Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9
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Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9


Overall rating 8/10

Gigabyte's high-end GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard is based on Intel's X58 chipset and supports Intel's new 32nm 6-core processors. It can do 4-Way SLI and 4-Way CrossFireX and has seven PCIe 2.0 x16 expansion slots. USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbit/s is supported.


Performance:
8.5
Features:
9.5
Value:
7
THE GOOD
Outstanding set of features
THE BAD
Larger than the standard ATX form factor
Extremely pricey

Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Support for an Intel Core i7 series processor in the LGA1366 package
  • North Bridge: Intel X58 Express Chipset
  • South Bridge: Intel ICH10R
Memory
  • 6 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 24GB of system memory
  • Support for DDR3 2200+/1333/1066/800MHz memory modules
Storage
  • South Bridge:
  • 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  • Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
  • Marvell 9128 chip:
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  • Support for SATA RAID 0, and RAID 1
  • GIGABYTE SATA2 chip:
  • 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
  • 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_8, GSATA2_9) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  • Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
  • JMicron JMB362 chip:
  • 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s connectors (eSATA/USB Combo) on the back panel sup- porting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  • Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
  • iTE IT8720 chip:
  • 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
Audio Realtek ALC889 codec
Networking 2 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
FireWire (IEEE 1394)
  • T.I. TSB43AB23 chip
  • Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a header)
Rear I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 x PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 1 x clearing CMOS button
  • 2 x IEEE 1394a ports
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
  • 2 x eSATA/USB Combo connectors
  • 2 x RJ-45 port
  • 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/ Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 2 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 2 x 4-pin PCIe 12V power connectors
  • 1 x floppy disk drive connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • 8 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 3 x system fan headers
  • 1 x power fan header
  • 1 x North Bridge fan header
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x CD In connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF In header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a header
  • 1 x power button
  • 1 x reset button
Expansion Slots
  • 4 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16
  • 3 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8
Other Features
  • Support for @BIOS
  • Support for Q-Flash
  • Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
  • Support for Download Center
  • Support for Xpress Install
  • Support for Xpress Recovery2
  • Support for EasyTune
  • Support for Dynamic Energy Saver 2
  • Support for Smart 6
  • Support for Auto Green
  • Support for eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
  • Support for ON/OFF Charge
  • Support for Q-Share
Form Factor XL-ATX Form Factor, 34.5 x 26.2cm