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We keep on testing new LGA1366 mainboards based on the Intel X58 Express chipset. It would be too much to call them a second generation because they are not fundamentally different from the older ones, but they can indeed be viewed as a second wave of such products. There are two reasons to the release of the new mainboards. First of all, products introduced together with the LGA1366 platform itself have already become outdated. There have been numerous improvements in mainboard making over this time, so improved product revisions are indeed necessary. And second, modern high-performance mainboards have to be equipped with USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps interfaces.

We already reviewed Gigabyte’s flagship GA-X58A-UD9 and later took a look at ASUS’s highly promising P6X58D-E. Today, we are going to check out the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 (rev. 2.0) model.

Packaging and Accessories

The mainboard is wrapped into an antistatic pack and lies in an inconspicuous white cardboard box. The thinner external box is embellished with logos of various technologies and features to inform you about the product’s capabilities.

 

Besides the actual mainboard you also get the following accessories:

  • Four SATA cables with metal connector locks, two with L-shaped locks and another two with straight ones;
  • An IDE cable;
  • A flexible bridge for two-way SLI graphics configurations;
  • A hard bridge for 3-way SLI configurations;
  • I/O Shield for the back panel;
  • User manual;
  • A booklet with brief assembly instructions in 18 languages;
  • A booklet on Smart6 utility suite;
  • DVD disk with software and drivers;
  • “Dolby Home Theater” and “Gigabyte” logo stickers for the system case.

 
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