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GIGABYTE A75-UD4H (AMD A75) Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket FM1 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 11, 2011 3:47 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Final Thoughts


It's no surprise that GIGABYTE was about to break world records when it came to IGP based ones. This is a fast board that offers a lot of performance when it comes to overclocking, and while we didn't have as much joy with the memory overclock, we've seen GIGABYTE achieve higher speeds without issue.


The biggest issue when it comes to RAM is that AMD systems just don't play as nicely as Intel ones. The Llano platform has shown some very strong memory overclock capabilities and I think for that reason we'll see more and more memory manufacturers offer us high performance AMD specific kits.


Feature wise the A75-UD4H offers us everything we want, but one of the more stand out features on it would have to be the fact that GIGABYTE have opted for a Dual-Link DVI connector on the back of their board. For a lot of people this might not be a huge issue, but what I like about it is the fact that you could use a 30" monitor with the system and not have a need for an extra video card.


While gaming at 2560 x 1600 is going to be out of the question, the fact that you could build a small, low powered system that doesn't have the need for another separate video card is impressive. From a productive perspective this is great as you can have a high resolution desktop which gives you plenty of room and build a system that's not only inexpensive, but inexpensive to run due to the fact its power draw is so low.


Considering just how strong the A8-3850 can overclock and the amount of power that's on offer from such a middle of the road system, I'd love to see GIGABYTE offer us an all-black PCB model much like the UD5 models and up that we see with their Z68 boards. People could end up making some really mean looking systems that come in at a strong price point and still offer us plenty of power. It would just be nice to have that Black PCB / Gold accent on the heatsink that we see their higher end boards like the UD7 offer.


GIGABYTE has ultimately done a great job with the A75 based motherboard and it manages to show us the overclocking potential that's on offer from the new chipset. Priced at $129.99 US, the board lines up where you'd expect a top of the range A75 board to and in conjunction with an A8-3850 you can have yourself an extremely strong system.


The fact that this platform is able to fill in such a broad range when it comes to computer habits is what makes it so appealing. Home theater PC, basic LAN box, low powered work station and Internet machine to name just a few means that it is so strong for the mass market.



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