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Gigabyte EX58-UD4P Review


Closer Look:

The kit consists of four SATA cables, two of which have a 90 degree connector, two SLI bridges for SLI and Tri-SLI, I/O panel with color-coded appliqué, flat ribbon IDE and Floppy cables, and an eSATA expansion slot with external power Molex to SATA, and SATA cables to finish the deal. The kit is not as grand as some other motherboards, but still fairly complete. Crossfire connectors are not included since they usually ship with the video cards, where as SLI connectors always ship with the motherboards. Three manuals are included, one for setting up and using the Ultra TPM, the User Guide, and Installation guide. Also included is a disk with drivers and programs, as well as two case badges for Gigabyte and Dolby.



















The motherboard's I/O panel is color coded, thanks to an adhesive sticker; the plate has vents near the PS/2 ports, and punch-outs for the LAN port (or ports for the higher model motherboards). Some vendors have added foam or coatings to the backside, but it is not a big loss to go without.



The eSATA slot powers the external drives through a four-pin Molex connector, which is then converted into two SATA power connectors via a split cable. The two black SATA cables, which have the regular L-shape on one end and eSATA I-shape on the other, are used to hook up the drives.



This motherboard supports 2- and 3-way SLI and thus it comes with a regular SLI adapter and a Tri-SLI adapter. Four SATA cables are included in the package as well, two of which have a 90 degree connector on one end, useful in crowded cases where it can be difficult to connect to the SATA ports. The cables also come with latches.



The kit is enough to get most users going, and the eSATA addition is nice. Rounded or sleeved ribbon cables would have been a better alternative for the IDE and Floppy cables. Enough accessories, let's check the board out!

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Bundled Accessories
  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: SPECview 10, PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  12. Testing: ScienceMark 2.0, Cinebench 10, HDTune 2.55
  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: Fallout 3
  19. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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