMD’s lineup from the previous generation of motherboard chipsets. The 870A-UD3 motherboard uses the Socket AM3 CPU interface which has two less pins than the Socket AM2+ interface. This means that while the AM2 motherboards can take the AM3 CPUs the reverse is not true.

GIGABYTE is really pushing their 333 initiative on all of their motherboards. The three features of 333 include 3x USB Power, USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/second. The USB 3.0 standard indicates 900 micro Amps of power per USB 3.0 device. GIGABYTE boards have the ability to provide 3x that amount of power or 2700 micro Amps of power to USB devices. As part of the feature set, the GIGABYTE boards can use USB ports to charge an iPhone up to 40% faster than the normal USB port.

Serial ATA devices have replaced the IDE device a few years back. SATA 1.5 Gb/second was replaced by SATA 3 Gb/second, and now has been replaced by a new standard, SATA 6 Gb/second. Each generation of SATA has doubled the bandwidth offered to each device. One thing to note is that SATA HDDs do not saturate the bus but with the advent of SSD drives the increased bandwidth is a definite plus. The AMD 870 chipset supports SATA 6 Gb/second natively.

Ultra Durable 3 is GIGABYTE’s trademarked term for motherboard construction. The board has 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and the Ground PCB layers for lower system temperature by efficiently spreading heat from the CPU and other problem areas across the entire PCB. The board uses Lower RDS (on) MOSFETs and Ferrite Core Chokes to improve overclocking, reduce Electromagnetic Interference, and provide better Electrostatic Discharge protection.