Sneak Peek of Gigabyte X58A-UD9 Mobo with Seven PCI-E Slots

Thanks to Expreview reader Guido, we’ve got the chance to have a sneak peek of Gigabyte’s new super flagship motherboard – X58A-UD9.

According to the leaked picture, the mobo is based on Intel X58 chipset, and supports LGA1366 Core i7 processors. The most glowing feature is the seven PCI-E slots to support NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire technologies. The board utilizes dual 8pin power design for enhanced overclocking performance.

This must be another awesome weapon to create new OC records.

15 Responses to “Sneak Peek of Gigabyte X58A-UD9 Mobo with Seven PCI-E Slots”

  1. Moonpig Says:

    Wow, at first glance I thought that was going to be a genuine black motherboard from Gigabyte, but I realised the image was black & white.

  2. Jon Says:

    GIGABYTE, I thought 8 comes after 7! :P:

  3. /\/378ur/\/3R Says:

    Let see if this card could work fully x16 on all pciex .
    Maths are the following: 7x Fermi cards (480 processors each)=1920 processors on a board. Could this motherboard act as a CUDA/OpenCL workstation cluster as expected?

  4. Brian Says:

    The photo shows the model as GA-X58A-UDP7, which is the actual designation?

  5. Larry Says:

    Brian – I bet you are right. The model will probably be called X58A-UDP7 and the 9 is a misprint. 7 for the 7 PCI slots – makes sense anyway.

  6. RyanH Says:

    Ummmmm I don’t think it will take 7 fermi cards there buddy. I count room for four because unless you plan on putting this thing a HUGE case and somehow made each double slot fermi card take up a single slot (I don’t think this can be done even with Watercooling can it??) which would be water cooled, you would need at least a dual loop system to cool the cards and the CPU and possibly a triple loop system to do 1(CPU/X58/NF200 (assuming full bandwith)) 2(GPU 1-4) 3(GPU 4-7)

    Thats a massive amount of heat that would need to be dealt with.

    Hell even talking Quad Fermi is crazy, I’m not sure I would want 4 of those on one loop, I would probably keep it to 2 cards per loop for maximum cooling efficiency.

  7. René Kabis Says:

    If you take a close look at the image (as well as better looking graphics, like those here: http://www.xfastest.com/viewthread.php?tid=41072 ) you can see that it is indeed called the X58A-UD7 instead of the X58A-UD9. Actually, it must have been a typo from Gigabyte themselves, because everyone seems to be calling it the X58A-UD9 as well (just google it!).

    Aaaaahhhh…. gimmie 15 grand, access to experts that could do custom watercooling and a good 6 of the latest Tesla/Fermi cards (one needs at least one video card, you know), and I’d build my dream data cruncher from this monster.

    Adding one of those experimental Intel 48-core chips couldn’t hurt either (you know, the ones that they’re giving out to those lucky bast… er… /researchers/… around the continent), assuming they’re socket-compatible with this sucker.

    Of course, is it Hackintosh/OSX-compatible? That, I think, is the really big rub. While running BOINC is a given (why else would one use 6 Tesla/Fermi cards???), I would really love to have the most powerful desktop in Western Canada instead of “only” a dedicated cruncher. And that is *without* having to hack OSX other than emulating EFI, that is. If I am to run OSX, I’d like to do it without having to tweak it six ways to Sunday just to get it to run.

  8. René Kabis Says:

    GAH!… just took a look for Tesla/Fermi OSX drivers. Couldn’t find any. Same for BSD, SOLARIS and general UNIX. What, am I forced to run Windows on this thing? Geez, the best hotrod in town is stuck with fading pink velour seat covers, fuzzy dice and fake paste-on bullet holes!!

    I mean really, nVidia! This is supposed to be a SUPERCOMPUTING card, designed for SCIENTIFIC and GRAPHICAL calculations. Where the heck is the UNIX support?

    Sorry for being O/T.

  9. Dale Says:

    Well, Rene, while you look for OSX drivers, I’ll slap in four AMD Eyefinity-6 cards and create a workstation with an array of 24 30″ LCD displays, with a total resolution of 15,360 x 6,400 (assuming a 4-row array) I’ll FINALLY be able to play Crysis the way it was MEANT to be played!

  10. René Kabis Says:

    @Dale – while I am one of those rare IT geeks that is NOT a gamer (yes, I am a freak of nature!), I must say that this was almost my next idea! ;-)

    Although to be honest I was thinking of dual-head DVI cards… I haven’t found any 4:3 ratio LCD monitors that do HDMI. In fact, 4:3 seems to be dying out, much to the chagrin of programmers like me who prefer that format (max vertical space without rotating monitor). Besides, even with a single Eyefinity card I’d then have to find a 4-way, 6-head HDMI KVM (in order to use my monitors with my other 3 workstations). Good luck with THAT. *grin*

  11. no Says:

    I really don’t get the connection “1000 pci slots = awesome overclock potential”

  12. DancesWithBikers Says:

    Look closely at slots 2, 4 & 6, they only have contacts for an x8 connection, though they are physically x16. Gigabyte has done this on previous boards as well.

  13. FeRaL Says:

    If you look at the pics from xfastest.com it shows that theh pci-e slots are marked x16, x8, x16, x8…

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