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.