Gigabyte EX58-UD4P X58 Motherboard

Introduction

 

Introduction

It's been a while now since we reviewed Gigabyte's first X58 motherboard and one which I was very impressed with, the EX58 UD5. Since then we have reviewed a number of motherboards from the ever popular Asus P6T to the High Performing DFI T3eH8. None of those boards however, could match the all round abilities of the UD5, especially for the price. So then, what can the UD4P, Gigabytes latest offering bring to the table? Well, for a start it is cheaper than the UD5, it's still a feature packed board and as we will see, it has only forsaken a few features of the UD5 which you may or may not miss.

Priced between the UD5 Extreme and the budget DS3R, the UD4P is the latest performance X58 motherboard based on Intel's Skt1366 configuration and one of seven motherboards hailing from the Taiwanese company.  All of the boards from Gigabyte are cut down versions of the range topping UD5 Extreme. The UD4P has a slightly different PCIe configuration, sporting 2x16 PCIe ports which drop down to 1xPCI16 and 1x8 when the third (orange) 8 speed PCIe port is used. The UD5 however retains the full 16 lanes of PCIe 2.0 goodness when the third slot is used. In contrast the UD3R has 2 full size PCIe ports so does not allow 3-way SLI/CrossfireX. The UD4P also has less SATA ports than the UD5 but as it already has 8 SATA ports only the storage hoarders should be concerned.

The UD4P does however have a feature which the UD5 does not and that's the Ultra TPM encryption capability. The TPM (Trusted Module Platform) allows users to secure their files, preventing any unauthorised access without the keys stored on the USB stick. Being much more secure than software based encryption, TPM is perfect for users who might have what some might say 'sensitive information' on their PC. These keys can also be backed up in the BIOS should you be the forgetful type. Once the key's are stored on the USB stick they are then erased from the PC preventing anyone from accessing your protected files without the key. Simply unplugging your USB key locks up the files and renders them unusable until the USB key (and therefore the keys) are re-inserted.  Thankfully Gigabyte include full instructions for this procedure with a separate manual.

Being part of the Ultra Durable range, the UD4P features quality components which provide better cooling, greater efficiency and enhanced signal quality. This, along with lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) provides greater stability allowing for higher overclocks.

Here's What Gigabyte have to say about the EX58-UD4P:

The EX58-UD4P is the latest high performance X58 Series motherboards of GIGABYTE, designed from the ground up to unleash the awesome power of Intel’s new Core i7 processors. Equipped with a host of new features including the new QPI interface, 3 channel DDR3 support, 3 Way SLI™ and CrossFireX™ support, Ultra Durable 3 technology and the industry’s most extensive range of overclocking features, the EX58-UD4P is bringing excitement back into the high performance motherboard industry.

Specifications

CPU
1. Support for an Intel® Core™ i7 series processor in the LGA 1366 package
(Go to CPU Support List for the latest CPU support )
2. L3 cache varies with CPU
QPI
1. 4.8GT/s / 6.4GT/s
Chipset
1. North Bridge: Intel® X58 Express Chipset
2. South Bridge: Intel® ICH10R
Memory
1. 6 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 24 GB of system memory (Note 1)
2. Dual/3 channel memory architecture
3. Support for DDR3 2100+/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
Audio
1. Realtek ALC889A codec
2. High Definition Audio
3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
4. Support for Dolby® Home Theater
5. Support for S/PDIF In/Out
6. Support for CD In
LAN
1. 1 x Realtek 8111D chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
1. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2) (Note 2)
2. 1 x PCI Express x8 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1) (Note 3)
(The PCIEX16_1, PCIE16_2 and PCIEX8_1 slots support 2-Way/3-Way NVIDIA SLI/ATI CrossFireX technology and conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
3. 1 x PCI Express x4 slot
4. 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
5. 2 x PCI slots
Storage Interface South Bridge:
1. 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
GIGABYTE SATA2 chip:
1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
2. 2x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_0, GSATA2_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD
iTE IT8720 chip:
1. 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
IEEE 1394
1. T.I. TSB43AB23 chip
2. Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (1 on the back panel, 2 via the IEEE 1394a brackets connected to the internal IEEE 1394a headers)
USB
1. Integrated in the South Bridge
2. Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
Internal I/O Connectors
1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
3. 1 x floppy disk drive connector
4. 1 x IDE connector
5. 8 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
6. 1 x CPU fan header
7. 3 x system fan headers
8. 1 x power fan header
9. 1 x North Bridge fan header
10. 1 x front panel header
11. 1 x front panel audio header
12. 1 x CD In connector
13. 1 x S/PDIF In header
14. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
15. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
16. 2 x IEEE 1394a headers
17. 1 x power LED header
18. 1 x chassis intrusion header
19. 1 x power switch
20. 1 x reset switch
Back Panel Connectors
1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
2. 1 x PS/2 mouse port
3. 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
4. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
5. 1 x IEEE 1394a port
6. 1 x clearing CMOS switch
7. 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
8. 1 x RJ-45 ports
9. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
1. iTE IT8720 chip
H/W Monitoring
1. System voltage detection
2. CPU/System/North Bridge temperature detection
3. CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
4. CPU overheating warning
5. CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
6. CPU/System fan speed control (Note 4)
BIOS
1. 2 x 8 Mbit flash
2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
3. Support for DualBIOS™
4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features
1. Support for @BIOS
2. Support for Q-Flash
3. Support for Virtual Dual BIOS
4. Support for Download Center
5. Support for Xpress Install
6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
7. Support for EasyTune (Note 5)
8. Support for Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced
9. Support for Time Repair
10. Support for Q-Share
Bundle Software
1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System
1. Support for Microsoft® Windows Vista/XP
Form Factor
1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

An Impressive specification to say the least. Raid RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 is available on the Intel controller and Gigabyte have also managed to cram a floppy port on the board for good measure which is a rarity these days. This, along with dual PS/2 ports should ease the monetary burden of upgrade for those clinging to yesterdays hardware.

Let's take a look at the aesthetics of the Gigabyte EX58-UD4P...

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Most Recent Comments

16-04-2009, 08:45:35

zak4994
Orange? Orange!?

WTF man.Quote

16-04-2009, 09:13:43

OmegaStalker
Lol i have the UD5 and its extreamly similar looking and believe me when i say its uglier in real life... Saying that i Picked up my UD5 from Novatech for like £205 for some reason that was the price so i clicked add to basket ... The UD5 is a great board...Quote

17-04-2009, 04:02:45

Luigi
Nice review

The link from the front page is broken though :SQuote

17-04-2009, 06:32:07

Bungral
Good review. Always enjoy reading ya mobo reviews.

Just a shame none are really pulling away from the pack. I'm sure on prevoius generations you would always get at least 1 or 2 that would be a little bit apart from the others.Quote

17-04-2009, 06:49:35

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Luigi'
Nice review

The link from the front page is broken though :S
Works fine here :\Quote
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