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The Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 is a high-end enthusiast motherboard, released in early 2010.

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Pros

Very high number of USB and SATA ports

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Thicker PCB is more durable than most boards

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BIOS has a very broad range of options to configure, more than usual

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"Trouble code" indicators make it easier to determine specific problems

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Very high degree of connectivity and compatibility with other components compared to other motherboards

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Cons

BIOS is somewhat confusing as to what setting changes actually mean

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Settings need to be tweaked a fair bit, not for the technically un-savvy

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The Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 is a high-end enthusiast motherboard, released in early 2010. This board is a step up from the similar Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R, featuring a second Gigabit Ethernet port and a more elaborate heat pipe. Those looking to add more GPUs to their system should take a look at the GA-X58A-UD9, which has 4 PCI Express slots running at x16 and 3 running at x8 speeds. The GA-X58A-UD5 has 6 DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 24GB of memory. 2-way/3-way CrossFireX and SLI options are fully supported. This means 2 PCI Express slots can be used in x16 mode, while an additional 2 PCI-E slots can be ran in x8 mode. Other features include 2 SATA 6Gb/s connectors for hard drives and dual USB 3.0 ports on the back.

Features
  • X58 Express chipset
  • 6 x DDR3 memory sockets
  • 24GB max. system memory
  • 7.1 HD audio built-in with S/PDIF in/out
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet
  • 4 x PCI Express x16 slots
  • 2-way/3-way SLI and CrossFireX support
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 2 x USB 3.0 ports
Model variations
  • Rev 1.0
  • Rev 2.0 - added On/Off Charge support
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