Gigabyte release their Bulldozer UD5 board

/ 5 years ago

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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  • Eternalchaos

    £170 isn't to bad but I was hoping that it would be cheaper

  • lucas4

    Extremely sweet looking board!I can see folders liking this with all those graphics options

  • Bonkai

    i rather go for Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 AMD 990X, it has simpler feature only it cost £100 🙂

  • lucas4

    Bonkai;18176 wrote: i rather go for Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 AMD 990X, it has simpler feature only it cost £100 🙂

    but its not the luscious black :p!although, i must say, i do like the darker blue of that UD3 board! much better than GB's usual super light blue

  • lucas4

    load of boards up ready for pre order on the aria website :).<a href="">AMD AM3+ (900 Chipset) – Aria Technologythe UD3 looks like great value and the GD65 looks like terrible value :confused:

  • dav532000

    When it comes out it may be cheaper than Aria, some good boards coming out now with the Z68, does it have Touch Bios or is that just Intel boards.

  • lucas4

    dav532000;18210 wrote: When it comes out it may be cheaper than Aria, some good boards coming out now with the Z68, does it have Touch Bios or is that just Intel boards.

    AFAIK it has the touch BIOS

  • aruffell

    Yes it will have a UEFI BIOS 🙂