Motherboards often find themselves on the line of pro’s and con’s. The Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 manages to cross over temporal barriers and place itself in a category that is well deserved. With a 2oz copper PCB design, the Ultra Durable 3 technology of the Gigabyte P55-UD6 provides stability while also giving PC enthusiasts a level of security in terms of design and power. Through great design in the 24 Phase Power VRM, incredible I/O support, and Windows 7 compatibility, the Gigabyte P55-UD6 is a must buy for anyone looking to get the most out of their dollars spent and not burn their pockets.
For those enthusiasts who find themselves with their latest Lynnfield processor and are looking forward to Windows 7 for a smooth transition, the Gigabyte P55-UD6 provides an amazing design to get you started. With a blue design with variations of a metallic, the Gigabyte P55-UD6 shows off the very impressive 24 Phase Power VRM design. With the latest phase power design, Gigabyte allows for lower temperatures, better overclocking by quite a few hundred MHz as tested, and not to mention better protection against ESD. 2 phases for CPU VTT and memory powers each allow for a more stable overclocking, despite any configuration problems that might occur to increase transient loading times for CPU operations. With an incredible number of tests performed for transient load on the motherboard alone on a compatible test system, load times actually decreased by a factor of two times per second. The Gigabyte P55-UD6’s design is incredibly well done for the phase power, but the 50,000 hour capacitors and ferrite core layout provide that ultimate shine when compared to other ‘high-end’ brands that are seen in the market at an overpriced expense of brand name. The Gigabyte P55-UD6 gives value for the money every inch of design, and over encompasses many of the other P55 high-end boards on the market.
The Gigabyte P55-UD6 finds a way to provide core I/O features on the main board that cater to extreme-PC fans and enthusiasts alike. The Dolby HD Audio is the highest class component of audio even past the Intel HD Audio specification. There is also an included SPD/IF for audiophiles that prefer the DTS or full Dolby quality to a receiver capable of supporting the channel capability of the audio. Other features include tons of USB ports, eSATA, and plenty of onboard SATA for RAID configuration for heavy storage units. While the I/O units are great, the provided software also gives a lot of options for ‘QuickBoost’ and tuning in a fashionable setting. All the software features and loaded I/O features are a great addition to an already fortified board when it comes to design and overclocking capabilities due to more thermal dissipation measured by enthalpy.
The GA-P55-UD6 features tremendous options that challenge a lot of high-end X58 motherboards, but the X58 motherboards still retain the ability to provide three memory channels and other PCI-e options. Regardless, with a better price point than most X58’s and a set of the same robust features with better component parts, the GA-P55-UD6 will manage to find a place in any PC enthusiast’s heart.