Summary: What really makes the companies' flagship Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard stand out from the crowd? In one word - features.For starters Gigabyte has sweetened the pot with a little more of well... everything. There is support for nVidia SLI and ATI CrossfireX of course, but there's also combo USB/eSATA ports and a pair of extra slots for DDR3 memory to entice you.
Excerpt: If you thought Intel’s new budget Nehalem meant rock-bottom, feature-stripped motherboards to match, think again. Gigabyte’s GA-P55-UD6 jams just about every feature you could think of into the new LGA1156 platform. There are the de rigueur updated power-saving utilities and the dual BIOS, which can save your bacon should your BIOS get corrupted.
Pros: Short POST times and SATA and USB ports for days.
Cons: Can't access reset button with two GPUs installed.
Conclusion: Benchmark Reviews begins each conclusion with a short summary for each area that we rate. The first is performance, which considers how effective the Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 LGA1156 motherboard performs in operation against direct competitors. On a scale of 1 to 10, which is exactly how we grade each section, the GA-P55-UD6 receives a praise-worthy 9.50 when compared against other products in its related category.
Pros: Outperforms X58 head-to-head, TPM security offers 2048-bit encryption, 24-Phase Power VRD delivers amazing power savings!, Triple PCI-Express 2.0 compliant graphics slots, Outstanding BIOS with enthusiasts options, Japanese-manufactured surface mount all-solid capacitors, Blu-Ray/HD DVD Full rate audio with DTS connect, Supports ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI video card sets, 2oz Copper Ultra Durable 3 construction improves cooling and stability, 6 Intel ICH10R and 4 J...
Cons: Expensive 'mainstream' motherboard solution, BIOS options can be complicated for some users, 6 DIMMs should support 24GB of DDR3 RAM (not 16GB)
Conclusion: The P55 boards are all based on the same Intel chipset so base performance is going to be similar. Meaning that at stock CPU speed, performance is going to be almost identical so it’s not going to make much difference which board you use as long at it runs the CPU correctly at stock speeds. Indeed as the technology progresses we’re seeing more standardization of chipsets and with that standardization we see more consistent results.
Summary: In short I liked this board quite a bit. Excluding the one glitch I saw with the P55 Chipset RAID controller set to legacy IDE mode and drive detection I had zero trouble out of this board. It was a joy to work with. It was the pinnacle of stability. I ran it through a 19 hour torture test and it didn't skip a beat. I put the hurt on it with torture tests and I overclocked it to death and it still kept chugging along.
The board is feature rich.
Conclusion: The Gigabyte P55-UD6 looks to be a killer board for energy savings and overclocking ability. It incorporates the best features Gigabyte can offer along with 24 phase power delivered by Ferrite chokes and solid Japanese capacitors but this being a preview we’ll have to have hands on before we commit to marriage to the GIgabyte P55-UD6.