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Old July 5, 2010, 03:17 AM
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StreetFighter IV Benchmark
1920 X 1200 => 207.50FPS


Biohazard5 Benchmark
1280 X 800 => 157.3fps


DEVIL MAY CRY4
1280 X 1024 => 281.75/228.55/322.73/192.28 fps


The Last Remnant
1280 X 720 => 173.71 fps


3DMark Vantage and Biohazard5 performance increase a lot as using 980X.
The other 3D benchmark is similar with 960. The Last Remnant performance is even lower than 960.
I used to read some reviews and many 3D GAME only can support 2 Cores CPU mode.
So the test result shows 4~6 Cores doesnít help much for 3D performance.

DRAM DDR3 2000 CL8 8-8-24 1T
Sandra Memory Bandwidth - 30063 MB/s
EVEREST Memory Read - 18738 MB/s


980X DDR3 bandwidth, itís lower 10% than 960 in the same condition.
2 CPU in NB Frequency are 3800 and 4000MHz. It also makes the difference of memory performance.

Power consumption
Standby - 354W


CPU full speed - 527W


980X has good performance of power and temperature because of 32nm technology.
I original expect 6C/12T 980X power and temperature is higher. After real test, itís similar to 4C/8T i7 CPU.


GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9
Good at
1.X58A-UD9 uses UNLOCKED POWER design which support 1500W for CPU
2.Built-in NF200 to support both 4WAY ATI CFX and NVIDIA SLI
3.SATA3 uses more hi-end Marvell 9128 and USB is Japanese NEC
4.BIOS items are rich, higher voltage range and CPU/DDR3 OC ability is good
5.Built-in 6 SATAII, 2 USB/eSATA combo and 2 USB 3.0
6.Hybird SILENT-PIPE enhance the thermal solution and NB also support water block.

Bad at
1.UD9 price is 23000NTD, around 720USD. Itís the most expensive X58 in the market.
2.Product accessories are not luxury enough.
3.LAN and Audio are Realtek. Should consider to change higher grade.



Performance ★★★★★★★★★★
Components ★★★★★★★★★☆
Specification ★★★★★★★★★☆
Outlook ★★★★★★★★★★
C/P Value ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Entry X58 product price is around 7000~8500NTD, around 220~266USD.
High end X58 price is around 11000~16000NTD, 345~500USD.
UD9 price is 23000NTD, around 720USD. If it can be lower than 580USD, the C/P value will be higher.
For the accessories, if it has audio card, Intel LAN or more cables, it will be more attractive in components and spec.

GIGABYTE X58A-UD9 is the mark in the market. It has broken many OC world records.
So far there are also 2 brands have the similar product, and the form factor is bigger than ATX.
High price X58 design has hi-end components and OC. Also VGA support is another key factor.
4 PCI-E X16 and built-in NVIDIA NF200 can support both VGA 4WAY GPU technologies.
For high performance users, CPU can OC to higher standard and multi-GPU also can enhance the 3D perforamcne.



GIGABYTEX58A-UD9 shocks the X58 market. The price is record high.
Components and design are more focus on the body but not accessories and other spec.
But UD9 make GIGABYTE build a new mark in the market and better choice for extreme users.
As this kind of product, itís used to build the leading position in branding. Itís not much helpful for selling.
For the users who interested in X58, GIGABYTE X58A UD3R~UD7 are better C/P value choices.
This is my, windwithme, 14th X58 review in 2 years.
For the past Core i7 4C/8T and 6C/12T difference is the key subject for this review.
I do hope this review can provide you more info about i7 CPU and X58 products.Thanks :)
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