Tuesday, April 13th 2010

Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 Pictured

Gigabyte's upcoming extreme high-end motherboard that made news for being the foundation of some world-record overclocking feats based on the Core i7 980X EE processor, the GA-X58A-UD9, has finally faced the lens. The picture reveals a beastly-looking socket LGA-1366 motherboard featuring a very strong VRM and full-on PCI-Express connectivity. The CPU is powered by what appears to be a 24-phase VRM, which draws power from two 8-pin connectors. It is wired to six DDR3 DIMM slots for triple-channel memory.

The heatsinks over the CPU VRM are connected to the those over the chipset with heatpipes, the heatsink over the X58 chipset has a fusion cooler which can provide water-cooling, as well as attach to a Silent Pipe heatsink block. The heatsink over the ICH10R southbridge is about as big as the ones on the UD5, Extreme, and UD7 models. We expect there to be one or two nForce 200 bridge chips over the two x16 links from the X58 chipset, giving out a total of four x16 links. All 7 expansion slots are PCI-Express x16, looking at the three blocks of external PCI-E lane switches, there indeed are three x16 links split between six slots, and the 7th being a full x16 slot. So the electrical configuration could be x16/x8, x8, x16/x8, x8, x16/x8, x8, x16, for the seven slots.
Connectivity features include six SATA 3 Gb/s from the ICH10R, two additional controllers giving out four additional SATA ports (color-coded white), of which at least two are 6 Gb/s, an IDE connector, 8+2 channel audio, two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, FireWire, USB 3.0, and a number of USB 2.0 ports. Since the GA-X58A-UD9 is already available with some professional overclockers, market availability doesn't look far away.Source: XtremeSystems Forums
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60 Comments on Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 Pictured

btarunr said:
Feel free to post that explanation here.
AHAHHAHA i was just gonna put that like im not getting in touch with your PR team for that B$ you arent important.
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Thanks, news post updated.
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Nice board, i just wish they wouldnt fit these awful gimmicky water blocks, the ud7 one was atrocious, and this looks like more of the same
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I just bought a UD7 last week and i think the layout is actually pretty nice, I don't know how efficient the heatsink is yet, but it seems pretty good.
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Bjorn_Of_Iceland said:
Because its in a blue orange colour scheme
Haha, when the topic first started they only had a black and white picture
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when is it coming out, it's either that or the REIII or UD9....... wahooooooooooooo

980x come to papa......
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To infinity ... and beyond!
I wish gigabyte would release a matx version of their high end boards.
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freaksavior said:
I wish gigabyte would release a matx version of their high end boards.
Seriously right? I'd have one by now if they did. They do have a micro ATX 890GX board released I believe. I guess the mATX enthusiast market isn't profitable enough for them to pump out more boards.
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To infinity ... and beyond!
I was hoping they would release an x58 matx before i bought my evga. but they didn't :(
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