Gigabyte unleashes monster motherboard

Gigabyte has unleashed its latest monster performance GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard to the masses.

The GA-X58A-UD9 has a new 24 phase Unlocked Power design, 4-way graphics support including NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX.

It also has a range of Gigabyte features such as 333 Onboard Acceleration and On/Off Charge as well as the proprietary Gigabyte Unlocked Power technology with all new 24 phase design. The Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 provides maximum power delivery for Intel’s latest 1366 socket CPUs including the new Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition (6 core) CPUs as well as upcoming extreme performance CPUs from Intel, ensuring utmost system stability and overclockability.

Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at Gigabyte Technology said: “Gigabyte set out to completely redefine what is possible performance and feature-wise on the X58 platform, and the GA-X58A-UD9 truly delivers on both fronts.

“Providing the industry’s highest caliber CPU power delivery with our unique 24 phase Unlocked Power design and including all of the features which set GIGABYTE motherboards apart from the competition, the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 fits into a whole new first class category all its own.”

The motherboard also has Gigabyte’s Unlocked Power feature, which is said to deliver better durability and longer component lifespan due to what it claims is the industry’s first Dual Power Switching design. When Dual Power Switching is activated, 2 sets of 12 power phases operate in tandem, automatically turning on one set of 12 phases and powering down the other 12, allowing the non active set to rest.

By sharing the power workload between 2 sets of power phases, the Dual Power Switching effectively doubles the lifespan of the power phases. Additionally the feature also has a built-in Auto Failure Protection, so if one power phase is damaged or fails, the motherboard will automatically disable its group of 12 phases, allowing it to still operate using the other set of twelve, unlike a traditional motherboard which would be unable to boot.

And those worried about power needn’t fear this monster as the Gigabyte Dual Power Switching temporarily suspends, and the full 24 power phases are automatically unlocked, allowing for maximum power delivery. For overclockers and power users, this means the full 24 power phases can be activated to deliver the highest amount of CPU power currently available on any desktop motherboard.