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Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 Review

By on January 11, 2012
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Bigger, Better, Faster.

Good: Spacious layout, Many power ports to juice extra hardware and overclocking, Massive heatsinks keeps the motherboard cool & quite, Options for simple and meticulous overclocking, Good bundled accessories
Bad: UEFI BIOS still needs some work
Price: AED 1,500
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


When last I looked at one of Gigabyte’s high-end motherboards, it was found wanting. It was good, but for the price it wasn’t as great as some of its closest competitors. Today I’ll be looking at the G1.Assassin 2’s distant cousin, the GA-X79-UD7. This is Gigabyte’s mainstream entry on the higher-end scale for the latest Sandy Bridge-E platform.

Looking at the packaging, it seems that Gigabyte decided to go with some very subtle. The whole package is just white, with shades of grey. On the back are the features and a picture of the motherboard itself, wherein you’ll see the black and orange color scheme.

Opening it up we notice a host of accessories. First of there are 4X SATA cables, a 4-way, 3-way and 2-way SLI bridges along with a CrossFireX bridge. There’s a USB 3.0 3.5”bracket with 2 ports to be hooked up upfront or at the back.

Apart from the I/O panel, there’s a Bluetooth + WiFi adapter with two antennae. Closing off we have the eSATA bracket. All of these combined with a 3 or 4-way SLI could result in a completely jam packed rear panel of your desktop casing.

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Comments
  • Sdsd

    One EPS connector is enough for moderate overclocking up to 300W CPU power at least.

  • Dirk

    “Then there are the 10 SATA ports on the bottom right, two of which (white) are SATA III and the rest SATA II. The black and white SATA ports are controlled by the chipset itself, while the other four SATA II ports are handled by the Marvell controller.” I believe the Marvell ports are also SATA III ports, as shown in the spec list.

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