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The X79 Chipset has launched, and now comes the feverish pace of getting a look at each model out there and what makes them special. Today we have the X79-UD7 from Gigabyte. This board seems to be a mix of the previous enthusiast-grade X58A-UD7 and the X58A-OC board, as seen by the layout, naming, and feature set. The X58A-OC, while great for overclocking, did not offer as much connectivity as most other offerings, and we think that Gigabyte noticed this and decided it was time to make the ultimate all in one board that would fit for gamers, overclockers, and enthusiasts. Taking just a first look at the board shows us that the enthusiasts layout is present along with spacing for 4 way dual slot cards similar to the X58A-OC board, but since the X79 platform now supports native 4-way SLI, these 4 slots can be fully populated and linked. Since we already tested and reported our findings on the massively popular Asus Rampage IV Extreme, we'll be comparing it to the X79-UD7 to see how the Gigabyte board performs. Presently priced at $369.99, the X79-UD7 is quite a bit below the $450-ish price of the Rampage IV Extreme and therefore could be a great performance value.
Starting with its last generation of motherboards it looked as if Gigabyte might be poised to give up loud flair in favor of the quieter kind. Its all-black P67A-UD4-B3 looked like no other, and certainly heralded a new era of design for the company. But now that Intel has released its X79 Express chipset and the Sandy Bridge–E processors (like the Core i7-3960X) it uses, Gigabyte is screaming again. And with its X79-UD7 motherboard, it's got good reason to. Though at $389.99 (list) it's among the most expensive X79 motherboards you can buy, it comes so loaded with features and above-average performance, die-hard enthusiasts might well think this board is worth the price. If they do, they won't have to worry about the board not looking stylish. Okay, the ATX-form-factor X79-UD7 isn't quite as cool as the all-black models, but its juxtaposition of orange accents on its black PCB is definitely eye-catching. Though we wish the company had been as bullish about differentiating between its PCI Express (PCIe) x16 and x8 slots (two of each, all four are orange) as it was the larger slots with the PCIe x1 ones (there are three of those, all black) it's still a strong, substantive design you won't mind showing through any windowed side panel you may have in your case.