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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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Overclocking Tools: 3D Power

The state of overclocking has been advanced a fair bit with the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 motherboard. While the board lacks a Port 80 card, thanks to a new dual UEFI BIOS, the system is smart enough to auto-recover from bad overclocks that would previously have required a tap of the Clear CMOS button.

Gigabyte have also added an instant overclocking "OC" button to the back panel which is supposed to boost system speed easily. In PCSTATS tests we saw mixed results from the OC button; I wouldn't recommend using it. Below the OC button on the rear I/O panel is a blue and green button which lets you switch between the main and backup UEFI BIOS. The Clear CMOS reset button is recessed into the rear I/O just below these two. During PCSTATS tests, we didn't have to clear the CMOS once; the GA-X79-UD5 was smart enough to auto recover from bad overclocks.

In addition, Gigabyte continue to support overclocking controls via Easy Tune 6 from within Windows 7, as well via TouchBIOS.

Voltage controls on the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 board are nothing short of extensive, thanks to a new set of controls wrapped up under the new 3D Power nomenclature. There are more voltage controls available to the user in 3D Power than we know what to do with!

Voltage options are separated into three categories; PWM Frequency, Voltage Response/Calibration/Protection and Phase Control.

Next up, a look around the Gigabyte 3D BIOS - a part of the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 package that PCSTATS did not have much fun interacting with.

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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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