If you thought the EVGA Classified SR-2 was expensive at $606 then you probably aren’t going to be impressed with the $700 Gigabyte X58A-UD9 Extreme.  At least the SR-2 is a dual socket motherboard which do tend to cost significantly more than your average single socket board but the X58A-UD9 is a single socket board.  It is an XL-ATX board 13.5″ x 10.3″, for reference an ATX board is 12″ x 9.6″, it sports four 16x PCIe slots as well as as three additional 16x PCIe slots running at 8x speeds along with a nice medley of peripheral ports including USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbs.  [H]ard|OCP had a chance to try out this board and found the overclocking ability to be impressive, if difficult to tweak but were most impressed with the size of the board which is perfect for those setting up systems with multiple GPUs.

“The Gigabyte X58A-UD9 is not only massive, but its easily the most expensive board we’ve ever seen. In fact the cost of the X58A-UD9 exceeds the cost of most workstation motherboards and I find myself asking, the questions: Why? Who does Gigabyte intend to sell this board to? And…What can this board offer that a $450 board cannot? ”

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