GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review :: Layout

03-31-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Board

Board

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review 8-pin power

8-pin power

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review CPU Socket area

CPU Socket area

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Back of PCB

Back of PCB


GIGABYTE uses their standard purple PCB with the X58A-UD7 board. They have made many motherboards usually of a purple color and this one is no different. The upper right hand corner of the board holds an 8-pin power connector. The CPU Socket is a LGA-1366 Socket that can take either the Core i7 CPUs or the upcoming 6-core Gulftown CPU.


GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Back MOSFET

Back MOSFET

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Heatpipe

Heatpipe

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Water block

Water block

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Side MOSFET

Side MOSFET


The CPU area is surrounded on three sides but the clearance is enough to use after-market cooling solutions for the CPU. There are two MOSFET heatsinks connected by two heatpipes. These lead to the X58 Northbridge which is covered by a waterblock. If you are using a water-cooling system or donít want to install the Hybrid SilentPipe 2 you need do nothing. Iíve already described installing the Silent Pipe II. A large heatsink covers the ICH10R Southbridge, the Marvell 9128 chip and the TSB43AB23 chip.


GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review DIMM Slots

DIMM Slots

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review ITE chip

ITE chip

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Ultra Durable 3

Ultra Durable 3

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review 24-pin power

24-pin power


The board has six DIMM slots for up to 24GB of DDR3 memory. The board supports DDR3 memory up to 2100MHz in speed. Note as the memory controller is on the CPU and not the Northbridge as earlier chipsets would have, the higher clocked memory is only available for those who overclock their CPU to get the higher clock speed memory. The Core i7 CPU on the LGA-1366 Socket supports Triple channel memory with like colored memory slots being used for that mode.


GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review FP I/O

FP I/O

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review SATA

SATA

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review L chip

L chip

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review USB headers

USB headers


The bottom of the board starts off with an ITE chip. This chip controls the Floppy port, the keyboard and mouse ports. This is followed by a 24-pin power connector which forms the power requirements of the board. . There is an onboard Power button on the right of the board as well as a purple Reset button next to that. Two 3-pin fan headers are above and next to the 24-pin power connector.


GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review CPUFan header

CPUFan header

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review TI chip

TI chip

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Dual BIOS chips

Dual BIOS chips

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review FDD+Firewire

FDD+Firewire


GIGABYTE has ten SATA ports on the board. The ICH10R Southbridge can control a maximum of six SATA ports so they had to add controllers to use ten of them. The UCG Two of the ports are controlled by a GIGABYTE SATA2 controller. The ICH10R can do RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD modes. To use the SATA 6 Gb/s ports you need to connect it to the ports labeled SATA3. To use the GIGABYTE SATA2 controller use the far left hand ports.


GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review ITE chip

ITE chip

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review SYSFAN header

SYSFAN header

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review NEC USB 3.0 chip

NEC USB 3.0 chip

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Power button

Power button


Expansion on the board consists of four PCI Express x16 slots. The x58 Express chipset has up to 36 PCI Express lanes so if four video cards are installed; they operate at x8 data rates each slot and card. The X58A-UD7 motherboard has three slots grouped together, meaning you will need to use single slot video cards if you want to install four cards. 3-way SLI or Crossfire is possible on this board with three dual-slot cards, meaning three HD 5870s or Fermi video cards can be installed. There are also two PCI Express x1 slots and a PCI slot on the board.


GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Expansion

Expansion

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review ASMT chips

ASMT chips

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Marvell chip

Marvell chip

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Realtek RTL8111L PHYs

Realtek RTL8111L PHYs


GIGABYTE includes the ALC889 sound CODEC for their board. This is a popular onboard sound CODEC used by many manufacturers. It fully supports the High Definition Audio CODEC. The ALC889 CODEC is Dolby Home Theater certified and allows for multi-streaming which means you can have 7.1 speakers and a set of headphones plugged in at the same time. The Rear I/O on the board consists of keyboard and mouse PS/2 ports, optical and coaxial S/PDIF ports, four USB 2.0 ports, two e-SATA/USB 2.0 combo ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 1394a and 1394b Firewire ports, two RJ-45 jacks for the onboard Gigabit LAN and six audio jacks for the onboard audio.


GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review ALC889

ALC889

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Realtek HD Control Panel

Realtek HD Control Panel

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Driver version

Driver version

GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 Review Rear I/O

Rear I/O