Gigabyte X58A-UD9 and GTX480 Quad Sli Review

Test Setup and Synthetics

Gigabyte X58A-UD9 Review

Test Setup

Intel i7 980x
6GB Corsair Dominator GT
Corsair AX1200w PSU
Asus HD5870 v2
4 x Zotac GTX480
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Gigabyte X58A-UD9

We have to emphasise our huge thanks to Zotac for lending us four nVidia GTX480s to allow us to test out Quad-SLI. They really came through for us in the clutch.

Our primary motherboard based testing will be on our standard bench rig using the HD5870 as our graphics card. The 3D and gaming tests we'll get to in a moment will be utilising the Quad-SLI setup. Because it's fairly obvious that an overclocked system will lead our charts, for comparison today we're putting the UD9 up against it's main rival, the Asus Rampage 3 Extreme. Both with stock settings for the CPU and Memory.

Everest Ultimate

The inclusion of the AES instruction set in the 980x does make our graph a little top heavy. The UD9 managed to edge out the R3E in everything but our CPU Queen tests. The zLib result is particularly eye-opening. A great start.


Absolutely no idea what is going on here. We tested and re-tested. Using the identical kit of RAM that we tested the R3E with, the UD9 is absolutely spanked. We know how important memory speeds are, so let's hope this is an aberration with Everest rather than a specific problem with the board. We'll soon find out.

SiSoft Sandra

Starting with the Arithmetic test, the Whetstone results have a slight lean towards the UD9, but within tolerance. The Dhrystone result really liked the UD9 and this is then shown up in our aggregate results. Nothing earth shattering, but considering how highly we thought of the Rampage 3 Extreme, impressive.


The Sandra Processor Multimedia test is almost as curious as the Everest Memory results were. There is no reason for the UD9 to be so very far ahead of the Rampage 3 Extreme, and yet there it is.

One bunch of tests down, and it's not at all easy to pinpoint what is what. Are those Everest Memory results right, and if so how can the Sandra Multimedia results be right? But that's why we test using more than one program.

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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

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30-07-2010, 10:53:21

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