GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review :: Introduction

03-31-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The upcoming launch of the Intel 6 core CPUs will bring performance to the next level compared to the older 4 core Core i7s on the market today as they have 2 more cores, a higher clock speed and manufactured on the 32nm process that was introduced with the LGA-1156 CPUs. Along with the new CPU launch, motherboard manufacturers have been scrambling to release new motherboards.

Two new technologies have hit the forefront in computers recently: USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/second. These technologies were first introduced in motherboards based upon the LGA-1156 Socket. Motherboard manufacturers have begun releasing X58 motherboards with these technologies. The X58 chipset with ICH10R combination has the advantage of more PCI Express lanes allowing for reduced performance hit when using the combination versus the Core i7+H55 combination which can take the PCI Express lanes from the CPU. The X58 chipset is designed for multiple graphics solutions and therefore has more lanes to give for other uses including USB 3.0 without sacrificing performance. GIGABYTE has manufactured motherboards based on X58 chipset since the beginning and todayís review is on the new GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 motherboard.