Gigabyte X79S-UP5 Review
Up Close - Features
The heatpipe beside the CPU socket is likely to cause problems for those of you with big heatsinks. This is a board designed for either a water block, or a single tower type heatsink. Speaking of heatsinks, those on the X79S-UP5 seem designed to gouge lumps out of your knuckles at every opportunity. You could probably grate cheese with them.
The PCI Express slots hint at the true expectations Gigabyte have about who will use this. Although the first slot has enough room to enable a dual slot cooler, the rest of them are tightly packed.
We can't recall seeing another motherboard with so many storage connection options. It's a bit of a false dawn though as eight of them can't be used by 99% of people reading this, so in reality it's only six SATA ports, which is less than most current motherboards.
The power heatsinks are strange. Besides their anti-knuckle design, only the top heatsink is actually touching and there for really cooling anything. The heatsink by the I/O is mainly for decoration.
Although the many SAS ports are a curiosity, the back part of the UP5 is much more standard, with all the connection options you'd expect to see from a modern motherboard.