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GIGABYTE X99 UD5 WIFI (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 15, 2014 6:37 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Close up with the GIGABYTE X99 UD5 WIFI

 

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Looking at the motherboard, you immediately see that we're dealing with something that is quite good looking. Any time you add gold highlights to something, you've got me interested. With the gold highlights against the black and silver lettering, the GIGABYTE X99 UD5 WIFI really is one spectacular looking board. Let's hope the performance matches the looks.

 

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Moving in a bit closer, you can see we've got quite the heavy PCIe setup, which sees three PCIe x1 slots, and four PCIe x16 slots. As for the setup, we've got two slots that run at x16, and two slots that run at x8. However, if an i7 5820K is used, one of those x8 slots will run at x4.

 

Between the second and third PCIe x16 slot, you can see that we've got a M.2 PCIe connector, along with a second slot that has an Intel Wi-Fi card included, which offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac and Bluetooth 4.0.

 

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You can see the bottom of the board is a fairly standard affair. We've got a couple of fan headers, front panel audio, and our main front panel connector. We've also got two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 headers here to round off the main connectors.

 

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Turning the corner, you can see we've got a total of ten SATA III ports, and a single SATA Express port, all of which run off the Intel X99 controller. Sitting next to the furthest ports, you can see we've also got a SATA power connector. You don't need to use this, but it's recommend if you're going to be using two or more video cards.

 

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Heading to the north end of the board, we start to get a little busier. We've got our main 24-Pin ATX power connector, followed by a LED Debug Reader, and four switches that offer Direct to BIOS, Clear BIOS, Reset, and Power. You can also see we've got two toggle switches, which let us select the different BIOS modes.

 

Below, we also have some Voltage Check points for use in conjunction with a MultiMeter. Turning the corner, you can see our single 8-Pin CPU power connector tucked behind our heat sink setup.

 

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Moving back a bit, you can see our main CPU area, along with eight DIMM slots that support up to 64GB of DDR4 at speeds ranging from 2133MHz DDR up to 3000MHz DDR via overclocking. We also get a bit of a look at the heat sink setup here, and looking closely, you can see it looks great. As for the quality, it really does feel fantastic.

 

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Here you can see we've got a Combo PS/2 port, and two USB 2.0 connectors. Next to those, we've got the GIGABYTE OC button, along with a Fast Boot button to decrease system start up time, and a Clear BIOS button below that. Moving on, we've got a single white USB 3.0 port, which can be used for Q-Flash Plus.

 

Along with that, we've got seven additional USB 3.0 ports, and two gigabit network ports sitting above that, both of which run off an Intel gigabit controller. Five Auxiliary ports and an optical port run off the Realtek ALC1150 Codec. We finish up the I/O with two antenna points for the antenna that is included in the bundle.

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