Our today’s review was devoted to Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 and GA-EX58-Extreme mainboards. At this time we do not have any worthy competitors available, so we can’t say once and for all how good these boards actually are. However, there is one thing I can say at this point: certain flaws, such as wrong BIOS version on the bundled DVD disc for instance, do spoil the overall impression a bit. BIOS issues, such as suspicious Turbo Boost operation and lowering of the CPU core voltage setting with disabled Turbo Boost, and non-operational EasyTune6 utility do not let us fully enjoy the advantages of the new platform. However, the competitor solutions may have even bigger problems, so we won’t draw any conclusions just yet.
Those of you who usually read only the introduction and conclusion shouldn’t really worry too much about the previous paragraph. What I am trying to say, Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 and GA-EX58-Extreme are good boards, although not completely flawless. But is there a product that is? Our tests proved that these platforms work well not only in the nominal mode but also during overclocking. They are quite functional and you will hardly need to buy any additional controllers, because these boards support all contemporary interfaces and technologies, except the wireless. If we tried to choose between the two, I personally would go with Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5: it is just as good as its elder counterpart, but it costs about $35 less. Moreover, GA-EX58-UD5 is currently one of the most affordable platforms for Intel Core i7 processors.