With the upcoming release of Intelâ€™s next-generation microprocessor architecture, codenamed Sandy Bridge, motherboard makers such as Gigabyte have already prepared their products to cater to this new processor line-up that uses the LGA 1155. Can we say Bye Bye to LGA1156? Before we bid farewell to the LGA 1156, let’s look at what to expect in the near future from Gigabyte.
This lovely Gigabyte motherboard is something really different from the usual Gigabyte product.
Can you tell the difference yet? In case you haven’t notice, Gigabyte’s board has always been of a BLUE theme, remember the GA-P55-UD6 Motherboard?
The GA-P67A-UD4 is BLACK. Even the metal processor lock mechanism is of glossy black.
Here are the photos for the rest of the components on the board, the only BLUE you’ll see are on the north and south bridge coolers.
More details about the board’s features are in the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4 Presentation Document | Total Downloads : [download#16#hits].
The board looks great, especially now with the matte black PCD. The PCI-E slots and DIMM slots are totally black too, with only the heatsinks being the prominent feature among the black surface.
It supports CrossfireX and SLI, it has USB3, SATA3 and RAID support. It has the usual good features from Gigabyte board and a host of other new features which are beyond me since I’m not a Gigabyte sales person. You may refer to the above document for more details.
Here are the key features as per the document
– PCIe 2.0 graphic interfaces support both 2 way NVIDIA SLI and 2 way ATI CrossFireX
– All New Matte Black PCB and Thermal Design
– Supports 2 Power eSATA connectors for enhanced Storage flexibility
– 4 USB 3.0 ports with superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps
– Extensive 12 phase power Design for CPU VRM
– Support for dual channel DDR3 memory
– 8 SATA Ports with RAID (6 onboard, 2 rear)
– Precision OV provides more precise voltage control for CPU, Chipset and memory
– GIGABYTE Patented DualBIOSâ„¢ Technology
– Provides Marvell SE9128 and Intel P67 high speed SATA3 storage interface
Does the board look good – YES! Is it worth buying? I don’t know the price was not made known to me, nor other people yet to the best of my knowledge. 🙂 I certainly am looking forward for the launch of Intel’s new range of processor so I could actually bring this new range of board for a test drive.