The X99-UD4 isn't a slouch, it performs up to par and its overall temperatures during overclocking were impressive. Power consumption was also very good and both my video cards got great airflow with the PCI-E layout. I didn't have any major issues other than the BIOS being a little picky when it comes to booting up with one of my USB thumb drives.
I also wish that the board had 4x of PCI-E bandwidth for the M.2 slot, but that's a tradeoff where a PCI-E slot or more SATA ports would be leveraged. Even without a POST code display, the board didn't prove problematic during overclocking. It booted every time, but I know how to dial in the settings.
A few weeks ago, I took the X99-Gaming 5 for a spin and the two boards seem to be built off the same premise. They have almost identical layouts and design, and while the Gaming 5 is aimed at gamers, the UD4 could do that job just fine as well. In overclocking tests, the two boards are similar, which isn't to say too much as most of the boards I have tested for the X99 chipset seems to perform the same. The big difference between the X99-UD4 and the X99-Gaming 5 is the audio section where the X99-Gaming 5 definitely has the advantage.
At the time of writing, the X99-UD4 is $255 right now on Newegg, and the X99-Gaming 5 is $270, which means for $15 more, you get an upgraded audio section with a replaceable amplifier, plus an amplifier for the front panel audio header. If you want flare, the X99-UD4 doesn't leave you hanging; the IO shield, PCB isolation, and PCH heat sink all light up, and while that might not matter to many of you, I know when I was younger I loved DFI boards for the same reasons.
Overall, I found that the X99-UD4 is a workhorse meant for users who want a solid X99 motherboard with strong performance and a robust feature set.
PRICING: You can find the GIGABYTE X99-UD4 (Intel X99) Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The GIGABYTE X99-UD4 (Intel X99) Motherboard retails for $249.99 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (including Overclocking)||91%|
|Quality including Design and Build||93%|
|Bundle and Packaging||94%|
|Value for Money||92%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: GIGABYTE's X99-UD4 has a robust feature set, great build quality, and solid performance. If you are looking for a 24/7 workhorse for a motherboard, then the X99-UD4 is worth a look.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and the X99-UD4]
- Page 3 [X99-UD4 Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 5 [Test Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [Temperature and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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