Gigabyte X99-UD4P

Final Thoughts

The Gigabyte X99-UD4P motherboard is, for the most part, a solid performing platform. The layout of this motherboard is well thought out, as is the quality of the components that are being used on this motherboard. Award_SilverOne of the other areas that we was impressed with, was that we were able to use some high BCLKs with very little issues, without having to use a CPU Strap Divider to overclock our CPU. In fact, we quickly found the absolute limit of the CPU long before this motherboard hit its BCLK limit. The upper end we was hitting on this motherboard was around the 135 BCLK range, which is really good. Another area that makes this motherboard a top contender is how stable it is. We have been running at our maximum overclock settings for over a week now, and not once has this motherboard hiccuped, or required us to readjust some of the settings as the CPU gets settled in.

The main area that really hurts this motherboard is the UEFI BIOS, or getting into the UEFI easily, and effortlessly. We found ourselves wasting more time trying to gain access to the UEFI than we did making necessary adjustments. Also, the UEFI did not seem to be as refined as previous motherboards we have used in the past, and is one thing that made Gigabyte such a good motherboard manufacturer. In essence, the UEFI on the Gigabyte X99-UD4P motherboard seemed rushed, and not completely thought out as it lacked some of the more important settings on the advanced UEFI layout; those, being the SATA configuration, turning on/off the on-board audio, or the on-board NIC.

Looking around the Internet for pricing, this motherboard has a price of roughly $244 USD. That price puts this motherboard in a perfect position for anyone that wants to jump onto the newer 2011-3 CPUs while not breaking the bank.

 

ProsCons
  • Great overclocking
  • 8 RAM slots
  • Low/mid-range price
  • Multiple options with the UEFI BIOS
  • SATA Express M.2 expansion, and SATA Express
  • M.2 Wi-Fi expansion port
  • Purity Sound 2 with amplification
  • Great layout
  • Solid performer
  • No Wi-Fi card included
  • Gaining access to the UEFI BIOS can be hair raising

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