Wednesday, May 12th 2010

GIGABYTE Unleashes GA-X58A-UD9, Unlocks Monster Performance

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and computing hardware solutions is proud to unleash their latest monster performance GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard, featuring a revolutionary new 24 phase Unlocked Power design, 4-way graphics support including NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX, as well as a host of unique GIGABYTE features such as 333 Onboard Acceleration and On/Off Charge.

"GIGABYTE set out to completely redefine what is possible performance and feature-wise on the X58 platform, and the GA-X58A-UD9 truly delivers on both fronts," commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd. "Providing the industry's highest caliber CPU power delivery with our unique 24 phase Unlocked Power design and including all of the features which set GIGABYTE motherboards apart from the competition, the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 fits into a whole new first class category all its own."
GIGABYTE Unlocked Power
Power is the key to unlocking "True" performance, and nowhere is this more evident than with the unique power delivery system specially designed and engineered for the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9. Featuring the proprietary GIGABYTE Unlocked Power technology with all new 24 phase design, the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 provides maximum power delivery for Intel's latest 1366 socket CPUs including the new Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition (6 core) CPUs as well as upcoming extreme performance CPUs from Intel, ensuring utmost system stability and overclockability.

Innovative Dual Power Switching Design
GIGABYTE Unlocked Power also delivers better durability and longer component lifespan due to the industry's first Dual Power Switching design. When Dual Power Switching is activated, 2 sets of 12 power phases operate in tandem, automatically turning on one set of 12 phases and powering down the other 12, allowing the non active set to rest. By sharing the power workload between 2 sets of power phases, GIGABYTE Dual Power Switching effectively doubles the lifespan of the power phases. Additionally, GIGABYTE Unlocked Power features built-in Auto Failure Protection, so if one power phase is damaged or fails, the motherboard will automatically disable its group of 12 phases, allowing it to still operate using the other set of twelve, unlike a traditional motherboard which would be unable to boot.

Maximum CPU Power Delivery
When CPU loading requires more than 12 phases to be active, GIGABYTE Dual Power Switching temporarily suspends, and the full 24 power phases are automatically unlocked, allowing for maximum power delivery. For overclockers and power users, this means the full 24 power phases can be activated to deliver the highest amount of CPU power currently available on any desktop motherboard.

4-Way Graphics Support and GIGABYTE 333 Onboard Acceleration
Based on Intel's highest end X58 chipset, the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 offers a wide range of premium features tailor-made for PC enthusiasts who believe more is never enough. For those wanting to build the ultimate graphics monster machine, the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 delivers with support for 4-way PCI Express 2.0 graphics (x16) for both ATI CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI technologies. The GA-X58A-UD9 also provides the latest in data transfer and storage capabilities with support for GIGABYTE 333 Onboard Acceleration technologies including SuperSpeed USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps support, including RAID 0 support for up to 4 times faster data transfer than the previous generation SATA II and GIGABYTE 3X USB power.

Unique GIGABYTE Technologies
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 motherboards also leverage the success of GIGABYTE's uniquely developed technologies including the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design, which features 2x the amount of copper of a traditional PCB design, as well as the innovative Smart6 PC management tools, On/Off Charge with 3x USB Power for quick anytime iPhone and iPad charging, Dynamic Energy Saver 2 power saving utilities, and DualBIOS technologies. Of course overclocking is where the GA-X58A-UD9 truly shines, with features designed for and by world-class overclockers including overvoltage controller ICs, real-time onboard Debug and System Alert LEDs and enough overclocking BIOS settings to push your hardware to its limits.

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63 Comments on GIGABYTE Unleashes GA-X58A-UD9, Unlocks Monster Performance

#1
Kitkat
cdawall said:
the design idea was overkill i swear. of the two moles connectors onboard one is blocked by the ridiculous chipset cooler. IDE/floppy are useless however we leave out PCI which can be used for power reg cards. sweet. ridiculous cooler thing is large enough to cool fermi passively 24 phases makes no difference if the 24 phases are half the size of the original 12 phases which is already just splitting the original 6 phase design. 2 EPS connectors just made every single PSU bought useless without adapters or dual psu's. i can almost garuntee that the socket/cpu will become one long before this board can peak the wattage supplied by the single EPS connector.

now with my rant done yes i understand who this board is aimed at however the 4 people that will get it from GB do not represent the people who will purchase this board. the thousands of nerds who play WOW and build there own super computers to handle the massive load it puts on a netbook will buy this and fermi cards it wont get overclocked and all the stupid things its missing and bitch. no pci means no to alot of addon cards tuners/sound cards/agia physx.

its a stupidly setup board with slots that will never get used. dual 8 pin should be reserved for server boards, throw away that stupid huge ass cooler thing and put in a sound card that is worth a damn. oh and why would you put the power button in the top right of the freaking board?
A: its supposed to be overkill lol
B: someone outside the target audience always buys it lol cant get mad they wont appreciate it.
C: It has allot of slots see answer A.
D: You don't have to use the cooler... all those extra useless pcie ports is where ud put your sound card, and you can set the others up electrically do be what u want.
E: The power button is at the top right so u can press it. I duno how much room your case has even an ATX with cables behind the back plate has plenty of room to press that button.

I know its a rant lol... but its suspose to be everything your ranting about ... ridiculous far past a need or even far past want. Someone will buy it if not just to drool on it. Remember those "What if" commics that had alternate endings to famous superheros... its like that what if we added the most everything.

As for those who wont "appreciate" it i see it every day in LA. People in Astons Ferraris lol.. stuck in traffic. Always gonna be that way. They will never make as much of these as the others and barely see profit on it. (i know its no excuse) Someone at the company has an imagination I know, (and you know) if Kitkat (CD) were a computer brand I'd (youd) be making shit like this all day for no reason. :roll: common its true.

Kitkat: "I made it for me... but you can buy it too at newegg lol"
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#2
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Kitkat said:
A: its supposed to be overkill lol
B: someone outside the target audience always buys it lol cant get mad they wont appreciate it.
C: It has allot of slots see answer A.
D: You don't have to use the cooler... all those extra useless pcie ports is where ud put your sound card, and you can set the others up electrically do be what u want.
E: The power button is at the top right so u can press it. I duno how much room your case has even an ATX with cables behind the back plate has plenty of room to press that button.

I know its a rant lol... but its suspose to be everything your ranting about ... ridiculous far past a need or even far past want. Someone will buy it if not just to drool on it. Remember those "What if" commics that had alternate endings to famous superheros... its like that what if we added the most everything.

As for those who wont "appreciate" it i see it every day in LA. People in Astons Ferraris lol.. stuck in traffic. Always gonna be that way. They will never make as much of these as the others and barely see profit on it. (i know its no excuse) Someone at the company has an imagination I know, (and you know) if Kitkat (CD) were a computer brand I'd (youd) be making shit like this all day for no reason. :roll: common its true.

Kitkat: "I made it for me... but you can buy it too at newegg lol"
haha it is true i just see this board as a step past even stupid. these i7 people will buy damn near anything ven if it looks like something a 7 year old girl drew. high as a kite.
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#3
Easo
Now someone say me why the hell anyone who has enough money to buy this and respectively all the remaining high-end components for it would want IDE and FLOPPY? xD
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#5
Bundy
What an awesome set of specs. I'm not their target market as I'm unlikely to use more than 2 pce-E slots but I know that this is right in the slot for those who want a monster.

I see they are still making their boards blue to cater for their number 1 market (Fits):)
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#6
csendesmark
This mobo is OVERKILL
But I like it :)
My current board is the EX58-EXTREME is already a great product, and this is even better ^^
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#7
csendesmark
Makaveli said:
The extra PCI-e slots can be used for other things than Videocards!

Think Tv Tuners, Soundcards, SATA controllers etc.
I had a TvTuner card with PCIe 1x connector, and my next soundcard will be also PCIe
whai do you need sata connector? 10 sata is not enough? :D
and there are many sata contorller with PCIe interface... (look around PCI is dead) ;)
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#8
Lionheart
I've never liked gigabyte boards, but this one looks very nice & promising :)
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#9
azzonie
Some versions of Windows will still require you to load raid drivers from a floppy with no other options. I am blaming the addition of the floppy connector on Microsoft.
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#10
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
azzonie said:
Some versions of Windows will still require you to load raid drivers from a floppy with no other options. I am blaming the addition of the floppy connector on Microsoft.
not true all versions that this board will support operating on support both slipstreaming and installing them off a USB
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#11
EarlZ
I would think anything over 12Phases is already enough and overkill, but 24phase.. hopefully this will give you guys 5Mhz more on the base clock
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#12
stasio
He,he first testing and results coming.......(just begging):D

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#14
overclocking101
:( the board looks crowded, I wouldnt buy it, and this plue pcb garbage what is that?? well I guess at least gigabyte finally stopped using ferry pink slots with the x58 lineup :)
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#16
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
sneekypeet said:
Loving that 4-pin molex above the PCIe slots for added power /sarcasm

It looked like poop when it was wired up on my DFI Ultra D, its still gonna look like poop here. Can't they come up with a cleaner way to power it?
You don't need to connect that Molex. Only if you're using a load of PCI-E video cards that rely on slot-power.

Besides, the UD9 isn't even meant for using in a case, it won't fit in 99% of the ATX cases. It's meant for the bench.
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#17
Unregistered
Great board, but there are NO PCI or PCIe slots. A big turnoff for some people.
#18
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Monkey_Business said:
Great board, but there are NO PCI or PCIe slots. A big turnoff for some people.
In case you didn't know, you can use PCIe (x1, x4, x8) cards on any of those x16 slots. They're guaranteed to work.
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#19
Unregistered
btarunr said:
In case you didn't know, you can use PCIe (x1, x4, x8) cards on any of those x16 slots. They're guaranteed to work.
It won't be physically compatible. An X-Fi sound card either uses a PCI or PCIe 1x slot depending on the model. The PCIe 1x slot is very small, while PCI and PCIe 16x 2.0 slots are much larger, but none of them are physically identical.

I don't know of ANY sound card that can plug into the same kind of slot that you plug a GPU into.
#20
douglatins
http://www.fudzilla.com/content/view/18802/1/


Golden Systems has unveiled its new Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard with a press release which setting out to "completely redefine what is possible performance and feature-wise on the X58 platform".

Setting aside the hyperbole, it looks like the motherboard is designed to maximize power delivery for Intel’s latest 1366 socket CPUs. This includes the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition (6 core) CPUs. The board has DDR3 memory support, 4-way PCI Express 2.0 graphics support and a unique iPhone charging feature. Golden said that the GA-X58A-UD9 X58 chipset motherboard delivers "utmost system stability and overclockability" by providing maximum power delivery through the company's new 24 phase Unlocked Power design.

It has a 4-way PCI Express 2.0 graphics support for both Nvidia SLI (with 2 nF200 SLI bridges) and ATI CrossFireX, DDR3 memory support, and seven PCIe 2.0 expansion slots. There is support for high speed data transfer rates in GIGABYTE's 333 Onboard Acceleration, which includes the industry's latest technologies such as SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA 3.

It also has a dual power switching design that allows two sets of 12 power phases operate in tandem, helping to extend component lifespan. As one set is powered up the other is turned down, allowing the non active set to rest. With built-in failure protection, the system can continue to boot even if one of the phase sets fails. When CPU loading requires boosting, the dual power mode automatically suspends the whole thing. All 24 phases are unlocked which Golden thinks "the highest amount of CPU power currently available on any desktop motherboard."

The GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard is available worldwide for a suggested retail price of US$649.

Wow cool, awesome spec... wait.... what?????? 650?!?! BLAMO done
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#21
roast
$650 is absolutley ridiculous.
I cant see much difference on it from the UD7 apart from the added PCIE slots and power design. I just put an order in for a UD7. I'm HAPPY that I didnt wait for the UD9.


Monkey_Business said:
It won't be physically compatible. An X-Fi sound card either uses a PCI or PCIe 1x slot depending on the model. The PCIe 1x slot is very small, while PCI and PCIe 16x 2.0 slots are much larger, but none of them are physically identical.

I don't know of ANY sound card that can plug into the same kind of slot that you plug a GPU into.
All of them can. PCIE 1x, 4x, 8x, devices will physically fit into a 16x slot, and work 100%.
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#22
Mescalamba
I think, I will keep my BloodRage. :) Btw. legacy things aint bad .. BloodRage has IDE/Floppy/PCI and still it kicks as* of most mobos. :)

Tough, eVGA SR2 isnt bad too.. :D

GB should improve their way of thinking, every heard of ceramic capacitors and digital PWM? :) Thats high-end.
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#23
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Monkey_Business said:
It won't be physically compatible. An X-Fi sound card either uses a PCI or PCIe 1x slot depending on the model. The PCIe 1x slot is very small, while PCI and PCIe 16x 2.0 slots are much larger, but none of them are physically identical.

I don't know of ANY sound card that can plug into the same kind of slot that you plug a GPU into.
Nah, ANY PCIe sound card will work on ANY motherboard's PCIe x16 slot. Likewise ANY PCIe add-on card (RAID, USB 3.0, WiFi, TV-tuner, etc.).
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#24
Unregistered
btarunr said:
Nah, ANY PCIe sound card will work on ANY motherboard's PCIe x16 slot. Likewise ANY PCIe add-on card (RAID, USB 3.0, WiFi, TV-tuner, etc.).
Look at these two images. How is this PCIe 1x sound card supposed to physically fit into the PCIe 16x 2.0 slot shown in the 2nd image? The big blue slots.



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