Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2012 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: x79, gigabyte, X79-UD5, lga 2011, Sandy Bridge E
A review of Gigabyte's mid-ranged X79-UD5 motherboard has appeared on [H]ard|OCP, though from the $340 price tag it is hard to call it mid-ranged. It sports three PCIe 3.0 16x slots, though one runs at only 8x, as well as two PCIe 2.0 1x slots and even an old PCI slot. For storage a half dozen SATA 6Gbps ports are bolstered by four SATA 3Gbps ports, four USB 3.0 ports and over a dozen USB 2.0 ports. [H]'s experience with the board was mixed, while it was stable during their tests, Gigabyte recently release a statement which seems to imply some users were experiencing heat issues when overclocking that were bad enough to damage hardware. As well they were unimpressed with Gigabyte's UEFI implementation and found it hard to navigate. When those issues are combined with the high price, [H] didn't feel this was a board that they could recommend.
"Gigabyte brings us another beautiful board in the form of the X79-UD5. Should this board be on your short list or is beauty only PCB deep? See how this LGA 2011 socket board stacks up with the Sandy Bridge E boards we have seen so far. This UD5 model is feature rich for a decent price, but, does it blend?"
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 @ AnandTech
- MSI Z68A-GD80 G3 Z68 Motherboard Review @ Hardware Canucks
- MSI Big Bang-XPower II (X79) @ VR-Zone
- ECS X79R-AX @ Tweaktown
- ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Intel LGA 2011 @ techPowerUp
- ASRock X79 Extreme9 @ TweakTown
- ECS X79R-AX Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- ASRock X79 Extreme4-M @ TweakTown
- Z68 Motherboard Roundup Part 2 @ OCC
- Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers
- GA-Z68XP-UD5 Motherboard Review @ Hi Tech Legion
- Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD Motherboard Review @ PCSTATS
- BIOS Option Of The Week - Interrupt 19 Capture @ Tech ARP
- Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 @ Funky Kit
- ASUS 990FX Sabertooth @ Bjorn3D
- MSI 990FXA-GD80 @ Bjorn3D
- ASRock A75M-ITX @ kitguru
- Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 Socket AM3+ @ X-bit labs
Subject: Motherboards | November 15, 2011 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X79-UD7, X79-UD5, x79, gigabyte, G1.Assassin 2, bluetooth 4.0
City of Industry, CA, November, 14th 2011 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced the launch of their latest X79 series enthusiast motherboard range. Supporting the latest 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 processor family for high-end desktops (aka Sandy Bridge-E), these new X79 Express Chipset motherboards unite unrivalled desktop PC performance with a new level of hardware flexibility and control. GIGABYTE 3D Power and its all new 3-way Digital Power Engine offers ultimate control of your PC’s power delivery, while GIGABYTE 3D BIOS provides a wholly more intuitive and graphical UEFI BIOS environment.
“This new GIGABYTE X79 series range of boards are all about giving enthusiasts and professionals unprecedented control over their PC’s hardware,” commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE. “GIGABYTE 3D Power and 3D BIOS give hardcore gamers, extreme overclockers and cutting-edge content creators absolute mastery over every aspect of their PC.”
GIGABYTE 3D Power (patent pending)
GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards take advantage of the new and exclusive GIGABYTE 3D Power, based on a 3-way Digital Power Engine for both the PWM and memory that delivers unprecedented power delivery control. Utilizing a brand new Digital PWM controller, GIGABYTE’s 3D Power features three digital memory controllers for not only the memory, but VTT and VSA, for real-time adjustment and control. The GIGABYTE 3D Power application provides a range of controls via a graphical user interface, allowing adjustment of load line calibration, over voltage protection control and real-time adjustment of CPU, VTT, IMC and four-channel memory frequencies.
GIGABYTE 3D BIOS (patent pending)
Based on our new UEFI DualBIOS technology, GIGABYTE 3D BIOS re-imagines the traditional BIOS environment to make it more accessible for novice users than ever before. GIGABYTE 3D BIOS provides a full featured advanced mode for veteran BIOS users, alongside a graphical 3D Mode which offers a far more intuitive BIOS experience that makes it easier to understand how BIOS settings affect their PC’s hardware performance.
Intel X79 Platform Highlights
All GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards are designed to get the absolute best performance from the latest 2nd generation Intel Core i7 processors, bringing a number of new enthusiast-class features to Intel’s latest extreme platform. Featuring the new LGA 2011 socket and based on the latest updated micro-architecture, these new processors feature up to six cores with up to 15MB L3 cache and four-channel DDR3 memory. With an unprecedented 40 PCI Express lanes, enthusiast gamers can also enjoy the absolute maximum GPU performance in Multi-GPU SLI and CrossFireX configurations.
Designed as the base for the ultimate in gaming PC builds, the GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 motherboard combines the unrivalled performance of this new X79 platform with our award-winning G1.Killer design philosophy: onboard discrete-class audio is offered courtesy of the Creative Digital Audio processor (20K2) which offers X-Fi Xtreme Fideility and EAX Advanced HD Audio 5.0 technologies, while the Killer E2100 Game Networking Platform offers advanced network optimization and management for the very best online gaming experience. 3-way SLI and CrossFireX capability means users can really push the boundaries of 3D gaming to new heights.
The GIGABYTE X79-UD7 motherboard is designed to provide CPU performance worthy of champions, with specific built-in technologies for extreme overclocking configurations. The X79-UD7 features an all digital PWM, four full length PCIe slots for 4-way GPU configurations plus a range of features that mean overclockers will never tire of tweaking the latest 2nd generation Intel Core i7 processors. With GIGABYTE’s exclusive OC-VRM, you’ll find POScaps that ensure easy insulation, while OC-Touch lets users tweak in real-time using onboard buttons to change multiplier frequencies. OC-DualBIOS is complimented with a BIOS Switcher button that offers fast back-panel access to two distinct BIOS configurations. A Clear CMOS button is also included along with an OC button for instant OC profile loading. OC-PEG offers additional discrete graphics array power via the SATA rail with two SATA ports, guaranteeing all the power needed for extreme 4-way SLI and CrossfireX configurations.
The GIGABYTE X79-UD5 motherboard provides the ultimate media processing workstation. Design and Engineering professionals that employ the latest CAD and multimedia creation software will be impressed with eight DDR3 memory slots combined with GIGABYTE’s unique 3D Power design to offer the ultimate platform for memory and CPU intensive workloads. We’ve also included back panel access overclocking via a simple OC button so that you can get an instant boost in performance when needed.
Bluetooth-Expansion-CardGIGABYTE X79 series motherboards will also include an exclusive PCIe expansion card that offers support for the latest Bluetooth 4.0 and IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. The new Bluetooth 4.0 standard includes Smart Ready technology that is debuting on mobile devices including the new Apple iPhone 4s. This means that transferring important content from your smart phone or tablet is easier and faster than ever.
5 Year Warranty in USA and Canada
GIGABYTE is now offering an extended 5 year warranty for its entire X79 Motherboards in USA and Canada, customers can enjoy an additional 2 years warranty with the extended 5 year warranty service by registering their new X79 motherboards. For more details, please check GIGABYTE's website at GIGABYTE 5 Year Warranty.
Subject: Motherboards | November 14, 2011 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: X79A-GD65 (8D), X79-UD5, x79, P8X79 PRO, msi, lga2011, Intel, gigabyte, DX79SI, asus
If you want to run a Sandy Bridge E chip, you are going to need a new motherboard as they use a brand new socket. The upgrade isn't just about the socket though, as there is a noticeable increase in PCIe 3.0 lanes possible on the X79 chipset as well quad channel memory. At The Tech Report is a look at motherboards from four major vendors, the Asus P8X79 PRO, Gigabyte X79-UD5, Intel DX79SI, and the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D). Unfortunately Intel is plagued by issues with storage, while not the same as we saw in their previous chipset the port count is still lower than we expected and the RAID software is still labelled as a beta product. Indeed by the end of the review it seems that each board did at least one thing to disappoint The Tech Report, though they hold hope for future revisions.
"If you want to get in on Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E CPU, you'll need an LGA2011 motherboard. We've gathered four examples from Asus, Gigabyte, Intel, and MSI to see which one makes the best foundation for an Extreme Sandy build."
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Sandy Bridge-E and X79 – The ASUS P9X79 PRO @ AnandTech
- ASUS Sabertooth X79 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Intel DX79SI Extreme Series Socket LGA 2011 Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboard Review @Hi Tech Legion
- Gigabye GA-X79-UD5 @ OC3D
- ASUS Sabertooth X79 TUF Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS Rampage IV Extreme @ Tweaktown
- Intel DX79SI LGA2011 Desktop Motherboard @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS Rampage 4 Extreme @ OC3D
- ASUS P9X79 Pro Intel X79 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews
- Gigabyte X79 UD7 OC Motherboard Preview @ Ninjalane
- ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers
- BIOS Option Of The Week - CPU On-Die Termination @ TechARP
- ASUS M5A97 Evo (AMD 970) @ Tweaktown
- MSI 990FXA GD-80 Review @ OCC
- Five Years with Bulldozer: Asus Sabertooth 990FX @ X-bit Labs
Subject: Motherboards | November 2, 2011 - 03:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: x79, gigabyte, bluetooth 4.0, G1-Assassin 2, X79-UD7, X79-UD5, bluetooth
Gigabyte is going crazy with the wireless options available to you in their X79 series of motherboards.
With Bluetooth 4.0 available your iPhone 4S will be able to connect seamlessly to your Gigabyte motherboard. The biggest improvement in the new standard is the power savings which it enables, something that iPhone 4S users are desperate for. In fact if the attempt to standardize 3D glasses over Bluetooth 4.0 succeeds then one of these motherboards will be perfect for building a system connected to a 120Hz 3D monitor.
As well, Gigabyte has extended their WiFi support to a dedicated card which sports dual antennas, one for WiFi and one for Bluetooth. They also support the new Bluetooth Smart which is designed to work with a large variety of single use devices. Your blood sugar monitor, house thermostat, security systems and smart watch could all connect to these motherboards as easily as your phone, headset or other Bluetooth devices.
Subject: Motherboards | October 25, 2011 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: x79, gigabyte, G1-Assassin 2, X79-UD7, X79-UD5, X79-UD3
While we don't have much in the way of information about the capabilities of Gigabyte's new X79 boards we sure do have a lot of pictures.
First off is the successor to the popular G1. Assassin first introduced at CES in January.
Next you can see the biggest of three brothers, the X79 UD7
Which is followed by the middle child, the X79 UD5
And last but not least in any test is the X79 UD3