Gigabyte X99-UD4P Haswell-E Motherboard

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Gigabyte X99-UD4P Haswell-E Motherboard

June 19, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Gigabyte X99-UD4P
LGA2011-v3 E-ATX Motherboard
Street Price

Given the scope of our site, we pay little attention to Intel's LGA2011 platform. It's a socket with high performance, high power, and prohibitively expensive chips that are only worthwhile for the most wealthy, professional, or enthusiastic of PC users. That being said, motherboards are very much within our purview, and high-end models are usually where we first see any innovations from manufacturers. The US$260 Gigabyte X99-UD4P is the first such LGA2011-v3 motherboard to grace us with its presence. It's an overly large E-ATX model which is geared toward gamers, offering 4-way SLI/Crossfire as its main selling point, something that's lacking in the smaller ATX variants.

The Gigabyte X99-UD4P box.

The board.

For those out of the know, v3 is an updated version of LGA2011 that supports the latest generation of Haswell-E/EP processors which can use quad-channel DDR4 memory. Thus, the X99-UD4P's large dual lever socket is sandwiched between four DDR4 slots on each side, leaving little room for cooling the board's 8-phase all-digital power regulation system. The modest VRM heatsink has some help though, being connected with a heatpipe to a chipset heatsink which covers a substantial portion of the bottom half of the board, an area where there's more space available. Aside from all the PCI-E x16 slots, the X99-UD4P has all the usual features of a high-end model including plenty of SATA ports, SATA Express, M.2 storage, loads of USB 3.0 ports, not to mention a high quality audio solution, five independently controllable fan headers, and lighting effects at three separate locations.

Package contents.


The box has a flap at the top hiding a plastic window that can be used to gaze lovingly at the board inside wrapped in its antistatic veil. The accessories are neatly arrayed in compartments underneath and include a driver disc, user's manual, quick install guide, four sleeved SATA cables, I/O shield, 3-way 8-pin power splitter (to help power video cards if you lack enough 6/8-pin connectors), one flexible bridge each for CrossFire and SLI, a 4-way SLI bridge, and two 3-way SLI bridges.

Relevant Specifications: Gigabyte X99-UD4P
(from the product web page)
CPU * Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors in the LGA2011-v3 package
* L3 cache varies with CPU
Chipset * Intel® X99 Express Chipset
Memory * 8 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB of system memory
* 4 channel memory architecture
* Support for DDR4 3333(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2133 MHz memory modules
* Support for non-ECC memory modules
* Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
*Support for RDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx4/2Rx4 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
Audio * Realtek® ALC1150 codec
* High Definition Audio
* 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
* Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN * Intel® GbE LAN chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots * 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIE_1, PCIE_2)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIE_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIE_1 and PCIE_2 slots.

* 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIE_3, PCIE_4)
* The PCIE_4 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIE_1 slot. When the PCIE_4 slot is populated, the PCIE_1 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
* When an i7-5820K CPU is installed, the PCIE_2 slot operates at up to x8 mode and the PCIE_3 operates at up to x4 mode.
(All PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

* 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
(The PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

* 1 x M.2 Socket 1 connector for the wireless communication module (M2_WIFI)

Multi-Graphics Technology * Support for 4-Way/3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™/NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
* The 4-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ configuration is not supported when an i7-5820K CPU is installed. To set up a 3-Way SLI configuration, refer to "1-6 Setting up AMD CrossFire™/NVIDIA® SLI™ Configuration."
Storage Interface Chipset:
* 1 x M.2 PCIe connector
(Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA & PCIe x2/x1 SSD support)
* 1 x SATA Express connector
* 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5)
* Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
* Only AHCI mode is supported when an M.2 PCIe SSD or a SATA Express device is installed.
(M2_10G, SATA Express, and SATA3 4/5 connectors can only be used one at a time. The SATA3 4/5 connectors will become unavailable when an M.2 SSD is installed in the M2_10G connector.)

* 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (sSATA3 0~3), supporting IDE and AHCI modes only
(An operating system installed on the SATA3 0~5 connectors cannot be used on the sSATA3 0~3 connectors.)
USB Chipset:
* 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
* 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset + Renesas® uPD720210 USB 3.0 Hub:
* 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel
Internal I/O Connectors * 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
* 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
* 1 x PCIe power connector
* 1 x I/O shield audio LED power connector
* 1 x heatsink LED power connector
* 1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector
* 1 x SATA Express connector
* 10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
* 1 x CPU fan header
* 1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
* 3 x system fan headers
* 1 x front panel header
* 1 x front panel audio header
* 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
* 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
* 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
* 1 x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connector
* 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
* 1 x CPU mode switch
I/O Controller * iTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring * System voltage detection
* CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection
* CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection
* CPU/System/Chipset overheating warning
* CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning
* CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control
* Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.
BIOS * 2 x 128 Mbit flash
* Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
* Support for DualBIOS™
* Support for Q-Flash Plus
* PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Unique Features * Support for APP Center
* Available applications in APP Center may differ by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also differ depending on motherboard specifications.
Ambient LED
EZ Setup
Fast Boot
Cloud Station
ON/OFF Charge
Smart TimeLock
Smart Recovery 2
System Information Viewer
USB Blocker
* Support for Q-Flash
* Support for Smart Switch
* Support for Xpress Install
Bundle Software * Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
* Intel® Smart Response Technology
* cFosSpeed
Operating System * Support for Windows 8.1/8/7
Form Factor * E-ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 26.4cm
Remark * Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.
* Most hardware/software vendors may no longer offer drivers to support Win9X/ME/2000/XP. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.

The X99 chipset supplies 10 SATA 6 Gbps ports, which are present here, but they're augmented with SATA Express and M.2 options as well as an M.2 WiFi slot. It should be noted that SATA Express and M.2 storage share bandwidth with each other and two SATA ports, so only one of these features can be used at any given time. Another thing to note is one of the PCI-E x16 slots turns into a 4x slot if a i7-5820K processor is used as it has fewer PCI-E lanes built-in than other i7s. They've also added a Renasas chip to supplement the Intel USB 3.0 controller so six ports are available on the back panel.

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