GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD5 WIFI Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
|Model Number||GA-X99-UD5 WIFI|
|Classification||Motherboards - Intel|
This is my first product guide on Overclock.net, so please bear with me. I will be sticking mostly to installation procedures, watercooling the components, and any issues that arise with my build. I will post some pics along the way, (sort of a build log), installation tips and tricks, and a short raid0 and overclocking guide. Hopefully the knowledge I gain throughout my X99 build journey will help you make your decision when deciding to purchase your X99 platform. I will be as unbiased as possible with my product guide.
To start off, I decided to go with the Gigabyte X99-UD5 WiFi because of options vs. price. I felt the Gigabyte X99 UD5 WiFi was the best X99 motherboard on the market at the time for what I needed in my build. Your build will obviously be different, so please don't base your purchase decision on anything but your own build requirements. Let's start off with my system build specs:
Case: Corsair 900D
Processor: Intel Core I7 5930k
Motherboard: Gigabyte X99 UD5 WiFi
Memory: 16GB GSkill RipJaws DDR4 @ 2400 Mhz
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (Reference) x 3-way SLI
Cooling: Cpu Block: XSPC;
Gpu Blocks: AlphaCool;
Radiators: XSPC 480mm; XSPC 360mm; XSPC 280mm
Water Tanks: Bitspower 250 Multi-Z x2;
Tubing: Acrylic Hard Tubing;
Fittings: Bitspower Acrylic Compression;
Coolant: Mahems Pastel Sunset Yellow and Red
Fans: Corsair SP 120mm x 8; XSPC 140mm x4
Storage: SanDisk Extreme 256GB x2 Raid0
PSU: EVGA 1300w SuperNova
Once I had my specs laid out, I started shopping for my CPU and my Motherboard. I knew I was going to run 3-way SLI, So I knew I wanted a 40-lane cpu, so my choices were 5930k or 5960x for cpu's, and for motherboards, PCIE slot spacing was the main priority for me. I wanted a motherboard that had 3 PCIE 3.0x16 slots exactly double spaced apart, which would make it easier for my SLI waterblock bridge to connect the 3 GTX 980 graphics cards. That narrowed my motherboard selection down to 3 X99 Motherboards, then it was price vs. feature from there, and the Gigabyte X99 UD5 WiFi won that battle by around $100.00. As far as the CPU choice, $400.00 and this build being mainly a gaming rig helped me choose the Intel Core I7 5930k over the 5960x. Also, obviously this is an E-ATX motherboard, so make sure the case you choose has room to install an extended ATX motherboard.
Opening the box of the Gigabyte X99 UD5 WiFi nets a windfall of extras p.c. enthusiasts have come to expect from Gigabyte. 2-3-4 way SLI connectors, Braided SATA cables, and 2 driver installation discs only start out the extras. I would like to point out the I/O shield which lights up via a wire from the I/O shield to the motherboard. I think this is a nice option that can set-off a build. Also, Gigabyte includes 2 WiFi range extension antenna as well. I will go over more of the extras later on in this product review. Now onto installation.
Installing the Intel Core I7 5930k was just as easy as any other cpu installation, however the new socket on the X99 1150-v3 has dual cpu retention levers that need pulled up and a cpu socket dust cover that needs removed before you can install the cpu. See below photos:
DDR4 Ram and G.P.U. installation is the same as any other motherboard, the only difference is the ram retention clips only release on one side, which takes a bit to get used to. As you can see in the below photo, I only have 8GB of ram installed at this point, and I will add the other 8GB later on in the build.