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Gigabyte X58A-UD9 review

One of the most expensive motherboards we've ever seen, but is it one of the best?

In this age of highly integrated CPUs, it's becoming ever harder for motherboards to carve out a performance advantage. Quite simply, more and more motherboard features are migrating onto the CPU itself.

Kudos, then, to Gigabyte's new X58A-UD9 for managing to somewhat justify its existence with a clean sweep of our benchmarks.

Comparison comes in the form of Gigabyte's own GA-EX58-UD4P. It's a somewhat more mainstream board, but it's certainly no slouch. Anyway, any board based on the Intel X58 chipset deserves to be considered high-end and it's reassuring to see the new mega-bucks UD9 keeping its nose in front.

3D rendering performance

Gigabyte x58a ud9 benchmarks

Video encoding performance

Gigabyte x58a ud9 benchmarks

Memory bandwidth

Gigabyte x58a ud9 benchmarks

3D gaming performance

Gigabyte x58a ud9 benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX58 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX, SLI
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots7
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameGigabyte
Processor SupportedCore i7, Xeon Quad-core
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory24 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots6
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of IDE Interfaces1
Number of SATA Interfaces12
QuickPath Interconnect6.40 GT/s
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
Network (RJ-45)Yes
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports2
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports3
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
Total Number of PCI Express Slots7
Width345 mm
Depth262 mm
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelGA-X58A-UD9
Product NameUltra Durable 3 GA-X58A-UD9 Desktop Motherboard
Product LineUltra Durable 3
Controller TypeFloppy Controller, Serial ATA/600, Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7), Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberGA-X58A-UD9
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Marketing Information

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design, featuring 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers which dramatically lowers system temperature by delivering a more efficient spreading of heat from critical areas of the motherboard such as the CPU power zone throughout the entire PCB. GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures. A 2oz Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking.

Package Contents
  • Ultra Durable 3 GA-X58A-UD9 Desktop Motherboard
  • Driver Disk
  • User Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 1 x IDE Cable
  • 4 x SATA 3Gb/s Cables
  • 1 x SATA Bracket
  • I/O Shield
  • 1 x Hybrid Silent-Pipe Module Kit
  • 1 x 2-Way SLI Bridge Connector
  • 1 x 3-Way SLI Bridge Connector
  • 1 x 4-Way SLI Bridge Connector
  • 2 x 2-Way CrossFireX Bridge Connectors
  • 1 x SLI Bracket