GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review :: Features

03-31-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
  • 6 Core CPU support
  • X58 Northbridge
  • ICH10R Southbridge
  • Core i7 Support
  • USB 3.0 Support
  • SATA 6Gb/second support
  • 3x USB Power Boost
  • 24-Phase power
  • Qualified for Windows 7
  • Dynamic Energy Saver 2
  • Smart 6
  • AutoGreen
  • XHD
  • Integrated Memory Controller
  • QPI
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • Multi-Display support with 3 way CrossfireX and 3 way SLI
  • Hybrid Silent Pipe 2
  • Ultra Durable 3
  • Ultra Smart
  • EasyTune6
  • DualBIOS
  • 2 Gigabit LAN
  • Hardware OverVoltage Control IC-Enabling Extreme Overclocking
  • Visible Overvoltage reminder
  • OV-Alert LED
  • Visible Overclocking reminder
  • Visible Temperature reminder
  • Onboard quick switches
  • Dolby Home Theater
  • EuP Lot 6 support

Part NumberX58A-UD7
North BridgeIntel X58
SocketLGA1366 Socket
Memory speed2000/1866/1600/1333/1066
Processor TypesCore i7
Number of CPUs1
QPIUp to 6.4GT/second
Memory TypeDDR3
Memory ChannelsTriple
Maximum Memory24GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16 x3
South BridgeICH10R
SATA6.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5, 10
LAN10/100/1000 4 LAN Ports
FirewireIEEE 1394a

Intel is set to launch their 6 core CPU the Gulftown series processor later this month. GIGABYTE has certified that all of their X58 motherboards are ready to support the new CPUs which are set to launch shortly. GIGABYTEíS motherboard uses the Intel X58 chipset and ICH10R combination of Northbridge and Southbridge. These support the LGA-1366 Socket CPUs.

This is one of the first GIGABYTE motherboards to support the USB 3.0 standard on the X58 chipset. Previous motherboards supporting the standard are based upon the P55 or H55 chipsets. USB 3.0 offers 10x the bandwidth between the device and the host controller at 5Gbits/second compared to the 480Megabits/second of USB 2.0. GIGABYTE goes further with their 3x Power which offers 2700microAmps of power to devices 3x more than regular USB 3.0 at 900microAmps.

The other big innovation in component attachment of the last few months has been SATA 6 Gb/second ports. These offers double the bandwidth compared to the previous generation SATA 2 ports. The regular Hard Disk Drive hardly saturates the SATA 2 bus as the drives do not have sustained transfer rates in excess of that interfaceís ability to transfer data. The advent of affordable SSD drives has driven the adoption of SATA 6 Gb/s which gives plenty of bandwidth at 5 Gb/second.

The Hybrid Silent Pipe 2 is their revolutionary cooling solution for the chipset on the motherboard. This technology combines GIGABYTEíS proprietary screen cooling technology, external heat sink and chipset water block to deliver maximum thermal performance. The Northbridge has a built-in water block which allows water cooling to be attached quickly. There is also a Heat sink module that can be installed in lieu of the water block by removing screws and removing the water block, and installing the Hybrid Silent Pipe 2 to the same area.

2oz Copper PCB has 2x lower impedance than regular PCB layers, better Electro Static Discharge, better overclocking, better power efficiency, lower temperatures and a lower electromagnetic interference than the regular 1oz copper PCB layers found on other motherboards. The ESD is lowered up to 10% compared to 1oz copper layers. The electrical waste or impedance is lower by about 50% on the Ultra Durable 3 boards.

Smart 6 is a system management utility included on GIGABYTE motherboards that offers Smart QuickBoot, Smart DualBIOS, Smart QuickBoost, Smart Recorder, Smart Recovery and Smart TimeLoop. Smart QuickBoot uses the systemís Suspend and Sleep state to quickly boot the computer from an off state. Smart DualBIOS keeps track of commonly used passwords. Smart QuickBoost offers one-button overclocking. Smart Recorder keeps track of your system condition. Smart Recovery is like Windows System Restore, and Smart TimeLock allows you to control your computer usage for work or children.