Thursday, October 27th 2011

Gigabyte X79 UD3 and UD5 Final Design Motherboards Detailed

Here are pictures of the release-grade revision (1.0) of Gigabyte's socket LGA2011 motherboards in its main linuep, the GA-X79-UD3 and GA-X79-UD5. These are the release-grade 1.0 revisions, that are redesigned for X79 chipset with just six SATA ports (doing away with SAS). With the LGA2011 motherboard lineup, Gigabyte is doing away with the "UD7" model, in its segment there is GA-X79-OC. We saw this coming, because UD7 was meant to be an overclocking motherboard identifier. On the company website, for example, the product page of GA-X58A-UD7 (2.0) shows GA-X58A-OC as a "newer model". The GA-X79-UD3 is poised to be the most affordable LGA2011 motherboard from Gigabyte, while the GA-X79-UD5 offers some premium connectivity and memory expansion features.

The GA-X79-UD3 uses a simple 8+1 phase VRM to power the LGA2011 CPU. The memory is powered by a 4-phase VRM. There are just four DDR3 DIMM slots, one per channel. There are four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, among which two are x16 capable, and all four are x8 capable. There are two PCIe x1, and surprisingly, a legacy PCI slot (uncommon for LGA2011 platform). All six SATA ports from the X79 chipset are assigned as internal ports: two SATA 6 Gb/s (white), and four SATA 3 Gb/s (black). Three Marvell-made SATA 6 Gb/s controllers provide four additional internal ports (gray), and two eSATA 6 Gb/s. There are just four USB 3.0 ports, two on the rear panel, and two via internal header. 8+2 channel HD audio, a number of USB 2.0 ports, and one gigabit Ethernet connection make for the rest of the GA-X79-UD3.

The GA-X79-UD5, on the other hand, uses a different PCB from that of the UD3, with more room for memory expansion thanks to eight DDR3 DIMM slots (two per channel). It uses a beefier CPU VRM, with 14-phases and POSCAP capacitors. Again, the memory is powered by a 4-phase VRM. Unlike the UD3, the GA-X79-UD5 compromises with expansion slots. The UD3 uses all seven expansion slot bays on an ATX case, but the UD5 uses just six. What's more surprising here is that the scapegoat isn't the legacy PCI slot, but a PCI-Express 3.0! This board, unlike the UD3, has just three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, among which two are x16 capable, and all three are x8 capable. Storage connectivity is similar to the UD3, with two SATA 6 Gb/s (white), and four SATA 3 Gb/s (black) from the X79 PCH, four additional SATA 6 Gb/s ports (gray) and two eSATA 6 Gb/s ports from Marvell-made controllers. It has the same number of USB 3.0 ports as the UD3: 2 (rear) and 2 (header). Other connectivity is identical, except that this board also has Firewire.

Source: OCaholic.ch
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63 Comments on Gigabyte X79 UD3 and UD5 Final Design Motherboards Detailed

#1
stargazer7
no oem "has to" send you any products at all. some will get it, some wont. its not an indication of a product being good or not. and i'm sure you can't call the Maximus IV a broken board.... if you couldnt talk it up to Asus, i wont blame you. i would blame them, but that doesnt mean their product is junk. they have some of, if not the best Sandy boards

16GB is not enough for? ray tracing? ppl buy these things for gaming. the sniper is a %100 gamer oriented board. thats a moot point.
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cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: stargazer7
the sniper is a 100% gamer oriented board. thats a moot point.
Hmm. Very true. But here I am, wanting it to do a bit more than it should, and it does.


Um, win?:laugh:



ASUS? lulz. I can say whatever I like...everyone is entitled to their opinion. They make decent products, sure, but I'm hearing more and more that people are sick of red and black.

And yes, I will ALWAYS state that if I haven't reviewed a product, readers should NOT buy it. Like I've said, I cannot comment about products I do not have, and you'll find many posts in the comment section of my reviews with users stating they bought the product solely based on my review. I'm not going tell users to buy a broken product...and i cannot tell users to buy a product I don't have...so both are the same, to me. Yes, broken logic, but there ya go.
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#3
stargazer7
you can lol at aSucks as much as you want.... but thats not going to change the fact that Maximus is one of the best boards. brand doesnt matter, product matters. yes, their colour scheme is crap. again, they got strong boards

so what you're saying is basicly only "your" opinion matters. you arent the only reviewer out there, and wont ever be. im not saying you're a good reviewer or not, but there're a number of other reviews on internet. please
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#4
cadaveca
My name is Dave
Oh, I know. LuLz. I fully expect people to read other reviews..I'd be offended if they didn't.


But yeah, I'm a bit overconfident. So? LoL. Not news to me, let me tell ya.:laugh:


And I'm sure the Maximus IV-Z o0r whatever it is, is a good board. But as you saw by the picture, I hardly need another board. :p I've got hte Gene-Z, and it's pretty solid, for sure.
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#5
Steven B
you know all that stuff you just listed doesn't matter unless you are benching, which then the Sniper 2 wouldn't be the best option. but we are talking about gaming, and that is what asus likes to think the M4E is built for, but the Sniper 2 better fits the bill at the same price. For OCing yea id go with the M4E, but the Sniper 2 has no problem maxing out a CPU. I hit 5.5ghz on mine.

For benching i would go with the M4E, but for gaming there is much you bang for your buck with the Sniper 2. but that is my educated opinion. you have never used the Sniper 2, so IDk why you think you feel entitled to tell someone who has used both boards that the one you never used a gimmick.

For the same price you get an updated NIC and a Sound Card built in, along with all the fan control, monitoring, and stable BIOS.
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#6
stargazer7
yes, but the Maximus comes at $250. for $80 more, get a refurbished Auzen Bravura. one of the best sound cards out there. and an intel pro 1000 ct for $20. for the same price, you get better EVERYthing for the fraction of losing a slot or two.

you're UNeducated. intel nic has a better processor and regularly updated better drivers. Maximus has a better bios. you also can get a much much better sound card. you have all those listed in a Maximus. and better stop.
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#7
Steven B
Z68 Vs P67, the Sniper 2 offers full Ivy bridge compatibility even PCi-E 3.0, for me id spend the extra if i planned to upgrade in a year or two.
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#8
stargazer7
pci 3.0 is bull... ivy, yeah but 2500k is the best balanced chip. you can get a maximus-z or an Asrock extreme7 z68 along with a sound card. cut it off
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#9
cadaveca
My name is Dave
The cost of hardware isn't a concern for everyone. The two boards in the OP are cheaper alternatives.

You're funny, anyway. Thanks for some entertainment.
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#10
stargazer7
cheaper? what are you talking about? the Maximus is a better board and extreme7 trail the maximus. cost being an option or no, you still can get them and put a better nic/sound card. they WILL be better. do you just go by the hardware you tested, or listen to people? you said you do both, and i'm sure you do. but you're only doing the former here. thanks
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#11
LordJummy
This thread is insanely off topic. It was an entertaining read, but still, wtf is going on.

Really liking that UD5 btw. In the running for my x79 / trifire board.
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#12
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: LordJummy
This thread is insanely off topic. It was an entertaining read, but still, wtf is going on.
I guess noone has reported a post, so noone cares? :laugh:

I'm not so interested in blue/black on the UD5. I kinda like the UD3 colors better. Too bad.
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#13
LordJummy
Yeah I agree the UD3 looks better. It would be nice for budget tri-fire + raid card + pcie x1 soundcard. I am considering that one also. I don't like blue on mobo's, so the all black is really appealing.
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