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Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 Intel P67 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 Intel P67 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: In this review PCSTATS is testing the Intel P67-based Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 motherboard. This is a mainstream ATX motherboard with a great set of workstation features and connectivity, all on a sleek matt-black PCB that looks fantastic in black computer chassis.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Aug 16 2011   Max Page  
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Overclocking, BIOS and Test Hardware

Gigabyte's GA-P67A-UD4 motherboard features the traditional text-based BIOS which most enthusiasts prefer. As with most motherboards, to enter the BIOS just press the 'Del' key at system POST. The main overclocking controls for adjusting the CPU multiplier (and BCLK frequency) are found in the Advanced Frequency Settings page.

The BIOS has extensive memory control options, timings can be set down to the individual clocks cycle, per channel.

There are quite a few electrical settings that can be adjusted in the BIOS to help you achieve your best overclocking results.

With the BIOS covered, let's move onto overclocking!

Overclocking on the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
CPU Multiplier: x33 x46
Motherboard BLCK: 100 MHz

105 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

If you were savvy enough to buy an unlocked Intel Core i5 2500K or 2600K 'Sandy Bridge' CPU from the start, you already know the unlocked CPU multiplier will let you push these chips into the mid-4 GHz range with ease...

However, owing to the greater integration of things on the CPU die, like PCI Express lanes and other tasks previously managed by the Northbridge, LGA1155 CPUs really don't like the motherboard BCLK being changed. Hardcore overclockers HAVE done it, but it's more effort than it's worth in our opinion. Overclocking is supposed to be fun, and relatively not impossible.

Gigabyte's Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 motherboard offers a full range of CPU overclocking controls so PCSTATS made a half hearted attempt to push the board past a 105MHz BCLK. No dice..

Starting from the default x33 multiplier, PCSTATS pushed things to x46 without any effort. Usually the Intel Core i5 2500K chip PCSTATS tests can do x47 out of the gate without any voltage tweaking... but not on the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 motherboard. In the end we settled for a max overclock of x46, or 4.6GHz

Test System Hardware

PCSTATS has relied on Crucial memory for its servers for years, so it was only logical to install 4GB's of high end Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 8-8-8-24 memory into the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 test system. This is some good quick DDR3 RAM and it features thermal monitoring too!

Storage devices have changed dramatically in recent years, you'll notice PCSTATS to retired the faithful old Western Digital Raptor's for a super quick OCZ Vertex 2 SSD (120GB, SATAII). The effect on system-wide benchmarks is dramatic!

Thanks to Crucial Memory, OCZ Technology and Intel for help outfitting this test platform.

Details on how the Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 motherboard was configured for benchmarking - including specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions - is listed in the Test System Spec chart below. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Specs

TEST SYSTEM

Processor:

Intel Core i5 2500K
(32nm)

AMD Fusion A8-3850
(32nm)

Intel Core i5 750
(45nm)

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
(45nm)

Intel Core i7 920
(45nm)
Clock Speed: 33 x 100 MHz = 3.3 GHz 29 x 100 MHz = 2.9 GHz 20 x 133 MHz = 2.66 GHz 16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz 20 x 133 MHz = 2.67 GHz
Socket: Socket LGA1155 Socket FM1 Socket LGA1156 Socket AM3 / AM2+ Socket LGA1366
Motherboard:

- Intel Z68 -
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD

- Intel P67 -
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4
ASUS P8P67 Pro
MSI P67A-GD65
ECS P67H2-A

- Intel H67 -
ASUS P8H67-M Evo
Biostar TH67XE
ECS H67H2-M
Intel DH67BL

- AMD A75 -
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H

- Intel P55 -
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5
Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R
ASUS P7P55D Premium
ASUS P7P55D Deluxe
ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

- AMD 990FX -
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7*


- AMD 890FX -
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
Biostar TA890FXE
MSI 890FXA-GD70
Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7

- AMD 790FX -
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

- AMD 785G -

MSI
785GM-E65

- Intel X58 -
Gigabyte G1.Assassin*
MSI Eclipse Plus
Videocard:

Gigabyte GV-N470SO-13I (Geforce GTX470)

ASUS ENGTS250 DK
(Geforce GTS250)

Memory:

2x 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 8.8.8.24

2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C9

2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C8

3x 2GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D DDR3
Memory Speed: DDR3-1333 DDR3-1333 DDR3-1333 DDR3-1066
*DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066

120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)
Intel SRT Tests: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740 & 20GB Intel Larson Creek 311 SSD

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740 (3GB/s SATA II)
*120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)

Optical Drive:

Plextor PX-B310U Blu-Ray

ASUS BC-1205PT-BD

Power Supply:

Seasonic SS-760KM (760W)

PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W

Heatsink:

Intel Reference LGA1155 Heatsink

AMD Reference Heatsink

Intel Reference LGA1156 Heatsink

AMD Reference Heatsink

Intel Reference LGA1366 Heatsink

Monitor (1080p):

ASUS MK241 24" HD LCD

Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Intel 9.2.0.1025
nVIDIA 266.58

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
AMD Catalyst 8.86RC2
nVIDIA 266.58

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
Intel 9.1.1.1019
nVIDIA Forceware 190.62

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
AMD Catalyst 9.12
nVIDIA Forceware 195.62

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 9.1.0.1012
nVIDIA Forceware 182.08

Benchmarks:
System Benchmarks:
SYSmark 2007
PCMark Vantage
SiSoft Sandra 2011

Gaming B/M:
3DMark 11
3DMark Vantage
3DMark 06
FEAR

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 Intel P67 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout
 Pg 3.  — Overclocking, BIOS and Test Hardware
 Pg 4.  Sysmark 2007 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 6.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 7.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  3DMark 06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 11.  FEAR Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  System Power Draw and Final Conclusions

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