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
Wile E
Power User
erocker said:
Meh, it could still use a PCI slot, especially for something like a wifi card.. 6 full length PCI-E slots is plenty.
For who? I'm glad PCI is missing. I want 7+ PCIe on all boards.

cdawall said:
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.
You mean like how the AMD owners jizz over every new Crosshair released?

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 PCIe 1x sound cards can plug into these PCIe 16x slots. Every single one of them. If it's PCIe, it plugs into these slots, period, regardless of it being 1x, 4x, 8x or 16x.

It doesn't have to completely fill the slot. It is all cross compatible.

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#3
xBruce88x
hmm... the cooler on the chipset looks familiar...

its on one of their video cards (at least a very close version)
GIGABYTE GV-R485MC-1GI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit ...

looks like an awesome board... whenever i get lucky at the lotto i'll buy one.

edit

@monkey_business... just think of the days of the 16bit isa slots (or think of ide 33/66/100/133 all working in the same connector)... an 8 bit card could also fit into it. same goes for pci-e. a 1x, 4x, etc pci-e card will fit into the slot just fine, they'll just simply run in those channels only at 1x or 4x speed, or w/e. same goes vice versa, you could put a 16x gfx card in a 4x or 1x slot, with maybe cutting out the back of the plastic on the slot but it'd work, just less bandwidth. we're not yell'in at ya, just letting you know so if you don't have that 1x slot but a spare x16 you'll know you can still use your 1x device. (lan, raid, sound, tv tuner, video capture, w/e... )

edit 2 @ everyone claiming its overkill

1: at techpowerup there's no such thing
2: they're just getting us ready for Crysis 2 :)
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#4
nugzo
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.
Honestly guy, If you believe what you are saying, you have Absolutely no business in this conversation. i guarantee that that creative card you show there will fit and run flawless in any one of those PCIe x16 slots. The nerve of some people to argue and be so rude about something they obviously know absolutely positively nothing about.
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#5
roast
nugzo said:
Honestly guy, If you believe what you are saying, you have Absolutely no business in this conversation. i guarantee that that creative card you show there will fit and run flawless in any one of those PCIe x16 slots. The nerve of some people to argue and be so rude about something they obviously know absolutely positively nothing about. :banghead: You sound like a straight idiot, you know that right?
Fuggin hell, calm down. He wasnt being rude, he had a valid question.

Lets get it back on topic.
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#6
nugzo
roast said:
Fuggin hell, calm down. He wasnt being rude, he had a valid question.

Lets get it back on topic.
Sorry i quoted he wrong thing. "fixed" He wasnt asking a question, he was telling us that the card will not work.

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.
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#7
vagxtr
xaira said:
2x 8pin eps 12v connectors, gigabyte have you ever heard of overkill

silly gigabyte tricks are for kids
:D
only extra 8-pin connector on mobo is not such an expensive gimmick

But then i think all these fancy 48 phase ludocratic gimmicks unnecessary but people obviously love them. And all that capacitors and coils are the real overkill -- they're really thinkig green and to reduce consuption :rolleyes:. And extra eps 8-pin connector is just smart thing to complement all that c-ap cause without it all we really have is overkill cpu pwm that lacks proper power distribution from power supply.


freaksavior said:
Good lord Gb, enough. i get annoyed when companies do this. here is are flagship ud5, oh wait, no its a ud7! haha psych! it really a ud9, oh no here comes the ud21
:p LOL they must milk some money on enthusiastic X58 that still after 1.5yrs have only i7 920
as best mainstream value proc .... and probably no value i7 930 based on 6-core chip in reasonable timeframe.


freaksavior said:
Also, wth were they thinking, calling this their "high end board" with a ide and a floppy! their "flagship" board with legacy connectors. lols.
Cmon you didnt really expect that they remove that pcb space waste connectors :D and include something more useful like extra two sata3 connectors, not that board lacks of sata2 and c-appy jmicron sata2/eide controler, but for the price they could integrate 2x Marvell 88SE9128 (pcie x1 !!!! -> 2x sata 3.0) RAID 0/1 controller or something better.

But then there's good old floppy for life saving rescue feature if DualBIOS somehow fails :D Wait does this fancy mobo even feature that nitty life saving DualBIOS :facepalm:

And they call it *overclockers choice mobo* while motherboard LACKS OF EasySwitch RESET/PWR-ON feature ... These days even budget manufacturers include thes value gimmicks on their enthusiastic class mobos.
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#8
SystemViper
I say it's either the

Gig GA-X58A-UD9
Asus R3E - currently leaning to
EVGA Classy
MSI Future X58 with the big bang flavor....

bring it on...................
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#9
Wile E
Power User
vagxtr said:
:D
only extra 8-pin connector on mobo is not such an expensive gimmick

But then i think all these fancy 48 phase ludocratic gimmicks unnecessary but people obviously love them. And all that capacitors and coils are the real overkill -- they're really thinkig green and to reduce consuption :rolleyes:. And extra eps 8-pin connector is just smart thing to complement all that c-ap cause without it all we really have is overkill cpu pwm that lacks proper power distribution from power supply.




:p LOL they must milk some money on enthusiastic X58 that still after 1.5yrs have only i7 920
as best mainstream value proc .... and probably no value i7 930 based on 6-core chip in reasonable timeframe.




Cmon you didnt really expect that they remove that pcb space waste connectors :D and include something more useful like extra two sata3 connectors, not that board lacks of sata2 and c-appy jmicron sata2/eide controler, but for the price they could integrate 2x Marvell 88SE9128 (pcie x1 !!!! -> 2x sata 3.0) RAID 0/1 controller or something better.

But then there's good old floppy for life saving rescue feature if DualBIOS somehow fails :D Wait does this fancy mobo even feature that nitty life saving DualBIOS :facepalm:

And they call it *overclockers choice mobo* while motherboard LACKS OF EasySwitch RESET/PWR-ON feature ... These days even budget manufacturers include thes value gimmicks on their enthusiastic class mobos.
It has reset and power buttons.
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#10
Baum
i like it :-)
every new board design has it's flaws, i still remember those being angry about "P4" Plugs everywhere those 4 pins in 2x2 rows ^^

for all those people asking to stop legacy ports, not every one is a gamer and those ports are important to many people as their purpose is more "switching" and "bitbanging" in realtime instead of pushing data thus they are needed in hardware, none of those usb-> rs232 dongle does that!
I will never buy any board without atleast one "analog" old plug just in case if they are missing you are skrw!
For the Floppy port, kinda moot ... those pins are not that expensive and if you need it? good to have right?

pci is missing and and that's good most card are availible as pci-e
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#11
Wile E
Power User
Baum said:
i like it :-)
every new board design has it's flaws, i still remember those being angry about "P4" Plugs everywhere those 4 pins in 2x2 rows ^^

for all those people asking to stop legacy ports, not every one is a gamer and those ports are important to many people as their purpose is more "switching" and "bitbanging" in realtime instead of pushing data thus they are needed in hardware, none of those usb-> rs232 dongle does that!
I will never buy any board without atleast one "analog" old plug just in case if they are missing you are skrw!
For the Floppy port, kinda moot ... those pins are not that expensive and if you need it? good to have right?

pci is missing and and that's good most card are availible as pci-e
The general point people are making is, this is targeted at a market that does not need the legacy parts. Normal people won't be buying this board, obsessed OCers will.
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#12
Kitkat
lol i try to explain this every motherboard post.... ppl always hit up with the same dumb lines (i hate that layout why didn't they optimize it ect... The layouts are fine.... for what ever market they are selling too. Its just not fine for the 10 old cards they need to use.. or the stuff they have that no one cares about. They need to start there own companies so that ppl with 6 dongles, 2 media cards from 1999 and those IDE drives (just like them (no one)) can finaly be happy with a layout that matches there CURRENT CARD order... UNTIL THEY DIE. lol! When on NEW boards u can change all that with switches on the motherboard or IN BIOS electrically. doesn't HAVE TO BE THE TOP 2 why do ppl make the same stupid post about 1X cards and motherboard layouts lol. There is a science to all of it. Most are just too dumb to see it. Or they dont think about scenarios, money choices or anything. They just think of there computer and then complain lol. Its so funny

Wile E said:
The general point people are making is, this is targeted at a market that does not need the legacy parts. Normal people won't be buying this board, obsessed OCers will.
just the fact that u even need to say that lol... its insane
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#13
Judgedredd
I own this board and its rock sold board upgraded from a gigabyte EX58 Extreme

is there a differance yes there is it does have one major flaw thow
if running more then one video cards it remended that you plug in the two 4 pin molex connecters this is all we and good but if you plug in the top one there no way you can install the silent pipe 2 so you must water cool the north bridge
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