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More P55: Gigabyte's MicroATX Board And Asus' Flagship

More P55: Gigabyte's MicroATX Board And Asus' Flagship
Your Next Small Form Factor Platform?

Gigabyte's P55M-UD4 manages to incorporate much of the functionality found on the company's ATX designs. Will this become the platform of choice for space-conscious gamers gunning for an affordable system with SLI and CrossFire support? That question will likely be answered as we start to actually review P55-based boards. But given its twin PCI Express x16 slots (which of course run at x8 when two cards are installed), it's not hard to imagine. Given the preliminary gaming benchmarks we've run with other P55-based configurations, you really won't be losing much performance to the twin x8 links unless you push into 2560x1600 with lots of eye candy enabled.

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    stray_gator , July 28, 2009 10:34 AM
    I'd switch between the PCI / PEGx4 so it'd be possible to use a dual slot primary display card and an additional, low(er) bandwidth PEG card (storage, physics) without cutting half of the primary card's lanes.
    but that's me. i believe gigabyte has better understanding of the cuntemporary expansion card assortment than me.
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    freak77power , July 28, 2009 12:18 PM
    Get Evga x58 SLI Micro and i920.
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    1haplo , July 28, 2009 12:40 PM
    I love that on the last picture the socket cover says FOXCONN.

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    scook9 , July 28, 2009 12:47 PM
    Socket covers have said foxconn for do the metal housing around USB ports at rear I/O and many other parts. This is nothing new.

    Unless these are much cheaper, I still don't see why one should just avoid x58 and an i7 920 given how cheap 920's can be found now (as low as $200)

    Anyone else notice that all of these models have a huge amount of voltage far much more than is common on x58 boards :(  (my Asus Rampage II GENE only has 6 vs 14 on that gigabyte board!?)
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    stray_gator , July 28, 2009 5:13 PM
    P55 will be (hopefuly) much cheaper than X58 boards. entry/mid models at least. given that all sources hint that the difference in performance between i7/i5 is negligible (bar memory-bandwidth hungry apps. namely, sandra), i think that lower platform cost will make i5 the best option for anything between midrange and high-end systems, with i7 reserved for competitive benchers/OCers, uncle scrooge and the such.
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    mergatroid , July 28, 2009 10:06 PM
    I really enjoy reading the articles you have here. I'm not a very participatory member, but I do read a lot and I have always enjoyed the articles here.

    I always check your site before upgrading my computers. Very informative.
    I love these two boards from two of my favorite manufacturers. When I can finally afford a second video card, I will look into these boards further.
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    cangelini , July 28, 2009 10:11 PM
    Thanks for chiming in Merga--it's appreciated!