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Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P review

Alan Lu
24 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
207
inc VAT

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Specifications

LGA1366, ATX, Intel X58 Express chipset, supports: Core i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition

The GA-EX58-UD4P is the cheapest LGA1366 motherboard we've seen.

As expected, it sailed through our benchmarks when fitted with a Core i7 920 processor and 3GB of PC3-8500 DDR3 RAM. It has numerous overclocking options if you want to boost performance even further. You can adjust the voltage of the processor, memory and chipset, increase the Quick Path Interconnect (the Core i7's equivalent to the frontside bus) by 1,200MHz and overclock the RAM to 2,000MHz. It accepts up to 24GB of memory.

The GA-EX58-UD4P is clearly aimed at gamers with its three PCI Express x16 graphics card slots. Thanks to Intel's X58 chipset, you can install three Nvidia or three ATI graphics cards in either SLI or CrossFire mode, but one dual-core card could be faster and better value. Even if you're not interested in games, three graphics cards would allow you to use up to six monitors simultaneously - or two in SLI or CrossFire mode.

Filling all three graphics card slots may restrict access to the other expansion card slots, though. There are two PCI slots, one PCI Express x1 and one PCI Express x4 slot. The eight SATA ports are aligned parallel to the board, which can make routing cables tidier but also makes them trickier to fit in the first place.

If you're building a Core i7 PC and want lots of overclocking options rather than the specialist ports on Asus's P6T Deluxe, the GA-EX58-UD4P is the motherboard to buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
Processor socketLGA1366
Form factorATX
Size244x305mm
Processor supportCore i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition
Processor external bus133MHz (3.2GHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Chipset north bridgeIntel X58 Express
Chipset south bridgeIntel ICH10R
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/2100
Maximum memory speedPC3-16000
Memory slots6
Maximum memory24GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£207
Supplierhttp://www.scan.co.uk
Detailswww.gigabyte.com.tw

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots3
Dual graphics architectureSLI, CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots1
PCI-E x1 slots1
PCI slots2
Fan headers3
Floppy ports1
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports8
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel ICH10R (6x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10), Gigabyte SATA2 (2x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, JBOD)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Realtek ALC889A (optical and coaxial S/PDIF, 6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers8/4
Firewire ports / headers1/2
Legacy ports2x PS/2
Other portsdual BIOS
Cables included2x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x Molex to SATA power, 1x eSATA
Brackets included1x eSATA
Software includedGigabyte Xpress Recovery 2

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/chipset
CPU clock max adjustment1,200MHz

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