Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 Motherboard Review

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The word “durable” is not the most commonly used adjective when describing electronic components.  Damage from moisture or electro-static discharge is highly likely when handled incorrectly and improper voltages can burn sensitive units.  There is already enough to be cautious about when running the system with stock settings in an ideal computing environment, but imagine how good a motherboard must be to withstand liquid nitrogen overclocking and running voltages beyond the required specification.  If a motherboard manufacturer has a product that can survive these torture tests and still perform as well as it did with stock settings, then they definitely earned the right to call their product “durable”.

 

With over 20 years experience in manufacturing electronic components, GIGABYTE has released an impressive fleet of X58 motherboards, across different price points, that carry the Ultra-Durable 3 label.  GIGABYTE first introduced the Ultra-Durable label to describe motherboards which use all Japanese solid capacitors in their design.  Ultra-Durable 2 brought in ferrite core chokes, lower ESR solid caps and lower RDS MOSFETs.  With the latest Ultra-Durable 3, GIGABYTE adds 2 ounces of copper layers to the PCB and an impressive 50,000 hour lifespan Japanese solid capacitors design.

 

The GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 carries the Ultra-Durable 3 label and includes support for Intel 32nm 6-core processors.  The GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 also includes support for the newest NEC SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, as well as support for the newest Marvell SE9128 high speed SATA3 storage interface with superfast 6Gbps link speed. With features like Dual Power Switching and Maximum CPU Loading in the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5, your overclocking results are guaranteed to improve compared to other X58 motherboards.  The GA-X58A-UD5 also has the Cloud OC and the Hotkey OC feature, which allows users to overclock using any web browsing capable device, as well as save and load them under various profiles, maximizing your system’s overclocking potential.

 

 

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