Excerpt: Want to know how insane the enthusiast motherboard bracket has become? Gigabyte’s X58A-UD7 seems pedestrian next to the other two contenders here. Sure, it has a rakish, liquid-cooling-ready heat pipe to keep the north bridge chilled out, but frankly, without that Hybrid Silent-Pipe 2 in place, the board is damn near boring next to its contemporaries. Where’s the dual 8-pin supplemental CPU power connectors?
Excerpt: First I owe Gigabyte an explanation for taking so long to get this review written up. The truth is, Gigabyte products always take me the longest time to review because they’re so much fun to use. I often forget I’m supposed to be writing a review, and get completely sidetracked. I’d like to thank Angela at Gigabyte for being so patient with me taking my time to publish results any time she sends a product to me for testing.
Conclusion: Although our rating and final score are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Only X58 Motherboard with SATA-6G RAID Support, SuperSpeed USB-3.0 offers 5Gbps transfer speed, Advanced 24+2+2 Power Phase/VRD 11.1 reduces power costs, Supports ATI CrossFireX or NVIDIA SLI dual and triple video card sets, Supports 24GB of dual-channel DDR3 up to 2000MHz, BIOS offers infinite enthusiast overclocking options, Japanese-manufactured surface mount all-solid capacitors, Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Full-rate audio with DTS connect, Marvell 88SE9128 SATA 6Gb/s controll...
Cons: Very expensive 'enthusiast' motherboard solution, Only 3GB total memory be utilized by 32-bit O/S, SATA6G/USB3 borrow from PCI-E link lanes
Summary: The X58A-UD7 is GIGABYTE\'s newest entry into the fiercely competitive LGA1366 board arena. The board packs a lot of promise, built on GIGABYTE\'s tried and true X58 based design with some nice bells and whistles added for that extra bit of appeal including USB 3.0 and SATA III features.
Summary: Als uns Mitte November die
Pressemiteilung über ein neues Gigabyte Board mit X58 Chipsatz erreicht
hat, konnten wir uns nicht vorstellen, dass man mit diesem Chipsatz noch
viele Verbesserungen erreichen könnte. Anscheinend haben wir uns geirrt.
Da sind noch genug Reserven vorhanden. Natürlich wird es eine Weile
dauern, bis USB 3.0 Geräte leistbar und in großen Mengen verfügbar ein
wird, doch das wäre auch nicht der einzige Kaufgrund.