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GIGABYTE GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI LGA 2011 Intel C606 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel C606
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 2133/1866

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Powered by Intel C606 chipset, the GIGABYTE GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI motherboard brings server-class performance and features to your desktop at PC budget. It accommodates Intel Core i7 and Xeon E5 processor in LGA 2011 package for up to 8-Core computing capability. You can take advantage of enterprise-level features such as Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and ECC DDR3 memory for blistering speed and rock solid stability. The industry-leading GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 design promises unmatched quality and durability you can count on for years of hassle-free use. And complete with the GIGABYTE Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi Card and support for 3-way SLI/CrossFire X, the GIGABYTE GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI makes an ideal platform to build a workstation that caters for needs of prosumers and content creators, or set up a super gaming rig dreamt by gaming enthusiasts and DIY professionals.

  • newegg GIGABYTE 3D Power GIGABYTE 3D Power is an all new hardware and software-based Digital Power Engine for both the PWM and Memory that delivers unprecedented power delivery control. 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. 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.
  • newegg GIGABYTE 3D BIOS The revolutionary GIGABYTE 3D BIOS application is based on the new GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS technology and is available to consumers in two new exclusive modes (3D Mode and Advanced Mode) of interaction never before seen in a BIOS environment. GIGABYTE has re-drawn the traditional BIOS experience providing mainstream and enthusiast users with a choice of unique and powerful graphical interfaces. At the heart of this exciting 3D BIOS technology is a pair of 8MB physical BIOS ROMs containing GIGABYTE's exclusive in-house designed UEFI BIOS technology. With a superior graphical interface capable of 32-bit color imaging and fluid user-friendly mouse navigation, UEFI DualBIOS makes BIOS configuration a new and exciting experience for novice and experienced users alike. UEFI BIOS also brings native support for large hard drives on 64-bit operating systems.
  • newegg GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 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.
  • newegg Intel C606 Chipset The Intel C606 Chipset supports Intel Xeon E5 2600/1600 processors that brings the successful Sandy Bridge architecture to the Intel Xeon processor line-up in the form of Sandy Bridge EP. With up to 8 cores coupled with a larger 20MB L3 cache and clock speeds of up to 3.6GHz Intel Xeon processors offer unrivalled performance. This chipset also provides SAS support for up to eight SAS drives. Improved performance and long-term stability make SAS drives ideal for 24/7 intensive workstation and mission critical applications. The GIGABYTE motherboard also supports more robust and ultra reliable ECC (error-code correction) DDR3 non-buffered memory modules. Designed to detect and eliminate all single-bit data errors to ensure virtually zero data corruption.
  • newegg Exclusive Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi Expansion Card The motherboard also includes an exclusive PCIe expansion card that offers support for the latest Bluetooth 4.0 and IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. The Bluetooth 4.0 standard includes Smart Ready technology that is debuting on mobile devices including the Apple iPhone 4s. This means that transferring important content from your smart phone or tablet is easier and faster than ever.
  • newegg 3-way CrossFireX and 3-way SLI Support The GIGABYTE X79S-UP5-WIFI is equipped to help extreme gamers see the enemy from distance, regardless of how bloody the battlefield, offering the utmost graphics flexibility and upgradeability with multiple GPU support, that includes three PCI Express slots for both AMD CrossFire X and Nvidia SLI technologies in 3-way discrete card configurations. The GIGABYTE X79S-UP5-WIFI motherboard delivers maximum FPS, allowing gamers to see more clearly, aim faster, and move more quickly.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 2/4/2014 7:33:51 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: 8x SAS Ports
3 way SLi/CFx
Quad Channel Memory
Bookoos of USB ports and connection possibilities

Cons: BIOS is difficult to use, SAS raid is tricky unless you know that the default Raid is SATA SAS isn't backwards compatible with SATA. However, STAT is BP with SAS.

Other Thoughts: I'm happy I bought this board. I have it paired with a 4930k and 2 560TI's 3 1tb WD HDD's and 2 2tb WD SAS Drives as well as 2 10k 300gb SATA drives in raid 0

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1 out of 5 eggsProblem - Boot Loop

Pros: None so-far

Cons: Started with boot loop and no beep - Tried swapping CPU and power supply, didn't help. Contacted Gigabyte, they said the problem is with Motherboard BIOS, it was shipped with old BIOS version. Gigabyte asked me try with Xeon Sandy Bridge CPU and update BIOS, Don't have one, so had to RMA back to Gigabyte. Waiting for the BIOS updated motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte should have updated the BIOS before shipping the product.

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 101906 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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  • Matthew M.
  • 7/15/2013 3:05:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Amazing board for the price love the sas connections bought the board when the ram came for free.

Cons: The Bluetooth driver for windows 8 sucks it has no support. Even the new driver update still does not work.

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5 out of 5 eggsNo Problems Here

Pros: Compatability, stability, performance

Cons: Like other z77 boards out there, does not support two x16 PCI Express lines for those running SLI like myself.

Other Thoughts: running two GTS 660's, Intel 520 SSD, Corsair Ram and PSU, and no problems with stability or USB 3.0 headers.

Happy with board.

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  • Thomas R.
  • 7/12/2013 4:39:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsMajor problems with USB 3.0

Pros: Stable, good overclocking options, nice bios menu, allows 64 GB of memory

Cons: usb 3.0 does not work. devices are not being recognized, sometimes fixed by reboot (not overclocked system), useless support

Other Thoughts: I would not buy it again. Spent $300 and am stuck with USB 2.0 because the 3.0 implemention on this board is buggy.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your comments. Honest and constructive opinions are always welcome. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product.

Please be sure all USB3.0 drivers are installed. This model has 4x USB3.0 ports from a VIA VL800 chip, and 2x USB3.0 ports from Fresco FL1009 chip.

Please be sure to allow the drivers to load before using the USB ports. Otherwise the speeds may be reduced to USB2.0 speeds.

If you require further assistance, please contact us at with the case number 2013071502. Include your complete system configuration.


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1 out of 5 eggsWorst Gigabyte Product I've Ever Bought

Pros: Has a BIOS reset button on the motherboard so when it constantly freezes or boot loops you can reset the bios.

Cons: Everything about the board, HDD support is horrible, 3730K is constantly underclocking, after reset it fails to boot a video signal and needs to be reset at BIOS level, WIFI and Bluetooth card are not officially supported in Windows 8, confusing EFI interface, odd memory compatability, failure to recognize SSD as SSD on both Intel RST driver sets

Other Thoughts: We have built over 200 Gigabyte desktops and the MB usually have very little issue, but this hybrid workstation/x79/c600/garbage was the worst Gigabyte product I have ever owned. We have had a lot of success with Gigabyte Boards but I will never build a high end GB desktop for a customer again.

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  • Nicholaus R.
  • 5/21/2013 12:40:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSAS ports not working!

Pros: holds 64 gb RAM

Cons: SAS/SATA ports aren't recognizing my sata drives. this is completely irritating. i have a bunch of hard drives that i put in this computer that i can't even use because the SAS/Sata ports aren't working. they recognize the drives in the BIOS but then nowhere else. i can't choose them to boot from. OS won't mount them either.

i've read many reports of others with the same problem..

i've read one needs a xeon to use these, but Gigabyte support have told me it shouldn't matter & that they should work.

it has very few 6 gb/s ports. that's just terrible. i really shouldn't have bought this board on those grounds alone. it has 8 sas/sata ports but what good are they if they don't work? such a waste. :(

Also, the board takes really long to boot.

I seriously wish i didn't throw the box away for this thing. I would have returned it. I've contacted gigabyte support and can send it in but i'm not sure that's going to work, and worse, i don't have time to wait for them to work on it then send it or another board back. i need to use my computer in the meantime. this is terrible. :(

this is my second gigabyte board & i'm not happy at all.

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 96980 in the 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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  • George S.
  • 3/16/2013 7:57:24 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cant really comment on it since it since it doesn't POST

Cons: D.O.A. Trying to figure out if its the board or something else but it wont post.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/10/2013 6:54:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great. Design Could Improve

Pros: It works. Loaded with features and looks great; none of those childish gun-shaped heatsinks on some other boards. Lots of SATA connectivity and 8 DIMM slots are awesome.

Cons: While I think the board looks fine as it is, I would have preferred to see a black/grey theme like on the X79-UP4. One of the reasons I didn't get the Rampage V Extreme was the color scheme didn't match at all. In high end builds people care a lot about the look of their rigs and it annoys me sometimes when an otherwise good board alienates some potential customers because of the color. Black and grey goes with pretty much anything. Wasn't a problem for me, but something to think about. One thing that bothers me though is the Red power button. Just looks completely out of place. Last is the PCI Express layout which could be better. It's not a direct issue (or I wouldn't have bought it lol) but it does limit my expansion options a little. I don't see the need for a legacy PCI Slot, surely anything using that interface likely won't have drivers for W8 anyway, and only some for W7. For an ATX Board, I think a much better layout is:
(Cont. in Other)

Other Thoughts: That PCI Express Layout gives you the most flexibility, as you can do 4-way dual slot graphics, or 3-way triple slot, or 3-way dual slot with a slot of space in between each for breathing room or for two single slot cards (x8 RAID card in slot 3, x1 audio card in slot 6? etc. lots of options). And I know there aren't enough lanes for five x16 slots, just run them in x8 mode when you have triple graphics, but they should at least all be wired for x16 so you have more flexibility in placing your cards. Also I know this board only has 6 slots to make more room for the DIMM slots and heatpipe. It'd be nice to see an XL-ATX version of this board with 7 slots in that layout (filling slots 2-8 on a case, so a 9-slot case can fit a GPU in the bottom slot) and also with a black/grey theme. Lastly it would have been nice to have a right-angle USB 3.0 header, and a SATA 6Gbps LSI controller. Anyway, no eggs off for any of this. Just offering my two cents for future improvement.

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  • Kevin K.
  • 12/28/2012 10:03:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: • Makes for a very stable and versatile single-socket Xeon workstation.
• Solid design and build quality.
• Plenty of SATA/SAS connectors.
• Provision for multiple PCIe 3.0 graphics cards.
• Everything onboard supported under FreeBSD. Note, however, I have not tested the included WiFi card.

Cons: • Takes a long time to POST, but not really that odd for a server/workstation board.

Other Thoughts: Examining this board, it looks like what can best be described as "over-engineered." Since I don't overclock, I have an extra measure of confidence that these circuits can more than handle all the current/heat I am throwing at them. I've been running with an Intel Xeon E5-1660 3.3GHz CPU, 4 x 8GB Kingston ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1600MHz RAM, and it performs exceptionally well, with perfect stability.

This is my first Gigabyte motherboard, and so far I'm impressed.

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