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Gigabyte Relabels Top X58 Motherboard

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First surfaced two weeks ago, Gigabyte's then called GA-EX58-Extreme 2 motherboard has been renamed to GA-X58A-UD7, ahead of its launch. Traditionally known for giving the DQ6 and UD6 identifiers for its high-end motherboards, Gigabyte used the 'Extreme' identifier for some of its later high-end offerings. This is the first time a '7' identifier is in place. Touted to be a full-fledged successor to the EX58-Extreme, the X58A-UD7 brings to the table an upgraded feature-set, including support for USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gb/s, and four PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots (electrical x16, NC, x16, NC; x16, NC, x8, x8; or x8, x8, x8, x8, depending on how they're populated,) enabling 4-way ATI CrossFireX. Support for NVIDIA 3-way SLI is also included. One of the star attractions of this model is its factory-fitted chipset water-cooling block. Based on the Intel X58 Express chipset, the X58A-UD7 supports socket LGA-1366 Intel Core i7 processors. Its price and release date are still under wraps.

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HA! I knew that GIGABYTE was going to name the next X58 series X58A, which is why I was baffled by the EXTREME2 name.
 

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4x5870 review plz :D


when i eventually upgrade, i so want a mobo like this :)
(and watercooling)
 

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4x5870 review plz :D


when i eventually upgrade, i so want a mobo like this :)
(and watercooling)
The way the slots are positioned, this will only allow 3 cards. :shadedshu
 
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The way the slots are positioned, this will only allow 3 cards. :shadedshu
Yeah I'm absolutely baffled as to why they even bothered placing three PCI-E slots in a row. I can't think of a single combination that takes advantage of the setup unless you employ at least two single slot cards. :wtf:

Is that Northbridge/Southbridge heat sink really worth the sacrifice? :wtf:

Other than that the board looks great.
 
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not mussels,

we want 4x5890 review pls
 

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Since most X58 NB setups are fanless, a cheap cheap all in one water cooling kit should do wonders for that NB.
 
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Gigabyte suck at layouts.....

They are good at Bios, no matter what product.

they suck at vrm.

They rock at cheap midrange mobo's
 

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awesome for the inclusion of Sata 6.0 and USB 3.0.
 
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" four PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots"
Well, this is disappoints me.
I hate all marketing crap...
4×PCIe 16....
X58 Has 40 PCIe lanes, not 64... :(
 

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In case you're wondering what's in it for those who don't water-cool, this is included in the package:

 
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Ouch!!!
That's SEXY piece of cooling!
 

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" four PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots"
Well, this is disappoints me.
I hate all marketing crap...
4×PCIe 16....
X58 Has 40 PCIe lanes, not 64... :(
Physically they indeed are four x16 slots. I explained the lane arrangements in the brackets.
 
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Physically they indeed are four x16 slots. I explained the lane arrangements in the brackets.
a "Long" PCIe 8× expansion slot is not equal with PCIe 16× for me (maybe for the marketing managers yez :D )
Check GA-EX58-EXTREME spec @ gigabyte's webpage

Gigabyte @ EX58-Extreme Spec said:
Expansion Slots 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2) (Note 2)
1 x PCI Express x8 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1) (Note 3)
 
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Four with water-cooling:pimp:
4 with water-cooling and hack sawed / yet to exist non-reference 5870. :roll:
Get the chain-saw going! :rockout:
 
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a "Long" PCIe 8× expansion slot is not equal with PCIe 16× for me (maybe for the marketing managers yez :D )
Check GA-EX58-EXTREME spec @ gigabyte's webpage
It does not matter what it equals for you. Physically those are x16 slots. Gigabyte listed out their electrical configurations. The second and fourth slots are never x16 electrically, as they physically lack lanes 9~16. But, physically, the slot seats PCI-E x16 addon cards. Open-ended PCI-E x4 slots cannot be defined in similar light, since they're as long as an x4 slot.

4 with water-cooling and hack sawed / yet to exist non-reference 5870. :roll:
Get the chain-saw going! :rockout:
http://www.techpowerup.com/img/09-10-27/97b.jpg
Who's talking about HD 5000? A vast majority of cards can be turned into single-slot with water cooling.
 
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Who's talking about HD 5000? A vast majority of cards can be turned into single-slot with water cooling.
Mussels did :p
The post you quoted was a reply to Mussels' so I assume you were talking about the HD5ks. :wtf:
 

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Ahh, ok. Indeed the layout is retarded (of HD 5000's rear-panel, that is).
 
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Actually, Trubritar has a couple of benchmarks on 4x5870. Go check him out on Youtube. He uses the Asus P6T7 mobo though.

Why watercooling? The 5870 Vapor-X will never pass 70 degrees Celsius even under load and isn't that loud. And it doesn't cost a fortune and isn't a pain in the ass to set up and maintain, like a water cooling loop. And you get to keep your warranty:nutkick:.

Yeah, the 3 PCIe x16 slots in a row is quite dumb. So is the rear I/O design on the 5870. But it wouldn't be possible otherwise to use the Eyefinity technology. But who can afford 3 Eyefinity monitors anyways? And even so, your frame rates will suck.
 
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But it wouldn't be possible otherwise to use the Eyefinity technology. But who can afford 3 Eyefinity monitors anyways? And even so, your frame rates will suck.
How long befor eyefinity is mainstream?. Triplehead2go is only $299. After i get my 3 5870's, The Triplehead2go and 3 22" LCD's is next.





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:eek: what a hill is this , 4x 5870x2 and core i7 extreme = :twitch:

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