Some times when we have to review things, you need to balance out the things it does well with the things it doesn't. Or it is slightly overpriced for what it is or what it does. There is always a compromise made, always a few things that you'd change.
It's usual for the most complex decisions to have some long conclusion in which we try and explain the various merits of each element so that the reader can decide what they are demanding from a particular product and if it does the things they'd like.
Not so with the Gigabyte P55-UD5. It's a very simple conclusion. It's well packaged, speedy, easily overclockable, looks lovely, isn't missing anything obvious, well priced and nearly bulletproof.
The LGA1156 motherboards have heralded a return from the truly ridiculous prices that the x58s motherboards came in at. The Gigabyte P55-UD5 is available for around the £145 mark and as you can see from todays results there is almost no reason to upgrade to a x58 if you're still on socket 775.
Admittedly todays tests used the most expensive LGA1156 processor, but the 860 is only about a tenner more than the 920 and will clock. That's assuming you even want Hyper-Threading. If you don't the i5 provide all you could ever need.
What you do need though, is the Gigabyte P55-UD5 to run it on. However, it's important for the sake of balance to mention the things that I don't like about it.
Following a long think I'm really struggling. So the best I can do is really nitpick. The IDE header is in a slightly awkward place. It shouldn't really have a floppy header these days. Maybe three internal headers for USB would be better than two. Although it's well priced, with the P55A-UD5 not much more expensive and coming with USB3 and SATA 6GB/s support.
As you can see, very very small problems, and absolutely nothing that affects how much of a premium product this is and I have no hesitation giving it the OC3D Editors Choice award.
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