Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 (Sandy Bridge) Living Review
7th March 2011
by DARK MANTIS
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 rev 1.0 motherboard website : http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3647&dl=1#ovGigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 Motherboard Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 B2 Motherboard unboxedMotherboard rear surfaceMotherboard basic specs
To fit LGA1155 socket CPU i3, i5 , i7 second generation
Maximum 32 GB DDR3 Dual Channel 1.5v non ECC memory
Realtek ALC889 onboard sound HD compatible
Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit LAN
1 x PCIEx16 slot @ 16x
1 x PCIEx16 slot @ x8
1 x PCIEx16 slot @ 4x
2 x PCIEx1 slots @ 1x
2 x PCI slots
2 x SATA3 ports 6Gb/s
4 x SATA2 ports 3Gb/s
2 x ESATA3 ports 6Gb/s
Maximum 8 USB3.0/2.0 ports
Maximum 3 1394a Firewire ports
1 x PS2 mouse/keyboard port
1 x optical port
1 x coax port
1 x RJ45 LAN port
6 audio jack ports
Award Dual BIOS 2 x 32 Mb chips
ATX form factorPlexiglas test-bench designed and manufactured by Dark Mantis
Firstly I want to make it clear that this is a living review and as such will continue to be updated as time goes by or as I hit any problems!
I am not going into great detail when it comes to the build as I am sure that most of you will be familiar with the basic steps involved. Also I have designed and built a testbench out of Plexiglas to make it easier to see all the devices and for me to take photos. It will also enable me to swap out components as needed much more easily and quickly.
I intend to build and run the basic system as it was delivered at first with no updates of BIOS or drivers, so we will be able to see how stable it is from that standpoint. I will just use one hard drive and one optical drive at this stage although later on I want to try running a RAID0 configuration of two Western Digital Black SATA3 6GB/s HDD on the Intel SATA3 ports.
Later I will update everything and see how it then compares and then after that I want to try and overclock it to see just how easy it is and how far I can go.
Let me start by listing the parts that are actually going into the build:
• Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 B2 motherboard
• Intel i5 2500K 3.3Ghz processor
• Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro cooler
• Corsair Vengeance 1600 Mhz DDR3 memory - 8 GB (2 x 4 GB modules)
• Gigabyte Radeon 4850 GV-R485-512H-B graphics card
• Gigabyte Odin Pro 1200W Power Supply Unit
• Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB SATA3 6 GB/s hard drives x 2
• Lite-on 24x DVD multi recorder
• Custom made plexiglas test-bench
• Logitech MK700 wireless keyboard/mouse
• Iiyama ProLite B2712HDS 27" monitor
• maybe other parts as required which will be listed as fitted
I want to point out here that as I am using 8 GB of memory I have disabled the swapfileGigabyte G-Power 2 Pro CoolerGigabyte G-Power 2 Pro Cooler unboxedGigabyte ODIN Pro 1200W PSUGigabyte ODIN Pro 1200W PSU unboxedCorsair Vengeance 1600 MHz 2 x 4 GB Memory modulesMemory fitted and showing how the Gigabyte cooler helps blow air over the nearby componentsFirst boot....and everything works!
When I first applied the power I had the expected on/off/on as the system read the hardware connected and logged it in the CMOS after that the supplied BIOS worked fine without me even touching it. Good start.
I let it continue to run like this for a while just to make sure that everything was stable.
As it was only on stock speeds I was able to turn off the two extra fans as they weren't required. At full speed the CPU fan was quiet but noticeable but if dropped down to the 5v (half- speed) level it was silent and for standard usage more than adequate performance.Original F2 BIOS as supplied on the motherboard
Next I loaded on the drivers from the supplied disk and a couple of testing programs. Prime95 and Real Temp just to stress it out and see if everything was solid....no problems at all which is good considering I hadn't updated anything.
After proving the build I decided to update the BIOS to F6 and all the drivers to the latest versions. This went without a problem and then made a few basic changes to the BIOS setup. Nothing special just the sort of thing that we always recommend like disabling the Full Screen Logo, enable Quick boot, make HDD the Primary Boot Device and I enabled the XMP profile in the memory section so that the RAM would run at its full rated speed of 1600 Mhz.CPU-Z data at stock settingsTemperatures on idleTemperatures when stressed with Prime95 100%Disk Read/Write data with CrystalDiskMark SATA3 6GB/s port and drive
As you can see from the reported throughput figures there is very little difference between the SATA2 and SATA3 drives even with the latter having the benefit of a massive 64MB of cache.
This is set up as AHCI mode to make the most of the performance and is connected by SATA3 cable to SATA3 port
I would like to say thank you to Gigabyte
in particular for their help in making this review possible.
Here endeth the first lesson...