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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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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jul 27 2013   Max Page  
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360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: GA-X79-UD5

Three-way SLI / Crossfire and PCI Express 3.0 Compliance

Considering the 40 PCI Express lanes that socket LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E processors bring to the table, it's worthwhile rigging up a two or three-way SLI/CrossfireX configuration if you're a serious gamer. The PCI Express x16 slots on the GA-X79-UD5 motherboard are PCI Express 3.0 compliant and support SLI/CrossfireX in x16/x16/x8 and x16/x16 modes. If you're looking for the best bang for your buck however, two-way SLI/Crossfire is probably it. Beyond that, the law of diminishing returns kicks in full force and you end up spending a lot of money on graphic card with relatively little extra gaming speed in return.

Here's the block diagram for the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 board.

PCI Express 3.0 Compatible

The old PCI Express 2.0 standard has been around for a couple years now, but in mid-2011 PCI-SIG sought to upgrade it. The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 motherboard is compatible with the newly released PCI Express 3.0 standard that brings with it an incremental upgrade to 8 GT/s, or 16GB/s bi-directional bandwidth for each PCI Express x16 videocard slot. The older PCI Express 2.0 standard delivered 5 GT/s, or 8GB/s bi-directional bandwidth to each x16 videocard slot. In 2013 or 2014 PCI Express 4.0 is expected to also emerge (at 16 GT/s) but for the time being it's just a proposed spec by PCI-SIG.

At the time of this review, the only PCI-E 3.0 graphics card in stores is AMD's Radeon 7970; as fast and cool as it is, even that graphics card is under utilizing the bandwidth available to it. PCI-E 3.0 is nice to have for future proofing a computer system, but not a critical 'must have' for gamers so don't get too caught up in it.

As near as PCSTATS can decipher, with two videocards installed in the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 each graphics card runs at x16/x16 mode. If the third PCI Express x16 slot is filled the graphics cards will run in x16/x16/x8 mode.

All three PCI Express x16 slots on the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 motherboard are PCI Express 3.0 complaint (backwards compatible with PCI-E 2.0 devices), the remaining two PCI Express x1 slots are PCI-E 2.0 complaint. Legacy expansion is supported by a single PCI slot. Fitting three, dual-slot wide graphics cards side-by-side won't be a problem with this board.

Along the bottom of the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 board are headers for the following devices/ports: front panel audio, Firewire, trusted platform module, (3) USB 2.0 and a clear CMOS jumper.

The red USB 2.0 header means this port supports Gigabyte's 'On/Off Charge' - meaning the USB port continues to receive power when the rest of the PC is off so your phone that charges over a USB connection, can recharge.


Ten SATA Ports; (4) SATA2 and (6) SATA3!

In this corner of the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 motherboard we find a physical Reset button in blue (the Power button is located in the top right-hand corner by one set of memory slots), the dual UEFI BIOS chips, front panel I/O header and a flurry of SATA ports. To the right of the SATA ports is a USB 3.0 header for the two-port USB 3.0 front panel 3.5" bay bracket which is included in the box. In a style commensurate with the class of this motherboard, the USB 3.0 bracket is made from nice brushed black-anodized aluminum.

The Intel X79 Express chipset doesn't produce much heat, all it requires is a low profile passive aluminum heatsink.


From left to right: four SATA III ports (grey), four SATA II ports (black), two SATA III ports (white).

I like to run a lot of hard drives on the computers I build, as I'm sure you do too. In this respect the GA-X79-UD5 is very well equipped. The board offers users two 6Gb/s SATA III and four 3Gb/s SATA II ports via the Intel X79 chipset (RAID 0/1/5/10 inclusive). Gigabyte sweetened the deal with four additional 6Gb/s SATA III ports care of a pair of Marvell SE9172 controllers. Both sets of Marvell derived SATA III ports feature RAID 0/1 support.

Two additional 6Gb/s e-SATA III ports are located on the rear I/O, care of a third Marvell controller. The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 has got a lot of connectivity going on for it! Memory is coming up after the jump....

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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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