Introduction to the Gigabyte GA-EP55-UD6
For some time now, Gigabyte has been trying to prove to everyone that they are the best motherboard manufacturer in the world. Yes, even better than that other company. The case was really made when Intel introduced the P35 chipset a few years back. When this chipset came about, Gigabyte motherboards were some of the top overclockers out there. Since then, things have gotten even better as they have introduced higher end capacitors, better phase power and the Ultra Durable method.
The success continued with the P45 and X48 chipset as we seen the
GA-X48-DQ6 perform with the best. The overclocks were extreme and the stability was very reliable. We saw this with the X58 chipset also.
Looking at the more popular forums, we see the EX58 Extreme and UD5P achieve high BLK frequencies making them the motherboard to have when it comes to the Core i7 processors.
But now that all heads have turned to Intel newest offering the Core i5, Gigabyte is not holding anything back. Coming to market on launch date will be a complete line of P55 motherboards. We predict the best seller to be the P55-UD4P as it offers the most for the money. Crossfire, SLI and support for DDR3 2200 is what everyone will be looking for when upgrading to the newest Intel platform. But the board with the most bang for the most will be the GA-P55-UD6.
The P55-UD6 has just what the enthusiast will be looking for. Which begins with a BIOS that is meant to allow the best and highest overclocks. For the person willing to pay a little extra, this is what he or she is looking for: a motherboard that allows high BLK at the highest possible multiplier. Add in the dual GPU configurations in Crossfire and SLI, we can see Gigabyte adding to its awards and world record collection. One feature that I like about the new Gigabyte motherboard is that it is pretty. So, lets take the P55 and the new Intel i7 860 for a spin and see if it is worth your time and money.
What Gigabyte would like you to know about the EP55-UD6
The GA-P55-UD6 is based on Intel's innovative 2-chip architecture and supports the next generation Intel® Core™ i7 and Intel® Core™ i5 processors with LGA1156 package. With integrated graphics and memory controllers in the processor, the GA-P55-UD6 is able to support up to 6 DIMMs of dual channel DDR3 memory for remarkable memory performance.
The GA-P55-UD6 features the revolutionary 24 phase power VRM design that provides the very best power delivery to the CPU, giving extreme users unparalleled overclocking ability and the lowest temperatures to reach maximum performance levels. With support for NVIDIA SLI™ and ATI CorssFireX™ technology, the GA-P55-UD6 also delivers powerful graphics performance.
The GA-P55-UD6 enables a new level of smart computing with its Smart 6 technologies. Designed with user-friendliness in mind, GIGABYTE Smart 6 features a combination of 6 innovative software utilities that provide easy and intelligent PC system management. Coupled with the unique GIGABYTE Dynamic Energy Saver2™ and Ultra Durable3™ technologies, the GA-P55-UD6 provides outstanding performance with optimized power efficiency and durability.