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