A quick look at Gigabyte’s premium LGA1155 motherboard.
With the slew of new Intel Sandy bridge CPUs incoming next month, motherboard manufacturers are hard at work trying to get their latest and greatest into the market, ready for eager customers to lay down the buck. Gigabyte recently sent Tbreak their newest motherboard for the Intel LGA1155 chips, the P67A-UD7.
First look at the box and you can already tell that this is a premium item, what with the mirror gold and black finish. Inside you’ll find the gleaming motherboard, along with drivers & utilities disc, 3-way and 2-way SLi bridge, six SATA cables and an external SATA bracket along with manuals. However, what your eyes will focus on completely is the beauty of the P67A-UD7 itself. The gunmetal black and gold trim is mighty impressive to behold, and as your eyes will travel to the rest of the board, you’ll see that it’s nicely spaced out and has a lot of…well everything really.
Starting off from the top you’ll notice are the 24 power phases. Under normal operations they alternate between 12-phases on each reboot, however, all 24-phases can be activated in the BIOS should you want to reach overclocking extremes. On the right we have the four dual-channel DIMM ports which support up to 2133MHz ram.
On the top left we have the rear I/O panel which has 6x USB 3.0 (blue colored) ports at the back, plus 4x headers on the board itself. All 10 of these USB 3.0 ports are controlled by a two dual-port NEC controller chips. Then you have the standard USB 2.0 ports (yellow colored) and the eSATA/USB combo ports. The rest of the panel is finished off with Firewire, optical/SPDIF and Realtek audio ports.
Moving to the lower half we see the SATA ports, and the two SATA 6GB/s ports in white. Once again, we have two chips, Marvell in this case, controlling both the rear panel eSATA ports and the eight ports on the board. Just behind the SATA ports you’ll see the NF200 chip which is sitting snugly underneath the heatsink. The NF200 is used primarily to control the four 16x PCIe slots on the left. Providing 8x speeds to each of the four slots, the P67A-UD7 only supports 3-way SLi or CrossFire setup. The rest of the power from the NF200 is being used to provide bandwidth to the USB 3.0 controllers for uninterrupted flow.
That’s all I can discuss about the P67A-UD7 for the time being. It’s being put through it’s paces in the Tbreak office, but all of those hard numbers will be revealed once Intel officially launches the Sand Bridge CPUs next month. Look forward to all of our reviews and to see how the Gigabyte P67A-UD7 stacks up along with the rest of the LGA1155 motherboards.