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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To get a better understanding of the X79 platform we have included Intel’s diagrams for the X79 chipset and the Z77 chipset. They do look rather similar, but there are some distinct differences, and two in particular. The first is the X79 supports the new LGA2011 socket and Sandy-Bridge-E processors, while Z77 is relegated to LGA 1155 socket. The second significant difference is found in the memory, as X79 supports quad channel memory configurations, while the Z77 supports dual channel memory setups.
Looking closely at the two diagrams below you will notice that the X79 Chipset supports 40 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 for Graphics which will support up to five graphics cards in multiple configurations. This can be an advantage over the Z77 that supports only 16 Lanes by comparison.
Let’s take a look at the packaging and parts.