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Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 207
inc VAT

Specifications

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

http://www.scan.co.uk

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 socket LGA1366
Form factor ATX
Size 244x305mm
Processor support Core i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition
Processor external bus 133MHz (3.2GHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Chipset north bridge Intel X58 Express
Chipset south bridge Intel ICH10R
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics No
Supported memory type DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/2100
Maximum memory speed PC3-16000
Memory slots 6
Maximum memory 24GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £207
Supplier http://www.scan.co.uk
Details www.gigabyte.com.tw

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 3
Dual graphics architecture SLI, CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots 1
PCI-E x1 slots 1
PCI slots 2
Fan headers 3
Floppy ports 1
IDE ports 1
Serial ATA ports 8
RAID chipset (max disks) Intel ICH10R (6x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10), Gigabyte SATA2 (2x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, JBOD)

Features

Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC889A (optical and coaxial S/PDIF, 6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers 8/4
Firewire ports / headers 1/2
Legacy ports 2x PS/2
Other ports dual BIOS
Cables included 2x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x Molex to SATA power, 1x eSATA
Brackets included 1x eSATA
Software included Gigabyte Xpress Recovery 2

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment CPU/RAM/chipset
CPU clock max adjustment 1,200MHz

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