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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
3DMark06 Benchmarks
PCMark Vantage Benchmarks
Crysis Benchmark Results
Far Cry 2 Benchmark
Intel X58-Express Final Thoughts
GA-EX58-UD4P Conclusion

Ultra TPM Security Encryption

Gigabyte's unique Ultra TPM (Trusted Platform Module) supports the industry's most advanced TPM hardware-based encryption. With the easy-to-use Ultra TPM user interface, users can store/back up their digital signature keys on a USB flash drive or in the system BIOS. The key(s) will be erased from the computer after being stored on a USB flash drive (or in the system BIOS), preventing unauthorized access to the computer. By simply plugging or unplugging the USB flash drive, users are able to access their PSD files without the hassles of complicated configurations. In addition, Ultra TPM's key backup function allows users to still have a way to access their data in case the keys are lost.

Secure e-mail

User-specific e-mail encryption and/or signing to prevent unauthorized persons from reading or changing your e-mails. Using this feature guarantees that only the e-mail creator and the specified recipients will be able to decrypt and read the message or validate the identity of the sender. If you chose to configure this feature, you can request a certificate for secure e-mail (if a certificate request web address is set in your policy settings). The wizard will provide information how to configure secure e-mail. The configuration of your mail client is not part of this wizard. Thus the status cannot be displayed here.

File and folder encryption with Encrypting File System (EFS)

The operating system incorporates the functionality to perform user-specific encryption of the content of folders and files on the local computer using the Microsoft Encrypting File System (EFS). Only the user who created a file in these folders can access the content of this file. Other users have to be granted access rights to an EFS folder in an explicit administrative operation to enable them to use files in it. If you chose to configure this feature, you can select a certificate for EFS. You can also request or create a new certificate.

File and folder encryption with Personal Secure Drive (PSD)

Personal Secure Drive features file and folder encryption similar to EFS. Unlike EFS, PSD is supported in Windows Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium and XP Home Editions. A logical drive is provided to permitted users. This drive offers access protection and encryption for all content in it. The encryption is performed automatically. A PSD cannot be accessed via its UNC identifier to get readable data and can be installed only on the local computer. Network access is not possible. If you chose to configure this feature, you can set up, modify or delete your PSD. Like EFS configuration, you can select a certificate for PSD. You can also request or create a new certificate.

Infineon Security Platform Settings Tool

With the Security Platform Settings Tool you can get various information about the Trusted Platform Module of your system. Also, you are able to carry out several administrative tasks, such as to change Basic User Password, perform backups, export/import Security Platform User keys and certificates, etc.

To enable the TPM, follow the steps below in sequence:

  1. Configure the system BIOS to enable Security Chip
  2. Install the Infineon TPM driver and the GIGABYTE Ultra TPM utility
  3. Initialize the TPM chip
  4. Configure the GIGABYTE Ultra TPM utility

Gigabyte offers a fully detailed guide for step-by-step installation and configuration on the product website, where a TPM Installation Manual can be downloaded.



# 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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