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Pros: Easy to overclock in bios or with software
Lights on the Motherboard really accent it!
One of the easier installations I have done in a while
Screw spacers larger, for easier installation.
Very solid performer with i7 5820K (will mention more in thoughts).
Wifi is Dual Band AC (which is M2 connected for better throughput)
TWO Intel Gigabit LAN Modules
Potentially 4 Way SLI
Bios updates with EZ Flash are easy and safe, since the board has a double bios
Cons: A few minor complaints
Bios fan speed controller is very plain. You get normal, manual (with some very complicated settings) and Full speed. On other motherboards, I have been able to set an actual graph that would increase fans as CPU temps rise. Here, you have to hope Gigabyte was pretty aggressive about this.
The UEFI boot menu gets funky when things are plugged into the USB at bootup. You get a boot failure, and a prompt to enter the bios and fix. Basically, just enter the bios, leave settings alone and save and exit. This will cause issues for people who permanently have external USB drives connected to the motherboard 24/7. Best solution right now Is turn external drives off until in OS.
Other Thoughts: I am not a bit water cooling person. Basically, I installed a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO on the CPU and while clocked at 3.9 GHZ (I disabled turbo and speedstep) the processor with temps in TX around 94, are 35C at idle and the hottest core on the CPU (#2) was at 66C. I guess for those who want to clock the CPU to the max, find more sufficient cooling.
All in all, this is a well built, solid motherboard...worth consideration. I have no reservations recommending this board.
CPU: i7 5820K
Memory: GSkill Ripjaws DDR4-2400 15-15-15
The board is a solid performer. Just a few comparative benchmarks to shed some light, using 3DMark 11.
Old system was an i7 3770K clocked at 4.0 GHZ
Asus Sabertooth z77 Motherboard
16 GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1866
Gigabyte X99 UD5 Wifi
i7 5820K clocked at 3.9 GHZ
16 GB of GSkill DDR4-2400
3D Mark 11 score using GTX 780 Superclocked at stock speed: 13,400
3D Mark 11 score using same GTX 780 Superclocked at stock speed: 14,200
Numerous sources say that a six core processor won't show up a four core. I think the overall x99 platform, pound for pound, will outperform a z77/z87/z97. With the combination of i7 5820K, good solid motherboard and memory...you do get bang for the buck.
Start with the Gigabyte X99 UD5. Make sure to install the most up to date bios and you will be soaring!
Pros: Very Fast memory
Looks good in the system...
Other Thoughts: Installed on my new Gigabyte X99 UD5 Wifi Board. Booted up and all the memory worked well. Using XMP profile...memory runs at 2400MHZ as spec'd. Memory is cheaper than competition...but works just as well!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Tek Republic TUH-300 USB 3.0 4-Port Hub
Pros: Works well with Intel, Asmedia and Reneses chipsets. Maintains speed of the bus of the machine connected to. Both Asmedia and Renesas are slower than Intel UDB 3.0 bus, so just be aware. It is NOT the hub that slows it down.
Other Thoughts: I was mainly purchasing this to work on my Dell Venue Pro 11 Tablet. I can have up to four things attached to this hub and the tablet still detects and works with all of them. Very impressed!! A worthwhile investmentREAD FULL REVIEW