Guess this is what most people are waiting for: a sneak preview of Cougar Point motherboards for Sandy Bridge processors. GIGABYTE has showcased their next generation Intel P67 Express chipset motherboards, the P67A-UD5 and P67A-UD7 at the Intel Developer Forum 2010. Looks like GIGABYTE has dropped its trademark blue for a cool jet black color scheme!
The media present at this year’s Intel Developer Forum 2010 were treated to a feast for their eyes. GIGABYTE, one of the top motherboard manufacturers, has showcased two Cougar Point motherboards, namely the P67A-UD7 and P67A-UD5 for Intel’s upcoming Sandy Bridge processors.
If we told you these were GIGABYTE boards, you probably wouldn’t believe us. But look again, and you would realise that GIGABYTE has a new color scheme for its next-generation motherboards; they have dropped their trademark blue for black-colored printed circuit boards. In fact, everything is black here, even the connectors and expansion slots.
The flagship P67A-UD7 sports a 24-phase CPU voltage regulation module (VRM) design with Dual Power Switching.
The heatsinks on the board are black in color, with some gold highlights. Spring-loaded screws are used for better contact between the heatsinks and the board components.
There are four PCI Express x16 expansion slots supporting both 3-way ATI CrossFire, and 3-way NVIDIA SLI (thanks to the NF200 chipset onboard).
Other standard features include USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps (native support on the Intel P67 Express chipset), GIGABYTE 3x USB Power, and dual Gigabit LAN with teaming support.
20-phase CPU VRM with Dual Power Switching on the P67A-UD5 – four phases less than the flagship board.
While the heatsinks are aslo black in color, the gold highlights have been replaced with blue ones.
No 3-way multi-GPU support on the -UD5 unfortunately; you’ll have to make do with just two PCI Express x16 slots. Dual LAN is dropped as well.
References: GIGABYTE and Futurelooks