Gigabyte GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI and GA-X79-UP4 Dual Motherboard Review
OverviewHardware: CPU & Motherboards
WHAT WE LIKED:Great styling, good performance with a boatload of Sata ports.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Overclocking a chore and memory frequencies will not tune over 2400MHz
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New products in the desktop sector have taken somewhat of a break for a bit. Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge release has settled in and Haswell is slated for mid 2013. As for the immediate future, Intel is on the brink of releasing Ivy Bridge “E” extreme processors in the next quater, and Intel continues socket 2011 with the X79 chipset. In the mean-time, some may have forgotten that Sandy Bridge “E” processors still remain a viable and even better performing platform than Ivy Bridge. Today, we have a dual-motherboard review for you guys today, and both of them are from Gigabyte.
Gigabyte is one of the top tier motherboard manufacturers and there was no mistaking that their last release, the Gigabyte Z77 Sniper M.3, was well executed. The Z77 Sniper boasted more features and benefits than any other Gigabyte motherboard, and we were frankly dazzled by the product. Just as the Z77 chipset upgrades to PCIE and USB 3.0, the X79 chipset already has these features with only one issue: Sandy Bridge “E” processors do not support PCIE 3.0. Still, in many respects, the Sandy Bridge “E” is the best alternative in terms of raw performance, at least until Ivy Bridge “E” is released.
With that said, Gigabyte is ahead of the game with new products prior to Ivy Bridge “E” processors. Today we have their two latest X79 releases, the Gigabyte GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI and the GA-X79-UP4 Plus. One interesting added special feature catches our eye from these motherboards as well. These boards are designed for watercooling. Our mouths are salivating at that prospect. Let’s get these two bad boys to the lab and see what prowess they have under liquid cooling. Before that, here’s a recap of the X79 chipset next.