Page 2: The Board
Gigabyte didn't completely abandon its signature pastel color theme, but it did darken things up a bit for what we feel is an upgrade to the aesthetics. Previous boards have bordered on garish, and that's not the case with the UD4P.
Much more important than appearance, Gigabyte nails the layout, giving us little, if anything, to complain about. The rear-facing SATA ports removes any worry of elongated videocards blocking access, and as we've come to expect from any modern motherboard, all data connectors are lined up along the edge, though we'd prefer to see the IDE and FDD ports situated in a right-angle (minus 200 geek cred points if you still use either of these).
Gigabyte leaves you with plenty of room for today's increasingly monstrous cooling solutions, with ample space surrounding the CPU socket area on all four side.
If you look on the left side of the pic -- right next to the tri-channel DDR3 slots -- you'll notice a pair of buttons. These are onboard power and reset buttons, a boon to overclockers, reviewers, and anyone else who might use an open-air chassis.
Legacy support lives on in the form of PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports on the rear I/O section, though that's where the old-school ends and the new-school begins. Gigabyte fleshes out its I/O with a generous eight USB 2.0 ports, a single Firewire port, optical and S/PDIF outputs, a single LAN port, and the customary 3.5mm audio outputs. In another nod towards overclockers, Gigabyte also slapped a Clear CMOS button on the back of the board, which means no more fumbling around for jumpers and coin-sized batteries when tweaking goes horribly wrong.