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windwithme 19th February 2009 02:24

windwithme X58 part 5-GIGABYTE EX58-UD4P High-end with reasonable price
Since 2008/11, Intel launched LGA1366 structure, all MB makers announced their corresponding X58 boards and the price is over 300USD.
Even though Core i7 is positioning in high end, but most users are looking for more reasonable price boards to make platform cheaper.
It can make LGA775+Quad core CPU users to upgrade to Core i7 platform.

X58 has been launching for 2 months, every maker also announce some cheaper solution.
GIGABYTE is the fastest. Except the top EX58-EXTREME, GIGABYTE also has a full series X58 boards, UD5/UD4P/UD4/DS4/UD3R.
The price is between 210~270USD. All series is using X58+ICH10R. This price is quite reasonable.

This time my review is GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P and the price is 270USD.
Letís look at the box focus on GIGABYTE latest 2 oz PCB.

UD4P includes SLI bridge and high end 3 Way bridge


Left lower corner
2 X PCI-E X16
2 X PCI-E X8(these 3 PCI-E support SLI/CrossFireX 3WAY technology)
Realtek 8111D is LAN chip supports Teaming technology
Realtek ALC889A supports 7.1 channel and High Definition Audio technology. DolbyR Home Theater surround audio technology.

Right lower corner
6 X SATAII(provided by ICH10R), support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10
2 X SATAII, support RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD
Dual BIOS for dual protection. Also provide diagnostic LED.

Right upper corner
6 X DIMM DDR3 support 800/1066/1333/1867/2133/2400 and 2133/2400 are special spec.
DRAM has 2 phase PWM and 24pin is nearby. POWER/RESET buttons.
New version blue/white DIMM slots which is matched with PCB color.
This LED is for DES. The users can observe DES status.

CPU VRM uses 6+6 phase and supports DES advanced.
The latest VRD11.1 bundle with Intel i7 CPU can bring Intel energy saving into full play.

IO part
8 X USB 2.0
1 X RJ-45
1 X 1394
Here is also a Clear COMS button.

windwithme 19th February 2009 03:59

EX58-EXTREME thermal module and NB also has 2 phase PWM.

Boot up screen

BIOS main page

M.I.T. frequency and voltage setup page

CPU Vcore 0.5000~1.90000V
QPI/VTT Voltage 1.075~1.995V
IOH Core 1.000~2.000V
ICH I/O 1.050~2.500V
DARM Voltage 1.300~2.600V

CPU Features

Clock Control

Momory frequency ratio

PC Health Status

Press F8 in main page can enter Q-Flash mode to flash BIOS

windwithme 19th February 2009 04:34

CPU: Intel Core i7 Extreme 965
DRAM: CORSAIR Dominator 2GBX3 DDR3 1866C9D
VGA: MSI N9600GT Diamond SLI
POWER: Corsair HX1000W Modular Power Supply
Cooler: Thermaltake BigTyp VP/JETART Nano Diamond

CORSAIR Dominator 2GBX3 DDR3 1866C9D
The official spec for X58 platform is DDR3 1866 CL9 9-9-24 1.65V

DDR3 1862 CL8 8-8-24 1T,BIOS 1.66V
SP2004 3 X Blend mode, stable in full load at 5.73G

DDR3 2004 CL9 9-9-24 1T,BIOS 1.66V
SP2004 3 X Blend mode, stable in full load

DDR3 1862 CL9 9-9-24 1T,BIOS 1.66V
Sandra Memory Bandwidth-32598MB/s
EVEREST Memory Read-20122MB/s

DDR3 2064 CL9 9-9-24 1T,BIOS 1.68V
Sandra Memory Bandwidth-35353MB/s
EVEREST Memory Read-21363MB/s

As Intel new structure supports 3 channel DDR3, the best advantage of LGA1366 is DDR3 performance.
Itís almost 3 times faster than previous DDR2/DDR3 platform. Itís good news for users who demand lots of memory resource.
UD4P is perform well in DDR3 OC. It almost only needs 1.6~1.7V to reach the score above.
Also, the DDR3 bandwidth, X58 products also have very good score.

Intel Core i7 Extreme 965
OC 166X24=>3983.8Mhz
DDR3 1993 CL8 9-9-24 1T

Hyper PI 4X32M

CrystalMark 2004R3


Intel Core i7 920
DDR3 1688 CL8 8-8-24 1T
Hyper PI 4X32M

Frequencyis depending on QPI/VTT Voltage.
Core i7 clock and DDR3 voltage are varied in each CPU. This is the main difference with 775 platform.
UD4P is stable at 211with Quad core in PI 32M

windwithme 19th February 2009 04:51

MSI N9600GT Diamond SLI mode


Crysis Benchmark

X58 also support both CF and SLI. This is excellent for the users who demand for 2/3 VGA cards.

GIGABYTE EX58-UD4P conclusion
1.UD4P uses 2oz and UD3 which are same as EXTREME.
2.All Japanese solid capacitors. NB and DIMM also have extra 2 phase PWM.
3.BIOS provides vary voltage and frequency and also built-in Power/Reset/Clear CMOS buttons.
4.DDR3 has excellent 3 channel performance and supports SLI/CFX
5.6+6 phase PWM and DES, Intel latest VRD11.1 PWM spec and combine with GIGABYTE DES advanced for better energy saving.

1.LGA 1366 platform is still expensive currently.
2.Make audio module will be better.

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

GIGABYTE UD4P and EXTREME only have some difference : the hybrid thermal pipe, 2 SATA ports and dual GbE LAN.
UD4P in PCB, components, BIOS items and performance are not far behind EXTREME.
X58 supports 2 VGA CF/SLI technology also make Intel platform be more powerful in 3D graphic performance.

As the naming rule, Intel X is the high end series. In the beginning, the boards are all over 300USD.
After the revision, like simplify the function and accessories, the price could be around 200USD.

Furthermore, Intel also positions Core i7 CPU in high end product. The price will be close to LGA775+Quad Core CPU.

Most users should feel the LGA1366 platform is too expensive. However, itís just the new structure to the market.
In the beginning, Core i7 in high price is also the normal marketing strategy. LGA775 also took 2-3 years to become mainstream product.
LGA1366 launch can replace current LGA775 high end product and push LGA775 middle end product to drop price.
Users just decide by your own budget to see if you want high end LGA1366 or mainstream LGA775. At least the users have more choices now.:)

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