The process of PC layout is quite delicate for the majority of people, since it depends on many factors, including requirements to the PC’s performance and customers’ financial possibilities. Motherboard selection is considered to be the most difficult stage in the process because it defines the basic functional characteristics of the computer. It should be stated that motherboards, which are attributed to the top line, show rather good functional but are frequently unaffordable. Quite the contrary, motherboards of the medium line are more preferable for people with average requirements and possibilities. Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 falls under this category of motherboards and is a perfect alternative for customers with specific requirements and average wages.
Design and Deployment
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is based on Intel X79 chip set for the platform LGA2011. Circuit board is produced in black color and perfectly harmonizes with other elements: red startup button and blue components of cooling system. All the elements on circuit board have rather bantam localization and do not prevent the installation of other solid elements.
Power subsystem elements work under twelve-phase scheme with digital PWM. The connection of the additional power block is accomplished due to the eight-contact socket ATX12V. MOSFET chips are cooled down by means on the desk-size radiator; the integration of such radiator allowed the developers to enlarge the space round the processor socket for the installation of large-scale coolers.
The availability of two micro schemes BIOS on the motherboard enables the employment of a reserve firmware.
Separate elements in the power subsystem are localized at the back of the circuit board and do not have supplementary cooling sources. This signifies that on condition of intensive work of the system, those elements will require the involvement of additional cooling. Such specification is supposed to be the major peculiarity of the motherboard deployment.
The back panel of the motherboard is designated for the subsidiary buttons and slots: FireWire socket, USB ports of 3.0 and 2.0 standards, connectors for the linkage with audio systems, eSATA connectors, buttons for switching of BIOS micro schemes, CMOS memory cleaning button, and button for basic over-clocking of the system.
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 Integration
The integration of the motherboard Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 counts standard and specific components. Standard components include user manual with the detailed instructions and motherboard specifications, and also faceplate module for the back panel. Moreover, the package is equipped with 4 SATA cables, bridge for the simultaneous connection with NVIDIA chips, expansion cards PCI-Express x1 which are the nest for Wi-Fi controller of 802 standard and for Bluetooth of 4.0 standard. The package is also equipped with the external antennas, serving the amplifying power for the signal receipt and transfer on condition of wireless connection.
When in Use
Automatic system over-clocking option is considered to be the major privilege of Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5. This option is enabled manually on pressing the button ‘O.S.’ at the back panel. Once the option is enabled, the motherboard changes the operational mode of Turbo Boost. In its turn, it facilitates the acceleration of processor up to 4.2 GHz even when all six core sets are loaded simultaneously. Undoubtedly, such loading can’t but affect the general supply voltage; when in use in the following mode, the supply voltage of processor increases.
One more peculiar feature of motherboard Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is that it uses graphic framework UEFI and 3D BIOS system. This empowers the PC tuning in manual mode by means of a mouse. This feature works the following way: when the user puts the pointer on a specified component of the motherboard, the system highlights the very component and shows the contextual menu with the indication of all preferable parameters on particular conditions. If the component is displayed not distinctly or is difficult to recognize, the user can easily change the position of the component by just one mouse click. Besides, all the displayed components comply with the real motherboard model which facilitates the system tuning.
3D BIOS system has two settings standards. Basic settings are accountable for the setup of chief options while advanced settings are responsible for the tuning details. Users will have the opportunity to choose among dozens of settings and sub-settings to tune their PCs. In addition, there is a special 3D Power Control inset which is targeted at the power subsystem tuning in the process of enforcement.