For the DRAM test, supporting 3 channels is big advantages for X58 platform.
I use the famous extreme memory maker, CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT CMG6GX3M3A2000C8, supports 3-channel.
Black/Red color make GT be more attractive
DDR3 2100 CL8 8-8-24 1T, BIOS set as 1.600V
SP2004 3 X Blend mode, 5.88GB stable in full load
Sandra Memory Bandwidth - 30925 MB/s
EVEREST Memory Read - 21274 MB/s
DDR3 OC can reach 2100 CL8 easily and only need 1.600V
Besides DOMINATOR-GT CMG6GX3M3A2000C8 quality is great, the X58A-UD7 OC capability is also in good standard.
It makes the combination be even greater.
Comparing to P55 dual channel performance, X58 3-channel bandwidth is much higher.
The CPU is Gulftown, 6 cores and HT technology work as 12
It’s not selling in the market yet, but there are many CPU test since August.
CPU OC to 4GHz to see some future structure performance
CPU 175 X 23 => 4025MHz
DDR3 2100 CL8 8-8-24 1T
Hyper 12 X PI 32M=> 14m 53.289s
CPUMARK 99=> 620
1 CPU=> 5662
x CPU=> 31983
GTX260 SLI 2WAY=> 20313
GTX260 SLI 3WAY=> 27205
During the test, you can see many software only support 4-8 cores.
In physical 6 cores plus HT, some benchmark scores decreased rather than increased.
I think the software need to improve more in this condition.
SLI 3WAY is also the same. CrystalMark 2004R3 scores is decreased.
So far, some software cannot support this high spec 100%.
However, Gulftown with SLI 3WAY really get the higher benchmark scores.
1.X58A-UD7 uses GIGABYTE most high end components and technologies
2.Support 3WAY SLI and CFX. NV system can use PhyX to build 4 VGA
3.SATA3 use high end Marvell 9128 chip. USB 3.0 uses NEC chip
4.BIOS items are rich and wide voltage items. CPU/DDR3 OC ability is great.
5.Built-in 6 SATAII, 2 USB/eSATA and 2 USB 3.0
6.Hybird SILENT-PIPE enhance the thermal solution. NB also support water cooling block
1.Hybird SILENT-PIPE will block one PCI-E X1
2.LAN and Audio chips are all Realtek. They could consider for some better one.
C/P Value ★★★★★★★☆☆☆
GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 is really the new blood for X58 platform
Except enhance the components, it also implements latest USB 3.0 and SATA3
LGA 1156 doesn’t sell well because i7 CPU plus P55 price is almost the same as LGA 1366
After LGA 1156 i3 CPU launch, the platform should be cheaper and rise the C/P value.
For the current market, LGA 1366 is still the most high end one.
SATA3 is helpless for users who only use 1~2 HDD.
7200rpm HDD performance is around 100~120 MB/s.
However, for milti-HDD and SSD users, SATA3 is a great improvement.
The most attractive part is USB 3.0. USB2.0 has been using for years.
30~35 MB/s bandwidth is too slow for most USB external storage users.
USB 3.0 can reach 150 MB/s in test which is almost 5 times faster.
This technology is more practical.
GIGABYTE announced GIGABYTE X58A-UD7 is high standard in overall performance.
Previous GIGABYTE X58 series can support Gulftown 6 cores CPU by upgrading BIOS.
It’s a pity that LAN and Audio can use better chip to match their high end components level.
If you want to build a top level PC, LGA 1366 is your best choice.
For top MB, X58 price is higher, but compare to the same price range X58 products, UD7 is still competitive.