An Even Closer Look at the Gigabyte A75-UD4H
One of the primary marketing shticks that Gigabyte uses for this board is “Super 4”. Super 4 consists of four (no really?) separate features on this board and before we go on, please remember that it wasn’t us that came up these names…
“Super Safe” encompasses the fail-safe features on this board like Dual 16MB BIOS chips, separate fuses for each individual USB port and long life solid capacitors. “Super Savings” refers to the supposed efficiency energy and thermal efficiency of the Lower RSD (on) MOSFET designs used on the UD4H, while “Super Speed” denotes this board’s Ultra Durable 3 design elements and USB Power Boost capabilities. Finally, the 108dB SNR lossless audio playback and Dolby Home Theater certification make up the “Super Sound” moniker.
The I/O connectors on the board itself and the backplate are complete to say the least. Internal connectors include five native SATA 6Gbps ports and pin-outs for four front-panel USB 3.0 (through a pair of onboard controller chips) and eight USB 2.0 ports.
The backplate connector holds a number of surprises like four USB 3.0 ports which are natively supported by the A75 chipset rather than third-party controllers. There is also a DVI output that supports a resolution of 2560 x 1600 at 60Hz, unlike the DVI output on the Intel’s new Z68 boards which only supports 1920 x 1200. Aside from these two stand-outs, there are also outputs for HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort, VGA, toslink HD audio and 8-channel individual analog audio. There are also two USB 2.0 ports, an IEEE 1934 connector, a LAN jack and a PS/2 keyboard / mouse port. All in all, there’s really nothing else that someone could want from a sub-$150 board.
The expansion slot layout on the UD4H is generous to say the least. There is a pair of x16 PCI-E slots, with plenty of space between them, which feature 2-Way CrossFire support through an x8 / x8 link when two AMD cards are installed. All A75 and A55 boards also have some additional graphics features which stem from a joining of the A-series onboard graphics processor and some lower-end AMD GPUs, but we’ll talk about that in detail within the Lynx platform review. SLI certification hasn’t been granted yet for the A75 chipset, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the future. There are also three PCI-E x1 slots placed above and between the primary graphics slots, and a pair of legacy PCI slots closer to the PCB’s lower edge.
So that wraps up our whirlwind tour around the Gigabyte A75-UD4H. At first glance it looks like a well-rounded, budget-friendly board that will go very well with AMD’s plans for the Lynx platform.
And to throw a wrench into the works and confuse you a bit before we sign off from this quick preview…here is the full Gigabyte FM1 motherboard lineup consisting of both ATX and mATX products:
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