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    Default GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 review

    GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7


    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro...px?pid=3646#ov

    Introduction

    The GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 enjoys several unique GIGABYTE developed technologies including Maximum Power Delivery technology, Dual CPU Power technology and Ultra Durable 3™ design, just to name a few, that ensure a reliable and long lasting computing experience. With support for CrossFireX™ and SLI™*(only for SLI capable models) multi-graphics solutions, the GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 delivers the ultimate graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.











    Specs


    CPU

    1. Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1155 package (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.)
    2. L3 cache varies with CPU

    Chipset

    1. Intel® P67 Express Chipset

    Memory

    1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
    * Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.
    2. Dual channel memory architecture
    3. Support for DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
    4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
    5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

    (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest supported memory speeds and memory modules.)
    Audio

    1. Realtek ALC889 codec
    2. High Definition Audio
    3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
    4. Support for Dolby® Home Theater
    5. Support for S/PDIF Out

    LAN

    1. 2 x Realtek RTL8111E chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
    2. Support for Teaming
    3. Support for Smart Dual LAN

    Expansion Slots

    1. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)
    * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX16_2 slots.
    2. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1, PCIEX8_2)
    * The PCIEX8_1 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_1 slot and the PCIEX8_2 slot with PCIEX16_2. The PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2 slot will operate at up to x8 mode when the PCIEX8_1/PCIEX8_2 is populated.
    3. 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
    (All PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
    4. 2 x PCI slots

    Multi-Graphics Technology

    1. Support for 2-Way/3-Way ATI CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology

    Storage Interface Chipset:

    1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0, SATA3_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
    2. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_2~SATA2_5) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices
    3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
    * When a RAID set is built across the SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3Gb/s channels, the system performance of the RAID set may vary depending on the devices being connected.

    2 x Marvell 88SE9128 chips:

    1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
    2. 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors (eSATA/USB Combo) on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
    3. Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1

    USB Chipset:

    1. Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on the back panel, including 2 eSATA/USB Combo, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)

    2 x Renesas D720200 chips and 2 x VLI VL810 hubs:

    1. Up to 10 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (6 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
    * The USB 2.0 signals of the 6 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel are from the Chipset.

    IEEE 1394 T.I. TSB43AB23 chip:

    1. Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a header)

    Internal I/O Connectors

    1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
    3. 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    4. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
    5. 1 x CPU fan header
    6. 3 x system fan headers
    7. 1 x power fan header
    8. 1 x Chipset fan header
    9. 1 x front panel header
    10. 1 x front panel audio header
    11. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
    12. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
    13. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
    14. 1 x IEEE 1394a header
    15. 1 x clearing CMOS button
    16. 1 x power button
    17. 1 x reset button

    Back Panel Connectors

    1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
    2. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
    3. 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
    4. 2 x IEEE 1394a ports
    5. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    6. 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
    7. 2 x eSATA/USB Combo connectors
    8. 2 x RJ-45 ports
    9. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

    I/O Controller

    1. iTE IT8728 chip

    H/W Monitoring

    1. System voltage detection
    2. CPU/System temperature detection
    3. CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
    4. CPU overheating warning
    5. CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
    6. CPU/System fan speed control
    *Whether the CPU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU/system cooler you install.

    BIOS

    1. 2 x 32 Mbit flash
    2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
    3. Support for DualBIOS™
    4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b

    Unique Features

    1. Support for @BIOS
    2. Support for Q-Flash
    3. Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
    4. Support for Download Center
    5. Support for Xpress Install
    6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
    7. Support for EasyTune
    8. * Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model. Support for Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2
    9. Support for Smart 6™
    10. Support for Auto Green
    11. Support for eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
    12. Support for ON/OFF Charge
    13. Support for Cloud OC
    14. Support for Q-Share

    Bundle Software

    1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)

    Operating System

    1. Support for Microsoft® Windows® 7/Vista/XP

    Form Factor

    1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm


    Note: please follow this link to download PDF sheet for ram compatibility list. http://download.gigabyte.eu/FileList...a-p67a-ud7.pdf




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    Last year at the GOOC EU 2010 Finals in Mallorca I got to interview Sir Henry (Gigabyte Vice President)

    http://www.benchtec.co.uk/forums/sho...78&postcount=4

    One of the questions I asked as you will see from the interview was about colour schemes for Gigabyte boards, many people commented that the standard blue and white boards Gigabyte boards were well known for could be customized on the higher end boards.
    Sir Henry did say at that time that they did have plans on a new colour scheme for their upcoming high end boards.

    Well He was certainly true to His word and quite honestly I did not expect such a dramatic change, the new P67A UD7 is in my opinion a stunning looking motherboard with a beautiful colour scheme.

    so lets see if it performs as good as it looks!

    Box front



    Box back





    Test set up

    Motherboard: Gigabyte P67A UD7
    Cpu: Intel i7 2600k
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws-X F3-17000CL7D-4GBXHD
    Storage: G.Skill phoenix pro 60gb ssd
    Graphics: Ati 5870
    Psu: Enermax Liberty 600w
    cooling: stock intel cooler
    OS: Windows 7 32bit

    Bios screens:

    Main screen



    Intelligent tweaker



    Voltage options



    Memory



    Advanced Cpu core features





    There are many other bios options available I have just listed the ones most commonly used here.

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    2D Benchmarks at stock settings [no overclock]


    Everything in bios is at default, let see what the performance is like at complete stock settings.

    Super pi 1m


    Super pi 32m



    Hexus Pifast



    Wprime 32m



    PC Mark 05



    3D Benchmarks at stock

    3D Mark 05



    3d Mark 06



    3D Mark Vantage



    3D Mark 11



    none too shabby, nice performance for an untouched bios.
    next up oveclocked settings.
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    Overclocked settings

    Lets see how the board does overclocked. I set only 1.3vcore in bios disabled some un-needed cpu features and worked with the multiplier to achieve the following results with a stock intel cooler.

    2D Benches

    Super pi 1m@ 4.5ghz



    Super pi 32m@ 4.5ghz



    Hexus pifast@ 4.5ghz



    Wprime 32m@ 4.5ghz



    Pcmark 05@4.5




    3D Benches


    3DMark 05@4.5ghz



    3dm06@ 4.4ghz



    3DM Vantage@ 4.4ghz



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    Conclusion

    Well my first comments at the start of this review were 'Does this board perform as good as it looks' The very simple answer to that is yes it does! and then some.

    Considering all tests done in this review were achieved with low voltages, a bog standard intel cooler with no operating system tweaks or fancy bios tweaking this board ticks a hell of a lot of boxes. temps stayed safe even when running 8 threaded apps at 4.4 to 4.5 ghz idling from high 30's to mid 60's.c at full load.

    Even at stock settings its a very nice performer but having said that
    anyone could get a very respectable overclocked system using this board I have no doubt.

    This is a very impressive piece of kit, stylish and functional and suited to the general user to the gamer and enthusiast overclocker.
    Gigabyte have delivered with this motherboard for sure.

    A big thumbs up from me!
    I will at some point include some sub zero tests with this board at a later date to see exactly how far it can be pushed.

    Many thanks to Gigabyte UK for sending the sample board.
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    Nice review, I also have the same board and love the new colour scheme and heatsink design, and the fact that it has support for 2 Way and 3 Way AMD CrossFire/NVIDIA SLI setup

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    Looks like an awesome board!

    Nice review there, Martin. Let the pictures do the talking.

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    Nice review and really smart looking board - only thing though, CPC managed to get 4.8ghz from a 2600k, is it not possible from this board or was it because of the air cooler used (think cpc used a corsair H50?).

    Asking coz I am probably going to be upgrading soon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by maverik-sg1 View Post
    Nice review and really smart looking board - only thing though, CPC managed to get 4.8ghz from a 2600k, is it not possible from this board or was it because of the air cooler used (think cpc used a corsair H50?).

    Asking coz I am probably going to be upgrading soon.
    I kept the voltages low, and yes if they used water cooling that would help. I purposely used the intel stock cooler for this review to show that anyone can get a good overclocked system without any fancy cooling etc.

    I will at some point add to this review some sub zero testing, my initial reasoning was to show that this kind of performance can be achieved by just about anyone. thanks for your comment and question.
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    Ahh gotya - cheers for the update, just wanted to check as I would be watercooling myself and would be distraught if I failed to reach 4.8ghz on a 2600K - might be adding this one to my list then- it just looks the mutts nutts


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    very nice review martin

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    Great review, If I make the move (is tempting) then a giga board is defo on the cards, although probably not this one due to cost


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    That's one sexy looking board!

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    Quote Originally Posted by almighty15 View Post
    That's one sexy looking board!
    It sure is, it's got to be one of my favorite looking mobos ever.
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