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Gigabyte X99-UD3P Motherboard Review, Your Budget Intel X99 Build Starts Here

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Gigabyte X99-UD3P Test Setup

I tested the Gigabyte X99-UD3P motherboard with an Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E processor. The full specifications of the system I used are listed below.

Gigabyte X99-UD3P Motherboard Review-15

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte X99-UD3P
Processor: Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB DDR4-2400
Graphics card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition
Storage Drive: Crucial MX200 500GB
Power Supply: Seasonic X750 Gold Series v3
Chassis: DimasTech Easy v3.0 Test Bench

Gigabyte X99-UD3P CPUZ 3.5GHz Crucial 2400MHz

Please note that the motherboard’s performance is as good as the other components you install on it. Don’t expect that the GA-X99-UD3P will make your system perform way faster compared to other X99 motherboards with the same components installed. Don’t expect also that the components you installed, like CPU, memory and graphics card, will perform faster than expected just because you installed them on a high-end motherboard like this one.

Further, the Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E processor that was loaned to us was (very) unfortunately a bad overclocker. We can’t overclock it even above 4GHz, anything above 4GHz will result in a system crash. We were able to overclock it to 4.2GHz, but as soon as we run some benchmarks, the system just crashes. It’s not the motherboard’s fault, since we also used the same CPU in our Asus Rampage V Extreme review, unfortunately even using a top-notch overclocking motherboard didn’t help a bit. In the end, the CPU clock speed was set to its default configuration.

Next page are the benchmark results.

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