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Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 Motherboard Preview

So, as we approached the long weekend we decided that we were going to give you guys something to take a gander at over the weekend. This is the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 OC, Gigabyte’s premier X79 chipset motherboard which is heavily geared towards overclocking LGA 2011 processors. There are also four PCI-E slots which enable 4-Way SLI on 4 graphics cards which are also supposed to be more overclockable due to the extra power connectors on the motherboard for PCI-E. Because this board is so heavily focused on overclocking, Gigabyte has decided to only go with a single quad-channel of memory as it allows them to have greater control over the modules and get them to higher clock speeds. Furthermore, most people will survive just fine on 4x4GB modules or 16GB of RAM if it runs at extremely high clock speeds.

As you’ll notice on some of the product packaging, there are a lot of very interesting features on this board including "3D" power for the RAM and CPU as well as a "3D" UEFI BIOS, which is a huge departure from a standard BIOS. This board also comes with a WiFi/Bluetooth 4.0 module which enables the latest and greatest wireless connectivity between your computer, network and devices.

Without further a do, we present you our Gigabyte X79 UD7 Preview gallery.

As you can see on the box art, there are A LOT of features on this board and Gigabyte pretty much explains them all on the back of the box.

Upon opening the box, we get a nice little speak peek of the motherboard itself through a little window.

The Bluetooth and Wifi card with USB cable and dual antennas.

Here we have the 4-Way, 3-way and regular SLI bridges as well as a single CrossFire bridge.

Here we’ve got the manual, installation guidebook and driver CDs…

On the next page, we’ve got all the board pictures! And here are the board pictures you’ve all been waiting for!

24-Phase Power VRM with poscap capacitors and a single quad-channel DIMM setup.

Dual 8-pin 12V CPU power connectors for more stable CPU power and overclocking

Another picture of the VRM. As you can see, there are poscaps on both sides of the chokes enabling the 24 power phases.

Here’s an overall shot of the board, as you can see… its quite a long board as most motherboards would end before the last PCI-E slot.

Here are some of the many I/O ports and BIOS buttons. The red ones are USB 2.0 and the blue ones are USB 3.0. The blue/green button is for switching BIOS and the OC button is to do a quick overclock. On the far right (cut off) you can see the audio connectors as well.

Here’s a shot of all the PCI-E slots and the PCI-E x1 slots between them.

THis is our final picture to give you an idea of the overall heft of the LGA 2011 socket, it
makes a penny look small. So much for having smaller processors?

We hope you enjoyed these board pictures as much as we did and we look forward to publishing a full review in the coming days, our busy schedule willing.