Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 USB-3 SATA-6G Motherboard Review

Benchmark Reviews: Computer hardware always evolves, and in the interest of making lives more productive technology continues to advance. Gigabyte has recently launched their P55-A series of motherboards on the Intel P55-Express chipset, which incorporate a new 3-3-3 theme of features: Super-Speed USB 3.0 and 3x the USB power output, as well as SATA-3.0 for 6Gbps bandwidth. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 and inspects the new SATA-6G functionality in-depth. Performance will be measured between the Intel Core i7-860 fitted to the LGA1156 socket on the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6 motherboard and the Core i7-920 equipped GA-EX58-UD4P. Testing a Core i7-860 against an i7-920 might not seem fair, and it's a little biased to compare P55 against X58, but the final outcome might just surprise you.

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thereapersson3218d ago

This might be my next motherboard upgrade. I've been looking for a worthy contender to my next PC iteration, and I know that Gigabyte makes quality hardware. It's good to see this get such high marks.

MerkinMax3218d ago

I just built my new comp with the ASUS P6X58D Premium and it's pretty nice.

FantasyStar3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )

Do we really need SATA 3.0 yet? HDD Speeds on average aren't even enough to barely break past SATA so far. I'm not a fan of Intel's latest CPU movement with LGA1156 and LGA1366. Just pick one socket and stick with it FFS!

MerkinMax3218d ago

I bought the newest motherboard as a way to future proof myself.

Kakkoii3218d ago (Edited 3218d ago )


SSD's are fast approaching the limit of SATA 3 already. So even SATA 3 won't be good enough. But it's better than SATA 2 at least.

Fusion-io already makes an SSD that exceeds the limit of SATA 3. So they use a PCI-E 2.0 slot instead due to the much larger bandwidth.

SATA 3 6Gbits = 768MB/'s (Wiki says 6Gbit SATA 3 is only capable of 600MB/'s read though.)
ioDrive Duo = 1.4 GB/'s Write \\ 1.5GB/'s Read

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neogeo3218d ago

I'm tire of people saying "no need for all that power if your motherboard can't handle it"


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