Well, it looks like Gigabyte isn't done adding USB 3.0 ports and extra power phases to its motherboards. The company has now announced the GA-P55A-UD7, its new flagship enthusiast mobo based on Intel's P55 chipset. This board features three-way Nvidia SLI support as well as 24 processor power phases, and it comes choc-full of connectivity options—both current- and next-gen.
Gigabyte has resorted to the use of an Nvidia nForce 200 bridge chip to enable triple-GeForce graphics card setups, but it says AMD's CrossFireX multi-GPU scheme is also supported. In any case, users get no fewer than four physical PCI Express x16 slots to play with, plus a PCIe x1 and a couple of old-fashioned 32-bit PCI slots.
On the connectivity front, the GA-P55A-UD7 carries 10 internal Serial ATA ports (including two with support for 6Gbps transfer rates), two external SATA ports, and three other pairs of ports on the external I/O panel: USB 3.0, FireWire, and Gigabit Ethernet. This being one of Gigabyte's "333" offerings, the USB ports also have triple the normal power delivery.
Gigabyte has packed in plenty of other enthusiast-friendly perks, including a Realtek ALC889 audio codec with Dolby Digital Live output and a cooler for the CPU power circuitry that combines heatsinks, heat pipes, and a pair of holes for a liquid cooling rig. Scrolling down the official product page reveals a slew of additional features, many with associated trademarks. Check out the gallery below for images.
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