Gigabyte EX58-UD4P Intel X58 motherboard review

By Julio Franco · 10 replies
Jan 5, 2009
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  1. Those wishing to build the most powerful, most extreme computer on the planet surely will be weighing up the costs of a new Intel Core i7 processor. Even with the imminent launch of the AMD Phenom II X4, we have reasons to believe the Core i7 will remain as the heavyweight champion.

    The Gigabyte EX58-UD4P is meant to offer value for Core i7 users, retaining some of the X58 chipset's most interesting features like 3-way SLI and CrossfireX support, which should come extra handy for gamers willing to burn cash for the ultimate performance.

    Just recently we reviewed the Asus P6T Deluxe (also Intel X58 based) which is a bit more expensive, but adds a few features not found on this motherboard. As we look closer into the Gigabyte EX58-UD4P, we will certainly keep in mind how it compares to another top contender like the P6T.

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  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    It looks like a better pick than the P6T Deluxe, gaming or otherwise. Great job guys!

    BTW, I may just be nitpicking, but did you guys bench using Far Cry or Far Cry 2?
  3. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Thanks for the feedback and it is the original Far Cry.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Any particular reason for doing so?
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Well I guess I could make up some kind of elaborate reason but the truth is we used the original Far Cry to test the older comparison boards before Far Cry 2 came out.

    Far Cry was a good game to use as it does not bottleneck the graphics card and if there is a slight change in processing performance or even memory performance we generally see a change in the FPS in this game where as we wouldn’t in a GPU intensive game such as F.E.A.R!

    DCBNSB TS Rookie Posts: 63

    What Kind of Heat Sink did you have on the CPU? I saw a copper one in the thumbnail and i was just wondering?
  7. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Thermalright TRUE Copper

    DCBNSB TS Rookie Posts: 63

    muchos gracias
  9. OLBY

    OLBY TS Enthusiast Posts: 81

    i trust gigabyte, it produce's the best mobos on earth
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    @Steve, I know this is kinda late, but did you experience any flexing of the board with the TRUE Copper? From the specs, it looks very heavy for a heatsink. I'm considering the very-similar (to the reviewed motherboard) GA-EX58-UD3R and I'm kinda concerned about any damage to the board.
  11. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,868   +2,035

    Rage_3K_Moiz I never mounted the motherboard vertically with the TRUE Copper installed and Thermalright say you shouldn't so I did not notice any flexing.

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