Gigabyte had an impressive display of P55 motherboards on display at Computex. Expect to see these boards available for sale at the end of August to the beginning of September.
The top-of-the-line P55 motherboard from Gigabyte will be the GA-EP55-UD5 which comes with the world’s first 24 phase power management system for the CPU. Along with the new power phase you’ll see Gigabyte’s Smart 6 Technology, 2 PCIe x16 Gen 2 slots for SLI/CFX support, DualBIOS, 2 power eSATA ports on the I/O panel and 4 SATA 6Gb/s ports on the motherboard. The white ports in the picture below are the new gen SATA ports.
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Going down the rest of Gigabyte’s lineup, we start with the GA-EP5-UD4P.
Next is the UD3P and UD3R motherboards which will most likely support CFX only due to the price point that these boards will be set at.
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The last board we saw in Gigabyte’s P55 lineup was the HP55MK. This is a Micro ATX form factor motherboard that Gigabyte plans to launch when given the green light from Intel on Lynnfield.
Also on hand was Gigabyte’s GA-X58A-Extreme motherboard which is a refresh of the X58-Extreme. The new flagship board includes the 24 phase power management system seen on the GA-EP55-UD5 along with all the other new features Gigabyte is introducing. The GA-X58A-UD5 also got a refresh and uses the new 24 phase pwm.