Gigabyte struts its Sandy Bridge mobos

Apparently, Intel has some more of those CPU doohickeys coming out early next year, and motherboard makers are eagerly teasing their matching products. We already saw some of MSI‘s and Biostar‘s Sandy Bridge mobos earlier this year, and now, Gigabyte has sent us images of… well, what certainly looks like its entire 6-series motherboard lineup.

You’ll find all the images in the gallery below. Pictured items include two microATX designs, the H67M_D2 and H67MA_UD2H, as well as one full-sized ATX offering with integrated graphics support, the 67A_UD3H. I suspect most of you will be more interested in the plain-jane ATX mobos, though—the P67A_UD3, P67A_UD3P, P67A_UD4, P67A_UD5, and P67A_UD7.

There isn’t a whole lot of novelty to be found on those new circuit boards, unless fancy heatsinks and preposterous numbers of PCI Express x16 slots still amaze you. I’m surprised to see the higher-end P67-based offerings devoid of Gigabyte’s trademark blue-and-white color scheme, though. Apparently, black is the new "in" color in Taiwan.

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    • RagingDragon
    • 9 years ago

    Assuming they perform well the UD2H (mATX with 4 RAM slots), UD3 (no letter suffixes!) and UD4 interest me.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 9 years ago

    Um, I was thinking of getting SB, but this is kinda killing the urge now…

    • DrCR
    • 9 years ago

    l[

    • ChangWang
    • 9 years ago

    wonder if they still have the same old crappy fan controls….

    • crsh1976
    • 9 years ago

    I’m waiting for SB to build a new computer, hopefully the chips will start shipping soon.

    • emorgoch
    • 9 years ago

    After the leaks last week from that Sweedish web site, is there any more word on motherboards that use EUFI instead of BIOS for Sandy Bridge?

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    That’s a lot of PCIe 16x slots. But the nice thing is none of them are wasted, as you can drop a 1x, 2x, 4x or 8x card in there. Yes, it’ll probably cost a few dollars more to put that many 16x slots in, but it’s easier to do that than trying to juggle different speed slots.

    • eitje
    • 9 years ago

    mATX boards look like they could have some clearance issues between the top PCI-E slot and the memory.

      • tay
      • 9 years ago

      This is not unusual. I remember one manufacturer went with memory tabs on one side only so the PCIe card would not interfere with memory installation.
      I’m looking forward to these, even though I have a quad core phenom.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    With Gigabyte, the first half of the model name is the platform identifier. The second half of the model name is kind of the feature identifier.

    Regarding the feature identifier (the second half), here’s my understanding:

    UD means ultra durable – something that could arguably be left off since all of their mobos now use solid capacitors.

    2 means mATX
    H means HDMI
    3 is lowest tier ATX
    P either means it has a heatpipe or crossfire – not sure
    4 and above usually have crossfire
    5 and above is probably dual Gig-e, maybe dual BIOS
    6 and above is dual BIOS
    7 and above has quad crossfire, quad Gig-e, quad BIOS, kegerator, USB pizza maker, come with can of LN2, case badge, Gigabyte t-shirt, bumber sticker, but still pretty crummy tech support.

      • PrincipalSkinner
      • 9 years ago

      Don’t forget the additional power phases when going from UD3 to UD7.

      • LoneWolf15
      • 9 years ago

      When did they start doing it that way? I admit, my mainboard is old by today’s standards, but I have the vaunted EP45-UD3P, and it has dual BIOS, Crossfire, extra power phase, dual-gig NICs, and pretty much the whole ball of wax other than SLI and Tri-Fire.

      It’s such a good board, I have trouble parting with it for an upgrade. That, and since I already have 8GB of DDR2 and a Q9650 clocked at 3.6GHz, I don’t think paying out a lot of cash is going to get me the ability to do something I can’t do now.

        • Farting Bob
        • 9 years ago

        Your right that mobo features have pretty much platued and the only new reason to consider upgrading a mid range board is if it doesnt support the latest generation of CPU, I/O (on board USB/SATA 3 etc) or new generation RAM to a lesser extent. Even the cheapest boards will have everything that 80% of people would need. Id like a board with dual gigabit ethernet (one for internet, 1 for fileserver) but i can make do with a addon board for extra network connections, it would only be an issue if i wanted to build a miniITX gaming rig.

        • SomeOtherGeek
        • 9 years ago

        Maybe getting married and having kids will solve that problem?

        • MadManOriginal
        • 9 years ago

        That board was one of the best P45 boards that came out but it also came out relatively late in the P45 chipset cycle iirc although I could be remembering completely wrong. So maybe its coming out late meant it had a bunch of ‘extras’ that might not be normal for initial chipset boards? In any case, yeah, it’s a great mobo and was a great value at its price, I sort of wish more mobos in that range came with dual NICs if only because if one of them craps out there’s always a backup. Or if more board vendors used the ethernet Intel builds in to the southbridge..

      • adam1378
      • 9 years ago

      for my Gigabyte board “5” stood for dual bios, usb3 and sata6.0. The new color scheme is very nice.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 9 years ago

        You get the motherboard size and the disk I/O capabilities in the first part, e.g.: GA-PxxMA-xxxx, where the M indicates Micro-ATX and the A indicates SATA3.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    Wow, they’re really using that whole port cluster on the UD7. Well done.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    I hope this isn’t their whole lineup, there’s no mITX.

      • Ethyriel
      • 9 years ago

      Yeah, that would suck, but at least Intel is offering ITX boards now. I’d hate to have to decide between Zotac and MATX.

    • Grigory
    • 9 years ago

    How the looks of mobos have changed since my first XT board! 🙂

    • gtoulouzas
    • 9 years ago

    Since they went the length to create attractive packaging, one would have expected them to pay some attention to their naming scheme as well. These are impossible to remember and difficult to differentiate between…

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      Mobo names generally arent at all helpful from any manufacturer. But then the only people who put any thought into a motherboard purchase are generally savvy enough to find the best one for the job from reviews at sites like this.

      • bthylafh
      • 9 years ago

      That’s Gigabyte for you. They’ve pretty much always used really long model numbers that only an engineer could love.

        • internetsandman
        • 9 years ago

        I personally find that gigabyte at least does a better job than Asus. I don’t even bother looking at Asus model names anymore, I know they aren’t gonna tell me anything I wanna know nor are they gonna help me differentiate between them. Instead, when shopping, I look at the price tags, they’re a bit more helpful.

          • Ethyriel
          • 9 years ago

          The compare feature at Newegg and a lot of other shops is extremely useful for motherboards. I don’t think I’ve ever used it for anything else, but man, when you’re trying to keep straight which Supermicro board has both IPMI and discrete graphics, it’s a huge time and mistake saver.

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