If you are browsing for a new LGA1366 board, Gigabyte has a new X58A-UD3R out.  Now, the X58 chipset has gone through a few revisions as you can see by the “A” in the model name, which in this case means support for DDR3 2200, a pair of SATA 6Gb/s ports and a pair of USB 3.0 ports.  There are also quite a few additional SATA 3Gb/s and USB 2.0 ports but it is the new generation of data transfer standards that grab the enthusiasts eye.  Drop by Think Computers to see this board in action.

“So in the back of my mind I had decided we had probably seen the last of the LGA 1366. A shame too, as there are other new technologies coming online, SuperSpeed USB 3, and SATA 6GB/s, and I figured the only way a Bloomfield user would get to use them would be by expansion cards. Then just last weekend I was chatting with a friend that had attended CES, who told me that Intel was working on a new LGA 1366 processor line, a six-core monster using 32nm…yeah, I know, I’m behind the times, the gossip about the new processors started back in Nov-Dec, but I was busy “fixing up” a &l dquo;fixer-upper” house and moving during that time. Anyway, I got a little excited, hoping that maybe LGA 1366 wasn’t dead, just in hibernation. The very next day, lo and behold, our friends at Gigabyte placed a cool little gem into my hands…a brand new LGA 1366 motherboard, complete with onboard SATA 6GB/s and USB 3. Today I will be looking at the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, the entry-level model of their three new X58 motherboards, which appear to be designated differently from the older models by an “A” after the X58 in their name, and ending with an “R” rather than the usual “P”. Will this be the board of the future? Read on to see!”

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