Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5


Gigabyte P55-UD5
In recent times Gigabyte have gone from being a manufacturer of solid mid-range motherboards to a company that covers every possible need an end user has. From extreme value solutions to the ultra-high-spec motherboards that are comparable with anything any other manufacturer can offer.
A large part of this success is by implementing the "Ultra Durable" maxim across all their boards and then adjusting the final number depending upon the place that board has in the range. So a UD2 is the value option, the UD5 is the high-end option. With the recent advent of the new 6GBs SATA and USB3, there is even a UD6 which is very peak of their range.
Today however we're going to be taking a look at the the P55-UD5.
As befits the UD5 cognomen the Gigabyte P55-UD5 is awash with technology, providing more connectivity than almost anyone could possibly require and some very handy personal touches Gigabyte have sprinkled upon it.
Let's have a look at the official specs list from Gigabyte themselves.
Support for Intel Core i7 and Core i5 LGA1156 Processors
Intel P55 Express Chipset
1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory (Note 1)
2. Dual channel memory architecture
3. Support for DDR3 2200/1600/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
1. Realtek ALC889A codec
2. High Definition Audio
3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
4. Support for Dolby® Home Theater
5. Support for S/PDIF In/Out
6. Support for CD In
1. 2 x RTL8111D chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
2. Support for Teaming
3. Support for Smart Dual LAN
Expansion Slots
1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1)
2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1) (The PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX8_1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
3. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1) (Note 4)
4. 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
5. 2 x PCI slots
Multi-GPU Support
1. Support for ATI CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology Technology (The PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX8_1 slots only.)
Storage Interface
1. 6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
1. 1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
2. 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_0, GSATA2_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD ·
2 x JMB362 chips:
1. 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s connectors (eSATA/USB Combo) on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
2. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
3. 2 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (GSATA2_2/GSATA2_3) supporting up to 2 SATA 3Gb/s devices
4. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, and JBOD
iTE IT8720 chip:
1. 1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
1. Integrated in the Chipset
2. Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (10 on the back panel, including 2 eSATA/USB Combo, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
IE EE 1394 
1. T.I. TSB43AB23 chip
2. Up to 3 IEEE 1394a ports (2 on the back panel, 1 via the IEEE 1394a bracket connected to the internal IEEE 1394a header)
Internal I/O Connectors
1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
3. 1 x floppy disk drive connector
4. 1 x IDE connector
5. 10 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
6. 1 x CPU fan header
7. 3 x system fan headers
8. 1 x power fan header
9. 1 x Chipset fan header
10. 1 x front panel header
11. 1 x front panel audio header
12. 1 x CD In connector
13. 1 x S/PDIF In header
14. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
15. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
16. 1 x IEEE 1394a header
17. 1 x serial port header
18. 1 x clearing CMOS button
19. 1 x power button
20. 1 x reset button
Back Panel Connectors
1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
2. 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
3. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
4. 2 x IEEE 1394a ports
5. 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
6. 2 x eSATA/USB Combo connectors
7. 2 x RJ-45 ports
8. 6 x audio jacks
I/O Controller
iTE IT8720 chip
H/W Monitoring
1. System voltage detection
2. CPU/System temperature detection
3. CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
4. CPU overheating warning
5. CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
6. CPU/System fan speed control
Unique Features
1. Support for @BIOS
2. Support for Q-Flash
3. Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
4. Support for Download Center
5. Support for Xpress Install
6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
7. Support for EasyTune
8. Support for Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2
9. Support Smart TPM
10. Support for Smart 6™
11. Support for Q-Share
As you can see from the enormous list, the Gigabyte P55-UD5 is a very highly featured board providing connectivity for almost anything a user could wish to plug in and take advantage of. A lot of P55 features are common to all of the range, but with the UD5 Gigabyte have really piled on the goodies.
Time to take a look at the external packaging.
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Most Recent Comments

13-12-2009, 20:16:30

VonBlade dips his toes for the first time in to P55 waters. The Gigabyte GA-P55-UD5 seemed as good a place as any to start. Was it a paddle or did he dive right in?

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13-12-2009, 20:55:22

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14-12-2009, 09:31:36

Good stuff, great review.

Price is still too high for me.Quote

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