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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 X58 Features

Delivering excellent overclock performance at a value-based price is what the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P X58 motherboard is all about. With friendly overclocking features such as Precision OV (Hardware Overvoltage Control IC), Debug LED and onboard clear CMOS switches. Additionally, the EX58-UD4P motherboard features comprehensive BIOS options for reaching higher limits with more detailed settings, including CPU frequency stepping, Over Voltage increments, memory multipliers and advanced memory timing controls, making it easier than ever to tweak the highest levels of extreme overclocking performance from your system.

TPM Security
Built-in TPM security chip with 2048-bit encryption for the highest level digital data protection.Gigabyte_Ultra-Durable-3_Badge.jpg

Ultra Durable 3
Revolutionary Ultra Durable 3 technology from GIGABYTE features the industry's first consumer desktop motherboard design with 2 oz copper Power and Ground layers for dramatically lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency and enhanced stability for overclocking.

DualBIOS - Patented Dual Hardware BIOS Protection
Automatically recovers Main BIOS data when Main BIOS has crashed or failed.

Integrated Memory Controller - Intel Core i7 Processors feature triple channel DDR3 support
Intel Core i7 processors feature the memory controller integrated directly into the processor die rather than as part of the Northbridge as in previous generations, allowing for faster memory performance. Core i7 processors also provide additional memory support including:

• 3 channels, 6 DIMMs
• Up to 2 DIMMs per channel
• Supports single, dual and quad-bank DIMMsQuickPath_Interconnect.jpg

QPI (QuickPath Interconnect) - Replacing the role of FSB
Intel uses the QPI to connect internal components of Core i7 processors , and to connect the CPU itself to the Northbridge and banks of memory. QPI delivers up to 25.6GB/sec of bandwidth between Core i7 processors and the rest of the system, providing exactly double the bandwidth of 1600 MHz FSB.

Intel Turbo Boost Technology - Dynamically reroutes power to improve performanceIntel_TurboBoost.jpg
For situations when all cores are not needed for a particular workload, Intel Turbo Boost Technology powers down the idle cores and dynamically reroutes the power to the active cores, boosting their performance without wasting power. This allows the active cores to achieve significant overclocks.

Multi-display support with 3 way CrossFireX and 3 way SLI - Flexible graphics capabilities
Up to 3 VGA cards are supported for either 3 way CrossFireX or 3 way SLI action, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

Precision OV - Hardware Over Voltage Control ICs
provide more voltage control options than before (CPU, NB & Memory). HW linear real time voltage control provides finer voltage control steppings as little as 20 mV min (.002 V) with no delay compared to previous GPIO.



 

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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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