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Title: The GA-P455A-UD7 from Gigabyte
Description: After introducing USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps onto P55 motherboards and, more recently, AM3, Gigabyte now have another new motherboard. The GA-P55A-UD7 should be with us in February and will be the top-end Gigabyte LGA1156 offering.

A P55 board, the UD7 will also come with USB 3.0 and SATA 3 ports, supported via NEC and Marvell chips respectively. With four PCI-Express x16 slots, this card will be CrossFireX and Tri-SLI compatible thanks to the addition of an NF200 chip. The introduction of a PLX chip will allow it to link the NEC/Marvell chips to the system at 500 MB/s without having to use the PCI-Express lanes built into the processor. There are no less than 24 power phase caps for the processor and a chipset cooler designed to be connected to a watercooling system.

While no price has yet been given, we can well wonder how useful this high end card will be for Socket LGA1156. Indeed LGA1156 is limited at the mid and high-end but, with Gulftown on the way, socket LGA1366 is better placed for such a model.


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