Power Consumption and Conclusions
While the wattage under load results weren’t super impressive, the MA770T-UD3P’s idle wattage was very low. I noticed the CPU run at around 800MHz under idle conditions, and stay there even when I was surfing the internet or performing basic tasks like checking e-mail and even editing photos in Photoshop CS4. When I started to benchmark the system, then I noticed the CPU run at full speed and the overall system wattage increase at the same time. These energy saving efforts will go a long way to keeping the energy bills down as well as decreasing wear and tear on the processor itself. Kudos to Gigabyte for developing an energy saving system that works without the user even noticing or having to configure any software.
The MA770T-UD3P’s results truly spoke for themselves during our benchmarks and overclocking analysis. It’s clear this board isn’t your typical $80 board that’s geared toward legacy users. The UD3P is a fully-featured AM3 board that any user would be proud to house in their PCs. It’s ability to handle basic operations as well as perform well in the gaming and overclocking department truly makes this board stand out. While it didn’t take the overall crown in most of our benchmarks, it really hung in there with boards that are work almost double its price.
The main features that are great selling points for the UD3P are its full x16 PCI-E slot that will work well with any decent graphics card on the market today. The downside of not having two PCI-E slots won’t be such an issue because of the saturation that has occured in the GPU industry. Many sub $100 video cards are more than adequate to handle any of today’s latest games at 1280×1024 resolutions and below so having two or three graphics cards really isn’t as necessary unless you were gaming above 1600 pixels or more. We also liked the energy saving features and DDR3 1666 support, which means it’s future proofed a bit to handle the next-generation DDR3 memory coming down the pipe.
Pricing and Availability
At the time of this review, the MA770T-UD3P was currently priced around $79.99 at Newegg. A quick check at other popular online shopping websites like Buy.com and MWave.com also confirmed they had this board in stock as well.
We’d like to thank Gigabyte for providing the MA770T-UD3P for our review today. This board really gave me alot to think about in terms of the saturation of great PC components with great price tags on the market today. PC builders really need to assess their specific needs for their computers to determine what they actually need their PCs to do and what functions they need them to perform.
Most of the time, having dual PCI-E x16 slots isn’t really necessary if you plan to only use one PCI-E slot. The same thing goes for RAM and other pieces of hardware. The UD3P’s price might make some consumers think it’s cheap so they will overlook it. But, we are here to tell you, this is a diamond in a rock’s shell. It’s features might not stand out at first, but once you install it and get it up and running, we definitely noticed the stability and performance was well beyond its modest price tag. The UD3P is a no-frills board that gives entry-level and mid-range PC users every basic (and sometimes more advanced) features that they won’t see from any other sub $100 AM3 board currently available. It’s truly in a class of its own.