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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD3P (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good board with some bios problems 08/17/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD3P (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The board its self looks pretty good clad in black with gold accents, gigabyte had a tendency to use blue/light green for most of their boards over the years. Some notable features are four PCI-e slots, support for the latest 2011-3 intel CPU's, four DDR4 slots, two m.2 slots, two sata express slots along with six regular sata slots, and dual bios. On the rear on the board we have plenty of USB connectors, six USB 3.0 and four legacy USB 2.0 slots. We also have legacy PS/2 keyboard and mouse connections. Gigabit lan connector, and a plethora of audio connections for both analog and digital.

Booting it up the first time with an i7-5820k and 16GB (4x4GB) Crucial 2133 ram seems to have no problems. I entered the bios and was pleasantly surprised at how full featured it was from the old award bios. You can control almost every aspect from it.

I installed the newly released Windows 10 and found no problems using the board as far as hardware drivers go. I will say to go to gigabyte website and get the drivers from there and do not bother with the included driver CD as they are way out of data now. I ran some basic benchmarks and was impressed with the numbers. This board should easily last five or more years of use before an upgraded is needed.

The board also has lights on the heatsinks, they respond to audio, they were a bit hard to see though but nice extra none the less.

Cons: Bios is still a little finicky here and there especially with m.2 cards, I ran into a few crashes while in the bios, I really hope gigabyte fixes these problems soon.

Maybe its just me but I prefer all the ram slots next to each other on the right side of the cpu. For people with large heatsinks it might get in the way of cables .

The molex connector for quad sli setups is in a really bad place, if you have a smaller case or an older one you will not be able to fit a connector in, it should have been upright or moved some place else where it wont get in the way. This will not be a problem for most people and those that do have four graphics card most likely have a full atx case.

Could have come with more extra's besides just a couple of sata cables and sli/crossfire cables. An m.2 wifi card would have been nice as the board already has the cutouts and is heavily advertised on the product.

Other Thoughts: As with most new technology it does not come cheap, the lowest end compatible cpu alone cost four hundread, DDR4 also being new is very expensive compared to DDR3, so those parts alone you could have to spend over five to six hundred not including this motherboard.
This board and cpu will last a very long time though compared to lower end builds which will become quickly outdated.

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD3P (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The board its self looks pretty good clad in black with gold accents, gigabyte had a tendency to use blue/light green for most of their boards over the years. Some notable features are four PCI-e slots, support for the latest 2011-3 intel CPU's, four DDR4 slots, two m.2 slots, two sata express slots along with six regular sata slots, and dual bios. On the rear on the board we have plenty of USB connectors, six USB 3.0 and four legacy USB 2.0 slots. We also have legacy PS/2 keyboard and mouse connections. Gigabit lan connector, and a plethora of audio connections for both analog and digital.

Booting it up the first time with an i7-5820k and 16GB (4x4GB) Crucial 2133 ram seems to have no problems. I entered the bios and was pleasantly surprised at how full featured it was from the old award bios. You can control almost every aspect from it.

I installed the newly released Windows 10 and found no problems using the board as far as hardware drivers go. I will say to go to gigabyte website and get the drivers from there and do not bother with the included driver CD as they are way out of data now. I ran some basic benchmarks and was impressed with the numbers. This board should easily last five or more years of use before an upgraded is needed.

The board also had lights moving across it when powered on and respond to audio, they were a bit hard to see though but nice extra none the less.

Cons: Bios is still a little finicky here and there especially with m.2 cards, I ran into a few crashes while in the bios, I really hope gigabyte fixes these problems soon.

Maybe its just me but I prefer all the ram slots next to each other on the right side of the cpu. For people with large heatsinks it might get in the way of cables .

The molex connector for quad sli setups is in a really bad place, if you have a smaller case or an older one you will not be able to fit a connector in, it should have been upright or moved some place else where it wont get in the way. This will not be a problem for most people and those that do have four graphics card most likely have a full atx case.

Could have come with more extra's besides just a couple of sata cables and sli/crossfire cables like other competing boards on the market. An m.2 wifi card would have been nice as the board already has the cutouts and is heavily advertised on the product.

Other Thoughts: As with most new technology it does not come cheap, the lowest end compatible cpu alone cost $400, DDR4 also being new is very expensive compared to DDR3, so those parts alone you could have to spend over $550 not including this motherboard. It might be better to wait for the price to fall unless you need powerful hardware right now. But overall this board is a good entry to mid level X99 board.

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CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB Slider X2 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-16GB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Pretty good drive 06/15/2015

This review is from: CORSAIR Flash Voyager 16GB Slider X2 USB Flash Drive Model CMFSL3X2-16GB

Pros: The X2 version is bit shorter than the X1 version about 25% and just a bit thinner.
Sliding cap so you can't lose it.
Half the drive is coated in rubber which offers mild protection from drops and gives you a better grip on the drive.
The drive its self feels very solid, doesn't feel not loose and no wobble where the device slides together.
Has a place to attach a lanyard or keychain.

Moving onto speeds, I was very impressed with it.
The speeds were about 2.5x faster than the X1 version and came very close to the advertised speeds.

Synthetic benchmark speeds-
Read: 194 MB/s
Write: 46 MB/s

Real world benchmark speeds-
Read: 191 MB/s
Write: 44 MB/s

Overall very good speed from the benchmarks.

Cons: No activity light, not sure why they got rid of this since the X1 model had it.
Slightly bulky compared to other drives, it fits fine on my laptop next to other usb devices but some laptops have the ports close together.

Other Thoughts: The drive is very good as far as build quality and speeds are concerned, I knocked and egg for the missing activity light though. All drives should come with.
You may want to pick up a larger drive also, 16GB these days is not that large, 32GB or above would be much better.

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