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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We ran a few motherboard specific benchmarks to see how the UP4 and UP5 performed. Let’s take a quick look.
Sisoftware Sandra (System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices.
As expected, our 3930K performs equal with either the UP4 or the UP5.
Cinebench is a program that renders a high resolution scene, complete with complex lighting and shaders, and can approximate what workstation users would perform on a regular basis.
We see a similiar result with Cinebench 11.5. The results are close but the UP4 gives a slightly better score. These scores above 13 are very good as SandyBridge “E” 3970K dominates the 2600K and 3770K, which only pull about 9 in Cinebench.
Finalwire AIDA64 is a system diagnostics and benchmarking utility that provides system and overclock information, advanced hardware monitoring and diagnostics capabilities, and includes tests for the memory subsystem. Here the utility runs the benchmark and records the Read and Write bandwidths, as well as the Latency.
In Aida 64, Memory results are virtually equal as expected at 4.6GHz.
Sata III 6G
Using our Verbatim 240G SSD, and using Crystal mark for the test, we see linear read and write speeds with the Intel Controller approaching 500MB/s. Impressive!
Finally, we wanted to test USB 3.0 speeds. Data transfer and external drives are very popular today.
The UP5 shows average performance in linear and 4K speeds.
However: The UP4 shows a bump in most scores. Again, this is likely due to less lanes.
Let’s put a wrap on things.