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Our RecommendationRemember when Asus, Abit, and DFI were the only manufacturers churning out high-powered motherboards? Neither do we, not with the way Gigabyte has positioned itself in the past several years. We've watched Gigabyte expand its focus from the OEM and budget markets to now consistently targeting overclockers and power users with potent boards, and the UD4P is but another example of this.
At $260 street (before rebate), the UD4P isn't exactly cheap, but relative to other X58 boards, the UD4P falls squarely in the middle, if not just under. But its performance and feature-set are anything but middling. There's a lot included to entice the enthusiast crowd, from the PCB design to the robust overclocking options, and the UD4P's performance numbers put the board towards the front of the class. Several subtleties help flesh out the package, like onboard power/reset/clear CMOS buttons, right-angled SATA ports, and a boatload of power saving features. Factor in tri-SLI and three-way CrossFireX support and you'd be hard pressed to find a more rounded X58 motherboard in this price range.
So what's not to like? Very little. We wish the IDE and FDD connectors were angled, but if you're building a Core i7 rig in the first place, you'll probably never use these legacy ports anyway. And even if we don't ever find ourselves using it, we've grown accustomed to having two LAN ports, if for nothing else than as a backup in case one goes bad.
This one's a slam dunk. If you're building a Core i7 rig and have the scratch for a $260 mobo, we unequivocally recommend the Gigabyte EX58-UD4P.
Other Reviews of Note
Itsalways nice to have more than one opinion on a component before youspend your hard earned money. For one, We may see something othersmissed, or vice versa. As with all reviews published at HardwareLogic,we'll not only give you our recommendation, but also point out somereviews from some other great sites around the web.