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Pros: Price and speed
Cons: Ya gotta diddle the BIOS
Other Thoughts: The performance of two brand new Gigabyte X79-UP4 MOBOs was really impressive -- until a week later when one rebooted Windows 8.1 and hung peeping out a bad memory code.
Docked Crucial an egg for not making this BIOS requirement but gave it back for the excellent technical support.
3/2015 Aza D. Oberman
Swapped the Ballistix memory between the boards and both ran fine -- for about a week, Then both hung whining their memory beep codes.
Replaced the memory. A week or two later the same thing.
Recounted this tale of woe to a Crucial engineer. He asked if I'd set "X.M.P." in the BIOS. Cluelessly I dialed in the BIOS to discover that indeed there was a "Extreme Memory Profile" memory setting. Dialed it in and have been smiling ever since.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: nice box, looks good
Cons: Not reliable
Other Thoughts: Ran nicely for about two months and then starter restarting. The BIOS reloaded itself and then the thing worked for a day or so, Now it just beeps repeatedly on booting.
It's probably out of warranty but we'll see.
Pros: Solid feeling, heavy unit.
It's nice to have a steel case for a change. The corners are squared so it is easy to EIA rack mount or stack on a shelf.
It's convection cooled. That's sort of a double edged sword -- on one hand it's quiet on the other hand the power supply is a built in heat source and one probably should be careful to not obstruct any air flow.
Cons: This is a never ending burr in my personal saddle. I don't like having the connections (in this case the RJ-45 sockets) on the same side as the activity indicators. Granted it's nice in a patch closet but it really looks messy in a less dedicated setting.
Other Thoughts: I like the separate 10/100 and 1,000 communications bandwidth lights. It's a quick way to spot the slow devices.READ FULL REVIEW
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