GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI: Magic numbers (Overview)

GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI: Magic numbers (Overview)


    As you know, modern processor series Haswell-E can provide end users with extreme flexibility when paired together with the X99 Express platform. Collected together they make a truly productive and expensive system, only on the basis of the “gear”. Such systems are well suited for the assembly of desktop solutions utilizing multiple graphics adapters. It’s also suitable for overclocking. But most importantly – it is a stable job and a seamless upgrade later. Introducing the GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI.

    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI – flagship is Ultra Durable. The decision is aimed at achieving the maximum level of performance, and only that. At the same time the board has an individual set of functions, and offers a “bouquet” of various technologies. We now turn to the study of new items.


    Specifications and design analysis

    To begin to study the technical specifications of the motherboard.

    Chip: X99 Expresssocket LGA2011 v3
    Memory: 8x DIMM, DDR4-2133-3000 up to 64 GB
    Expansion Slots: 4x PCI Express x16
    3x PCI Express x1
    2x M.2Disk controllers8x SATA 3.0
    1x SATA Express (or 2x SATA 3.0)Network2x Intel GBE, 10/100/1000 Mbit / s
    Wi-Fi 802.11ac
    Bluetooth 4.0Sound7.1 HDA-based Realtek ALC1150connectors on the rear panel1x PS / 2
    2x USB 2.0
    8x USB 3.0
    1x S / PDIF
    2x RJ-45
    5x 3,5-mm jackForm FactorE-ATX

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    As you can see, the native X99 Express capabilities allow you to build on this chipset is very functional board that is not surprising. However, the manufacturer went on. As a result, the board was overhauled improved.

    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI Block Diagram

    So, GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI equipped with a wireless module. Supports both Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac, and Bluetooth fourth revision. Second, the motherboard is equipped with ten ports immediately USB, eight of which – the third version. The board have both connector SATA Express, and M.2. Naturally, a large number of interfaces tied bus PCI Express, affects the compatibility of components of the system. However, I still talk about it in detail.

    The motherboard comes in the overall package. Nothing in this surprising, because the device is built based on the form factor E-ATX, also has a very solid equipment.

    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI Packaging

    In addition to the trivial set consisting of all kinds of waste paper, DVD with drivers and utilities and various SATA-cable, GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI boasts the following devices:

    external antenna wireless communication module;
    8-pin cable 3-in-1;
    two flexible bridge SLI and CrossFire;
    two bridges 3-Way SLI;
    one bridge 4-Way SLI.

    8-pin cable 3-in-1 to connect the ATX is an extension to the case, if the motherboard is installed in a very large building (cost E-ATX format in another case does not always deliver), and the length of the power supply cable not enough. SATA-cable protected braided rag.

    will describe the scope of delivery GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI in one word – rich!


    So, as I said, the motherboard is made based on the form factor E-ATX. In my opinion, this is the ideal solution for platforms X99 Express, since the processor socket, and with it the eight slots of RAM DDR4 DIMM occupy a decent area. In this case, the use of PCB larger breed will allow a lot more useful elements. So, GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI equipped immediately nine expansion slots, seven of which – a port PCI Express. Depending on whether the system is used in the central processor (Core i7-5820K has only 28 lines of PCI Express), PEG-interfaces can operate in various configurations. For greater clarity, give this information in a table.

    Scheme of PCI Express slots in GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFIWith the Intel Core i7-5820K (28 lines PCI Express)On a single card – x16;With two graphics cards – x16 + x8;With three graphics cards – x8 + x8 + x8;With four graphics cards – is not supported.With Intel Core i7-5960X / 5930K (40 lines PCI Express)On a single card – x16;With two graphics cards – x16 + x16;With three graphics cards – x16 + x16 + x8;With four graphics cards – x16 + x8 + x8 + x8.

    As you can see, PEG can use all 40 lines PCI Express embedded controller CPU. I note that in its specifications, the board is perfect to build a system consisting of multiple graphics cards.

    Connectors PCI Express x1 implemented on the basis of the second revision of the standard.


    Between the second and third PCI Express x16 manufacturer posted just two slots M.2. One of them is already busy. Vacant place belongs to the discrete wireless module. The second slot can set the SSD, which can provide bandwidth of 10 Gbit / s. However, when activated will be available two SATA-port markings 4/5.

    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI Network Card
    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI, network card

    The board is equipped with a large number of various controllers. List some of them:

    PWM IR3580 is responsible for the power system of the CPU.
    Two chip IR3570A responsible for working memory.
    Renesas uPD720210 controller provides support for all eight ports USB 3.0, soldered on the I / O-panel motherboard.
    ITE IT8620E monitors voltage, temperature and speed of the fan attached to the board.
    The board is equipped with two Gigabit LAN controllers: Intel I218-V and Intel I210-AT.

    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI unit has two massive cooling system. One is designed to cool the power supply circuit elements. The second is needed to cool the chipset. The photograph clearly shows that the planar radiator is small transactions. It is needed to power the backlight beautiful yellow color. Also, while the illuminated area of ​​the audio subsystem. All of these lights can be configured in the menu BIOS, and by means of special software.


    The reverse side of the board does not have the additional elements. But more power phases strengthened metal plate.

    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI Downside

    This is itself the power subsystem. It is made by 8-phase scheme. Used reliable server mosfety Cooper Bussmann. But for each block RAM is designed more for the two phases.


    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI Power Subsystem

    In addition to the ports, I / O-panel GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI has foreign keys with the speaker called CPU OC, Fast Boot and Clear CMOS. Most interesting is that in the plug housing is integrated with several blue LEDs that are lit during operation. Therefore, the assembly is necessary to connect a power cord to the motherboard. The function fun, though not at all.


    The basis of the audio subsystem – familiar codec Realtek ALC1150, and therefore expect from AMP-UP Audio something special is not necessary. The chip itself is closed EMI filter to heighten the sense of audiophile. That can really come in handy, as is the presence of a headphone amplifier NE5532 from Texas Instruments, allows you to connect equipment with high impedance to 600 ohms. Of note the presence of additional elements immediately eleven “acoustically correct” capacitors. Of the design features – breeding left and right channels on different layers of the PCB, which in theory should reduce interference.

    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI sound system

    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI has in its arsenal eight standard connectors SATA 3.0. And one SATA Express, which (if it is unnecessary) without any problems using the two conventional SATA 3.0.

    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI SATA Connectors

    What kind of top-end motherboard do without external controls? So GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI can boast the presence of a large number of keys and toggle switches. The biggest “loaf” – is the power button. Smaller keys are responsible for restarting the system BIOS and reset the activation function DTB (Direct to BIOS), which allows you to quickly enter the BIOS. One of the toggle lets you choose between the primary and backup version of BIOS. And the second is responsible for enabling / disabling the Dual BIOS.

    There are also LED signals POST. The following keys are located pads to measure the following voltages: PCHV, VPP25_B, VPP25_A, DDRVTT_B, DDRVTT_A, DIMM_B, DIMM_A and VRIN.


    The board is made qualitatively. It has a large number of very useful items. I have nothing to complain about and wiring components of the device.


    In order to control the main parameters of the motherboard GIGABYTE has developed a comprehensive program for App Center. It consists of several tools. Their reason, it is necessary to download and install it separately, it introduces a small stupor. Why can not I make a general zagruzochnik? Oh well.

    GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD7 WIFI App Center

    So when loading icon App Center appears in the system tray. With it, you can run the following applications:BIOS, Ambient LED, EZ Setup, EasyTune, ON / OFF Charge, USB Blocker, Smart Recovery and Live Update. The first program allows you to update the firmware of the motherboard directly from under Windows. It is possible to “feed” advance the downloaded file, and upload it to the server. Ambient LED backlit controls the board. There are four preset. EasyTune application allows you to overclock the main components of the system. Most of the functions are copied from the BIOS. Live Update searches the network for new drivers and updates them. EZ Setup determines modes drives and work with mobile technology Intel: Smart Response and Rapid Start. Smart Recovery 2 can help you achieve a backup, disk image creation and automatic recovery system. ON / OFF Charge provides control charging of mobile devices connected to a dedicated USB-connectors on the motherboard. Finally, USB Blocker provides ban connection to USB-devices of the selected category: printers, storage devices, certain brands of gadgets.

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