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Written by Olin Coles   
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P X58 Motherboard
Intel Core i7: Platform Information
Intel X58-Express Platform
Gigabyte X58 Features
Ultra TPM Security Encryption
Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced
GA-EX58-UD4P Specifications
First Look: GA-EX58-UD4P
Closer Look: Gigabyte X58
Motherboard Testing Methodology
GA-EX58-UD4P X58 F6b BIOS
3DMark06 Benchmarks
PCMark Vantage Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Far Cry 2 Benchmark
Intel X58-Express Final Thoughts
GA-EX58-UD4P Conclusion

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P

Innovations in the computer hardware industry don't have the same effect on me that they have on most consumers. As a reviewer, I've accepted that there will be a new product line almost every month. It doesn't phase me that Intel launches chipsets almost as fast as the weather changes; but it does annoy me. In fact, despite my direct connection into the industry, there are many times that I become frustrated with the manufacturers. On November 2nd, Gigabyte launched the GA-EX58-UD5 motherboard for the freshly-announced Intel Core i7 and X58-Express platform. Two months later, that same EX58-UD5 motherboard is now end of life and replaced by the EX58-UD4P.

The GA-EX58-UD4P is the latest high performance X58-Express Series motherboard from GIGABYTE, designed to unleash the awesome power of Intel's new Core i7 processors and replaces the GA-EX58-UD5. Equipped with a host of new features including the new QPI interface, 3-channel DDR3 support, 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX support, Ultra Durable 3 technology and the industry's most extensive range of overclocking features, the EX58-UD4P is bringing excitement back into the high performance motherboard industry. In this article, Benchmark Reviews compares the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard to their EX58-EXTREME, Intel's DX58SO Smackover, and last-generations GA-X48T-DQ6.

The GA-EX58-UD4P was designed specifically to take advantage of the raw power of the next generation Intel Core i7 processors and the Intel X58 Express chipset, whose new evolution in computing architecture is able to deliver an amazing performance break through from past processor generations. Replacing the Front Side Bus is the new Quick Path Interconnect, or QPI, whose 25.6 GB/sec transfer rate (double the bandwidth of the 1600MHz FSB) eliminates the communication bottleneck between the processor and chipset.

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Intel's Core i7 processors also feature an integrated memory controller inside the processor die and support 192-bit 3-channel DDR3 memory that delivers a 50% memory bandwidth enhancement and lower memory latency for incredibly fast memory access. Additionally, The EX58-UD4P X58 motherboard features Intel Turbo Boost Technology, which is able to power down idle processor cores and dynamically reroute the power to the active cores for significant performance boosts, and at the same time, maintain greater energy efficiency.

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The Intel X58 Express Chipset continues to push innovation with capabilities designed to deliver quality, performance and headroom The Intel X58 Express Chipset achieves this performance by supporting the latest Intel Core i7 family of processors at 6.4 GT/s and 4.8 GT/s speeds via the Quick Path Interconnect (QPI), and enabling increased system bandwidth by supporting industry leading technologies, such as PCI Express 2.0 graphics, Intel Turbo Memory and support for Intel High-Performance Solid State drives.

About the company: Gigabyte United Inc. (G.B.T. Inc. USA)

Gigabyte United Inc., established in December 2006, is assuming the GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd. Brand, which for the past 20 years has been a world-renowned leader in the motherboard industry. Continuing to focus on its core businesses of GIGABYTE branded motherboards and graphics cards, Gigabyte United Inc. is committed to providing our valued customers with the highest quality products and services featuring the industry's most innovative design.Gigabyte United Inc. (G.B.T. Inc. USA)

In order to meet the challenges of today's intensely competitive channel market, Gigabyte United Inc. fully utilizes its key assets including its cutting-edge research and development team as well as its professional sales and marketing resources to continue to develop technologies to fit a complete range of digital life solutions. Now and for the future, Gigabyte United Inc. will continue to embody the unique spirit and culture, which has made Gigabyte one of the foremost brands in the industry.

More information about Gigabyte is available by visiting their website.



 

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# technicianshawn 2010-09-12 20:56
I would like to know where you got your info since the ud5 mobo while using the same x58 chipset is still an update to the ud4p. As I owned both mobos the ud4p is not a bad board but the ud5 offers more features, least of which is the usb 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s.
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# RE: technicianOlin Coles 2010-09-13 06:59
I don't understand your question. We test these products first hand and report our results. Additionally, the GA-EX58-UD4P is different than GA-EX58-UD5 and also the GA-X58A-UD4P. They are all X58-Express motherboard, but they are not all 'the same'... each BIOS is different to cope with memory and I/O chip additions and the X58A series adds additional load to the PCI-Express bus.

Also - this motherboard received our Golden Tachometer Award, so nobody ever said it wasn't good.
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