Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Preview - Intel Sandy Bridge Motherboards Break Cover

Just when you think you have everything figured out, you come across something that turns your world upside down. Long known for their blue motherboards, Gigabyte has finally decided to enter the dark side and will release mainboards featuring black PCB. Up to this point, it was the only major motherboard company that did not offer models sporting a black paint job. We first saw the P67A-UD7 at IDF 2010 in San Francisco, but finally have a retail unit in our hands.  

The P67A-UD7 is an enthusiast class, LGA1155 based motherboard designed specifically for Intel's upcoming line of Sandy Bridge processors.  It features a 24 phase CPU power design, Ultra Durable 3 with two ounces of copper within the PCB, ten SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, six SATA 6Gbps connectors, 3-way CrossFireX and SLI support, DualBios technology, and On/Off Charge support.

Expect to see a full product line of P67 motherboards from Gigabyte very soon. The UD7 will be the flagship model at launch, targeting the enthusiast and extreme overclocking market. All the P67 boards (UD7, UD5, UD4, UD3P) will come with the new black PCB, while the H67A-UD3H still offers the traditional blue color scheme.

 Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Motherboard
 Layout and Features

Intel LGA1155 Processors

Four 1.5V DDR3 SDRAM DIMM sockets
Supports up to DDR3 2133 MHz / 16GB max
Expansion Slots
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
2 x PCIe 2.0 x8 slots
1 x PCIe x1
1 x PCI

Intel P67 Chipset
2x Renesas D720200 USB 3.0 controllers
2x Marvell 88SE9128 SATA 3 controllers
2x Realtek RTL8111E LAN controllers
T.I. TSB43AB23 1394 controller
Realtek ALC889 8 channel audio controller
iTE IT8728 I/O controller

Internal I/O Connectors
4x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
4x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
1x IEEE 1394a connector
2x USB 3.0/2.0 connectors (supports 4 ports)
2x USB 2.0/1.1 connectors (supports 4 ports)
1x S/PDIF Out header

Rear I/O Connectors

2x eSATA/USB combo connector
6x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
2x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2x LAN ports
1x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
1x optical S/PDIF Out connector
2x IEEE 1394a connectors
PS/2 keyboard/mouse connector
6x audio jacks

Form Factor
ATX 12 x 9.6 inches
( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

3 years

Inside the box, Gigabyte provides an accessory bundle fitting for an enthusiast class product. The UD7 comes with a user manual, quick installation guide, driver disk, six SATA cables, I/O shield, dual eSATA bracket, 2-way SLI bridge, and a 3-way SLI bridge.

We'll be taking an in-depth look at the P67A-UD7 motherboard in the near future, so be sure to come back after the Sandy Bridge launch for the full scoop.
Via:  HotHardware
rapid1 4 years ago

I must say as I currently have a Gigabyte UD5 (of the 1366 variation) on one of my PC's I like Gigabyte as a company, and there products from personal experience now a lot. The boards are made to a very high standard, and I have done some research into the company to. I respect Gigabyte as a company especially on how they treat there employees, and on the quality they insist on putting into there products.

From what I have found in research they treat there employees better than any other company in there geographical area, even though in that area it is not called for, they are also a direct Intel development partner in boards/CPU's/chip sets which puts them on the leading edge developmentally.

realneil 4 years ago

I look forward to the reviews yet to come with this platform. When will it be out and among us?

The black PCB doesn't mean much to me. I'm more impressed with performance than the way the guts look. If it turns out to look good, then that's a bonus.

I notice that all of the components are solid state and use the latest Japanese Caps too. Gigabyte has been churning out quality boards for a long time. This one looks like business as usual.

SammyHayabuza 4 years ago

Very Beautiful board, heck, even the box looks great, I wouldn't throw it away or hide in a closet, I would keep it on display in my wall !!!

Wouldn't be surprised if we see some Sandy Bridge action before Christmas, but maybe my imagination is just wondering too ahead, of reality!!

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="SammyHayabuza"]Very Beautiful board, heck, even the box looks great[/quote]

I didn't mean to say that it's ugly or anything, it's not. It's just that nowadays, pretty doesn't do it for me like function does. Big Smile

Years ago, I remember buying (for $29.99 more) an AGP video card that was red, instead of green. The color being the deciding factor. Embarrassed Then the wife pointed out to me that I could have got a much faster card for 8 dollars more in green.

These days, I find that just about every mid to high priced board looks cool, no matter the color of it. I'm waiting for a board that has heatsinks shaped like a Fairy with a sword or something like that. heh-heh!

rapid1 4 years ago

The depends realneil "Years ago, I remember buying (for $29.99 more) an AGP video card that was red, instead of green. ". I am pretty sure I know exactly what your talking about GPU wise, in fact I am pretty sure I had one of those back in the day. From the details I recall the components on the RED PCB components especially in this line of GPU's were superior, and yes you could get a higher specced card for a few dollars more. However; the GPU itself, was actually the higher specced video card you refer to, but it was 8 dollars cheaper, and unlockable to the same operating specs as the 8 dollar more expensive card.

Inspector 4 years ago

I got to agree that this is a nice looking board. It just looks so neat and all :)

Drago 4 years ago

Black PCB nice, now can they transition that over to their AMD line pretty plz. Just as long as they dont go poop brown like Asus ill be happy. Love my 890FXA-UD5 and every other gigabyte board i have ever worked with.

AJayD 4 years ago

I really must say, I love the new direction Gigabyte has taken with their color schemes. I have been a fan of Gigabyte motherboards for quite some time now, and although I have remained a faithful customer, I have always been a bit jealous of how much more attractive ASUS motherboards were.

Oh how the tables have turned. Now it's ASUS fanboys' turn to be green with envy.

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="AjayD"]I really must say, I love the new direction Gigabyte has taken [/quote]

Yeah, they took all of the sharp edges off of it, so us 'old-farts' can build without gloves on. Big Smile

stasdm 4 years ago

The use of a NF200 was a top level of nutness!

acarzt 4 years ago

Very nice looking board!

I can't wait to see some benchmarks for intel's new chips!

Also, you guys list 1 PCI slot in the specs... but I count 2 :-P

sKrappy 4 years ago

the second one is just a looking PCI slot it does not actually function.

MMcCutcheon 4 years ago

I can't wait for sandy bridge!! I've been waitin for almost a year now and its been very tempting to go socket 1366, but I made myself's almost here :)

nhwynter 4 years ago

Here I was, all ready to go to the 1366 i7 only to get up to speed on the Sandy Bridge stuff coming out.. Guess, I need to wait as well.. 


BTW, I think that the entire board, black or otherwise, looks awesome.. The only problem I see is that, with the 24 phase design, this board is going to be $700 like their top end 1366 board  (x58A-UD9   ) was to start with.


I hope that isn't the case. 

PCMaster160 4 years ago
Love the color scheme of this board and love that it has 2x x16 pci slots
dodgers2213 4 years ago

launch already! grrrr Angry

DScheive 3 years ago

gots to be the nicest looking motherboard i've seen! ever!!! but im sure a better one will be out in a couple of days :P

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