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Gigabyte EX58-UD4P Review

RHKCommander959    -   April 16, 2009
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Conclusion

Overall, it was a joy working with the EX58-UD4P. Overclocking was simple, but it also has the capacity to get complex for hardcore users. This board is third behind the top of the line EX58-EXTREME, which is aimed for the top of the line market, but this board still puts up great numbers. The only real con is that it only has one LAN port, but the next two models do have dual LAN, so I won't grudge this board. Otherwise the two orange ports are kind of funny, but it is not hard to move on past that. The screw mounted Northbridge and Southbridge show great attention to thermal and overclocking qualities, as do the back plates. The PCI Express slots are configured in a more efficient way in which users of triple-card setups will appreciate that the lanes are split x16 x8 x8, allowing cards to run closer to their full potential rather than being starved of bandwidth. Otherwise, in regular SLI and CrossFire or other two-slotted variants (Quad-SLI or Quad Crossfire) the lanes are x16 x16. Unfortunately, the bundled software for overclocking and power management were inoperable, or else the board may have excelled more. Performance-wise this board met or exceeded the competition. Overclocking on this motherboard was a walk in the park, and temperatures exceeded my expectations. Settings in the BIOS were plentiful, but even when left on Auto, the board performed very well. All of the LEDs on the board are good tools for diagnostics, but when running just look cool. The color scheme of this board is vastly improved over prior models from Gigabyte, and only needs a few minor tweaks to look fantastic.

 

Pros:

  • Open ended PCI Express x4 slot allowing for any card
  • Three PCI Express x16 slots for triple graphics card configurations
  • Comprehensive driver disk and manuals
  • eSATA ready with all accessories included
  • Great overclocker 200+ BCLK
  • Runs cool
  • Plenty of debug LEDs

 

Cons:

  • Orange slots
  • Software is currently buggy

 

 

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