Gigabyte release their Bulldozer UD5 board

Gigabyte has already announced its AM3+ UD7 recently but now it has announced the more affordable UD5 board to be released next month. The board will be based on the 990FX chipset and with the AM3+ socket which will have 10 phase VRM support. The board will be in black with Gigabyte’s normal Ultra Durable components that we have come to expect from mid-high end motherboards.

The board will support 3 way SLI and 3 way crossfireX. The PCI-E configuration is that there are 5 slots. Slots 1, 3 and 5 are wired to the NorthBridge. Slot 1 and 3 operate at 16X. Slot 5 operates at 8X. Slots 2 and 4 are wired to the SouthBridge chip and are both 4X. The board also includes at PCI-E 1X slot and a legacy PCI slot.

So in terms of graphics card configurations you can run:

  • 1 card at 16X
  • 2 cards at 16X
  • 3 cards at 8X

The board also has 8+2 channel HD audio, 4 USB 3 ports (2 front 2 back) , gigabit ethernet, Dual bios and the ability to boot from drives larger than 2TB.

Pricing is about £170 as you can already pre-order this board from Aria PC here:

The full specifications of this board are as follows:

CPUAM3+ Socket:

  • Support for AMD AM3+ FX processors
  • Support for AMD AM3 Phenom™ II processors / AMD Athlon™ II processors
  • (Please refer “CPU Support List” for more information.)

Hyper Transport Bus 

  • 5200 MT/s


  • North Bridge: AMD 990FX
  • South Bridge: AMD SB950


  • 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory (Note 1)
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules (Note 2)
  • (Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)


  • Realtek ALC889 codec
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for Dolby Home Theater
  • Support for S/PDIF Out


  • 1 x Realtek RTL8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots

  • 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2) (Note 3)
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8) (Note 4)
  • 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1, PCIEX4_2)
  • 1 x PCI Express x1 slot (All PCI Express slots conform to the PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  • 1 x PCI slot

Multi-Graphics Technology 

  • Support for 2-Way/3-Way AMD CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA SLI™ technology

Storage InterfaceSouth Bridge:

  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0~SATA3_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  • Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID5, RAID 10 and JBOD
  • 2 x Marvell 88SE9172 chips:
  • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  • 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  • Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1

USBSouth Bridge:

  • Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 ports on the back panel, 6 ports available through the internal USB headers)
  • 2 x Etron EJ168 chips:
  • Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

IEEE 1394VIA VT6308 chip:

  • Up to 2 IEEE 1394a ports (1 port on the back panel, 1 port available through the internal IEEE 1394a header)

Internal I/O Connectors 

  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 8 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 S/PDIF Out header
  • 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  • 1 x IEEE 1394a header
  • 1 x serial port header
  • 1 x clearing CMOS jumper
  • 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header

 Back Panel Connectors 

  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 1 x IEEE 1394 port
  • 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  • 2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector
  • 1 x RJ-45 port
  • 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

I/O Controller 

  • ITE IT8720 chip

H/W Monitoring 

  • 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 (Note 5)


  • 2 x 32 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS™
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b

Unique Features 

  • 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 (Note 6)
  • Support for Easy Energy Saver
  • Support for Smart Recovery
  • Support for Auto Green
  • Support for ON/OFF Charge
  • Support for Cloud OC
  • Support for 3TB+ Unlock
  • Support for Q-Share

Bundle Software

  • Norton Internet Security (OEM version)

Operating System 

  • Support for Microsoft Windows 7/ Vista/ XP

Form Factor 

  • ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

Note(Note 1) Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.

(Note 2) To support a DDR3 1866 MHz (and above) memory, you must install an AMD AM3+ CPU first.

(Note 3) For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX16_2 slots.

(Note 4) The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_2 slot. When PCIEX8 is populated with a PCI Express expansion card, the PCIEX16_2 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.

(Note 5) Whether the CPU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU/system cooler you install.

(Note 6) Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.

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