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GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 2133/1866
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GIGABYTE X79 Series Motherboard

GIGABYTE X79 Series motherboards are designed to unite unrivalled desktop PC performance with a new level of flexibility and hardware control. Based on the latest Intel® X79 Express Chipset, supporting the new LGA 2011 Intel® Core™ i7 processors, GIGABYTE X79 Series motherboards bring DIY builders to a new area of performance-oriented computing.


GIGABYTE 3D Power (Patent Pending) Utility

Users can now enjoy a fully interactive 3D utility that facilitates adjustment of the three dimensions that control the power delivery to your CPU and Memory: Voltage, Phase and Frequency. These parameters are crucial to how the digital PWM supplies power to critical areas of the motherboard and can help users quickly obtain the highest, most stable overclock.


3D Power: Voltage Control

Voltage parameters can be modified within 3D Power, including load line calibration the of CPU. By adjusting load line calibration, Vdrooping can be avoided, maintaining optimal voltages levels despite increasing current levels. OVP (over voltage protection) can also be adjusted to change default protection range of the CPU, memory controller, VTT and system memory.


3D Power: Phase Control

Users can calibrate OCP (Over Current Protection) for the CPU, integrated memory controller and system memory power levels. This allows the Phase control to deliver even more power to the system when needed.


3D Power: Frequency Control

GIGABYTE's digital PWM allows for adjustable frequency control via the International Rectifier (IR3567) PWM controller. 3D Power frequency control allows users to change the PWM controller frequency so that the CPU VRM can adjust power delivery speeds more quickly. Users can also adjust the PWM spectrum or maximum and minimum overall frequencies.

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5

High Current, Low Heat CPU Power Zone Design Features IR Digital Power Controller and IR3550 PowIRstage® Ics

The GIGABYTE motherboard employ award winning GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 technology that includes high current capable components for the CPU power zone including IR3550 PowIRstage® ICs from International Rectifier, 2X Copper PCB and high current Ferrite Core Chokes rated up to 60A, which together are able to deliver up to 60°C* cooler temperatures than traditional motherboards. Featured on a range of new motherboards based the Intel®X79 and Z77 Express Chipsets, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 technology is the next evolution in quality motherboard design


Four-Channel Memory Architecture

The latest Intel® 2nd Gen Core™ i7 processors feature a new integrated memory controller that supports four channel DDR3 memory for the first time. Offering unrivalled memory performance with incredible potential data bandwidth, GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards give you the ultimate performance for today's memory-intensive applications.


Designed for PCI Express Gen.3 Support

The GIGABYTE motherboard is fully configured to provide gamers with the latest Gen.3 PCI Express technology, delivering maximum data bandwidth for forthcoming discrete graphics cards. *PCIe Gen. 3 is dependent on CPU and expansion card compatibility.


Four-Way CrossFireX™ and Four-Way SLI™ Support

The GIGABYTE X79-UP4 delivers the industry's most scalable graphics platform, with support for both four-way AMD CrossfireX™ and Nvidia SLI™. Providing four PCI Express 3.0 x16 connectivity, X79-UP4 delivers ultra smooth 3D rendering, blazing-fast frame rates and enhanced graphics capabilities for users wanting to get the highest level of graphics performance from their system.


GIGABYTE 333 Onboard Acceleration

GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards feature GIGABYTE 333 Onboard Acceleration, a range of the latest technologies that are designed help speed up data transfer, including SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology, SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gbps) technology and an unprecedented 3x USB power boost on all USB ports for more power hungry USB devices.


GIGABYTE 3D Power (Patent Pending)

GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards are the first to take advantage of the exclusive GIGABYTE 3D Power, an all new hardware and software-based Digital Power Engine for both the PWM and Memory that delivers unprecedented power delivery control.


All New Digital Power Control for the CPU and Memory

Utilizing a brand new Digital PWM controller, GIGABYTE's 3D Power features precise Auto Voltage Compensation to deliver a steady flow of power to the CPU and memory no matter the loading. This all new, all digital power system provides enthusiast users with exceptional control over the overclocking potential of their GIGABYTE X79 motherboard.
GIGABYTE is the first in the industry to utilize digital memory controllers for not only the Memory, but VTT and VSA, for real-time monitoring and adjusting. Digital memory control allows users to monitor and record DDR power and current in real-time while gaming, overclocking or at idle. Users can also set OVP (Over Voltage Protection) to safeguard your memory, adjust memory Load-line Calibration to fix memory vdrooping for a quicker response time and adjust memory PWM frequency on-the-fly.

GIGABYTE On/Off Charge

GIGABYTE X79 series motherboards feature ON/OFF Charge, a unique GIGAYTE technology which allows you not only to charge your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, but also allows you to Quick Charge it. As an added bonus, it can even be charged when your PC is turned off, so even if you forget to plug it into your charger after you've synced up your music, it will be fully charged when you need it.

*Due to certain mobile phone limitations, users may need to connect the mobile phone to their PC before the PC enters S4/S5 mode to enable a quick charge from non ON/OFF Charge USB ports. Charging results may vary by model.

*The materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE reserves the right to modify or revise the content at anytime without prior notice.
*Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
*All trademarks and logos are the properties of their respective holders.
*Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • 11/4/2014 9:00:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo for Price

Pros: Being that I used this motherboard for my first build and having owned this particular model since December 2012, I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable about this motherboard.

Just by looking at GIGABYTE’s list of specifications, one can see every little feature that GIGABYTE prides itself on. The most noticeable of those being: Supports New Intel® Core™ i7 processor Extreme Edition, GIGABYTE All Digital Power with GIGABYTE 3D Power, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™5 technology, PCI Express Gen 3.0 support, 4-way CrossFireX™ and 4-way SLI™ Support, 4 Channel Memory Architecture with 8 DIMM slots, and GIGABYTE On/Off Charge™ with 3X USB Power.

Actually getting to the motherboard itself, it feels very solid and the conservative color scheme of gray and black allows for it to blend in well with most case choices. Just from the aesthetics itself, I don’t think anybody would be ashamed to have a Plexiglas windows on their case. The board itself is made with twice the copper and a glass fiber Pre-Preg (the nonconductive middle layer) to protect it better from humidity for overclockers that need it. The glass fiber is crucial for overclockers operating in low temperatures, as when the temperature decreases dew can accumulate on the board and a fiber glass insulation helps to keep the water from causing any unwanted shorts. The increased copper allows for better current flow and increased performance. Another handy feature of the board as a whole are the mounting locations on the top side of the board. Small solder traces radiate around the mounting points in order to provide somewhat of a cushion for the screw so that it does not put too much pressure on the PCB and possibly damage it. In addition the solder traces also serve as electrical grounding points for the board and the case.

One eye catching feature that one might notice is that one of the USB 2.0 headers is red. For those that might not recognize what this unusual color scheme signifies, you’re in for a treat. This USB header supports any normal header connection, but it also has faster than average charging capabilities and will also continue to supply power when the computer is off.

Moving on to one of my favorite features of the motherboard: the DualBIOS. For anybody who has ever been interrupted in the middle of a BIOS (Basic Input Output System) update, you can rejoice in knowing that the main BIOS is corrupted, the main BIOS can be restored from the backup BIOS. I have personally had this experience and can say that DualBIOS is a lifesaver.

Cons: After all of my words of praise one would assume that this motherboard has no flaws. To say that it is perfect would be a lie. Some areas of complaint are due to price limitations while some are due to the designer.

My first irk would have to be the inclusion of the one PCI slot. While I understand that many believe in maintaining backwards compatibility through Legacy hardware, the fact that PCIe had been around for 8 years should have been enough to assume that most everybody would have upgraded or scrapped their old cards. And to add further insult to injury, they include the slot on one of their higher end models designed for “high-performance computing”. Realizing that PCB space is valuable, I believe that a better alternative would have been to replace the PCI slot with a PCIe x 1 slot instead. The height of this slot also limits some options for graphics cards in that some double-wide graphics cards may not have enough clearance to stand over this slot.

While having a 4 channel memory architecture is great, GIGABYTE provides little information on where to specifically install the RAM modules. They include instructions on which RAM channel are wired together, but neglect to consider the fact that most users won’t even have four DIMMs (Dual Inline Memory Module) and will most likely have one DIMM per channel at most. Only after countless hours scavenging through forums did I find the out order to install the modules as more are added.

Another complaint I have is directed towards the BIOS engineer. Not even the CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) utilities, but the BIOS itself. After bricking my motherboard over the summer, I discovered that the order in which devices are attached to the SATA ports truly mattered. Apparently the optical disk drive needed to be at SATA_0, the primary Hard Drive on SATA_2, secondary drive on SATA_3, and any other devices had to start from the Marvell ports at SATA_7 and going downwards. Nowhere in any documentation was this matter even hinted about.

Other Thoughts: If you’re looking for an above average motherboard, jammed pack full of features, and for only $243, this is an excellent pick.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/26/2014 9:51:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent built quality and just a great performing motherboard

Pros: A very solid motherboard. A plethora of connectivity, including several SATA 6 GB ports, a coaxial digital output (!), and just a very stable board.

Cons: The main PCI-E slot is too close to the CPU, forcing to mount larger coolers horizontally, instead of the more preferable vertical position.

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  • J B.
  • 7/30/2014 6:12:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid board

Pros: Supports socket 2011 CPUs, plenty of memory sockets, doesn't cost an arm and a leg, reliable.

Cons: Really best in a full tower case, heatsinks can present a challenge for fans mounted too close to the side of the board. Especially evident if using water cooling with a top mounted 120mm radiator, like the H100i. Had to upgrade my case to a Corsair 750 for it to fit.

Other Thoughts: Get a big case. Use water cooling. Makes for a much quieter system.

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  • Mansur A.
  • 7/3/2014 2:32:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsJunk, avoid this MB

Pros: Basically nothing.

Cons: This is my second gigabyte x79-UP4 mother board in last three months. Both had the same problem. Almost every other day, the main bios gets corrupted. It takes at least 10-15 minutes, if you are lucky, to correct the bios problem. This is the last gigabyte board I am bought. Never again. Before you buy any gigabyte board, do yourself a favor and goggle "main bios corrupted".

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 111563 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • Robert G.
  • 6/14/2014 6:46:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSolid and capable!

Pros: This card has been a solid performer and works great!

Cons: Limit on RAID through the on board Marvell controllers to pairs. Memory moduals are VERY close to the top PCi slot which prevented me from being able to use RAM coolers, but not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: It has been very easy to setup and get running. Had some issues loading RAID drivers, but there is a great video on Youtube for that. Every connection I could ever need has been taken care of in this board.

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  • Branislav J.
  • 6/2/2014 9:10:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNever made it to work

Pros: looks nice behind plexi in big case

Cons: Bios and all HDWare setups , no problemo, never made it through boot up, cannot install any OS tried to change all, different CPUs, memory, three different graphics, all possible HDD, from SSD, up to raptors, even different power supplies, external bluerays, regular DVDs, even went external usb sticks, old good doublelayer Sony drive, this board is a dead meat, going back to my always working MSI

Other Thoughts: overpriced

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 110397 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • Patrick D.
  • 5/18/2014 9:15:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: I've had it for a month now and it shows no signs of problems. All the features I want in a motherboard are there. The amount of SATA 3 connections is awesome, and this thing seems to run much cooler than my old system even with a mild overclock. Which if you don't know how, it'll do it for you almost. I ran a much more aggressive overclock to see if it would with no problems manually, don't listen to the whiners. Memory has reached it's full advertised speed. Don't forget to turn on XMP, or do it manually for extreme stuff. I would run through all the specs, but you can do that yourself.

Great board. Does everything I want. Could do quad SLI if I wanted to.

Cons: I'd like more system fan headers. It has four, one close to each corners. With an I7, the potential for heat is there so be prepared to either have a few case fans on full, or through a discrete controller.

The top graphics card slot is pretty close to the CPU. If you water cool it's not an issue, but many aftermarket fan will conflict.

I'm not a big fan of the bios. Not a big deal though, I'm not staring at it for hours. It's functional like a bios should be.

Other Thoughts: I was hoping that this mobo would post a little quicker than it does. It looks great if you're into staring at circuit boards. It feels ridiculously solid. I have no doubt in my mind that if I dropped it, then it would be fine.

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  • Roger M.
  • 5/15/2014 1:44:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGA-X79-UP4 v 1.1

Pros: The board came in perfect condition and worked great right out of the box.

Cons: None as of now.

Other Thoughts: Great service from newegg thus far.

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  • CHRIS W.
  • 5/7/2014 11:31:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNO COMPLAINTS HERE

Pros: running a 4930k @4.7ghz on REAL WATER as a daily driver for 6 months now without an issue. I think some might have overclocking probs related to the memory settings....I always set manual timings and voltage.

Cons: clueless people leaving bad reviews indicating obvious lack of knowledge....wanted a ud5 or 7 and couldn't find one at the time

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat board if you know what you're doing

Pros: It has a lot of expansion capabilities. With 8 slots for memory and quad channel, you can do a lot!

The heat sinking can really help you maintain system temps if you know how it works. Using top case fans aligned with the heat sinks keeps the system temp low while liquid cooling on the CPU pretty much removes the rest (the graphics card being carried away from top venting). I'm running around 39~43 at full load.

The voltage protection is great for fooling around with overclocking when you have to screw with your memory voltage. For the people complaining about 3D overclock and other utilities not working, the complaints are a bit give and take. Yes, if they include the utilities, they should work. But seriously, if you're buying a higher end motherboard, you should KNOW how overclocking works, otherwise buy a lower end board and use the cheap utilites with a slider bar.

I'm using an i7 4960X, posted first boot no problems. XMP works perfectly.

Cons: The BIOS gui is pretty terrible. It doesn't always recognize the mouse, so you'll likely be using the keyboard half the time. This isn't a big deal to me because that's how BIOSes have been since I started building my own computers. That being said, navigating a BIOS with certain features meant to be used with a mouse can be a pain.

There is an issue with the reports that come straight from the motherboard. When overclocked, the clock speed is incorrectly reported by windows. I get the feeling windows is only grabbing the static information from the CPU instead of from the system. Not a biggie.

The board fan power plugs are in very strange places and they are not very well labeled. This can be an issue if you're setting up water cooling, as you don't want an increase of heat speeding up the speed of the flow of coolant circulation instead of the fan speed on the actual radiator. If you go this route, make sure you use a hardware monitoring program to make sure you have them set correctly or you'll have overheating issues

Other Thoughts: A lot of the 1 eggers are complaining of bad boards. I can understand that being frustrating and to great lengths, a unacceptable. But expecting that a manufacturing company have a 0% lemon rate is ludicrous.

Another thing to note. This board has TWO revisions. A v1.0 and a v1.1. You want the v1.1, you can see it stamped on the board.

Biggest thing to keep in mind. You absolutely MUST MUST MUST have a high wattage PSU. The LGA2011 sockets have a minimum 80W cpu and most are 130W. Have inadequate wattage is going to give you never ending headaches and can be difficult to figure out, leaving you thinking it might be the board, when really you are tapping out when the cpu load gets high (especially when you toss in a high end gaming graphics card).

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