GIGABYTE X99-UD4P LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard Review

The GIGABYTE X99-UD4P is a full featured yet affordable X99 chipset based motherboard which promises to bring solid overclocking, 3 and 4 way GPU support, premium audio, dual BIOS, "Safer design around screw mounting holes," and GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable component selection. But, does it blend?

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Overclocking

Overclocking the X99-UD4P was an amazing experience while tuning manually. The Easy Tune software has a preset for 4.1GHz which it will do very easily but that’s anemic compared to what it can do manually.

The CPU input voltage had to be increased to 1.85v and that was the extent of the adjustments needed to achieve virtually any speed this particular test CPU is capable of reaching. While overclocking the MOSFET heat sink would reach temperatures of 94-114F. The chipset itself rarely broke 92-94F. I was able to get the RAM to clock to 2800MHz although the CPU wouldn’t run at the full 4.5GHz while doing so. I am not certain why this was the case but the combination never proved to be stable. I was able to do 4.5GHz @ 1.35v, 1.85v CPU input voltage and DDR4 2666MHz. This CPU will also do 4.4GHz at 1.32v with a CPU input voltage of 1.85v and the RAM can be clocked to 2800MHz stable.

4.50GHz (100x45) DDR3 2666MHz

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There isn’t all that much to talk about given how good the GIGABYTE "Auto" rules are. You simply don’t have to do a whole lot of tuning to get good results. In contrast the MSI XPower and MPower motherboards need 5 or 6 settings to stabilize ASUS and GIGABYTE need 3 settings at in most cases. The GIGABYTE X99-UD4P followed this trend perfectly.

Conclusions

Dan's Thoughts:

The X99-UD4P is roughly as good as any motherboard I’ve ever used. I’m disappointed in the M.2 implementation but everything worked really well. My out-of-box experience was flawless. I was able to setup the system with no hassles. The drivers on the disc installed perfectly as did the utilities. My only complaint on that front has to do with the Flash installation not happening automatically despite being a preset for Easy Tune. GIGABYTE simply needs to get this fixed. This doesn’t pose a huge problem but it is rather annoying and the fix for this is too easy to ignore. Granted most people will just download everything they need on the Internet so I don’t know how much of an issue this really is. At this point I’m just being a little nitpicky about it. The motherboard ran at moderate temperatures overclocked and at stock clocks so I have no complaints there. The layout is excellent with no major areas of concern..

So is the GIGABYTE X99-UD4P a good motherboard? You bet it is. The X99-UD4P offers excellent overclocking capabilities, a solid layout and it provides a great overall experience. The X99-UD4P is a good buy if you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive X99 motherboard. This is especially true if you want something that supports 3 and 4-Way SLI. If you are looking for an X99 based motherboard the GIGABYTE X99-UD4P is an excellent choice.

Kyle's Thoughts:

LIke Dan’s, my experience with the GIGABYTE X99-UD4P was excellent. I flashed the motherboard with the latest BETA BIOS off of the GIGABYTE website without any issues. I set my stock overclock speeds for stability testing at 4.5GHz / 2666MHz at 1.32v vCore. As is usual, I left the CPU input voltage at its stock value of 1.80v. We are seeing some of these preset input voltages change on other motherboards. And overall, our experience with X99 motherboards have been that we need to push these a bit higher.

With the X99-UD4P overclocked, the OS and driver install went perfect.

I moved onto stress testing. With the settings mentioned above, I could get a full Prime95 load to run stable for 3 hours. I scaled up the input voltage several times before I got over 8 hours of Prime95 stability. The input voltage needed to be set manually at 1.94v. This is not unusual for X99 motherboards. After 8 hours of running Prime95, with airflow across the motherboard, the surface of the main heatsink showed 96F with the hottest power components down on the PCB showing 126F. Pulling all airflow from the system (on an open bench) resulted in surface temperatures of 147F/192F respectively. The system made it 3 hours at these temperatures before BSODing under a full Prime95 load.

I could wax on with more insight, but honestly mine and Dan’s thoughts on this motherboard sync up about perfectly.

The Bottom Line

The GIGABYTE X99-UD4P is an extremely good motherboard. For an X99 chipset motherboard it weighs in at $249.99 at Newegg. The X99-UD4P is fairly feature rich, many small features that are appealing without a ton of stuff you don’t want or need in the first place. Lately we have been seeing better products from GIGABYTE and the X99-UD4P is no exception. There is simply not a lot to complain about as long as you bypass the UEFI BIOS; classic BIOS mode works so much easier. It is a solid overclocker, offers up 4-Way GPU support, has a very good audio system, and it has a rear panel LED system that will prove its value the first time you use it.

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GIGABYTE X99-UD4P LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard

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