Although we caught a peek at two Asus motherboards with USB 3.0 and 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity earlier this week, the firm certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on support for new, state-of-the-art I/O technologies. Gigabyte has followed suit with an entire lineup of P55 motherboards that claim similar features.
The lineup actually includes eight boards: the GA-P55A-UD6, GA-P55A-UD5, GA-P55A-UD4P, GA-P55A-UD4, GA-P55A-UD3P, GA-P55A-UD3R, GA-P55A-UD3, and GA-P55MA-UD4. Overkill, perhaps, but a look at the names and spec sheets suggests these mobos span a few different price points, not to mention form factors. (The "M" in the P55MA-UD4’s model name makes it sound like a MicroATX model similar to the GA-P55M-UD4 we reviewed recently.)
All eight boards are based on the P55 chipset, so they’ll accommodate Intel’s latest Core i5 and i7-800 processors. Gigabyte had to use auxiliary controllers for the new I/O, naturally: it picked an NEC uPD720200 chip to bring in USB 3.0 connectivity and a Marvell 88SE9128 controller for 6Gbps Serial ATA. Also, Gigabyte says it increased power delivery three-fold to all USB ports. That should help feed those "power hungry USB devices," whatever they might be.