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Old July 4, 2010, 10:18 PM
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Default GIGABYTE TOP X58A-UD9 with Intel Core i7 960/980X OC Performance Review

November 2008, Intel launched their next generation platform, Core i7.
Itís been over 2.5 years after launching X58+ICH10R.
2009, all MB makers were busy to sell Intel P55/H55. Some users misunderstood the P55 is the latest platform.
I used to emphasize my view that P55 is for mid-high range and X58 is still the most hi-end product of Intel.
Itís approved by the market, however, X58 has been quiet for a long time.

2010, many MB makers start to push USB3 and SATA3. Also, Intel announced 32nm 6Cores CPU to support X58.
Most MB makers revised their X58 models and make it be more popular in the market.
GIGABYTE launched new X58A series which add USB3 and SATA3 spec.
Year beginning, they launched X58A-UD7 for higher spec and performance users.
I used to think UD7 is the most hi-end X58 product from GIGABYTE.
Last month, GIGABYTE announced a more hi-end model, X58A-UD9.

X58A-UD9 packing is much bigger than normal MB.

UD9 looks like a very powerful X58 MB. The components using is also the most luxury in the market.
Itís XL-ATX, 34.5cm x 26.2cm. I recommend to find the suitable chassis before purchasing.

All slots are X8/X16 PCI-E

SATA/eSATA cable, external USB Port
2~4WAY CrossFireX/SLI bridge

Product manual, software manual and driver CD

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4 X PCI-E X16 support X16 for CrossFireX and 2~4WAY SLI.
3 X PCI-E X16 support X8.
Realtek 8111E dual LAN support Teaming and Smart Dual LAN.
Realtek ALC889 supports 7.1CH and High Definition Audio/Dolby Home Theater.
Design in Taipei

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6 X blue SATAII, provide by ICH10R. Itís SATA2 and support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10
2 X white SATAII, provide by GIGABYTE SATA2 chip. Itís SATA2 and support RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD
1 X IDE, provided by GIGABYTE SATA2 chip.
2 X white SATAIII, provide by Marvell 9128. Itís SATA3 and support RAID 0, RAID 1
Dual BIOS, dual protection, and built-in Debug LED

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6 X DIMM DDR3 support 800/1066/1333/2200. The max capacity is 24GB.
The Cyan big button is Power switch. Blue small one is for reset.
DDR3 use 2-phase PWM, and next is 24-PIN power connector.

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LGA 1366 CPU socket. The CPU metal cover is cladding for better look.
UD9 use 24-phase PWM which support dual 12-phase alternative mode. The maximum power is 1500W. Itís the most hi-end X58 PWM design.
Back side has 2 8PIN design to enhance the system stability in high loading mode.

4 X USB 2.0(Yellow)
2 X USB 3.0(Blue)
2 X RJ-45 LAN
2 X eSATA/USB 2.0 combo
1 X S/PDIF fiber/coaxial output
1 X 1394a
clr CMOS button
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