Gigabyte intros cheaper X58 motherboard

CES — With AMD launching its Phenom II processor a CES, Gigabyte was eager to show off a fresh motherboard based the 790GX chipset. This new board, dubbed the GA-MA790GP-UD4H, features a two-ounce copper layer that supposedly aids memory clocking, allowing it to support DDR2 speeds up to 1200MHz. The UD4H also features a couple of PCIe x16 slots for CrossFire and 128MB of DDR3-1333 memory to back up its integrated Radeon HD 3300 graphics processor.

The GA-MA-790GP-UD4H

On the Intel side of the fence, Gigabyte is migrating the X58 chipset to more affordable territory. The GA-EX58-UD4P is already available at Newegg for around $200, and an even cheaper UD3R model is expected to sell for $160-180. So what does the UD3R leave on the cutting room floor? Surprisingly, not much. You only get two PCI Express x16 slots, limiting CrossFire and SLI to two-way configurations. The number of DIMM slots has also been cut to four, although the board still taps all three of the Core i7’s memory channels (two slots are tied to the first channel with one slot per channel for the other two). Stay tuned for a TR review.

X58 on the cheap with the UD3R

In a surprising move, Gigabyte is also updating its mid-range P45 motherboard lineup with a whole rash of new models designed for DDR3 memory. Given current memory prices, though, these latest offerings aren’t nearly as appealing as existing P45 flavors with DDR2 DIMM slots.

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    • moshpit
    • 11 years ago

    Is it just me, or are the WRONG prices being left up there for a long time? I can swear I emailed Geoff several days ago about his misreported pricing and wrongly reported SLI on a non-SLI supporting board. How many people will read this article, and go jump on a UD3P board expecting SLI support and a 40 dollar cheaper price will be surprised? Maybe none. But if the answer is none, Geoff got off lucky.

    • UberGerbil
    • 11 years ago

    Cheaper is relative.

    The reality is that the i7 is a workstation chip (it’s really a 2P server chip) and the x58 is a workstation chipset. LGA-1366 platforms will never be cheap.

    For “cheap” you need to wait for LGA-1156 and i5 (Lynnfield/Havendale)

    • Forge
    • 11 years ago

    Fewer PCIe 16X slots? Bravo!

    Fewer memory slots? BAH! Deal killer.

      • LoneWolf15
      • 11 years ago

      How quickly will you go beyond 8GB of RAM?

        • UberGerbil
        • 11 years ago

        Actually, DDR3 will be available in 4GB* sticks, so even if you stick to strictly triple channel and don’t mess with that extra slot for one channel, you will be able to top out at 12GB. If you can use that extra slot without any downsides, it’s 16GB.

        * Eventually. Affordably, well, that will take a little longer.

    • moshpit
    • 11 years ago

    The UD3R has been on Newegg now for over a week. It’s actual price is 209.99 and has been that since launch, nowhere NEAR the 160-180 you quoted.

    Furthermore, unless somebody has confirmed SLI support on this board, it would do to keep in mind when posting articles that not ALL X58 boards have SLI support. Crossfire is a given on Intel chipsets.

    Edit: Confirmed. Geoff, please correct the article above to NOT reflect SLI support on this board. This board supports Crossfire only at this time. A later bios may add SLI support, but currently it’s not enabled.

    Edit #2: UD4P only 200 bucks now on Newegg? Ummm, NO. Try $260 dollars.

    §[<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374<]§ Geoff, you really need to look at Newegg before you go quoting things. You messed up the SLI support AND the pricing for both x58 boards you mentioned, not even getting close for that matter. I don't know where you got your info on these boards, but it's WAY off base.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    Yup, very nice and I bet that board will sell a whole lot. It vertainly puts the i7 920 vs Phenom II pricing on more nearly even ground, and versus AM3 with DDR3 there won’t be much of any difference.

      • flip-mode
      • 11 years ago

      Well, I bet there’ll be an AM3 board for $100-ish at launch.

      It is nice that the x58 will do multi-gpu from any vendor. Too bad Nvidia foists their chipset on us in every other case. And with the x58 it was only because they had their ass firmly against a wall.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 11 years ago

        Maybe there will, we can guess I suppose. I was focusing more on using the same memory type so the DDR2 vs DDR3 difference won’t be there although AM3 is maxed out in channels with 2 sticks.

    • Kurotetsu
    • 11 years ago

    Nice job on the UD3R board. The only thing keeping Core i7 affordable right now is DDR3 memory. I guess all the new P45 DDR3 boards are meant to help with that.

    EDIT:

    Wouldn’t it have been a better idea to just include 3 memory slots? One for each channel instead of two? That way you could keep true tri-channel memory support and still cut down on costs.

      • Flying Fox
      • 11 years ago

      What is to say if you have all 4 slots populated it will break the triple channel operation?

        • Kurotetsu
        • 11 years ago

        Ah, you’re right. I didn’t read that part closely enough.

      • rhema83
      • 11 years ago

      I wonder when a P50 series board will become available. Maybe Q3 of 2009?

      I don’t think most P40 series users will be in a hurry to upgrade to Core i7 though. My P43 board is running a cheap E7200, 4GB of DDR2-800 RAM and HD4850. But I can always upgrade to a E8400 and a HD4870 (or any single GPU card for that matter) for a modest sum.

        • moshpit
        • 11 years ago

        Yup, Q3 sounds about right. It will be along side the launch of socket 1160 mid range Core i5 (Lynnfield).

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