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Gigabyte P67A-UD4 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard Review

Author: Steve Grever
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Gigabyte
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Specifications, Layout, Included Extras

Motherboard specifications

CPU
  1. Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1155 package (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.)
  2. L3 cache varies with CPU
Chipset
  1. Intel® P67 Express Chipset
Memory
  1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory

    * Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.

  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
  4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
  5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

(Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest supported memory speeds and memory modules.)

Audio
  1. Realtek ALC892 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for Dolby® Home Theater
  5. Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
  1. 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)

    * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

  2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8) * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
  3. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots

    (All PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

  4. 2 x PCI slots
Multi-Graphics Technology
  1. Support for ATI CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology

    * The PCIEX16 slot operates at up to x8 mode when ATI CrossFireX™ is enabled.

Storage Interface Chipset:
  1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0, SATA3_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 4 SATA 3Gb/s devices
  3. Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

    * When a RAID set is built across the SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3Gb/s channels, the system performance of the RAID set may vary depending on the devices being connected.

Marvell 88SE9128 chip:

  1. 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  2. Support for SATA RAID 0 and RAID 1
USB Chipset:
  1. Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 on the back panel, 6 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)

2 x Renesas D720200 chips:

  1. Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 on the back panel, 2 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  4. 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  5. 1 x CPU fan header
  6. 2 x system fan headers
  7. 1 x power fan header
  8. 1 x front panel header
  9. 1 x front panel audio header
  10. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  11. 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  12. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  13. 1 x serial port header
  14. 1 x clearing CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors
  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  2. 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
  3. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  4. 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  5. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  6. 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s ports
  7. 1 x RJ-45 port
  8. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/ Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
  1. iTE IT8728 chip
H/W Monitoring
  1. System voltage detection
  2. CPU/System temperature detection
  3. CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
  4. CPU overheating warning
  5. CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
  6. CPU/System fan speed control

    *Whether the CPU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU/system cooler you install.

BIOS
  1. 2 x 32 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features
  1. Support for @BIOS
  2. Support for Q-Flash
  3. Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
  4. Support for Download Center
  5. Support for Xpress Install
  6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
  7. Support for EasyTune

    * Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.

  8. Support for Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2
  9. Support for Smart 6™
  10. Support for Auto Green
  11. Support for eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
  12. Support for ON/OFF Charge
  13. Support for Cloud OC
  14. Support for Q-Share
Bundle Software
  1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System
  1. Support for Microsoft® Windows® 7/Vista/XP
Form Factor
  1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

 

Motherboard layout

The retail packaging for the P67A-UD4 is quite attractive and focuses on tells consumers about their three-year warranty, unlocked performance capabilities, double copper PCB. They also let users know that the board supports the second-generation i5s and i7s and includes the now infamous P67 chipset.

 

The back panel of the retail box goes into a lot more detail about the board's USB 3.0 features and power management software. It also includes a small studio photo of the board and discusses the benefits of having 2 ounces of copper in the PCB.

 

Here's the P67A-UD4 in all its glory. Gigabyte integrated a unique low-profile design for the board's heatsinks and also used a black color scheme for the DIMMs and PCIe/PCI slots. I think the board looks very streamlined with plenty of room around the CPU socket for third-party heatsinks and watercoolers. They also organized all the audio, USB 2.0/3.0, and firewire headers at the bottom of the board.

 

The back of the PCB includes a small aluminum backplate behind the CPU socket and that's about it.

 

The back I/O panel includes support for eight USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, two eSATA ports, Gigabit LAN, optical and coaxial S/PDIF Out connectors, legacy PS/2 port, and eight-channel audio jacks. This is a full-featured set of options that should look very attractive to a variety of consumers.

 

This motherboard gives users the option to setup dual graphics cards in SLI or CrossfireX configurations. It includes two PCIe x16 and x6, three PCIe x1, and two legacy PCI slots to give users a very rounded amount of options for modern and legacy hardware.

 

The bottom of the motherboard includes a communications port and four-pin fan connector. 

 

It also has three USB 2.0 headers (only two pictured in photo above) that support up to six USB 2.0 devices.

Here's a shot of the third USB 2.0 header and the front panel USB 3.0 connector. I also see a label for the on/off charging feature that I assume is connected to the USB 2.0 header on the left side of the photo above. You can also see the NEC host controller chip in this photo that manages the USB 3.0 ports on the P67A-UD4. 

 

The front panel power and reset headers are color-coded and easily readable to help PC builders connect everything without using the user manual. 

 

This board supports four SATA 3GB/s ports through the P67 chipset and two SATA 6GB/s ports via the Marvell 88SE9128 chip onboard.

 

The four DIMMs above support up to 32GBs of DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory. 

 

Here's a close-up shot of the CPU socket and surrounding power components. Gigabyte uses premium Japanese Ferrite core chokes and driver MOSFETs to achieve higher power transfer and increased efficiency. They also left plenty of room to install a third-party heatsink or watercooler. 

 

Included Extras

Gigabyte included a couple key accessories including four SATA data cables.

 

They also added a color-coded I/O backplate, SLI bridge, and Gigabyte case badge.

 

Gigabyte helped out non-English speaking users with a multilingual installation guide and user manual.

 

Lastly, Gigabyte added a small pamphlet regarding the use of LGA 1155 processors with this board and a driver CD that also includes some their overclocking and power management software.

 

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