Gigabyte's GA-P55-UD6 motherboard packs in a lot of extras
- extra DDR3 memory slots, multiple storage controllers that support RAID 0/1/5
and JBOD as well as on-board IEEE 1394 and combo eSATA/USB ports. However this
motherboard retails for around $250 CDN ($235 USD £145 GBP), which makes
it fairly reasonable for the upper-end enthusiast motherboard market.
Gigabyte's top-end motherboard for the Intel P55
Express chipset achieved average results during PCSTATS benchmarking, which is
something you should come to expect from all modern motherboards.
Overclocking results were a little better than
average, with a BCLK speed of 210MHz being achieved without much effort. The
GA-P55-UD6's BIOS has lots of options for overclocking Intel's socket 1156
processors, which is always appreciated.
GA-P55-UD6 is also Gigabyte's first motherboard to use 24-phase power, which
helps shave off some of its electricity usage when the processor transitions
from idle to heavy load. Having more power phases also helps with heat
distribution, which keeps the GA-P55-UD6 cooler and allows for better
overclocking. The overall build quality of Gigabyte's motherboards and the
GA-P55-UD6 in particular is superb.
With extra DDR3 memory banks and PCI Express slots, the
GA-P55-UD6 has a lot of room for future expansion. Things get even better when
you take into account the 14 USB 2.0 ports (two of which are combo USB/eSATA
ports) and 12 SATA 3Gb/s ports as well. The GA-P55-UD6 has a lot of room for
expansion, you'll need a lot of hardware to fill up its many ports, slots and
The package is rounded out by some decent extras like
the on-board PORT 80 card and physical power and reset buttons. Gigabyte hasn't
inflated the price of the motherboard by throwing in useless gimmicks, so from a
price-to-performance standpoint we here at PCSTATS think the
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 motherboard is a pretty good buy.
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