Gigabyte announce performance GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard
By Paul Ridden
May 12, 2010
Golden Systems Middle East has unveiled its new GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard. Setting out to "completely redefine what is possible performance and feature-wise on the X58 platform," the motherboard is designed to maximize power delivery for Intel’s latest 1366 socket CPUs, including the new Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition (6 core) CPUs as well as upcoming extreme performance CPUs. The board also benefits from DDR3 memory support, 4-way PCI Express 2.0 graphics support and a unique iPhone charging feature.
The company says its GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 X58 chipset motherboard delivers "utmost system stability and overclockability" by providing maximum power delivery through the company's new 24 phase Unlocked Power design.
Other benefits include 4-way PCI Express 2.0 graphics support for both NVIDIA SLI (with 2 nF200 SLI bridges) and ATI CrossFireX, DDR3 memory support, seven PCIe 2.0 expansion slots and support for high speed data transfer rates in GIGABYTE's 333 Onboard Acceleration, which includes the industry's latest technologies such as SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA 3.
A dual power switching design that, when activated, sees two sets of 12 power phases operate in tandem, helping to extend component lifespan. As one set is powered up the other is turned down, allowing the non active set to rest. With built-in failure protection, the system can continue to boot even if one of the phase sets fails. If and when CPU loading requires a bit of a boost, the dual power mode automatically suspends and all 24 phases are unlocked which, according to the company, delivers "the highest amount of CPU power currently available on any desktop motherboard." This will no doubt be of great interest to those who partake in a spot of overclocking.
And with such people in mind, GIGABYTE offers "features designed for and by world-class overclockers including the GIGABYTE EasyTune 6, overvoltage controller ICs, real-time onboard Debug and System Alert LEDs and enough overclocking BIOS settings to push your hardware to its limits."
Users will also find a unique On/Off Charge for quick anytime iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch charging, Blu-ray playback outputs and Dolby Home Theater audio.
The GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard is available worldwide for a suggested retail price of US$649.