Gigabyte X58A-UD9 review

By on July 28, 2010
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Ever wondered what’s the best money could buy?

Editor's Score
The Verdict:
The biggest, most fully featured and expensive X58 based motherboard on the market right now is only worth it if you splurge on other hardware components equally powerful.

Our testbed comprises of an Intel 965 EE Quad Core CPU clocked at 3.2GHz with 3GB Corsair DDR3-1333 RAM on the ASUS II Rampage Extreme Motherboard and an ASUS GeForce GTX 280. Drivers used for Nvidia cards were the nVidia 258.56 The same setup was used for the Gigabyte X58A-UD9 as well.

First, let’s start with the synthetic benchmarks:

Both the boards performed identical. Now it’s time to see some real world gaming benchmarks:

As you can see from the benchmarks above, the basic performance of Gigabyte’s latest X58 based motherboard is barely an improvement over ASUS’s previous version of their X58 board. What does this mean? Bandwidth capabilities of X58 boards were already maxed out before the UD9 showed up, it just brings a lot more to the table. Like the power of a truly unlocked CPU along with 4 graphic cards.

This is why I can compare Gigabyte’s X58A-UD9 to a Bugatti Veyron. They’re both expensive as hell, a lot of power to boot and huge potential. They’re also big and maybe not as striking at first glance, but they’ll grow on you in time. And no, you will probably never unlock the UD9 to its full potential because you will always be lacking in some hardware component or the other, just like no Veyron owner is an F1 driver.  So why buy it? To boast of course! None of your friends will have it, but this is pretty much the best money can buy right now, and you’ll have it.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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