Excerpt: Gigabyte has done their usual stellar job with the EX58-UD4P motherboard. This board overclocked to 3.8GHz on air without voltage tweaks. Had the board reached 4GHz as several of the X58 boards have reached, this product would have received the Editor's Choice award.
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.
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.
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-s...
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: Using both the boards has been an overall positive experience, although I have to say quite frustrating when we were overclocking. Gigabyte has tweaked both with a good software set that works and some nifty features, but they both just need a few loose ends tidying in places like the BIOS.
Summary: 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.