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Gigabyte X58A-UDP7 shot leaked

Gigabyte X58A-UDP7 shot leaked

The X58A-UDP7 - leaked to Expreview.com - appears to feature an impressive seven PCI-E x16 slots.

An image of an as-yet unannounced Gigabyte motherboard has found its way on to the Internet, and reveals a massive seven PCI-E x16 slots.

The board - which is believed to be planned under the name of X58A-UDP7 or X58A-UD9 - was revealed over on Expreview.com, although sadly whoever provided the picture didn't manage to snag any firm details.

Working from the image and purported model name, the new board appears to be based around the Intel X58 chipset and uses the LGA1366 socket for compatibility with Intel's Core i7 range of processors. The main feature, however, is the PCI Express slots.

With a total of seven full-length PCI-E x16 slots, the Gigabyte X58A-UDP7 could potentially accommodate seven single-slot graphics cards - or a smaller mix of double-slot and single-slot cards - in an SLI or CrossFire configuration, providing you've got a power supply up to the task.

While such a system might be just a tiny bit overkill for your average gamer, it could find a use in deskbound mini-supercomputers such as the FASTRA and FASTRA 2 systems built at the University of Antwerp, which use the GPGPU capabilities of multiple graphics cards to churn through common supercomputing tasks on the cheap.

So far, Gigabyte is remaining tight-lipped about the product, so we'll have to wait and see when - or even if - the X58A-UDP7 is officially released and exactly how much it'll set you back.

Are you excited at the thought of seven graphics cards running on a full PCI-E x16 bus, or does the idea of a computer drawing that much power give you sleepless nights - no matter how fast it might be? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

Addendum 17:30pm 16th April 2010: Gigabyte emailed to confirm this will be called the GA-X58A-UD9 when released.

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Krikkit 15th April 2010, 11:14 Quote
Looks like a good board for a serious folding machine - one of these and seven GTS250's? Pretty good combo.
Picarro 15th April 2010, 11:17 Quote
For when I absolutely, positively have to use 7 watercooled GTX480's .. Oh wait.
GFC 15th April 2010, 11:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Picarro
For when I absolutely, positively have to use 7 watercooled GTX480's .. Oh wait.

I can't even imagine how MANY power supplies you'd need for that. But I'd sure love to see one system like that. ^^
BlackMage23 15th April 2010, 11:36 Quote
When 4 PCI-E slots just isn't enough.
Platinum 15th April 2010, 11:38 Quote
Shame it wont fit in most chassis though, that things longer than the standard ATX spec.
ev1lm1nd666 15th April 2010, 11:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by Platinum
Shame it wont fit in most chassis though, that things longer than the standard ATX spec.

The ATX Spec size mobo's have the space for 7 expansion slots, they just used 7 PCI-E slots in this one.....
DBA 15th April 2010, 11:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by ev1lm1nd666
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Originally Posted by Platinum
Shame it wont fit in most chassis though, that things longer than the standard ATX spec.

The ATX Spec size mobo's have the space for 7 expansion slots, they just used 7 PCI-E slots in this one.....

Well.. look how low the PCI-E slots sits, on most (or atleast some) boards the top PCI-E slot sit right under the IO ports.

It sure won't fit my chase, but who would use a standard case when they can afford/have the need for such a board.
Evildead666 15th April 2010, 11:58 Quote
Will be happy when we finally have nothing but PCIe slots....
Unknownsock 15th April 2010, 12:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Evildead666
Will be happy when we finally have nothing but PCIe slots....

PCI-E mounted CPU ofc!
Platinum 15th April 2010, 12:11 Quote
What DBA said, this board could potentially have 9 slots, its defiantly longer than the ATX spec.
wuyanxu 15th April 2010, 12:28 Quote
if you look closely, it's got 4 holes on the right, with the 3rd one next to the SATA connectors being ATX standard. so the last 3 PCIe slots are not meant to be there, they are not ATX standards.
Drexial 15th April 2010, 14:48 Quote
http://www.evga.com/articles/00501/

Its an XL-ATX "standard". There was also a 10 slot that was the original XL-ATX. But the 7 PCI-E Slots isn't new.
xaser04 15th April 2010, 15:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Looks like a good board for a serious folding machine - one of these and seven GTS250's? Pretty good combo.

Genuine question - Can you get single slot cooled GTS250 cards? It looks like to use all seven slots you can't use double slot cooled cards.
xMathiasD 15th April 2010, 15:56 Quote
its ud9 not ud7 ^^ - there is a biiiiiiiig 9 on it! :D
Diosjenin 15th April 2010, 16:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by xaser04
Genuine question - Can you get single slot cooled GTS250 cards? It looks like to use all seven slots you can't use double slot cooled cards.

Not directly, but you can get single-slot full-cover waterblocks and single-slot GeForce PCI brackets...
rickysio 15th April 2010, 16:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Diosjenin
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Originally Posted by xaser04
Genuine question - Can you get single slot cooled GTS250 cards? It looks like to use all seven slots you can't use double slot cooled cards.

Not directly, but you can get single-slot full-cover waterblocks and single-slot GeForce PCI brackets...

Or use PCIe extenders?
Bloodburgers 15th April 2010, 16:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by xMathiasD
its ud9 not ud7 ^^ - there is a biiiiiiiig 9 on it! :D

Are you sure is not a '6'?????

Looks like one (i mean 5) to me
Farfalho 15th April 2010, 18:06 Quote
I noticed the 2x 8 pin socket, how much power does it need?

I like the colour scheme, although not overwhelming, it's different and still pleasant.

I can't figure out what will be the number after UD... If only there was a giant clue on the board, anywhere, it could be on the board on something also big... :P
TWeaK 15th April 2010, 20:08 Quote
It's definitely a 9, it would be stupid to have a 6 when 'Gigabyte' is written above it.

When can we get enlarged pictures on news stories??
MSHunter 15th April 2010, 21:21 Quote
but will it be cheaper then two 4x PCIx16, AMD motherboards and cpu/psu/hdd?

cause this will be 1 I7 core 1massive PSU or two enthusiast PSUs and it will probbably need a jet engine to keep all those 250s folding 24/7.

Be a real candidate for the 6 core extreme I7 core CPU. 80,000 PPD any 1?
Aracos 15th April 2010, 23:59 Quote
But there is no UD8? Do gigabyte just not like 8's and 1's?
shaffaaf27 16th April 2010, 00:22 Quote
so electrically are they all 16x? a bit late from GB to the all pcie game but atleast they are here.
FeRaL 16th April 2010, 17:58 Quote
Half of the pcie are x16 half are x8. More detailed pictures are out there and they show the markings on the board/slots.
GIGA-Man 6th May 2010, 10:46 Quote
More info about X58A-UD9 is available at http://forum.giga-byte.co.uk/index.p...3.html#msg8253
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