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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

GA-EX58-UD4P Specifications

Just when you thought 2 PCI-E x16 was good enough, GIGABTYE delivers 3. The GIGABYTE GA-EX58-EXTREME motherboard features 3 PCIe x16 Gen 2.0 slots with support for both 3 way ATI CrossFireX and 3 way NVIDIA SLI, enabling powerful graphics configurations for extreme multi-GPU gaming.

CPU
  • Support for an Intel Core i7 series processor in the LGA1366 package
  • L3 cache varies with CPU
QPI
  • 4.8GT/s / 6.4GT/s
Chipset
  • North Bridge: Intel X58 Express Chipset
  • South Bridge: Intel ICH10R
Memory
  • 6 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 24 GB of system memory (Note 1)
  • Dual/3 channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR3 2100/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
(Go to Memory Support List for the latest memory support list.)
Audio
  • Realtek ALC889A codec
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for Dolby Home Theater (Note 2)
  • Support for S/PDIF In/Out
  • Support for CD In
LAN
  • Realtek 8111D chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2) (Note 3)
  • 1 x PCI Express x8 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1) (Note 4)
    (The PCIEX16_1, PCIE16_2 and PCIEX8_1 slots support 2-Way/3-Way NVIDIA SLI/ATI CrossFireXTM technology and conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  • 1 x PCI Express x4 slot
  • 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
  • 2 x PCI slots
Storage Interface South Bridge:
  • 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  • Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
GIGABYTE SATA2 chip:
  • 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
  • 1x JMB322 chip:
    • 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_0, GSATA2_1, GSATA2_2, GSATA2_3) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices (Note 5)
    • Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD
iTE IT8720 chip:
  • 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
IEEE 1394
  • T.I. TSB43AB23 chip
  • Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (1 on the back panel, 2 via the IEEE 1394a brackets connected to the internal IEEE 1394a headers)
USB
  • Integrated in the South Bridge
  • Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
Internal I/O Connectors
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x floppy disk drive connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • 8 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 3 x system fan headers
  • 1 x power fan header
  • 1 x North Bridge fan header
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x CD In connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF In header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 2 x IEEE 1394a headers
  • 1 x power LED header
  • 1 x chassis intrusion header
  • 1 x power switch
  • 1 x reset switch
Back Panel Connectors
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 x PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a port
  • 1 x clearing CMOS switch
  • 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 x RJ-45 ports
  • 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
  • iTE IT8720 chip
H/W Monitoring
  • System voltage detection
  • CPU/System/North Bridge temperature detection
  • CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
  • CPU overheating warning
  • CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
  • CPU/System fan speed control
BIOS
  • 2 x 8 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOSTM
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features
  • Support for @BIOS
  • Support for Q-Flash
  • Support for Virtual Dual BIOS
  • Support for Download Center
  • Support for Xpress Install
  • Support for Xpress Recovery2
  • Support for EasyTune
  • Support for Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced
  • Support for Ultra TPM
  • Support for Time Repair
  • Support for Q-Share
Bundle Software
  1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System
  1. Support for Microsoft Windows Vista/XP/ and Windows 7 Public Beta
Form Factor
  1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm



 

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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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