Excerpt: X58 is by far the most expensive board on the market, mostly because it is at this point the only chipset capable of supporting the Core i7 processors. And most likely, unless NVIDIA is granted a licence for the QPI bus, it will be the only chipset.
Conclusion: Like many other X58 motherboards, the GigaByte EX58-UD4P performs quiet well. But it’s not just the kind of performance that separates one company from any other. It is the features that each has that separates them. In this category, GigaByte has a definite lead. By utilizing two 2oz copper plates in the PCB, a copper heat pipe design, three PCI-E X16 ports capable of handling Tri Fire or SLI with the greatest of ease, this motherboard is the most stable motherboard I,...
Conclusion: Gigabyte's willingness to be on the forefront of Core i7 sales is evidenced by the range of motherboards they are already offering. Their X58 boards range from basic examples, such as the EX58-UD3R, to the outright crazy. The EX58-UD4P provides users with all the essential features without going overboard. For example, most users will only require a single Gigabit LAN controller, while eight SATA ports will usually cover it.
Conclusion: Whenever a new hardware platform launches, I feel that manufacturers owe it to consumers to educate them on the changes. To this extent, Gigabyte does only offer a few tiny bullet points of information pertaining to QPI, and 3-channel memory. What you get is a whole lot of information on Ultra Durable 3 and the benefits of using 2 ounces of copper, some marketing points pertaining to Hybrid Silent-Pipe 2, and a little about Dynamic Energy-Saver.
Pros: Outstanding BIOS - designed for enthusiasts, TPM security offers 2048-bit encryption, Advanced Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced offers VRD 11.1 ultra-low power state, Triple PCI-Express 2.0 compliant graphics slots, BIOS updates are made safe with dual-BIOS, Japanese-manufactured surface mount all-solid capacitors, Blu-Ray/HD DVD Full rate audio with DTS connect, Supports three-way ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI video card sets, Industry-leading thermal cooling architectu...
Cons: Premium motherboard solution, BIOS options can be complicated for some users, Lacks Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) onboard support, Independent core multipliers are not available, Turbo Boost not available when overclocking
Conclusion: It's a rare day indeed when I come across such a well rounded motherboard. All of the other motherboards on test have some failing, be it price, overclocking, aesthetics, cooling etc. The Gigabyte EX58-UD4P hit's the sweet spot in almost everything. It looks the business (but please get rid of those orange and yellow slots!
Pros: Overclocking, On board LED's, SLI/Crossfire compatibility, Comprehensive accessories
Excerpt: Brand: GIGABYTE Supplier: GIGABYTE Website: www.gigabyte.com.tw RRP: TBA Review By: Neo Sibeko | NAG Magazine (March 2009) IF YOU’RE LOOKING AT upgrading to an i7-based system, but find that the average motherboard is too expensive, then the UD4P may be worth considering. Indeed, it is by no means a cheap motherboard, but is definitely more affordable than the UD5P or the EXTREME, which can cost anything up to R6,000.
Conclusion: W stosunku do modelu UD4, UD4P stanowi jej rozbudowaną wersję. Skupimy się na opisie z zaznaczeniem cech odróżniających obie płyty. Gigabyte UD4P posiada wiele gniazd kart rozszerzeń. Licząc od strony procesora są to PCI-Express x1, PCI-Express x4, PCI-Express x16, PCI, drugie PCI-Express x16, drugie PCI i trzecie PCI-Express x16. W jego miejscu w UD4 znajdowało się gniazdo PCI.
Pros: Jakość wykonania, Duże możliwości, Jak na model dla Core i7 umiarkowanie wysoka cena