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GIGABYTE X79-UD5 (Intel X79) Motherboard Review - The Motherboard Continued

We check out the sexy looking X79-UD5 from GIGABYTE and see if performance can match its looks.

By: | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 30, 2011 9:30 am
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

The Motherboard Continued


Starting to move to the top of the board, you can see our four RAM slots. We'll talk about them a bit more in just a moment. Apart from that, you can see our main 24-Pin ATX power connector is present in its normal position.


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Either side of that we've got a USB 3.0 header that can be used with the included USB 3.0 adapter. On the other side right in the corner we've got a power switch that makes turning the board on a breeze if you're not in a case. It also just comes in handy when you build your system and before you make it all neat with the front panel headers etc. - you can flick it on to make sure it powers up ok.


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Moving around the board we can see towards the back against our heatsink we've got our main 8-Pin CPU connector. Moving out a bit more, we get a good idea of what's going on with the CPU area itself which like most boards these days is extremely clean.


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We can also see our eight DIMM slots present which support up to 64GB of DDR3 RAM at speeds of up to 2400MHz DDR via overclocking. Overall it's just a really nice, clean looking board.


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Finally, we finish off with the I/O side of things and starting from the left we've got two USB connectors and a PS/2 combo port. Next that we've got a button that will do an Auto OC for us, another which lets us switch between the BIOS we're using and a reset BIOS button at the bottom.


Moving along again, we've got Firewire, USB 2.0 and eSATA / USB 2.0 combo, next to that a further two USB 2.0 ports along with an eSATA-only one. We've then got two USB 3.0 ports running off the Fresco FL1009 chip, two more USB 2.0, Gigabit LAN via the Intel chip and our typical optical / auxiliary connector setup running off the Realtek ALC898 codec.

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