Processor support on this board is restricted to 2nd generation Intel Core i3
/ i5 / i7 2xxx-series processors only. The LGA1155 socket shown
below is not
compatible with existing LGA1156 processors, nor are the upcoming LGA1155
processors backwards compatible with existing LGA1156 motherboards, despite the common processor
The new Socket 1155 for Sandy Bridge 32nm
processors only. The
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 motherboard is built with Japanese solid
A strong warning is supplied with this P67 motherboard
but I won't be surprised when the first stories of consumers inadvertently
destroying CPUs / motherboards start to pop up. Make sure
you install the correct processor into the correct CPU socket.
The two CPUs do look slightly different.
Intel Socket 1155 processors are
only compatible with Intel P67 and H67 motherboards.
Conversely, Intel socket 1156 CPUs cannot be used on any Intel P67 or H67 motherboards as they
are not pin-compatible.
The Intel P67 Northbridge
brings native 6Gb/s SATA III into the house
of Intel, USB 3.0 is handled by a discreet controllers. It may
be that Intel truly has decided to side-step native USB 3.0 support
altogether and focus on its high-bandwidth Light Peak (fiber optic) peripheral interconnect
instead. Only time will tell.
Intel P67 Northbridge chipset
In terms of data storage the GA-P67A-UD7 board is very well equipped - there are
six 6Gb/s SATA II and four 3Gb/s SATA connectors - two of which are eSATA. RAID 0,1,5,10
and RAID 0,1 options will depend on the particular host controller in play, either
the Marvell 88SE9128 or Intel P67, but in either case you can configure some
seriously large hard drive or solid state drive arrays with the
Rounding out the features on the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7
motherboard are (10) USB 3.0 ports, (8) USB 2.0 ports, (3)
Firewire and a pair of Gigabit networking jacks. High Definition 8-channel audio
comes standard. Keep in mind that Gigabyte is taking a bit of
a short cut and using USB 3.0 hubs to deliver some of those
USB 3.0 ports, it will be interesting to see what kind of bottleneck develops when
all ten USB 3.0 ports are fully engaged.
Retail price is unknown at this time, but the Gigabyte
motherboard is expected to cost between $190-$230USD. Next up, detailed photos of the GA-P67A-UD7 motherboard and
its most notable features!