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We have first met Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 mainboard some time ago already, the company provided us this solution even before the official LGA1156 platform launch. If you have been reading our reviews attentively, you can notice that we used this particular mainboard to test the very first new CPUs (you can check out the review called Second Advent of Nehalem: Core i7-870 and Core i5-750 Processors in LGA1156 Platform for details). However, it could have been an even better article if it hadn’t been for some issues with Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 that took quite a bit of time to resolve especially considering that every minute counted on the last days before launch. The board worked fine only in nominal mode and as soon as we changed the operational parameters, for instance, increased the memory frequency a little, we started experiencing problems. Very early pre-production board revision didn’t even allow us to update the early BIOS version with a new one that is why at that time we gave up the idea of writing a fully-fledged review of this mainboard and decided to wait until the production version becomes available to us. Although we were a little discouraged by some mishaps with the early sample we had, the production mainboard turned out pretty good and our today’s article will help you learn more about its features and functionality.

Package and Accessories

Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 mainboard is the top flagship product in Gigabyte’s mainboard lineup based on Intel P55 Express chipset and its packaging confirms the board’s status to the full extent:

There is a front flip-cover with a clear cut-out window behind it, which allows you to see the mainboard inside. The back of the box contains a lot of additional info about the board’s features and peculiarities.

Besides the colorful external cover and internal box made of thick cardboard the board is additionally protected with molded clear plastic casing. All accessories are neatly packed inside a smaller box with two sections:

  • PATA cable;
  • Four SATA cables with metal clips; two of them with L-shaped connectors, and a pair of cables with straight connectors;
  • A kit including brackets and cables for external Serial ATA devices;
  • Flexible bridge for two-way SLI configurations;
  • Rear panel I/O Shield;
  • A brief assembly instructions booklet in 18 languages;
  • User’s manual;
  • Smart TPM instructions;
  • A booklet about Smart6 utilities;
  • DVD disc with software and drivers;
  • “Gigabyte” and “Dolby Home Theater” logo stickers for the system case.
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