Gigabyte X58A-UD9 and GTX480 Quad Sli Review

BIOS and Overclocking

Gigabyte X58A-UD9 Review

BIOS and Overclocking


Of the two BIOS available Gigabyte use the AWARD BIOS. The UD9 shows its overclocking leanings with the M.I.T (the overclock menu) is the first option available, rather than on the right hand side like it is with some variants of the AWARD. Whereas the AMI BIOS has most of the overclocking options setup on a single page, the M.I.T has them spread around a little within the submenu. It takes a little getting used to if you're more familiar with the AMI BIOS, but everything is neatly labelled and navigation is a breeze.

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Before you get excited that Gigabyte have some secret trick to unlock your processor, we're running the 980x in this, hence the high multiplier.

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Everything you could desire to get a good overclock out of your processor is available to tweak. As it is so easy to navigate hopefully we'll see a nice result.

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As always with a good overclocking method the first thing is to see how far we can push the BCLK and so we know if this is a real lunatic overclocker, or something that will need a little massaging.

One thing to note before we get to the figure, is that if you have all four PCI-e slots populated then the ability of the UD9 to push the BCLK hard is greatly reduced. This is hugely surprising given its status as an extreme enthusiast board, but it's something to be aware of.

207MHz was the limit of the UD9. Initially this might seem a little disappointing, but the reality is that with most memory topping out just past 2GHz, and with the i7 Extreme's being happier using the multiplier to overclock rather than BCLK, it should be more than enough for our needs.

And so it proved. 4.648 GHz being a new record for this processor, beating the Rampage 3 Extreme by 38 MHz. This is entirely on air and, as you can see from the CPU-Z, without insane voltages. Not the kind of thing we'd want to run 24/7, but my word it's stunning. 

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30-07-2010, 05:09:23

Fancy a motherboard that has absolutely everything you could need? Gigabyte have the answer.

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30-07-2010, 06:40:36

Best review ever! Really appreciate the effort you and the guys must have gone to for this! Clearly proves that 3-way is good if a little expensive, but 4-way is just stupid for anything except PC Mark really. What a well made board though! Even if that stupid chipset heatsink is a massive gimmick , it's nothing short of awesome! Well done OC3D!

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30-07-2010, 07:35:35

Fantastic, amazing, fabulous, unbelievable, jaw dropping, there is not enough words in the dictionary that would describe this review and videos I enjoyed every minute of it and to be honest I read it twice actually it was better than watching AVATAR in 3d in the cinema, I’m a very critical person by nature but OC3D you deserve a 5 star for this one as for the videos I watched them in 1080p on my 40’’ Samsung to enjoy every single detail there is and it is truly amazing stuff guys and the watermark oh... just lovely truly professional , If it was up to me I'll put this review on the BBC it would definitely be better than watching click, to be honest there is nothing ells I can say to show my appreciation to you guys for giving me a two hour journey of pure enjoyment. I truly love you guys.

Regards to everyone in OC3D even the cleaners if you have any.

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