Gigabyte X58A-UD9 and GTX480 Quad Sli Review
She's a big lass for sure. This is the kind of box that could sleep a family of four in comfort. One of the things that's instantly surprising is how insanely busy the box is with information and tech logos and the like. The chances of anyone going "£450 for a motherboard? Sounds a bargain" is miniscule. No this will only be brought by those who specifically need its feature-set. So calm the box down accordingly. A Rolls Royce hasn't got go faster stripes. A Renault Clio has.
Anyone once the box lid is lifted we get our glimpse of the UD9 itself. And yet more logos, just in case you missed the ones on the front.
Here is a bit of a surprise. The rear is also emblazoned with those same "Unlocked Power" and "333" logos we've been bombarded with on the front. You'd hope Gigabyte might have enough confidence in their product to not need this showy display. Taking the motherboard out the packet we can see that despite it being an e-ATX motherboard it's still not got a single centimeter of unused space. This is thanks to it truly having everything anyone could want.
Looking at the board from the "front" you are instantly struck by the size of the southbridge heatsink. There is a good reason for this as under there lurks the NF200 chip that powers the PCI-e slots, ensuring all of them have x16 capability even when fully populated.
Accessories are as good as any board we've seen. Obviously you get your manual, drivers and IO shield.
We also have eSATA, SATA, IDE and the like. Two Crossfire bridges an SLI bridge, and two hard SLI bridges. One for Tri-SLI and one for Quad-SLI. A Quad-SLI gives us an idea...
Just in case you weren't sure that the UD9 gives you Unlocked Power from the logo on the front of the box, the insert, the rear and the manual, we also have a Gigabyte VIP card.
Finally for those of you who don't have a case with native e-ATX support, Gigabyte have provided three standoffs to ensure the bottom half isn't flapping about unsecured.