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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?

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Product Type
Desktop Motherboard
Chipset Manufacturer
Intel
Chipset Model
X58 Express
Multi GPU Supported
CrossFireX, SLI
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots
7
Memory Technology
DDR3 SDRAM
Processor Socket
Socket B LGA-1366
Brand Name
Gigabyte
Processor Supported
Core i7, Xeon Quad-core
Total Processor Supported
1
Maximum Memory
24 GB
Green Compliant
Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority
WEEE, RoHS
64-bit Processing
Yes
Number of Memory Slots
6
Audio Channels
7.1
Gigabit Ethernet
Yes
Number of IDE Interfaces
1
Number of SATA Interfaces
12
QuickPath Interconnect
6.40 GT/s
RAID Supported
Yes
Number of Total Expansion Slots
7
Network (RJ-45)
Yes
eSATA/USB Combo
Yes
Total Number of USB Ports
6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports
2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports
2
PS/2 Port
Yes
Number of PS/2 Ports
2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports
3
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports
1
Total Number of PCI Express Slots
7
Width
345 mm
Depth
262 mm
Manufacturer
GIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product Model
GA-X58A-UD9
Product Name
Ultra Durable 3 GA-X58A-UD9 Desktop Motherboard
Product Line
Ultra Durable 3
Controller Type
Floppy Controller, Serial ATA/600, Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7), Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part Number
GA-X58A-UD9
Manufacturer Website Address
http://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

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