It is said that repetition without growth or change is the very definition of stupidity. Conversely, intelligence is marked by progress through adaptability. It is not change for the sake of change but rather evolution as the environment demands it, keeping all the worthwhile traits and improving upon those that have been found lacking. Change often doesn’t come easy but it is inevitable, especially in the world of computer hardware where things move at a very rapid pace. Those that cannot adapt with the trend are, unfortunately, very quickly forgotten.
Enthusiasts often overlook the efforts poured into creating a top of the line motherboard. Most manufacturers would simply throw in all the latest features, add a software bundle and package it in a flashy looking box with an even flashier sounding name. For most people, this is satisfactory. If you are a manufacturer, however, who takes a more pragmatic approach to product development, like GIGABYTE, each product must meet the demands of all users, from basic system builders, to gamers, all the way up to enthusiast overclockers, separated only by price segments and affordability. What happens when GIGABYTE designs their flagship motherboard based on the latest Intel P67 chipset? What new features are they adding and what old features are they keeping?
The GIGABYTE P67A-UD7 sports a new black and gold color theme. The GIGABYTE P67A-UD7 is not just new in terms of looks, but also sports all the latest innovations from GIGABYTE’s laboratories, including 24-phase power design, Driver MOSFETs and Dynamic Energy Saver 2 technology. The GIGABYTE P67A-UD7 motherboard not only adds USB 3.0 and SATA 3 6Gbps functionality; it is also improved upon with On/Off Charge technology, HDD performance boost via Turbo XHD and 3x USB Power Boost. Supporting 3-way SLI or CrossFireX, the GIGABYTE P67A-UD7 has multi-graphic card support beyond what Intel designed the P67 platform to be.