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  • SonicIce - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    you got me again i thought this was a review. cool tho Reply
  • Chloiber - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    Remove the "Read More" button if there is nothing more would be great. Reply
  • KaarlisK - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    For otherwise, we could just read the linked specs :p

    As an example:
    "using the newest Marvell controller" actually means the SE9128, which has the ability to use multiple PCIe lanes to achieve full(er) SATA 6GBPS bandwidth; though many boards, for example from ASUS, successfully use the older controller & a PLX bridge chip.

    2 NF200 chips - how are the PCIe connections routed, which slots are actually closer latency&bandwidth-wise to each other, what is the real bandwidth? What could those slots be useful for? How many 2-slot expansion boards can be used? For an Anandtech writer, this should be easy to find/figure out, and would add much value to the article. The article would still remain short, still take virtually no time to write, but would be MUCH more interesting to readers.

    Also, is a board with 7 PCIe slots and two NF200 chips really aimed at breaking overclocking records? Yes, it has significant overclocking capabilities for those who need them too, but for breaking records, there must definitely be better choices. Two NF200 chips also increase power consumption, noting which might be interesting to some readers.

    Best luck with future articles :)
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  • jonup - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    I love the idea to have short articles about new products. I would suggest that you keep the text on the home page to a minimum. This way we could differentiate a review from product announcement on the home page and will reduce the amount of scrolling. Once you click on the title you go to the article and read the full announcement. As it stands right now there is too much clutter on the home page.

    Typo (please edit my post when fixed): "Gigabyte announce" should be either "Gigabyte announces" or "Gigabyte announced"

    Cheers!
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  • Texpat - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    Thanks for the enjoyable read. It's the perfect length for me, I'll get more info from their site.

    Oh, and I think 'Gigabyte announce' is good too.
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  • strikeback03 - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    I went to the Gigabyte site to try and figure out what the expansion card looking thing in the photo is, but while there I noticed it appears to have 2 8-pin CPU power connectors. Does any PSU have 2 of those? Reply
  • Rajinder Gill - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    The PCP and Antec models have dual 8-pin. Bear in mind the board works fine just using one for 99% of users.. Reply
  • bigboxes - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    Do you think we could get an actual review of any products? If I wanted to read a press release... Seriously AnandTech, this more is not better. Your top four articles don't provide any depth beyond the intro press release. Do you guys really have nothing to write about? More writers, but even less substance. Unbelievable. Reply
  • KaarlisK - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    Not to mention that for quality writers, it would take literally 5 minutes to add some short, but very interesting substance. Just a short analysis of the specs/implications, notes on what might the advantages and caveats of a certain product be, etc. Reply
  • DLeRium - Monday, May 17, 2010 - link

    Except the problem is we've LOST good motherboard reviews. Anandtech used to cover a lot of great motherboard reviews, and even though we were never the king of Mobo reviews, I remember even AT went into great depth about the DFI NF4 Ultra/SLI board that was the best A64 939 board to get 5 years ago. But now we get nothing.

    The X58 coverage was trash at best. It was really a roundup of the 4 motheboards that were available at launch. I don't even recall Gigabyte being reviewed. Meanwhile, Tom's Hardware which we all learned to despise used like 3 roundups? (Budget, midrange, and high end) to cover X58 boards. And even that didn't get everything, especially with the new rev2 X58 boards out. So seriously Anandtech, what the hell is a press release of the UD9 for when you never covered the original X58-UD3/4/5 boards, and certainly not the new X58A-3/5/7/9 boards?
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  • HollyDOL - Thursday, May 13, 2010 - link

    I was almost happy to see such a board to release, but later I have found out the board is so big it won't fit many computer chasis. With a new board it looks like a new chasis as well... And it's quite pity most of chasis manufacturers don't specify how much you can fit in except it fits "AT, ATX and mATX boards" :-/

    For me, if such a board missed floppy and IDE connector I'd be quite happy, but I would like some real network card (sorry, RealTek NIC is not). Other than that I still think I will be a buyer of this baby.
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  • Marc B - Thursday, May 20, 2010 - link

    I would like to see a detailed review of this board. I"ve been looking for an X58 board to used as an HD video server, with USB 3.0, and this one looks like it fits the bill. I need at least Q1 PCI-e X16, Q2 PCI-e X8, and Q1 PCI-e X4. This is one of the few boards that provides the slots at the required speeds, even compared to server grade Xeon boards, and even extra expansion beyond that. I just have to make sure this fits inside my hot swap case. Reply
  • Adjudicator - Saturday, May 22, 2010 - link

    This mainboard seems to have almost everything. However, one question nagging in my mind is whether can this board support ECC RAM (When used with a Bloomfield / Gulftown Xeon).

    Considering that the X58 Tylersburg Chipset shares its roots with the Xeon 5500 / 5520 Tylersburg Chipset, I do know that ECC RAM can be properly supported if the mainboard and the processor can support it.

    The few X58 mainboards that I know that officially support ECC are the ASUS / AsRock Workstation (WS), and the DFI LANPARTY UT X58-T3eH8.

    According to Gigabyte's website, this board can only use Non-ECC modules, making it less useful for Workstation builds.
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