Gigabyte X99-UD4 Rev 1.0 motherboard Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. Packaging Contents
  4. Motherboard Layout Overview
  5. Components Overview
  6. CPU Cooler, GPU and Memory Kit Clearance
  7. BIOS Issue and Layout
  8. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  9. Futuremark Benchmarks
  10. Memory Benchmarks
  11. USB 3.0 Performance Benchmark
  12. SATA III Benchmark
  13. Conclusion
  14. Online Purchase Links

Normally when a series of a new gen flagship/HEDT processors and chipsets come out, manufacturers tend to put all the features, bling and expandability in a motherboard. Some will appreciate it. Some don’t see give any attention to it. Some will love to have it, only to see them not being used once it goes inside a closed case. The reality is, while there is a large community base that love and appreciate such features, a good number of users don’t use them in a closed case setup. Note- I am not talking about build quality, rather about extra feature. To each of their own.

But in any case, the basics should never be compromised- layout, functionality, ease of use and quality of the components, especially for power delivery. Or else, it’s simply counter-productive. Gigabyte X99-UD4 motherboard stayed with me for a pretty long time, but it was used as a base for previous reviews. This motherboard was used for testing Intel i7 5960X HEDT processor, and the first DDR4 I had with me- the 16GB Kingston HyperX Predator 3000MHz DDR4 kit. This was also used as a base for Nvidia GTX 980 and also benched with Zotac GTX 780Ti.  I did a good share of swapping and benching even with CPU coolers like Noctua NH-D15 and Noctua NH-U14S. it gave me a good understanding.

Calling Gigabyte X99-UD4 as an ‘entry-level’ is the best way to insult this motherboard. There are many features and expandability on this motherboard that will impress a lot of people simply by reading the specs and seeing the layout alone, but what about the ease of use once you hook it up?


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