We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Graphics cards & PC upgrades Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R review

TBA

Manufacturer: Gigabyte

Intel's next line of 32nm processors, Sandy Bridge is coming soon. Supporting them will be the P67 chipset, among other motherboard chipsets. The Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R is a prime contender as a good enthusiast motherboard for these upcoming fast mainstream processors.

Intel's next line of 32nm processors, Sandy Bridge is coming soon. Supporting them will be the P67 chipset, among other motherboard chipsets. The Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R is a prime contender as a good enthusiast motherboard for these upcoming fast mainstream processors.

Sandy Bridge, Intel's next offering to the mainstream segment of PCs, is due in January 2011. We bring you a preview of one of the motherboards capable of supporting these processors.

Based on the Intel P67 chipset, with an LGA 1155 processor socket, the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R is a high-end motherboard. Note that it will not support nor activate the integrated graphics on Intel's new processor line, a task perhaps left to the Intel H65/H67 chipsets.

Being a superior model for PC enthusiasts (although mainstream in positioning), this Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R motherboard for Intel's Sandy Bridge processors is geared towards providing a good experience with plenty of features. Pricing is not yet available and is not expected to be low. This is a preview of the board's design and features alone.

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R Design

We are accustomed by now to a blue-and-white colour scheme from Gigabyte, but this Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R board bucks the trend. The Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R is dominated by a dark black feel, with metal finishes interrupting in places. Some flourishes of blue are still present. It’s aesthetically pleasing and premium in feel.

Solid capacitors can be seen across the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R board. The three heatsinks are large and conspicuously visible across this full-size ATX board. Although notably bunched around the processor socket, there still is enough space for those who'd like to install after-market CPU coolers.

One complaint we could have about positioning is the way two SATA ports are placed in such a way as to get blocked if a large graphics card is used in the second large PCI-Express slot – one that is unfortunately limited to 4x speed).

On the positive side, the headers on the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R motherboard (such as front audio, USB, additional fan power) are positioned in a logical manner where they are expected to be, unlike many boards that scatter headers seemingly without thought.

Some markings on the circuit board are for non-existent headers, presumably because the same base is used for Gigabyte's P67A-UD7 product as well.

Rear panel of the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R is not quite choc-a-bloc, but does offer a lot, as is standard with upper-mainstream motherboards.

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R Features and specifications

Enthusiasts won't have much to complain about, with the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R featuring 24-phase CPU power. Gigabyte has put in some of its own technologies into this board for LGA1155 Sandy Bridge Intel processors, including Dual BIOS and Ultra Durable 3 design with 2-ounce copper for the PCB.

As expected, the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R board supports USB 3.0 (‘4.8Gb/s’) and SATA 3.0 (6Gb/s).

Since Gigabyte's website does not currently have this board listed, below is a quick listing of significant details.

Processor Socket:Intel LGA1155
Motherboard Chipset: Intel P67
Power Input Sockets: one 24-pin for motherboard, one 8-pin for processor
Memory Spec: DDR3, 1.5 Volt, up to 2133 MHz, 4 DIMM slots for upto 16GB
Expansion Slots: one PCIe x16, one PCIe x4, three PCIe x1, two PCI
Sound: Realtek 8-channel audio controller, coaxial and optical S/PDIF out, 6 audio jacks
Others: ATX form factor (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm), 3 year warranty
Internal I/O Connectors: two SATA 6Gb/s, four SATA 3Gb/s, three USB 2.0 headers, one front panel audio header
Rear I/O Connectors: one PS/2 keyboard/mouse connector, one Gigabit LAN port, two USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R Package contents

Within the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R motherboard box, neatly tucked away were the standard accompaniments. These were four SATA cables, a well-marked and colour-coded backplate, an installation guidebook and user's manual and a disc.

To inform both accidental and well intentioned experimenters, an entire laminated yellow warning page was present.

In English and various other languages, the page cautions the user not to install an LGA1156 processor on this board, clarifying that it offers a different socket (LGA1155) which will work only with Intel Core i7/i5/i3 and Pentium processors that have a 4-digit model number (the 2xxx series).

The bundled disc for the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R was a simple one, labelled the "Intel 6 Series Utility DVD" version 1.01. On it were drivers for the chipset, audio, network interface, Serial-ATA and RAID for Windows 7/Vista/XP operating systems.

Also included is EasyTune (for overclocking), Adobe Acrobat Reader (to read the PDF manuals) and a trial version of Norton Internet Security.

 NEXT PAGE: our expert verdict >>

PC World India

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R Expert Verdict »

Full-ATX motherboard
LGA1155 processor socket
Intel P67 Northbridge/Southbridge
4 DIMM RAM slots, dual-channel, DDR3 upto 2133MHz
2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
4 x SATA 3Gb/s ports
10 x USB 2.0, 6 x through headers
2 x USB 3.0 on back-panel
Firewire 400
2 x PCI-E graphics slots, one x16, one x4
3 x PCI-E x1
gigabit ethernet
6 audio jacks at back-panel, S/PDIF optical and coaxial, one front panel HD-Audio header (Realtek ALC889)

The Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3R is a prime contender for the title of a good enthusiast motherboard for upcoming fast mainstream processors. It offers USB 3.0 support, SATA 6GB/s support and comfortable full-ATX layout, although the Intel LGA1155 socket it is designed for itself may not be very long-lived.

  • Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585 review

    Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585

    The Eclipse Solar Crossfire i786r585 desktop PC uses a powerful 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 860 quad-core CPU, an ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics card and a Gigabyte motherboard that features an Intel P55 chipset.

  • Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H review

    Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H

    The 890GX chipset has arrived as the base for the next round of motherboards for AMD processors, and managed to do a darned good job while we put it through its paces. The Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H natively supports SATA 6Gbps (SATA 3.0) and six-core AMD processors.

  • Arbico HD5750 XL review

    Arbico HD5750 XL

    With a WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 132 points, the Arbico HD5750 XL is the fastest sub-£750 Windows 7 PC we've tested.

  • Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 950-24 SSD review

    Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 950-24 SSD

    Running the powerful 3.06GHz Intel Core i7-950 processor, Palicomp Core's i7 Blitz 950-24 SSD desktop PC boasts an impressive specification.

  • Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 review

    Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24

    The Palicomp Core i7 Blitz 860-24 power desktop PC comes with a configuration much like many others at this price point. But there are two exceptions: a high-quality 24in monitor and two Raid 0-configured 500GB hard drives.


IDG UK Sites

Black Friday 2014 tech deals UK Live: Best Black Friday deals from Apple, Amazon, Argos, eBay,...

IDG UK Sites

Black Friday feeding frenzy infects the UK

IDG UK Sites

VAT MOSS: Will I be affected by the EU VAT changes? Here are the facts for designers and artists

IDG UK Sites

Black Friday 2014 UK: Apple deals, Amazon deals & Black Friday tech offers