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Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Review

ccokeman    -   October 22, 2009
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  1. Support for an Intel® Core™ i7 series processor/Intel® Core™ i5 series processor in the LGA1156 package
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  1. Intel® P55 Express Chipset
  1. 6 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory
  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR3 2600+/2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
  4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
  5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
1. Realtek ALC889A codec

 2. High Definition Audio

 3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

 4. Support for Dolby® Home Theater

 5. Support for S/PDIF In/Out

 6. Support for CD In

1. 2 x RTL8111D chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
   2. Support for Teaming

   3. Support for Smart Dual LAN

Expansion Slots
1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1)

   2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1) (The PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX8_1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

   3. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1)

   4. 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
   5. 2 x PCI slots
Multi-Graphics Technology

1. Support for ATI CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology Technology (The PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX8_1 slots only.)

Storage Interface                Chipset:

1. 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices

   2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10


1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices

   2. 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_2, GSATA2_3) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices

   3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD 

2 x JMB362 chips:

1. 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s connectors (eSATA/USB Combo) on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices

   2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD

   3. 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_0/GSATA2_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices

   4. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD

iTE IT8720 chip:

1. 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive

H/W Monitoring
1. System voltage detection

   2. CPU/System temperature detection

   3. CPU/System/Power fan speed detection

   4. CPU overheating warning

   5. CPU/System/Power fan fail warning

   6. CPU/System fan speed control

1. 2 x 16 Mbit flash

   2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS

   3. Support for DualBIOS™

   4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b

Unique Features               
1. Support for @BIOS
   2. Support for Q-Flash

   3. Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue

   4. Support for Download Center

   5. Support for Xpress Install

   6. Support for Xpress Recovery2

   7. Support for EasyTune

   8. Support for Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2

   9. Support Smart TPM
 10. Support for Smart 6™
 11. Support for Q-Share
1. Integrated in the Chipset

   2. Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (10 on the back panel, including 2 eSATA/USB Combo, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)

IEEE 1394
1. T.I. TSB43AB23 chip

   2. Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a header)

Internal I/O Connectors        
1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector

   2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

   3. 1 x floppy disk drive connector

   4. 1 x IDE connector

   5. 10 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors

   6. 1 x CPU fan header
   7. 3 x system fan headers
   8. 1 x power fan header
   9. 1 x Chipset fan header
 10. 1 x front panel header

 11. 1 x front panel audio header

 12. 1 x CD In connector
 13. 1 x S/PDIF In header
 14. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
 15. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
 16. 1 x IEEE 1394a header
 17. 1 x serial port header
 18. 1 x clearing CMOS button
 19. 1 x power button
 20. 1 x reset button
Back Panel Connectors
1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port

   2. 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector

   3. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector

   4. 2 x IEEE 1394a ports
   5. 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

   6. 2 x eSATA/USB Combo connectors

   7. 2 x RJ-45 ports

   8. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/ Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

I/O Controller
1. iTE IT8720 chip
Bundle Software               
1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System

 1. Support for Microsoft® Windows 7/Vista/XP

Form Factor

   1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

1. TPM function is optional due to different regional policy

1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.

   2. Due to most hardware/software vendors no longer offer support for Win9X/ME. If some vendors still has Win9X/ME drivers available, we will publish on website.



  • 24 phase power- World's Best Phase Power Design:  Industry's First 24 Phase Power VRM Design GIGABYTE's cutting edge 24 phase power VRM design utilizes the highest caliber components to provide unadulterated, smooth power delivery for the CPU. Like a high performance sports car engine, GIGABYTE's 24 phase power design enables the best delivery of power to supercharge your system, giving extreme users unparalleled overclocking ability and the lowest temperatures to reach maximum performance levels.The innovative 24 phase power VRM has been designed and engineered to deliver fast transient response times through quick and seamless power delivery during extensive CPU loading variations. In addition, heat from the VRM is effectively reduced by spreading the load between the 24 power phases, resulting in a cooler and more stable platform.
  • Ultra Durable 3: GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design, featuring 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers which dramatically lowers system temperature by delivering a more efficient spreading of heat from critical areas of the motherboard such as the CPU power zone throughout the entire PCB. GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures. A 2oz Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking...more   
  • Benefits of 2 oz Copper PCB: 2x lower Impedence, Better ESD protection, Better Overclocking, Better power Efficiency, Lower Temperature , Lower EMI
  • Smart 6:  A Smarter way for PC system Management GIGABYTE Smart 6™ is designed with user-friendliness in mind, and offers a combination of 6 innovative software utilities that provide easier and smarter PC system management. Smart 6™ allows you to speed up system performance, reduce boot-up time, manage a secure platform and recover previous system settings easily with a click of the mouse button.
  • Windows® 7 WHQL Certified: The motherboard has obtained WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) certification for Windows 7 from Microsoft® for an Intel-based motherboard, setting the standard for future Windows 7 certified motherboards..
  • Smart Dual LAN: GIGABYTE Smart Dual LAN technology features intelligent LAN port auto-switching between the 2 physical Gigabit LAN chips; offering hassle free, zero downtime, high speed network connectivity.
  • Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2: GIGABYTE Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2 incorporates a host of intelligent features that use a proprietary hardware and software design to considerably enhance PC system energy efficiency, Reduce power consumption and deliver optimized auto-phase-switching for the CPU, Memory, Chipset, VGA, HDD, and fans with a simple click of button.
  • Intel® Core i7/ Core i5 LGA 1156 Processors: The Intel brand new computing architecture based on the innovation of micro-architecture transforms 3-chip solutions to a 2-chip platform. The next generation Intel® Core i7/ Core i5 ™ processors with LGA1156 package integrate graphics and memory controller to support dual channel DDR3 memory. Supporting Intel Turbo Boost technology and Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel® Core i7/ Core i5 ™ processors provide the overwhelming performance with optimized power efficiency.
  • DDR3 2600+ Support: The Intel brand new computing architecture based on the innovation of micro-architecture transforms 3-chip solutions to a 2-chip platform. The next generation Intel® Core i7/ Core i5 ™ processors with LGA1156 package integrate graphics and memory controller to support dual channel DDR3 memory. Supporting Intel Turbo Boost technology and Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel® Core i7/ Core i5 ™ processors provide the overwhelming performance with optimized power efficiency.
  • Smart TPM - A smarter , better way to protect your data: GIGABYTE Smart TPM provides the industry's highest level of data protection with 2048 bit hardware encryption. Smart TPM allows users to store their digital key on a USB thumb drive. In addition, Smart TPM allows users to lock the protected data remotely using a Bluetooth® enabled mobile phone.
  • eSATA/USB combo: eSATA/USB combo ports provides significant convenience by supporting eSATA and USB devices in one port, and requires no additional power source when connecting eSATA/USB combo devices through the applicable cable.
  • XHD (eXtreme HardDrive)-Accelerating hard drive performance with ease Accelerating system performance is made easy with the user friendly GIGABYTE eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D). GIGABYTE eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D) provides a quick and easy way to boost your hard drive performance simply by adding another hard drive.
  • AutoGreen- Greening your PC via Bluetooth cellphone: AutoGreen technology can automatically save power for you simply by your bluetooth cell phone when you are away from your computer
  • Multi-display support with ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI™ :P55-UD6 supporting both ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI™ delivers the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.
  • Thermal Design: Inspired by the performance and sleek lines of today's modern racing vehicles, GIGABYTE's stylish thermal solution is designed for extreme performance and ultra coolness
  • Dolby Home Theater Support:  Delivers vivid surround sound for music, movies, and games, using two to eight speakers or any set of headphones
  • Norton™ Internet Security: Fast, comprehensive, and up-to-the-minute protection against online threats. It safeguards your computer, identity, and home network without slowing you down. It sets a new standard for speed and makes online shopping, banking, and browsing safer and more convenient than ever.   




All onformation on this page courtesy of Gigabyte@  http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3159&ProductName=GA-P55-UD6

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Bundled Accesories)
  3. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  4. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  5. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  6. Closer Look( The BIOS: Continued)
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  9. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar
  10. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PcMark Vantage
  11. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  12. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench 10, HD Tune
  13. Testing: Far Cry 2
  14. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  15. Testing: BioShock
  16. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  17. Testing: Dead Space
  18. Testing: Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II
  19. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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