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Thread: GA-X58A-UD5 Revision 2.0 the MOST in Depth Review/ Analysis




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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UD5 Revision 2.0 the MOST in Depth Review/ Analysis


    Conclusion:
    I won’t say much here because I have already expressed most of my feelings about this board. To summarize, the Power Delivery system is TOP NOTCH, product quality and build are also the best, Overclocking is simple and powerful. This board definitely stands up to the Rampage 3 series, and is priced very well. It is a steal for $280 USD, I paid $300 for it after returning my Rampage 3 Extreme and P6X58D-premium, and I am nothing but satisfied. This UD5 took my 930 to the same max base clock as the Rampage 3 Extreme i bought to see if i had reached max blck. My UD5 would post with 224blck, the Rampage 3 Extreme would not without slow mode, and that is why I said a better processor would go further, the best I could do with the P6X58D-Preimum was 215blck, which still is nothing to laugh at. I had been a long time (7 year) ASUS only type person, but I felt as though Gigabyte has done X58 best. I do have a few gripes with this board, the audio could be better, the Ethernet controllers would be as well, sometimes I wish they had picked another color than blue for the board, and they did not including any active cooling for the motherboard. The pros are power delivery, overclocking ability, overall design, and quality is top notch. If you are reading this before buying please do really take into consideration that this board is a UD7 rev 2.0 in disguise, everything is the same down to voltage read points. The only difference is the active motherboard cooling, which is priced at $50-$70 USD, but full cover water blocks for this board are over $120, so the UD7 is well priced. This board and any Gigabyte X58 board should be used for SATA6G at the moment, as no one else really updates the firmware for the Marvell controller.
    Overclocking: 9.9/10 (I needed a better cpu BUT 220blck is solid in my book, it was easy too with room for voltage increases, especially in comparison to the Rampage)
    Layout and Design: 9/10
    Quality of Components: 10/10
    Connectivity: 9/10
    Cooling: 8.5/10
    Power Delivery: 10/10
    Overall: 9.4/10
    This board just amazes me, for what I paid I couldn’t have gotten anything better.

    Thank You Gigabyte for this Great Board (Even though i had to buy it)

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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UD5 Revision 2.0 the MOST in Depth Review/ Analysis

    I hope you enjoyed it!

    BTW PDF file attached if you want to read it like that.
    http://rapidshare.com/files/433807836/UD5Analysis.pdf
    Last edited by sin0822; 11-29-2010 at 02:17 PM.

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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UD5 Revision 2.0 the MOST in Depth Review/ Analysis

    Very good review. very indepth and good info
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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UD5 Revision 2.0 the MOST in Depth Review/ Analysis

    thanks for your input man, you have been doing great work with this board as well, so do you think its an improvement upon the original UD5 rev 1.0 you had?

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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UD5 Revision 2.0 the MOST in Depth Review/ Analysis

    This is a great board compared to the original ex58-ud5 board. Its a little more stubborn at times but overall a lot stronger board.
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    Samsung Green 8GB 2x4GB MV-3V4G3D/US DDR3 1.3v 30nn @ 2200Mhz 11-11-11-32 1.60v
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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UD5 Revision 2.0 the MOST in Depth Review/ Analysis

    yea i feel like overclocking failure catch is amazing, all i have to do after it fails and doesn't boot is to hit restart button and it boots up with my failed settings listed but not applied, its great i love it.

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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UD5 Revision 2.0 the MOST in Depth Review/ Analysis

    Great review man, and very in depth as you titled it!!

    If you want to make it into a shorter post you can, I increased the character count here a while ago to 20,000 per post, so you may be able to get it into 1-2 posts.

    If you do combine it into a few posts, and then need your other posts deleted just let me know

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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UD5 Revision 2.0 the MOST in Depth Review/ Analysis

    Its ok i did it so you can navigate to a specific section its long i don't expect most people top read it all.

    I appreiciate you taking a look though, thanks!

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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UD5 Revision 2.0 the MOST in Depth Review/ Analysis

    Great review, a little technical at times but easy to understand. Bookmarked for future reference.

    One question though.... what can you post your temps under load and idle?

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    Default Re: GA-X58A-UD5 Revision 2.0 the MOST in Depth Review/ Analysis

    Nice review. I'm still in a loving relationship with my ex58 ud5. Might have to step to this at some point. Thanks for the time and effort for this. I would also like to see the idle and load temp for your OC.

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