Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review :: Layout

09-11-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Board

Board

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review MOSFET Heatsink

MOSFET Heatsink

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review 8-pin power

8-pin power

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review 3-pin fan

3-pin fan


Starting with the color of the board, GIGABYTE has stayed true to their roots with a purple colored PCB with racing stripes. That’s right, racing stripes on a mainstream motherboard! There are racing stripes across the MOSFET heatsinks, and the P55 Express chipset heatsink. The upper right hand corner of the board has the 8-pin power connector and a 3-pin power connector.


Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Solid Capacitors

Solid Capacitors

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review CPU area

CPU area

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review CPU Fan header

CPU Fan header


The CPU Socket (LGA-1156) can take all CPUs on the new interface including the Core i7 860 and Core i5 750 that was released this week. Note that you cannot use LGA-1366 CPUs on this or any other P55 Express motherboard. There is plenty of room for after-market CPU coolers on this board as the CPU area is basically clear of obstacles with low-profile Solid Capacitors surrounding the CPU Socket.


Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review SATA HS

SATA HS

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Memory

Memory

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Rear of PCB

Rear of PCB

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Power Fan

Power Fan


To the left of the CPU Socket is the P55 Express Platform Controller Hub with a heatsink and a heatpipe leading out to the first MOSFET heatsink. A second heatpipe leads out to the second MOSFET heatsink. The CPUFan header is under the MOSFET heatsink. Below the CPU Socket are four DIMM Sockets for up to 16GB of DDR3 memory. The LGA-1156 CPUs support DDR3-1333MHz natively, but this board supports up to DDR3-2600 when available.


Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Phase LED

Phase LED

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review IDE+24-pin

IDE+24-pin

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review SATA 10 port

SATA 10 port

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review FDD

FDD


Starting on the bottom edge of the board we find a Phase LED that lights up. Next to that is the 24-pin power connector. Above the power connector is the IDE port. GIGABYTE has chosen to outfit this board with ten, yes, ten SATA ports all facing sideways. This allows the user to install long video cards without interference from the SATA ports. To the left of the SATA ports is the onboard Power button, allowing users to test their board out before installing it in a case. A GIGABYTE SATA2 controller controls two SATA ports, the Intel P55 Express controls six and the JMB362 controls 2 more and the external SATA.


Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review ITE IT8720F

ITE IT8720F

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review FP IO

FP IO

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review USB

USB

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Firewire

Firewire


The left side of the board starts off with the FP I/O which is all color coded and labeled for easy installation. Two USB 2.0 headers, a single Firewire header the FDD controller, SysFan 2, and COM Port A comprise the left side of the board. An IT8720F chip There is a CD—In and SPDIF-Out port on the top of the board. Two Realtek RTL8111D PHYs support the two Gigabit LAN ports on the Rear I/O.

GIGABYTE outfits this board with three PCI Express x16 slots. Only the first two are full PCI Express x16 2nd generation slots, the other one is a PCI Express x16 slot electrically wired. You can run two video cards in SLI or CrossfireX mode, but the third card


Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Realtek ALC889A

Realtek ALC889A

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Audio driver

Audio driver

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Audio information

Audio information

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review CD In

CD In


Onboard sound is provided by the Realtek ALC889A CODEC that has been used in many motherboards on the market today. This chip fully supports the High Definition Audio standard and supports up to 7.1 surround sound and 2-channel (Multi-Streaming) output simultaneously. This chip supports Dolby Home Theater, S/PDIF In/Out and CD In.


Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Realtek ALC889A

Realtek ALC889A

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Audio driver

Audio driver

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Audio information

Audio information

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review CD In

CD In


The Rear I/O of the board has gotten rid of one of the PS/2 connections and instead has provided a combo port that can be used for either a PS/2 mouse or keyboard. A Optical and a coaxial S/PDIF Out port, 2 Firewire ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 2 external SATA/ Combo ports, two LAN jacks for the Gigabit LAN, and six audio jacks for the onboard audio comprise the I/O. The eSATA/USB combo ports allow you to install a SATA or a USB device in them.


Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Realtek ALC889A

Realtek ALC889A

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Audio driver

Audio driver

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review Audio information

Audio information

Gigabyte P55-UD5 Motherboard Review CD In

CD In