Building an X99-based machine and want a great “sweet-spot” motherboard? GIGABYTE’s X99-UD4 is well worth the consideration, as it delivers a lot of functionality for its <$250 price-tag, tosses in a couple of extras we might not “need” but do appreciate, and sports a solid design. Let’s check it out.
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Since posting a look at ASUS’ X99-DELUXE in February, I’ve been anxious to talk about another X99 motherboard I’ve spent quite a bit of time with: GIGABYTE’s X99-UD4. Based on the fact that you’re here reading this, you’ve probably surmised that I’m going to take care of that now.
Similar to the goals of ASUS’ DELUXE series, GIGABYTE’s UD, or “Ultra Durable” series aims to offer well-rounded solutions that don’t cut corners. Being that the UD4 I’m looking at here is an X99 one, it goes without saying that it’s going to be beefier than most mainstream boards, and that’s something its ~$250 price tag could also allude to.
The UD4 is designed for those who want to go the route of a high-end platform but don’t need to go over-the-top. Part of that means it has no wireless, but it still does have an M.2 slot, as well as support for SATA Express. Oh – and 64GB of fast DDR4-2800 memory.
Like the rest of GIGABYTE’s X99 UD boards, the UD4 sports a black base color with gray and gold accents.
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