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Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 Intel P67 Motherboard - FIRST LOOK

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 Intel P67 Motherboard - FIRST LOOK - PCSTATS
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Abstract: Today PCSTATS is giving you a first look at the new flagship Intel P67 motherboard from Gigabyte called the GA-P67A-UD7. There's a lot for computer enthusiasts, gamers and overclockers to get excited about with this particular board, not the least of which is 3-way SLI/Crossfire videocard support, a Port 80 card, (10) USB 3.0 ports, (6) SATA 6GB/s ports and a good dose of engineering....
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Photo Highlights - Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 Motherboard

The block diagram for the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 motherboard outlines all peripherals included with it and how they connect with the Intel P67 chipset. PCSTATS will be breaking things down bit by bit and explaining this in greater detail, but as you get more experienced with computer systems it's a good skill to be able to read and understand these representative illustrations.

Gigabyte's GA-P67A-UD7 motherboard supports 3-way SLI and 3-way Crossfire across its dual PCI Express 2.0 x16 videocard slots and two PCI Express 2.0 x8 slots. This board is built for multi-videocard gaming. Note the nVidia NF-200 chipset just north of the top PCI Express slot and Intel P67 chipset to the right (both under heatsinks).

Run two videocards in x16/x16 mode, three videocards at x8/x8/x8 mode.


Port 80 card for troubleshooting overclocking issues....

In this corner of the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 motherboard we find a Port 80 card to help debugging issues when overclocking, a pair of USB 3.0 headers (four internal USB 3.0 ports!) and plenty of SATA ports.


Two native SATA 6GB/s ports, four SATA 3GB/s ports

The Intel P67 chipset natively supports two SATA 6GB/s and four SATA 3GB/s connections. Gigabyte have added two Marvell SE9128 controllers to this board to increase the number of SATA 6GB/s port by an additional four. These are connected via a PCI Express x1 link to the P67 chipset.

The four DDR3 memory slots will accommodate up to 16GB (64-bit OS) of dual channel DDR3-2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 memory. Gigabyte provide a nice big physical power button for out-of-box tweaking. Just to the left are system reset and CMOS reset buttons.


Socket 1155 for Intel Sandy Bridge processors.

While Intel has created several different heatsink sizes in recent years (LGA775, 1156 and 1366), the socket 1155 heatsink is thankfully interchangeable with existing socket 1156 heatsinks. The 32nm Sandy Bridge processor is expected to have a modest TDP of between 65W and 95W.


Clearance is good around the CPU socket.

The 8-layer PCB has extra thick copper inner layers.


Big and chunky passive aluminum heatsinks and heatpipes help cool the special 3-in-1 MOSFETs that form part of Gigabyte's 24-phase CPU power supply. Since CPU VRM is connected by heatpipe and indeed soldered to Gigabyte's custom 2 ounce copper motherboards, this should help reduce component temperatures. Fine tuning features of the GA-P67A-UD7 motherboard are next...

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Contents of Article: gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 Intel P67 Motherboard - FIRST LOOK
 Pg 2.  Socket 1155 and P67 Chipset Highlights
 Pg 3.  — Photo Highlights - Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 Motherboard
 Pg 4.  Fine Tuning the GA-P67A-UD7
 Pg 5.  Overclocking the GA-P67A-UD7

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