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Gigabyte Unveils GA-X58A-UD9 Motherboard

Gigabyte unveils the new GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard, featuring a 24 phase Unlocked Power design, 4-way graphics support including NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX, as well as a host of proprietary features such as 333 Onboard Acceleration and On/Off Charge.

Featuring the proprietary Gigabyte Unlocked Power technology with all new 24 phase design, Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 provides maximum power delivery for Intel's latest 1366 socket CPUs including the new Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition hexacore CPUs as well as upcoming extreme performance solutions.

Gigabyte Unlocked Power also delivers better durability and longer component lifespan due to the company's first Dual Power Switching design. When Dual Power Switching is activated, 2 sets of 12 power phases operate in tandem, automatically turning on one set of 12 phases and powering down the other 12, allowing the non-active set to rest. By sharing the power workload between the 2 sets of power phases, Gigabyte Dual Power Switching effectively doubles the lifespan of power phases. Additionally, Gigabyte Unlocked Power features built-in Auto Failure Protection, so if one power phase is damaged or fails, the motherboard will automatically disable its group of 12 phases, allowing it to still operate using the other set of twelve, unlike a traditional motherboard which would be unable to boot.

When CPU loading requires more than 12 phases to be active, Gigabyte Dual Power Switching temporarily suspends, and the full 24 power phases are automatically unlocked, allowing for maximum power delivery. For overclockers and power users, this means the full 24 power phases can be activated to deliver the highest amount of CPU power currently available on any desktop motherboard.

Based on Intel's highest-end X58 chipset, Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 offers a wide range of premium features tailored for PC enthusiasts. For those willing to build ultimate graphics rigs, Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 delivers support for 4-way PCI Express 2.0 graphics (x16) for both ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI technologies.

GA-X58A-UD9 also provides the latest in data transfer and storage capabilities with support for Gigabyte 333 Onboard Acceleration: SuperSpeed USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps support, including RAID 0 support for up to 4 times faster data transfer compared with SATA 3Gbps, and Gigabyte 3X USB power.

Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 motherboards also feature the proprietary Gigabyte Ultra Durable 3 design, which features twice the amount of copper of a traditional PCB design, as well as the innovative Smart6 PC management tools, On/Off Charge with 3x USB Power for quick anytime iPhone and iPad charging, Dynamic Energy Saver 2 power saving utilities, and DualBIOS technologies. Of course, GA-X58A-UD9 also comes with overclocking features, including overvoltage controller ICs, real-time onboard Debug and System Alert LEDs and enough overclocking BIOS settings to push hardware to its limits.


CPU Supports Intel Core i7 CPUs in the LGA1366 package
QPI 4.8GT/s, 6.4GT/s
Chipset Northbridge: Intel X58 Express Chipset
Southbridge: Intel ICH10R
Memory 6 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets for up to 24GB of RAM
Dual/triple-channel memory architecture
Supports DDR3 2200+/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
Supports non-ECC memory modules
Supports XMP memory modules
Audio Realtek ALC889 codec
High-Definition Audio
Supports Dolby Home Theater
Supports S/PDIF In/Out
Supports CD-In
LAN 2 x RTL8111D Gigabit LAN
Supports Teaming
Support Smart Dual LAN
Expansion Slots 4 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1/PCIEX16_2/PCIEX16_3/PCIEX16_4)
3 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1/PCIEX8_2/PCIEX8_3); all PCIe slots are PCI Express 2.0
Multi-Graphics Technology Supports 2-Way/3-Way/4-Way ATI CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI technology
Storage Interface Southbridge:
6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
Supports SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

Marvell 9128 chip:
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Supports SATA RAID 0, and RAID 1

Gigabyte SATA2 chip:
1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_8, GSATA2_9) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
Supports SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD

JMicron JMB362 chip:
2 x eSATA 3Gb/s connectors (eSATA/USB Combo) on the back panel sup- porting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
Supports SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD

iTE IT8720 chip:
1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
USB Integrated in the Southbridge:
Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 on the back panel, including 2 eSATA/USB Combo, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)

NEC chip:
Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel
IEEE 1394 T.I. TSB43AB23 chip
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 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
2 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
2 x 4-pin PCIe 12V power connectors
1 x floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
8 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
3 x system fan headers
1 x power fan header
1 x Northbridge fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x CD In connector
1 x S/PDIF In header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x IEEE 1394a header
1 x power button
1 x reset button
Back Panel Connectors 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
1 x clearing CMOS button
2 x IEEE 1394a ports
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x USB 3.0 ports
2 x eSATA/USB Combo connectors
2 x RJ-45 port
6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/ Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller iTE IT8720 chip
H/W Monitoring System voltage detection
CPU/Northbridge temperature detection
CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
CPU overheating warning
CPU fan fail warning
CPU/System fan speed control
BIOS 2 x 16 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
Supports DualBIOS
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features Supports @BIOS
Supports Q-Flash
Supports Xpress BIOS Rescue
Supports Download Center
Supports Xpress Install
Supports Xpress Recovery2
Supports EasyTune (Note 5)
Supports Dynamic Energy Saver 2
Supports Smart 6
Supports Auto Green
Supports eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
Supports ON/OFF Charge
Supports Q-Share
Bundled Software Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System Supports Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP
Form Factor XL-ATX Form Factor; 34.5cm x 26.2cm (compatible enclosures)

Source: Gigabyte

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