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Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H review

Kat Orphanides
25 Aug 2010
Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
76
inc VAT

One of the cheapest USB3 and SATA III enabled motherboards we've ever reviewed and a great choice for building a capable and compact PC.

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Specifications

AM3, microATX, AMD 880G chipset, supports: Phenom II, Athlon II

Despite being a compact microATX board, Gigabyte’s 880GMA-UD2H packs in plenty of features. As well as USB3 and SATA III, it has two PCI-E x16 slots, but they’re so close together that inserting a dual-height graphics card in one will prevent you from putting anything in the other. There’s also a PCI-E x1 slot and a PCI slot.

Typically for a microATX board, everything’s a little cramped, so you'll need to take care and plan your build carefully. There are five SATA III connectors and an IDE connector for PATA hard disks.

Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H

At the back there are two USB3 ports and four USB ports - up to six more USB ports on brackets or front panel connectors can be added via three onboard headers. There’s also an eSATA port and a FireWire port, along with an internal FireWire header. A PS/2 port means that you don’t have to connect both mouse and keyboard to one of your precious USB ports. The onboard ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics processor has DVI, VGA and HDMI outputs, while the Realtek audio processor can output 7.1 surround sound from six analogue stereo ports or an optical S/PDIF output.

A score of 102 in our benchmark tests is about what we'd expect from an AM3 board. At £76, the 880GMA-UD2H isn’t as much of a bargain as Asus’s M4A785D-M Pro, which performed a little better in our tests and costs £20 less, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find an AM3 motherboard with SATA III and USB3 for less. However, unless you're building a compact system, the extra upgradability of the Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 ATX board wins it by a hair.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
Processor socketAM3
Form factormicroATX
Processor supportPhenom II, Athlon II
Processor external bus260MHz (2.6GHz HyperTransport)
Chipset north bridgeAMD 880G
Chipset south bridgeAMD SB850
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsYes
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333/1800
Maximum memory speedPC3-14400
Memory slots4
Maximum memory16GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£76
Supplierhttp://www.ebuyer.com
Detailswww.gigabyte.com.tw

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureHybrid CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots0
PCI-E x1 slots0
PCI slots1
Fan headers3
Floppy ports1
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports5
RAID chipset (max disks)AMD SB850 (5x SATA III, RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC892 (6x analogue out, optical S/PDIF)
USB2 ports / headers6/3
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy ports1x PS/2, serial header
Other ports1x eSATA, VGA, DVI, HDMI
Cables included1x SATA, 1x IDE
Brackets includedN/A
Software includeddrivers, EasyTune System Enhancement 6, Smart Recovery, Q-Share

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment500MHz

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