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Thursday, 13 May 2010 11:53

Golden Systems releases new GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard

Written by Nick Farell


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Completely redefining hyperbole


Golden Systems has unveiled its new Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard with a press release which setting out to "completely redefine what is possible performance and feature-wise on the X58 platform".

Setting aside the hyperbole, it looks like the motherboard is designed to maximize power delivery for Intel’s latest 1366 socket CPUs. This includes the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition (6 core) CPUs. The board has DDR3 memory support, 4-way PCI Express 2.0 graphics support and a unique iPhone charging feature. Golden said that the GA-X58A-UD9 X58 chipset motherboard delivers "utmost system stability and overclockability" by providing maximum power delivery through the company's new 24 phase Unlocked Power design.

It has a 4-way PCI Express 2.0 graphics support for both Nvidia SLI (with 2 nF200 SLI bridges) and ATI CrossFireX, DDR3 memory support, and seven PCIe 2.0 expansion slots. There is support for high speed data transfer rates in GIGABYTE's 333 Onboard Acceleration, which includes the industry's latest technologies such as SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and 6Gbps SATA 3.

It also has a dual power switching design that allows two sets of 12 power phases operate in tandem, helping to extend component lifespan. As one set is powered up the other is turned down, allowing the non active set to rest. With built-in failure protection, the system can continue to boot even if one of the phase sets fails. When CPU loading requires boosting, the dual power mode automatically suspends the whole thing. All 24 phases are unlocked which Golden thinks "the highest amount of CPU power currently available on any desktop motherboard."

The GA-X58A-UD9 motherboard is available worldwide for a suggested retail price of US$649.
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