GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology that enables faster iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch charging. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge technology allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, with the added benefit that the PC can be on, in standby mode or even off...more *Due to certain mobile phone limitations, users may need to connect the mobile phone to their PC before the PC enters S4/S5 mode to enable a quick charge from non On/Off Charge USB ports. Charging results may vary by model.
GIGABYTE P55A-UD3 Obtains USB 3.0 Motherboard Certification Officially
The GIGABYTE P55A-series motherboards support the latest generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology made possible through an onboard NEC uPD720200 host controller. With superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, users are able to experience an almost a 10x improvement over USB 2.0. Additionally, backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 assures users of long term use of their legacy USB 2.0 devices. The onboard NEC SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology also provides new power management features that include increased maximum bus power and device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices.
* USB 3.0 10x performance is a maximum theoretical value. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
SATA 6 Gbps Support
Yet another onboard feature of GIGABYTE P55A motherboards are Marvell’s new SE9128 chips for high-speed SATA Revision 3.0 compatibility, delivering superfast 6Gbps link speeds for twice the data transfer rates of SATA Revision 2.0 (3 Gbps). When used in RAID 0 (Stripe) mode, GIGABYTE P55A series motherboards offer even faster data transfer rates of up to 4x the speed of current SATA interfaces.
* SATA3 RAID 0 4x and SATA3 2x performance are maximum theoretical values. Actual performance may vary by system configuration. * SATA3 SSDs are not recommended for use in RAID 0 mode on Marvell SE9128 ports.
3x USB Power Boost
GIGABYTE motherboards feature a 3x USB power boost, delivering greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices. GIGABYTE’s unique USB power design is also able to efficiently regulate output over the full voltage range, which greatly enhances USB device compatibility. In addition, dedicated lower resistance fuses ensure lower voltage drops, and provide more stable and plentiful power delivery.
Ultra Durable 3
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design, featuring 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers which dramatically lowers system temperature by delivering a more efficient spreading of heat from critical areas of the motherboard such as the CPU power zone throughout the entire PCB. GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures. A 2oz Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking...more
Benefits of 2 oz Copper PCB
• Cooler than traditional motherboards • Enhanced durability • Improved energy efficiency • Greater margins for overclocking... more
Smart 6- A Smarter way for PC system Management
GIGABYTE Smart 6™ is designed with user-friendliness in mind, and offers a combination of 6 innovative software utilities that provide easier and smarter PC system management. Smart 6™ allows you to speed up system performance, reduce boot-up time, manage a secure platform and recover previous system settings easily with a click of the
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Support for an Intel® Core™ i7 series processor/Intel® Core™ i5 series processor in the LGA1156 package (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.)
L3 cache varies with CPU
Intel® P55 Express Chipset
4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory
Dual channel memory architecture
Support for DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
Support for non-ECC memory modules
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
* Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest memory support list.
Realtek ALC888 codec
High Definition Audio
Support for S/PDIF In/Out
Support for CD In
1 x RTL8111D chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) (The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
3 x PCI slots
* When set Turbo SATA3 / USB3.0 (Marvell 9128 /NEC USB 3.0 Controller) to enable in BIOS setup, 1st PCIex16 slot will run at x8 bandwidth and 2nd PCIex16 slot will be disabled.
Support for ATI CrossFireX™ technology
6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_0, SATA2_1, SATA2_2, SATA2_3, SATA2_4, SATA2_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s devices
Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
Marvell 9128 chip:
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA2_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Support for SATA RAID 0
iTE IT8213 chip:
1 x IDE connector supporting ATA-133/100/66/33 and up to 2 IDE devices
iTE IT8720 chip:
1 x floppy disk drive connector supporting up to 1 floppy disk drive
Up to 12 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel
Internal I/O Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
2 x system fan headers
1 x power fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x CD In connector
1 x S/PDIF In header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x serial port header
1 x parallel port header
1 x clearing CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors
1 x PS/2 keyboard or PS/2 mouse port
1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out connector
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/ Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
iTE IT8720 chip
System voltage detection
CPU/System temperature detection
CPU/System/Power fan speed detection
CPU overheating warning
CPU/System/Power fan fail warning
CPU/System fan speed control
2 x 16 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Support for @BIOS
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
Support for Download Center
Support for Xpress Install
Support for Xpress Recovery2
Support for EasyTune
Support for Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2
Support for Smart 6™
Support for Auto Green
Support for eXtreme Hard Drive
Support for Q-Share
Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Support for Microsoft® Windows 7/Vista/XP
ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
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Wasn't looking for all the bells and whistles of the high end boards, but wanted usb and sata 3.0. this is the first Gigabyte board I've used. Bought it to use in my wifes work comp, she was still using an old pentium 3 Dell 7 years old so this was a big improvement. I like the lay-out of the board and there's more than enough perifials for her needs for some time to come. The price was well within her budget and the quality of the board seems solid I've allways bought Asus boards so I was glad I had a chance to be able to try this out. Great board for a budget build.
This is just a solid mother board, it doesn't have a whole lot of fancy features but most people don't use those anyways. I used it to build a PC for my friend who's never built before and he had no problems figuring out where everything went. Board layout is logical and it's been performing quite well for several months. I would recommend this to others.
I've started to use more and more Gigabyte boards in the systems I build because I find they add more features to their boards than the competitors. Lots of SATA ports, USB ports and almost always dual Gigabit LAN ports.
This is a great board that supports SATA and USB 3 for a cheap price. I mainly bought it because it was fully Hackintoshable but it runs Windows 7 pretty well too. Its very customizable with plenty of slots.
This is a great motherboard and includes nice USB 3.0 ports. However, if you want to use a USB3.0 device, make sure you don't use crossfire or SLi as this motherboard will reroute the juice from both PCI-E slots.
Overall an excellent motherboard with great performance and little flaws. Perfect for the casual user as it supports i5 and i7 socket 1156 cpu or a gamer that does not plan on going Crossfire with their video cards.
This motherboard has the P55 chipset, so for the general user and even the casual gamer it does what it's supposed to do very well. The problem is that if you try to push this board it might not react too well to excessive stress.
Got this motherboard recently at a great price. It has a lot of features and I was able to overclock my Intel core i5 750 quite easily. Everything seems to be running stable. Too bad when you use SATA3 or USB3.0,the PCI Express slot gets crippled.
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