Wednesday, September 14th 2011

Gigabyte Displays its X79 High-End Motherboard Lineup at IDF

At IDF, motherboard vendors got to show off their near-complete socket LGA2011 motherboards based on the X79 chipset. Many of these were half-built and straight out of R&D at this year's Computex event, back in June. Gigabyte showed off its first X79 motherboards, the GA-X79-UD5, GA-X79-UD7, and G1.Assassin 2. Unlike previous generations of high-end Gigabyte motherboards, the UD7 isn't a beefed-up UD5 with added features and better cooling. The two are entirely different right from the PCB, to the features they offer.

The UD5 targets premium users, with eight DDR3 DIMM slots, geared for 3-card SLI/CrossFire, while the UD7 is bleeding-edge with just four DDR3 DIMM slots, but a wealth of overclocking features and support for 4-card SLI/Crossfire. Then there's the G1.Assassin 2, which targets the gamer-overclocker market with neat features such as hardware-accelerated Creative X-Fi audio and Bigfoot Killer NIC, with support for 3-card SLI/Crossfire.

The GA-X79-UD5 features a generous 14-phase CPU VRM. The LGA2011 socket is wired to eight DIMM slots, four on either side, supporting up to 64 GB of quad-channel DDR3 memory. Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x8 or x16/NC/x16), two PCI-Express 3.0 x1, and a legacy PCI. There are 12 SATA ports. It's likely that Gigabyte used third-party controllers over what the PCH offers. There could be as many as six 6 Gb/s ports. The rest of the connectivity is pretty standard stuff: 8-channel HD audio, one gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports, and power-eSATA.

The GA-X79-UD7 sees a fusion between the traditional high-end connectivity and features of UD7, and the new "Gigabyte OC" line the company released with its X58A-OC motherboard. It keeps up with the black+orange color scheme. There are just the four DDR3 DIMM slots that can hold up to 32 GB of quad-channel memory, but PCB real-estate is allotted to a strong 22-phase CPU VRM, 6-phase memory VRM, and only those features that will help overclockers a big way. This board features four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/x16/NC or x8/x8/x8/x8), 14 SATA ports, and high-grade connectivity. Apart from the 24-pin ATX connector, the board draws power from two 8-pin EPS connectors, and two SATA power inputs.

Lastly, the G1.Assassin 2 keeps up with the catchy new lineup Gigabyte built with X58 and Z68 chipset-based platforms. This board features just four DDR3 DIMM slots, but the space saved is used for bleeding-edge connectivity features that help gamers. First, there's a Bigfoot Killer NIC PCI-Express hardware-accelerated network controller, then there's a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi hardware-accelerated audio processor (CA-20K2), with its own set of audiophile-grade capacitors to the OPAMP circuit. The board features three PCI-Express 3.0 slots (x16/NC/x16 or x16/x8/x8), 12 SATA ports, and a wealth of other connectivity.Sources: Anandtech, TechReport
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39 Comments on Gigabyte Displays its X79 High-End Motherboard Lineup at IDF

#1
AsRock
TPU addict
Ooh all those SATA ports lol.. I like the 1st 2 and it's been a while since i liked a mobo design.
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#2
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
Ugly colour scheme is ugly

(talking about the orange one)
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#3
HossHuge
Love the orange one but it will be hard to make it look good with anything cause not much else comes in orange that I've seen. Most everything is blue and red.
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#4
Jegergrim
I personally love their colour scheme O.o especially the orange one, but I'm a non-windowed case guy..
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#5
TheLaughingMan
by: HossHuge
Love the orange one but it will be hard to make it look good with anything cause not much else comes in orange that I've seen. Most everything is blue and red.
Cougar got you covered: Cougar
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#6
HossHuge
by: TheLaughingMan
Cougar got you covered: Cougar
Although I'm sure it's made here somewhere. It's not sold here.
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#7
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: HossHuge
Love the orange one but it will be hard to make it look good with anything cause not much else comes in orange that I've seen. Most everything is blue and red.
Since you've already struck out Cougartek,

Zotac graphics cards, Xigmatek case and cooler, this Huntkey PSU, any black colored memory, Patriot WildFire SSD. Now there's plenty of orange+black stuff.
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#9
cadaveca
My name is Dave
*sigh.


looks cool, would be nice to get the UD5 with 64GB of Kingston ram(8x 8GB), and run OS from ramdrive...
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#12
theonek
14 SATA ports!!! And now I have only 10 on my current mobo....
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#13
erixx
Good for Gigabyte to make such good looking yet a bit Girlish motherboards: show some style or die ladies!

Bad that their bundled softwares still look like Anno 1995 ugly, fat and poor grandma.
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#14
Neuromancer
by: AsRock
Ooh all those SATA ports lol.. I like the 1st 2 and it's been a while since i liked a mobo design.
There will only be 6 unless Intel fixes their issues.
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#15
Marv
Interesting that the UD5 has the most RAM slots. I suspect it'll be the favourite of the three for many, though I question the slot layout (like on current Gigabyte boards). Hopefully the first two slots to be used for GPUs would be the top (obviously) and the last PCI-E x16, not the middle one.
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#16
Assimilator
HOLY MOTHER OF SATA PORTS BATMAN! What prompted Intel to double the 6 ports from X58 to 12 on X79? I don't think I even have that many SATA devices!

Also, are my eyes playing tricks or is the UD7 E-ATX, not standard ATX? Going to be interesting to see how ASUS intends to gram all of this onto a Gene (MATX) board...

by: Marv
Interesting that the UD5 has the most RAM slots. I suspect it'll be the favourite of the three for many, though I question the slot layout (like on current Gigabyte boards). Hopefully the first two slots to be used for GPUs would be the top (obviously) and the last PCI-E x16, not the middle one.
I fear we'll have to wait for ASRock/Biostar/MSI to release boards that actually have sane graphics slot spacing.
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#17
fusionblu
Looks like the only one out of the three which is worth considering is the first one, the UD5, which has the most features and is what one would see as the real socket 2011 motherboard.
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#18
LAN_deRf_HA
First G.1 I'd buy. Those low profile coolers are nice and nothing looks like a freakin' toy gun.
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#19
[H]@RD5TUFF
OMG! I can't wait to see what asus and evga does for LGA 2011!
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#20
Hayder_Master
Can they put all features of UD5 and UD7 in one motherboard, like UD9
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#21
AsRock
TPU addict
by: TheLaughingMan
Cougar got you covered: Cougar
If only they had fan higher than 1500rpm i buy a bunch lol.
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#22
fochkoph
Finally, some proper PCI-E spacing. Instead of 16/16/NC like most motherboards, it's 16/NC/16. Excellent.
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#23
TheLaughingMan
by: AsRock
If only they had fan higher than 1500rpm i buy a bunch lol.
The reviews say it doesn't need one because the PSU is pretty damn good stuff, runs cool, and I don't think there fans turn off like other PSUs.
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#24
Yellow&Nerdy?
Damn those are some good-looking mobos. Too bad X79 will cost you a spleen and your house. 99% of consumers will probably be satisfied with Sandy, this is only for the rich and extreme enthusiasts. That's why the "top boards" have much more focus on overclocking, rather than available features and connections.
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#25
Sasqui
Nice... lookie at all the +/- buttons on the UD7... who was it that had a joystick for FSB/mem at one time?
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