Excerpt: We are still making our way through an avalanche of X79 motherboards on our test bench that leverages the power of Sandy Bridge-E CPUs, but we didn't want to wait any longer on powering up Gigabyte's GA-X79-UD5 extended ATX motherboard. Gigabyte has really stepped up their game by offering optimized LGA 2011 for no-nonsense PC builders, hardware enthusiasts, serious overclockers, and even FPS/RPG PC gamers.
Conclusion: The GIGABYTE X79-UD5 motherboard is a very reasonable priced motherboard, especially compared to its competition. At a price of $279.99 after mail-in-rebate, it really makes it difficult for others to compete with GIGABYTE’s offering. The X79-UD5 comes with excellent features, great hardware accessories, as well as an overall great motherboard layout, making it a fantastic board for not just any gamer, but also for an overclocker, a PC enthusiast, and creative users...
Pros: Great Performance, Included Bluetooth 4.0 + Wi-Fi Adapter CardNew AMI UEFI BIOS, with support for 3TB+ drives., 8 Memory Slots (up to 64GB memory) and possibility for a 3-Way SLI / CrossFireX based system configuration., Good price for a motherboard in this category with these specs and features.
Cons: Down Throttling of the CPU and some overclocked settings when VRM gets too hot.Only 4 SATA cables provided even though there are 10 SATA connectors on the board.Some BIOS issues that got resolved with a BIOS update, however overall experience is still not what we would like it to be.
Summary: 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.
Summary: The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 really did impress us every step of the way during our testing period. At first, it didn't clock as well as we had hoped, but looking closely at the hardware design, we knew this board was meant to be an overclocking-centric product, and just needed the right BIOS. As this is Gigabyte's first foray into AMI UEFI implementations, we were willing to overlook the poor overclocking, and had hoped for a new BIOS to fix the problems.
Pros: Packed with added features and options not seen on some other products in the same price range., Clean and simple color-themed layout., Fully functional AMI UEFI BIOS, including mouse support and support for 3 TB+ drives., VRM capable of over 300W, nearly double Intel CPU TDPs., Overclock power consumption lower than other tested products., Overclocks just as high as any other tested Intel X79 Express product., Includes add-on Bluetooth/WiFi card that can be used in o...
Cons: Recent BIOS recall, although we found no issues, Not enough cables for all internal SATA ports, BIOS may be confusing and overwhelming to some, due to the extensive number of options offered, USB 3.0 performance with tested hardware is underwhelming, Very high "stock" power consumption
Excerpt: La plataforma X79 es la mas potente del mercado actual, Gigabyte nos ofrece para esta plataforma el X79 UD5 con soporte para los procesadores Intel Core i7 de segunda generacion para LGA 2011, memorias en Quad channel y una mayor cantidad de lineas PCI-E lo cual la transforma en una plataforma ideal para sistemas multi GPU ya que te ...
Conclusion: Por último HardwareMX se complace en otorgar la distinción Gold Award a la tarjeta madre GA-X79-UD5 y agradecemos a Gigabyte por proporcionarnos este sample para su revisión. De igual manera reciban un afectuoso saludo y agradecimiento a nuestros lectores por dedicar unos minutos de su tiempo.