Gigabyte X79S-UP5 Review

Up Close - Features

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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Most Recent Comments

21-09-2012, 10:55:17

dugdiamond
very VERY nice mobo

at last: they fixed the niggles from its predecessor

if only i could get my hands on one of these, for next to nothing, i would be very happy NOT!Quote

21-09-2012, 10:56:14

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by dugdiamond View Post
very VERY nice mobo

at last: they fixed the niggles from its predecessor

if only i could get my hands on one of these, for next to nothing, i would be very happy

I think you must be reading the wrong thing mate. Its GASH.Quote

21-09-2012, 12:03:32

dugdiamond
it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek - lolQuote

21-09-2012, 12:06:05

seumasbeathan
It does look lovely though Quote

21-09-2012, 15:09:01

Greenback
when I saw the video for the first look I thought I want 1, I'm glad i'm not the impulsive buying type
I'm surprised gigabyte sent you 1 considering you already mentioned the bad v droop, they must of known you'd check that outQuote
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