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Gigabyte EX58-UD4P Review

RHKCommander959    -   April 16, 2009
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Testing:

To find out how much the 2 oz. copper layer helps electric signaling, and to see how the board compares to other competitors, I will be assaulting this board with a ton of tests - both scientific and graphics based. All chipsets are x58 of course, since no other chipsets have been released for the i7 line yet. All testing is done on the board with all defaults minus a few small tweaks to the processor and memory, including disabling Turbo Mode, and setting voltages. For overclocking the Gigabyte EX58-UD4P, I will push for a realistic overclock that should be attainable for most people, leaving some headroom available with further tweaking. The CPU is cooled by the stock heat sink; to keep temperatures good, a lower multiplier was used.

 

Testing Setup i7:

 

Comparison Motherboards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 920 200x17 1.25 volts
  • System Memory: Mushkin 3x 2GB 9-9-8-24 1600 MHz 1.6 volts

Overclocking the Gigabyte board to 200 BCLK was very easy. Leaving everything on auto except for CPU and Memory voltage allowed the system to operate stably. Using a custom cooler at the last minute, I was able to raise the CPU multiplier and bring it to 4GHz, but the CPU was not fully stable. 3.8GHz was, however, and thus this board can take users far if the cooler and chip are up to par. A few minor tweaks and it was running smoothly. Anything further required a little more tweaking, but for 200 BCLK and passive Northbridge cooling there is nothing to whine about here.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SPECviewperf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty World At War
  5. Dead Space
  6. Fallout 3
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

 




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