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I was looking around on some forums and stumbled on this piece of information, "The UD5 has hardware-based 3-way Xfire/SLI and the UD3R has software-based 3-way Xfire/SLI." I've never heard of this before, whats the difference (besides the obvious)? Is hardware-based much better then software-based?
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No that is untrue, both have 4 PCI-E switches for four PCI-E slots, SLI is natively in the X58 IOH.
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Hmm, that's weird. The guy that posted said he called up Gigabyte and asked what the difference between the UD5 and UD3R is and this is what they told him:

They said (additionally to what we discussed)

The UD5 has another layer in the PCB (is this good or bad?)

and The UD5 has hardware-based 3-way Xfire/SLI and the UD3R has software-based 3-way Xfire/SLI.

2-way SLI/Xfire is the same on both boards.

The question is really:

Is the UD5 really worth $55 more than the UD3R? :\\

From here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/26...x58a-ud3r-x58a
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FYI what you linked me too is VERY old, gigabyte had more than 2 line ups here they are:
EX58 (original, UD3R and UD5 VERY different)
X58A-(only 3 initial boards UD3R, UD5 and UD7, Identical layout and SLI)
X58A Rev 2.0(Added UD9 rev 1.0, as well as X58A-USB3, UD3R and UD5 still identical layout)
OK so I just looked up both manuals and general schematic, and well there is no difference in SLI capability. both have the same instructions. What the guy should have said the difference between UD3R and UD5 are power phases, UD5 has 4 more, Cooling, SLI supports IS the same. Google it, they don't do SLI software anymore, fi you graphics card has the physical adapter, then you don't do software SLI. That guy was probably just trying to get you to buy the UD5.

Differences That I can see:
4+ phases on UD5
Extra LAN
Better cooling
Diagnostic POST LED Display(tells you exactly what part of post failed when OCing)


Everything else like chip placement and traces are pretty DAMN similar, look at up-close shots, like the UD5 rev 2.0 review in my sig that I did, its all you need to know about these boards, you should give it a read. If you wanna wait for sandy Bridge i have A review on the P67A-UD7 in my sig as well that I just did.
Edited by Sin0822 - 12/17/10 at 12:12pm
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FYI what you linked me too is VERY old, gigabyte had more than 2 line ups here they are:
EX58 (original, UD3R and UD5 VERY different)
X58A-(only 3 initial boards UD3R, UD5 and UD7, Identical layout and SLI)
X58A Rev 2.0(Added UD9 rev 1.0, as well as X58A-USB3, UD3R and UD5 still identical layout)
OK so I just looked up both manuals and general schematic, and well there is no difference in SLI capability. both have the same instructions. What the guy should have said the difference between UD3R and UD5 are power phases, UD5 has 4 more, Cooling, SLI supports IS the same. Google it, they don't do SLI software anymore, fi you graphics card has the physical adapter, then you don't do software SLI. That guy was probably just trying to get you to buy the UD5.

Differences That I can see:
4+ phases on UD5
Extra LAN
Better cooling
Diagnostic POST LED Display(tells you exactly what part of post failed when OCing)


Everything else like chip placement and traces are pretty DAMN similar, look at up-close shots, like the UD5 rev 2.0 review in my sig that I did, its all you need to know about these boards, you should give it a read. If you wanna wait for sandy Bridge i have A review on the P67A-UD7 in my sig as well that I just did.
Yeah, I know about the differences between the EX58 and X58A, I was just wondering about the X58A UD3R and the X58A UD5, sorry should have specified. Well even if they both have hardware SLI/CrossfireX what is the difference from Software, how does that work? I thought it always had to be hardware to use it. I already have the X58A-UD3R I just never understood the difference between the two boards and saw this thread. Yeah I'm not going with sandy bridge, I'm waiting a few years until I upgrade.
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software SLI was used in the past when certain cards did not have an SLI bridge connector. I think maybe the tech was talking about the EX58 series.
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