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Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review

Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
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Test System Hardware & Specs

Test System Hardware and Specs

PCSTATS has worked to keep its test hardware static so a greater number of comparisons can be made between different chipsets, motherboards and so forth. The Intel X79 and 'Sandy Bridge-E' platform demands a few critical changes, so moving forward we'll be retiring Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit in favour of Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit; for the most part, 32-bit benchmarks will see marginal change.


3.6GHz Intel Core i7-3820 'Sandy Bridge-E' processor (socket LGA2011)

PCSTATS has relied on Crucial memory for years, but to test this Intel X79 platform we needed 16GB's worth DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 memory which Crucial doesn't readily offer. In place of Crucial RAM PCSTATS installed these four DDR3 modules which are wrapped in protective aluminum heatspreaders. What's really shocking is that the price of 16GB of DDR is less than $125!! Compared to just a few years ago, it's amazing just how CHEAP system memory has become.

The black tape over the manufacturer's name might means this is MARSHALL, or maybe FENDER memory. ;) Rock and Roll!

16GB DDR3-1600 Memory (4x4GB). Model No. CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9

Storage devices have changed dramatically in recent years, you'll notice PCSTATS to retired the faithful old Western Digital Raptor's for a quick 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSD (SATAII). The effect on system-wide benchmarks compared to a mechanical hard drive is dramatic.

PCSTATS would like to thank Intel, OCZ Technology, Gigabyte and CanadaComputers for help outfitting this test platform.

Details on how the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 motherboard was configured for benchmarking - including specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions - is listed in the Test System Spec chart below. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Specs
TEST SYSTEM
Processor:

Intel Core i7 3820
(32nm)

Intel Core i5 2500K
(32nm)

AMD Fusion A8-3850
(32nm)

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
(45nm)

Intel Core i7 920
(45nm)
Clock Speed: 36 x 100MHz = 3.6 GHz 33 x 100 MHz = 3.3 GHz 29 x 100 MHz = 2.9 GHz 16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz 20 x 133 MHz = 2.67 GHz
Socket: Socket LGA2011 Socket LGA1155 Socket FM1 Socket AM3 / AM2+ Socket LGA1366
Motherboard: - Intel X79 -
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5

- Intel Z68 -
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD

- Intel P67 -
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4
ASUS P8P67 Pro
MSI P67A-GD65
ECS P67H2-A

- Intel H67 -
ASUS P8H67-M Evo
Biostar TH67XE
ECS H67H2-M
Intel DH67BL

- AMD A75 -
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H
Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H
Biostar TA75M+

- AMD 990FX -
Biostar TA990FXE*
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7*
ASUS Crosshair V Formula*

- AMD 890FX -
Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
Biostar TA890FXE
MSI 890FXA-GD70
- AMD 790FX -
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

- AMD 785G -
MSI 785GM-E65

- Intel X58 -
Gigabyte G1.Assassin*
Videocard:

Gigabyte GV-N470SO-13I (Geforce GTX470)

ASUS ENGTS250 DK
(Geforce GTS250)

Memory: x32 - 4GB / x64 - 4x4GB Corsair CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9 DDR3-1600 9.9.9.24

2x 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 8.8.8.24

2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C8

3x 2GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D DDR3
Memory Speed: DDR3-1600 DDR3-1333 DDR3-1333 DDR3-1066
*DDR3-1333
DDR3-1333
Hard Drive: 120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)

120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)
Intel SRT Tests: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD 740 & 20GB Intel Larson Creek 311 SSD

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD 740 (3GB/s SATA II)
*120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)

Optical Drive:

Plextor PX-B310U Blu-Ray

ASUS BC-1205PT-BD

Power Supply: NoFan P-400A (400W)

Seasonic SS-760KM (760W)

PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W

Heatsink: Zalman CNPS11X Performa Heatsink

Intel Reference LGA1155 Heatsink

AMD Reference Heatsink

AMD Reference Heatsink

Intel Reference LGA1366 Heatsink

Monitor (1080p):

ASUS MK241 24" HD LCD

Software Setup: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultiimate 32-bit & 64-bit
Intel INF 9.2.3.1020
nVidia 285.62

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Intel 9.2.0.1025
nVIDIA 266.58

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
AMD Catalyst 8.86RC2
nVIDIA 266.58

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
AMD Catalyst 9.12
nVIDIA Forceware 195.62

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 9.1.0.1012
nVIDIA Forceware 182.08

Benchmarks:
System Benchmarks:
Sysmark 2012
SYSmark 2007
PCMark Vantage
SiSoft Sandra 2011

Gaming B/M:
3DMark 11
3DMark Vantage
3DMark 06

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Intel X79 LGA2011 Motherboard In-Depth Review
 Pg 2.  Introducing the Intel X79 Express Chipset
 Pg 3.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: GA-X79-UD5
 Pg 4.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery - Part 2
 Pg 5.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery - Part 3
 Pg 6.  Intel Socket LGA2011 CPU and Heatsinks
 Pg 7.  Overclocking and Test System Specs
 Pg 8.  Overclocking Tools: 3D Power
 Pg 9.  Inside Gigabyte's 3D Dual UEFI BIOS
 Pg 10.  — Test System Hardware & Specs
 Pg 11.  Sysmark 2012 - Workstation Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 12.  Sysmark 2007 - Workstation Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 13.  SiSoft Sandra - CPU Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  Sandra: Memory - Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 15.  PCMark Vantage - System Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 16.  3DMark 11 - Gaming Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 17.  3DMark Vantage - Gaming Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 18.  3DMark06 - Gaming Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 19.  Gigabyte GC-WIFI - Wireless Networking Benchmarks
 Pg 20.  Conclusions: High End Intel X79 platform

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