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Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Intel P55 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Intel P55 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: What really makes the companies' flagship Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard stand out from the crowd? In one word - features.For starters Gigabyte has sweetened the pot with a little more of well... everything. There is support for nVidia SLI and ATI CrossfireX of course, but there's also combo USB/eSATA ports and a pair of extra slots for DDR3 memory to entice you.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jan 30 2010   Julian Apong  
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Notable Features on the GA-P55-UD6 Board

The GA-P55-UD6 is Gigabyte's flagship Intel P55 Express motherboard, so it's loaded up with features that you won't find on basic motherboards.

No more fishing for a jumper to turn the board on! Right next to the memory slots is a big, illuminated power switch that's easy to find, and very helpful for when the motherboard is being tested or tweaked outside of the PC chassis.

Combination USB/eSATA ports not only save space for more goodies on the I/O panel, they also allow certain eSATA devices to receive USB power, which is very handy for high-speed, high capacity eSATA based storage devices.

Gigabyte include dual port "L-port" style eSATA/power bracket with the GA-P55-UD6 motherboard. These are the same kind of connections internal SATA hard drive cables use. The expansion bracket uses the internal Serial ATA ports as well as having the option for power through an internal molex power connector. Gigabyte includes two Serial ATA L-to-I cables along with one external molex to Serial ATA power connector. This allows you connect internal or external Serial ATA devices to your computer without having to open it up.

Gigabyte puts a 2oz copper layer into its high-end motherboards, which improves heat dissipation and gives better insulation from electromagnetic interference.

Overclocked a little to far? The Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 has a PORT 80 card located right next to a physical reset button and CMOS clear button. PORT 80 codes are an industry standard method of diagnosing boot-up errors. It's a lot more convenient than diagnosing beep codes.

Underneath this heatsink are a pair of SATA controllers, one is a JMicron JMB632 controller that powers two SATA 3Gb/s ports in RAID 0, 1 and JBOD modes. The second is Gigabyte's own SATA2 controller which supports another two SATA 3Gb/s, also in RAID 0, 1 and JBOD modes. The board also comes with dual BIOS chips so there is essentially no likelyhood of a bad BIOS flash killing the board (and requiring a lengthy RMA process).

Before we move on, let's get a little familiar with the Intel P55 Express chipset...

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Intel P55 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — Notable Features on the GA-P55-UD6 Board
 Pg 3.  Intel P55 Architecture & Gigabyte Smart 6
 Pg 4.  Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 5.  Overclocking For fun and SPEED / BIOS screenshots
 Pg 6.  PC Power Draw and Test System Specs
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra - Processor
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra - Memory
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Vantage, FEAR
 Pg 12.  Time to Upgrade to Intel P55?

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