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Unlike many other manufacturers, Gigabyte Company uses very clear and logically justified approach to putting together model names for their products. Just a model name is already enough to learn a lot about the product and its features. Without going too deep into details we can tell that GA-EX58-UD4P is a Gigabyte mainboard on Intel X58 Express chipset. It is energy-efficient because it supports “Dynamic Energy Saver” technology, i.e. the number of active phases in the processor voltage regulator circuitry may change dynamically depending on the workload. The board also belongs to the “Ultra Durable 3” series, which means that it not only uses high-quality electronic components, but also has a thicker copper layer inside the PCB. The same is also true for Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 and GA-EX58-Extreme, which we have already reviewed before. However, these two mainboards are the top flagship solutions in the lineup, while the number “4” in the model name indicates that the board belongs to the mainstream segment. Therefore, we can expect its functionality and design to be noticeably different from what the top high-end products have to offer.

Everything we have just said is absolutely correct, but the mainboard to best fit our description would be Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4, while our today’s hero also comes with a letter “P” at the end that changes a lot. The letter “P” in Gigabyte’s model naming system indicates extensive functionality. It could be an additional graphics card slot, TPM (Trusted Platform Module) for hardware encoding, enhanced chipset cooling system or a combination of these features. As a result, all Gigabyte mainboards with a letter “P” in the end of the model name may often be especially interesting to check out, because they find themselves in-between the marketing segments. Although the absence of certain functions or features wouldn’t let them join a higher class of products, they still stand out significantly among the other solutions in their category.

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P mainboard is a vivid representative of a transitional model like that. It differs from the regular Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4 without the “P” not only by the TPM encryption module, but also by its PCB layout, ¾ of which are identical to that layout of the flagship models. That is why we are especially curious to check out the functionality of this solution and find out if will be able to be at least ¾ as good as the flagship mainboards.

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