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Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 Motherboard Review

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Posted October 27, 2014 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $258.99 on Newegg.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great Aesthetics, Solid Performance, Software Package, M.2 and SATA Express Suppport.
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

No onboard power/reset Debug LED
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Considering the price of the board at $258.99, we feel that Gigabyte aggressively priced this against its competitors and really gives users a bargain. For a board that can support both M.2 SATA, SATA Express, Quad SLI or Crossfire, and DDR4 memory of up to 3000MHz, this is a steal.
by Kenny
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Summary

So let’s wrap things up, first let’s talk about the aesthetics of the Gigabyte X99-UD4. While the board didn’t sport all the fancy bells and whistles, we were quite happy with its simple, yet well contrasted layout. The matte black PCB with a hint of gray and yellow gives it the contrast it needs. The full sized ATX motherboard was also laid out well.

Let’s talk a little about what we can benefit from the Gigabyte X99-UD4. While we have already seen many reports that if you don’t plan on moving up to DDR4 memory, or are using more then 2way SLI or Crossfire, then these boards can be a waste. However, we can’t say that this is entirely true as we can find many benefits. Unlike the previous X79 chipset, the X99 chipset brings to the table more SATA III support, along with M.2 SATA and SATA Express support. If you plan on upgrading to faster drives, the X99 is one reason to update. The second one is the support of 6 core processors. While gaming may not take full advantage of all those cores, for those looking to build a fast and reliable workstation… you can’t go wrong here.

When it comes to the software package, Gigabyte has really improved in this sector. This time around, they did a great job and included an abundant variety. The software package that was available with the motherboard gives users something to appreciate and Gigabyte really impressed us in this sector. We feel that Gigabyte has really stepped up the game in this arena and while some may think that some of this is bloatware, we find many of the applications to be rather useful, especially the App Center Suite.

From a performance stand point, we find that depending on your needs, the 5930K may not be the faster performing processor, but it does a good job for applications and software that can utilize its architecture. Not everyone will be on the same page here, but for the most part, the 5930K does out-perform its mainstream processor 4770K Haswell in most aspects. While this shouldn’t come as a surprise since we are comparing a quad core to 6 core processor. The Gigabyte X99-UD4 is priced very aggressively. It even compares with some of the higher end Z97 boards, although you get more robust features, like support for 4x graphics cards for quad SLI or Crossfire.

If we had to nick pick here a little bit, we have grown accustomed to having the onboard power/reset and Debug LED on the motherboards. If you haven’t already noticed, the Gigabyte X99-UD4 lacks this. While it’s not enough to draw us away from this motherboard, we wished Gigabyte would have included it. Otherwise, this board was pretty spot on with its features and performance for its price point.

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If you take into consideration the price of the board at $258.99 on Newegg.com, we feel that Gigabyte priced this competitively and really gives users extra value here. For a board that can support both M.2 SATA, SATA Express, Quad SLI or Crossfire, and DDR4 memory of up to 3000MHz, this is a steal. If you can ignore the minor quibiles we had with the motherboard, we find that the Gigabyte X99-UD4 easily gets the PureOverclock Great Hardware Award.

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