The Gigabyte X99-UD3P doesn’t sport all the fancy aesthetic bells and whistles, but for a board that is in the sub $200 price range for the X99 chipset, were weren’t expecting it. In fact, we were quite happy with its simple, yet well contrasted layout. The matte black PCB with a hint of gold/yellow gives it the contrast it needs. The full sized ATX motherboard was also laid out well just like we saw with the Gigabyte X99-UD4.
Let’s talk a little about how we can benefit from the Gigabyte X99-UD3P. The board is priced great for starters… at $203.99 at the time of the review on newegg.com it comes feature packed and well rounded in the performance arena. Pair this board with the right chip and we have ourselves a great set up. Now… some may think that pairing this motherboard with the $500 5930k may be a bit too much, but it’s really not, especially if you are looking to power 3 or more graphics cards or take advantage of the 40 PCIe lanes. Of course that can be a personal preference or how OCD you are with pairing hardware set ups. Despite this, you can make a great combination with the X99-UD3P by pairing it with the 5820K and a good set of memory, along with some high end graphics cards. Doing this will give you a near future proof system with all the latest upgrades like SATA Express and M.2 SATA Drives and DDR4 Memory for a great price. Now, let’s move onto the software a bit.
When it comes to the software package, Gigabyte has really improved in this sector. With the carry-over of the now well matured Gigabyte app Center, they did a great job at including an abundant variety. The software package that was available with the motherboard gives users something to appreciate and show Gigabyte has been working hard in this sector.
Now, if we had to nit pick a little here, we were disappointed in some sectors of the motherboard. First, is the post time the Gigabyte X99-UD3P takes to get into the BIOS. We saw a little bit of a longer wait time. This is unusual for Gigabyte, but at the end of the day, it’s not too terrible. Second, the memory overclocking and stability of the memory was a bit annoying. It seems that the motherboard just didn’t like our memory at all. This was surprising because they are part of the QVC list from Gigabyte. Manual overclocking didn’t go so well either, but the Gigabyte Software did manage to get out 5820k to 4.2GHz. Perhaps it could have been a combination of the motherboard not liking our memory that is causing the hiccup.
However, If you take into consideration the price of the board at $203.99 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 out of the box, this is a bargain. If you can ignore the minor quibbles we had with the motherboard, we find that the Gigabyte X99-UD3P easily gets the PureOverclock Great Hardware Award.