The P67A-UD7 from GIGABYTE has raised many questions. The product is clearly an almost complete redesign from their typical high-end layout. Gone are things like the Silent Pipe II cooling system and the 12 phase power that we had seen before. Now we are seeing a much more "brute" force attack on performance and also in design.
It is clear that the P67A-UD7 is not meant as a low end product. The removal of the VGA ports means that you cannot rely on the built in Intel Graphics, but will have to grab something from AMD or NVIDIA for your gaming and benchmarking pleasure.
The extra USB 3.0 ports come as something of a surprise. With the limited number of USB 3.0 devices these are something of a mystery. Still, I suppose they can be used for future devices. The overall effect of the board is of something new from GB. The black PCB, slots and even the new gold and black cooling suggests performance and power.
We really cannot wait to kick this thing into high gear and see what we can get. You can bet that as soon as we know how well it runs we will be letting you know, too.