P55 Roundup: Gigabyte P55-UD6 / P55-UD3 and MSI P55-GD80

Motherboards/Intel S1156 by massman @ 2009-09-20

Almost two weeks after the official release of the Core i5 platform, we review three LGA1156 motherboards. We put the Gigabyte P55-UD3 and UD6 through the same batch of tests as the MSI P55-GD80 and check who comes out on top. Next to that we have some surprising results for those who want to use Turbo mode and also have a look at the extreme overclocking capabilities of both high-end motherboards. Last but not least we publish our findings on the maximum voltages for the Core i5 platform.

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Gigabyte P55-UD3 - Pictures

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Founded in 1986, Gigabyte started as a research and development team and has since taken the lead in the world's motherboard and graphics accelerator markets. To truly reach out to all consumers, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include more diverse digital products such as Notebook and desktop PCs, digital home appliances, networking servers, communications, mobile and handheld devices, servicing every facet of people's lives at home or at work.

Everyday, GIGABYTE aims to “Upgrade Your Life” by knitting a global network to effectively honor its commitment to world wide customers. What's more important, GIGABYTE wishes all users to see and feel the brand through its products and all the touch points from GIGABYTE to the hands of all users.

Previous reviews containing Gigabyte motherboards:

  • Intel Core i5 750 Review - Overclocking Phase-Change vs LN2
  • Intel Pentium E6300 Best bang for the buck ? Cache test revisited
  • 7 Intel Core i7 X58 Motherboards Tested and Compared
  • Gigabyte GA-X58-Extreme Motherboard Preview
  • Overclocking with Gigabyte P35C-DS3R and Intel Q6600
  • Gigabyte P965-DS3 Motherboard Overclocking Review
  • Gigabyte GA-G1975X Turbo S775 Motherboard Review
  • VIA KT400 Chipset Overclocking


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    As expected from a low-end, read: low-cost, product there's not that much included. Apart from the motherboard, the package isn't something to get real excited about.

  • 3 x Manual
  • 2 x Sata cable
  • 1 x Drivers disc
  • 1 x Gigabyte sticker
  • 1 x I/O Shield


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    The motherboard itself looks quite okay; plain and simple color scheme and everything what's need to be included you can find on the board.

  • 10 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 6 x Audio jacks
  • 1 x RJ-45 ports
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Out connector

  • 3 x PCI slots
  • 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot (in CF mode: x4)
  • 1 x PCI Express x4 slot

  • 8 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  • 2 x System fan headers
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x Floppy disk drive connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x Power fan header
  • 1 x Front panel header
  • 1 x Front panel audio header
  • 1 x CD In connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF In header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 1 x Serial port header
  • 1 x Parallel port header
  • 1 x CMOS Clear jumper

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    Comment from Massman @ 2009/09/21
    Recent findings actually push me in the direction of the GD80 in terms of overclockability.

    32M is both faster and higher clocked with same or a bit less voltage :-)

    Comment from leeghoofd @ 2009/09/21
    Great to see MSI reacting quickly ! any news for ya DFI arrival ?
    Comment from Massman @ 2009/09/21
    Via via I heard a board was sent. Let's hope for the best
    Comment from leeghoofd @ 2009/09/21
    bout time... hope the bios is already pretty mature !