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

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  • 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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1/ 5

Pros: - The parts that still work are still working acceptably.

Cons: - 2 RAM slots were DOA
- 2 other slots seem to be going out on me now

Overall Review: Purchased Early 2013.
RAM slots seem to be dying out. Tried different RAM sticks same issue will not recognize RAM. Move it to other slots and it works. However now those slots seem to be having issues. Running out of slots that work.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Gigabyte Rules

Pros: Purchased this to replace an Asus board that had to be sent back to manufacturer due to memory slots not working. Everything works great on this board. Love the bios update. Works with Win 10.

Cons: Should have gotten this board first.

Overall Review: All the Gigabyte boards I have purchased have been flawless. No more Asus for me.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
had this board for over 2 years now

Pros: Solid board. I have an i7-4930K, 16GB of ram (4x4GB 2 slots on each side) and a GeFore 960w/4GB and 500GB Samsung EVO SSD.

Cons: No longer stocked, or I would get more of these to build gaming rigs for friends. :)

Overall Review: Gigabyte has never done me wrong, and my next mobo will be a Gigabyte, but hardware is hardware. Sometimes you get a lemon, sometimes you get a peach (I've gotten some of both). Research and reviews can help with an educated decision before you throw down a lot of money on some gear.

Oh and Newegg is awesome. ;)

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4/ 5
Good value for the money

Pros: Bought this for the features and as a replacement for an AMD board that fried way back in 2013. Been running well since. Features are good, performance is good, and reliability is mostly good. Also chose this board for the number of memory slots

Cons: Never worked getting Windows out of Sleep mode-a common issue for this board. Boot up was fine for the longest time and then suddenly started having issues with USB and network connectivity, requiring one or two reboots. After flashing the ROM to the newest version, no such problems. Still doesn't come out of sleep.

Overall Review: Overall reliable, and at the time, good value for the money for my i7 chip.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
2 years so far so good

Pros: Boots quickly, runs well, didn't have trouble setting it up.

Cons: None

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5

Pros: Lots of slots and SATA connections ... integrated RAID.

Cons: Random crash/reboots consistently over a period of almost 2 years. However, the purpose of the computer could tolerate it so I just kept it instead of bothering with a replace.

Overall Review: Am writing this review because I have to replace it due to a lightening strike. I was looking at my purchase history to see if this motherboard is still available. Of course, I thought it prudent to check the reviews. Given the other reviews indicating "familiar sounding" issues, I'm going to pass and go for something else despite satisfaction with other computers with GIGABYTE motherboards.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
1/ 5
Failed in under a year

Pros: nice box, looks good

Cons: Not reliable

Overall Review: 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.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
5/ 5
Great 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.

Overall Review: 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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