Gigabyte EX58-UD5 X58 Motherboard

Gaming Benchmarks

 
Crysis is without doubt one of the most visually stunning and hardware-challenging games to date. By using CrysisBench - a tool developed independently of Crysis - we performed a total of 5 timedemo benchmarks using a GPU-intensive pre-recorded demo. To ensure the most accurate results, the highest and lowest benchmark scores were then removed and an average calculated from the remaining three.
 
 

 
 
Company of Heroes is Relic's first title to make use of the "Essence Engine". This engine was designed and coded from scratch by Relic in order to make use of special graphical effects, including high dynamic range lighting, dynamic lighting & shadows, advanced shader effects and normal mapping. On May 29, 2007 Relic released a DX10 patch for Company of Heroes which was applied for this test.  Running the in game performance test 5 times, the highest and lowest scores were omitted with the average calculated from the remaining 3.
 


 


Ubisoft has developed a new engine specifically for Far Cry 2, called Dunia, meaning "world", "earth" or "living" in Parsi. The engine takes advantage of multi-core processors as well as multiple processors and supports DirectX 9 as well as DirectX 10. Running the Far Cry 2 benchmark tool the test was run 5 times with the highest and lowest scores being omitted and the average calculated from the remaining 3.
 
 
 
 
Results Analysis

With the Asus P6T Deluxe putting in an impressive performance in the synthetic benchmarks it was hard to imagine the board falling down in the gaming benchmarks. And true to form, the Asus board took the lions share of the tests leaving the MSI and Gigabyte to fight it out for third place.

Let's take a look at the overall performance of the setups on test today...
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05-01-2009, 09:03:29

JN
"Intel's latest chipset is fast becoming very popular despite it's cost. In our latest review we get to sample Gigabyte's mid range contender in the form of the EX58-UD5." - by Webbo

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...192308275s.jpg

Gigabyte EX58-UD5 X58 Motherboard

05-01-2009, 09:55:16

monkey7
Best in class, w00t w00t! That's my board

Personally the only bug I've found is the CPU multiplier in the F3 bios: I couldn't lower the CPU multiplier.

Oh and one question: how did you save the bios? I'm too lazy to actually read the manual

05-01-2009, 10:06:04

Rastalovich
We got performance figures of these vS 775 setups ? I can'`t remember.

Either way, £218 is still taking the pish imo. These are the emerging mobos that will see revisions l8r in the year, and to charge over even £200 for them is beyond.

They figuring they can price match Foxconn or summit ?

Tis a shame, cos it does appear a great mobo from the review, but I have to be honest, being as i7 doesn`t do leaps and bounds over a 775, I for one aint gonna pay over the odds to get them.

05-01-2009, 10:21:16

PV5150
Nice review webbo. I'm really liking the look of this board and the price/colour scheme may now see me acquire one in the future.

05-01-2009, 10:23:16

°TheMadDutchDude°
Rasta, I totally agree with you and I refuse to pay that kind of money for a motherboard. Anyhoo, don't know how many of you know but there are some P55 motherboards coming out some time this year which hopefully will be around normal prices. I expect they will be similar like the P35 and the X38 for pricing strategies?

05-01-2009, 10:59:47

Pyr0
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'

Oh and one question: how did you save the bios? I'm too lazy to actually read the manual
F11 (save) and F12 (load) while in the main screen of the bios

05-01-2009, 11:41:07

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
Best in class, w00t w00t! That's my board

Personally the only bug I've found is the CPU multiplier in the F3 bios: I couldn't lower the CPU multiplier.

Oh and one question: how did you save the bios? I'm too lazy to actually read the manual
As above, F11 and F12 respectively. RTFM .

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
We got performance figures of these vS 775 setups ? I can'`t remember.

Either way, £218 is still taking the pish imo. These are the emerging mobos that will see revisions l8r in the year, and to charge over even £200 for them is beyond.

They figuring they can price match Foxconn or summit ?

Tis a shame, cos it does appear a great mobo from the review, but I have to be honest, being as i7 doesn`t do leaps and bounds over a 775, I for one aint gonna pay over the odds to get them.
I did a review of the P6T Deluxe and put it up against the best skt 775 had to offer.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Nice review webbo. I'm really liking the look of this board and the price/colour scheme may now see me acquire one in the future.
Yeah they really have improved the looks now and I'm sorely tempted with this board tbh, it really is that good.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='°TheMadDutchDude°'
Rasta, I totally agree with you and I refuse to pay that kind of money for a motherboard. Anyhoo, don't know how many of you know but there are some P55 motherboards coming out some time this year which hopefully will be around normal prices. I expect they will be similar like the P35 and the X38 for pricing strategies?
The price isn't that bad when you consider it's new technology, new socket etc. The Rampage Extreme II is overpriced (£300+) but £220 is not that much more than a decent skt 775 board which has been going for a few years now. I would expect to be paying £150+ for a P55 motherboard, which if rumours are true should surface around Q3.

05-01-2009, 11:58:15

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='webbo'

I did a review of the P6T Deluxe and put it up against the best skt 775 had to offer.
That the nVidia 790i w/qx9770 w/2g one ?

I would really like to see it take blows with the best x48 w/4g and even a q9450.

05-01-2009, 11:58:55

noobieocer
umm i think i still take a pass on i7 till prices drop at least 25% of what it is now :P cant afford it

05-01-2009, 12:49:48

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
That the nVidia 790i w/qx9770 w/2g one ?

I would really like to see it take blows with the best x48 w/4g and even a q9450.
It (s775) would get it's ass handed to it . Whether that would translate to value for money would depend entirely on your personal circumstances.

05-01-2009, 13:25:45

°TheMadDutchDude°
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='webbo'
The price isn't that bad when you consider it's new technology, new socket etc. The Rampage Extreme II is overpriced (£300+) but £220 is not that much more than a decent skt 775 board which has been going for a few years now. I would expect to be paying £150+ for a P55 motherboard, which if rumours are true should surface around Q3.
Well it is a lot of money to me. I don't honestly have that kind of cash to throw around, espesh as I am only 15 and get £5 a week.. only one more month then the 16 will be here and I will start looking for some part time work!

£155 I can justify but £300 for the Rampage Extreme, it isn't really fair on us lot with a lesser income!

I hope that they don't drop out to many of the features though!

05-01-2009, 13:33:37

zak4994
TheMadDutchDude knows how I live.

£5 a week.

And I'm only 14 D:

05-01-2009, 13:49:16

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='°TheMadDutchDude°'
Well it is a lot of money to me. I don't honestly have that kind of cash to throw around, espesh as I am only 15 and get £5 a week.. only one more month then the 16 will be here and I will start looking for some part time work!

£155 I can justify but £300 for the Rampage Extreme, it isn't really fair on us lot with a lesser income!

I hope that they don't drop out to many of the features though!
I too agree with the same sentiment. It's so unfair Mclaren F1's are so expensive... How on earth do they expect the average man to afford that.

I do however sympathise with your plight, we've all been there m8.

05-01-2009, 13:51:49

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='zak4994'
TheMadDutchDude knows how I live.

£5 a week.

And I'm only 14 D:
Wait until you are married. If you are lucky enough to find yourself with a whole £5 you are either having an affair or stealing from the kids.

05-01-2009, 16:27:48

Pyr0
finally had a min to have a look thru

great review as always m8

was just wondering what bios you were using to test with (not sure if i missed it) and if you had had a chance to try any others?

05-01-2009, 16:37:27

w3bbo
Latest official F4 BIOS as shown in the BIOS flash screeny . I don't really try other BIOS's unless the latest is having problems. The first thing I do is flash it to the latest.

Cheers for the kind comments too m8.

05-01-2009, 16:59:51

Nelly
Nice review, always read reviews here etc but never bothered to join the forums.

Would be interesting if you could get hold of a Biostar TPower-X58 to review, I've only seen one review which was from France.

Was going to go for the Gigabyte UD5 but going to take a gamble with the Biostar X58.

05-01-2009, 17:33:59

w3bbo
I've heard the Biostar has a few issues. We'll see if we can get a sample though.

06-01-2009, 06:06:43

monkey7
Hmm I've got a problem with my board:

When I try to update the BIOS using an USB stick (2GB, FAT, not formatted) and QFlash (it's what gigabyte recommends, so...) the updater gets stuck at the 'reading files' part. It's stuck at around 20% and really doesnt get any further, I let it do whatever it was doing for about an hour.

Redownloaded the file from another mirror but that didn't help. Any other ideas?

06-01-2009, 06:15:18

w3bbo
Mine wizzed through m8. Took about 20 seconds if that.

Format the drive and unpack the BIOS files so you just have the two files on the stick, not the single zip file (can't rememeber the names off hand). Did mine with Q-Flash through the BIOS without issue.

Good luck.

06-01-2009, 06:20:29

monkey7
Yeah did it too now, with my mother's usb stick

Turns out the drive needs to be formatted and really in FAT32, not the FAT vista displayed on my other usb stick.

EDIT: now that I'm on the F4 bios, my rig has started making periodic sounds which sond like soft beeps. It seems to be coming from the motherboard :/

06-01-2009, 07:50:58

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='webbo'
It (s775) would get it's ass handed to it
I`m not so sure it would, definately not enough to class the i7 in the same sense u might a maclaren f1.

I don`t know, I mean switch out a 9450 for any of those that will clock to 4ghz on air on a x48 and run it against an x58 setup at 4ghz and see what happens.

06-01-2009, 08:52:39

w3bbo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
I`m not so sure it would, definately not enough to class the i7 in the same sense u might a maclaren f1.

I don`t know, I mean switch out a 9450 for any of those that will clock to 4ghz on air on a x48 and run it against an x58 setup at 4ghz and see what happens.
The Mclaren F1 quote should not be taken out of context m8 as I was referring to the cost not performance.

As always the advantages will depends greatly on what you are actually using the PC for. For general browsing and emails then I doubt you would see a difference between a celeron and an i7. Programs that require lots of memory bandwidth will definately benefit from i7 thanks to the triple channel DDR3.

I just had a quick look at the CPU (Dhrystone/Whetstone benchmarks) and the i7920 betters a Q6600 by over a third albeit clock for clock the i7 does have a 266mhz advantage. Unfortunately we don't have a standard Yorkfield CPU to compare against, only the QX9770 as shown in the P6T review. I doubt we will be putting the i7 up against older hardware anymore as the 9770 was used to form a basis for comparison as there was simply nothing else to compare the P6T/i7 combo to.

06-01-2009, 10:15:52

Rastalovich
I suppose the only question to ask here then is - is the x48 chipset better than the nVidia 790 ? and would 4g be better than the 2g ?

I know for a while we tested q6600 on the 4 series chipset, which I don`t think is a fair reflection on the 4 series, and a double jump in generations wouldn`t be fair, although embarassing if any real comparisons were indeed established.

Rightly or wrongly, maybe I`m questioning the comparisons down the line.

06-01-2009, 10:53:36

tseax
Heads-up for those considering this mobo: the JMB322 SATA chipset is flaky as hell. In two separate Vista 32-bit installations it first caused intermittant system freezing during AVCHD media playback. Next time around drives on either RAID0 or straight Port Multiplication on the JMB322 drop out of the OS. Reboot is required to bring them back. Web searches reveal this to be a problem with JMicron (a relatively new player in the chip manufacturer line) from the start. I"m hoping to replace this with another manufacturer's board (ASUS maybe) - one which does NOT use JMicron jmb322 or jmb363 chips.

You've been warned.

06-01-2009, 10:56:30

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='tseax'
Heads-up for those considering this mobo: the JMB322 SATA chipset is flaky as hell. In two separate Vista 32-bit installations it first caused intermittant system freezing during AVCHD media playback. Next time around drives on either RAID0 or straight Port Multiplication on the JMB322 drop out of the OS. Reboot is required to bring them back. Web searches reveal this to be a problem with JMicron (a relatively new player in the chip manufacturer line) from the start. I"m hoping to replace this with another manufacturer's board (ASUS maybe) - one which does NOT use JMicron jmb322 or jmb363 chips.

You've been warned.
Thanks for the headsup. As a general rule of thumb I always try to avoid using anything other than ICH8/9/10 etc controllers. They are just so well supported and have never given me any grief (Apart from on an ASUS P5K...which was ASUS fault anyway)

06-01-2009, 11:09:14

w3bbo
Ditto. With 6 SATA drives available on the Intel Chipset I doubt many would use the JMicron controllers anyway, especially for RAID as they are slower than the Intel iirc. Cheers for heads up though, valuable info.

10-01-2009, 20:17:09

KOkun
looks like a solid motherboard, though i wish my p45 UD3P also had the same colorscheme for it's ram and sata slots..

11-01-2009, 05:38:53

w3bbo
lol, yeah the Gigabytes previously really did have an 'interesting choice of colours'.

11-01-2009, 06:04:59

niky_d
Great review mate, as always.

Gigabyte has really improved their color scheme, but nevertheless I have always liked their mb's. They were always great performer like they’ve shown also with this newest edition. But for my taste the price's of the i7 platform are way too high for now.

11-01-2009, 15:19:29

KOkun
yea, 'interesting' is one way to put it..

oh well, fruit loops and fruity pebbles taste great. /off topic

11-01-2009, 16:18:49

stanton4958
nice review m8.i was looking at getting the EVGA Intel X58 (Socket 1366) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard but after reading this it has changed my mind,what do you lot think EVGA Intel X58 (Socket 1366) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard or EX58-UD5 X58.Maine use for this rig will be high end gaming and overclocking thanks for your time

11-01-2009, 18:29:54

w3bbo
I can't recommend the UD5 enough tbh. It's a great clocker and supports tri-SLI and crossfireX so is perfect for gaming.

I haven't tried the EVGA though and look forward to doing so.

12-01-2009, 17:32:42

stanton4958
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Webb'
I can't recommend the UD5 enough tbh. It's a great clocker and supports tri-SLI and crossfireX so is perfect for gaming.

I haven't tried the EVGA though and look forward to doing so.
thanks allot,all the reviews on the EVGA have been very good and i do like the look of the mobo so i think i will get that any idea when you are going to do a review on the EVGA X 58 as this site dose do very good reviews thanks

quick question on the answer you gave me are you saying you do recommend the UD5 or you don't ?

12-01-2009, 17:44:24

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='stanton4958'

quick question on the answer you gave me are you saying you do recommend the UD5 or you don't ?
He loves it mate

12-01-2009, 17:51:07

Bungral
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
He loves it mate
Yep... Jimbo told me earlier, but said not to say anything, that Rich liked it so much even made sweet sweet love to the UD5 .....

13-01-2009, 01:25:49

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Bungral'
Yep... Jimbo told me earlier, but said not to say anything, that Rich liked it so much even made sweet sweet love to the UD5 .....
...unfortunately Gigabyte refused his RMA due to...well ye you know where this is going

13-01-2009, 09:03:55

w3bbo
Using the UD5 is like making love to a beautiful woman.

You have to caress her gently, ensuring you get to know every working detail before moving on to...bla bla bla

It even has an flesh coloured 'slot' - hmmmm

That clear enough?

13-01-2009, 09:37:19

monkey7
Yeah and she also doesn't want to get up in the morning

= I have issues cold booting, board will power up for half a second and shut down before actually booting.

Apart from that, I'd really recommend this board

13-01-2009, 09:47:24

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
Yeah and she also doesn't want to get up in the morning

= I have issues cold booting, board will power up for half a second and shut down before actually booting.

Apart from that, I'd really recommend this board
You're not flicking the right switches mate

13-01-2009, 13:31:19

stanton4958
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='webbo'
Using the UD5 is like making love to a beautiful woman.

You have to caress her gently, ensuring you get to know every working detail before moving on to...bla bla bla

It even has an flesh coloured 'slot' - hmmmm

That clear enough?
lol thats clear thanks

13-01-2009, 17:36:51

Bungral
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
...unfortunately Gigabyte refused his RMA due to...well ye you know where this is going
Aaahh yes, putting his own brand of thermal "goop" on there... Always a warranty killer.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
You're not flicking the right switches mate
ha ha

14-01-2009, 11:25:31

midnightray
dam near perfect board, shame about the cold start issue. *wonders if its been fixed yet*

14-01-2009, 13:14:52

monkey7
Well it hasn't been for me, even though I'm on the latest stable bios, F4.

15-01-2009, 07:19:47

dowe
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='monkey7'
Well it hasn't been for me, even though I'm on the latest stable bios, F4.
Have you tried any of the beta bios', particularly F4n?

15-01-2009, 10:45:15

monkey7
No I haven't, as GB doesn't really recommend it.

On the other side, what could go wrong. I have dual BIOS anyway :/ My secondary is an impossible to flash F3 to which I will revert if things go wrong.
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