Gigabyte X79-UD7 – Raising The Bar Higher (Updated)

Launch SRP: PhP17100

Performance and Conclusion

Performance Unleashed

The series of tests that we employed on the Gigabyte X79-UD7 was the same as the one that we had used on the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D). Below is a rundown of the components and benchmarks that we had. We also compared the X79-UD7's scores to those of the ASUS  Rampage III Black Edition to see the former's advantage over an X58-based platform like the latter.

Testbed

Benchmarks

  • Futuremark PCMark Vantage
  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Cinebench 11.5
  • HandBrake
  • Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II – Retribution
  • Metro 2033
  • Unigine Heaven DX11 Benchmark

Now, let us proceed to the exciting results!

Futuremark PCMark Vantage

Motherboard Gigabyte X79-UD7 MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) ASUS Rampage III Black Edition
PCMarks 13122 11997 11018
Memory 10468 9930 8588
TV & Movies 7443 7104 6832
Gaming 13522 12857 10729
Productivity 10097 9314 8491
HDD 7529 7097 6608

 

Futuremark 3DMark 11

Motherboard Gigabyte X79-UD7 MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) ASUS Rampage III Black Edition
3DMark Score P6220 P5920 P6151
Graphics Score 5680 5429 5754
Physics Score 12060 10682 9318
Combined Score 6143 5979 6200

 

Cinebench 11.5

Motherboard Gigabyte X79-UD7 MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) ASUS Rampage III Black Edition
OpenGL 54.18fps 52.92fps 44.02fps
CPU 10.79pts 10.42pts 7.66pts

 

HandBrake

Motherboard Gigabyte X79-UD7 MSI X79A-GD65 (8D)
Video Encoding (30-minute 1080p Video) 7 minutes, 37 seconds 9 minutes, 36 seconds

 

Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II – Retribution (in FPS)

Motherboard Gigabyte X79-UD7 MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) ASUS Rampage III Black Edition
Minimum Framerate 41 35.67 35.64
Average Framerate 92.67 84.87 77.03
Maximum Framerate 218 198 172

 

Metro 2033 (in FPS)

Motherboard Gigabyte X79-UD7 MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) ASUS Rampage III Black Edition
Minimum Framerate 10.46 8.32 8.19
Average Framerate 47 38 32.67
Maximum Framerate 126.84 284.98 76.89

 

Unigine Heaven DX11 Benchmark (in FPS)

Motherboard Gigabyte X79-UD7 MSI X79A-GD65 (8D)
Score 1564 1060
Minimum Framerate 25.1 22.8
Average Framerate 62.1 42.1
Maximum Framerate 137.2 120.6

 

By and large, we can see that the X79-UD7 fared better than the X79A-GD65 (8D), and, logically, much more than the X58-based Rampage II Black Edition motherboard. On Futuremark's PCMark Vantage, it is obvious that the X79-UD7, coupled with a powerful graphics card like the Gainward GTX 580 Phantom 3 1536MB, got a very high score on the Gaming category of the benchmark. Such an impressive gaming performance remained consistent with the scores that the X79-UD7 garnered on the game benchmarks of Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War II – Retribution and Metro 2033, wherein the Gigabyte overshadowed the MSI and the ASUS boards. Just as important as graphics performance, we also looked at the X79-UD7's processing performance, in which it showed its capability to maximize Intel's Sandy Bridge-E processor like the Core i7-3960x. This resulted in higher numbers on other test categories of PCMark Vantage, better physics score on 3DMark 11, and shorter video encoding time using the HandBrake application.

Motherboard Superior

Gigabyte's enthusiast-class offerings are always looked upon as a beast of a motherboard, and the X79-UD7 is certainly not an exception. It has all of the essential features that overclockers (whether a newbie or an advanced one) need, and want, especially now that Intel has rolled out a new toy for them to play around with -- no other than the Sandy Bridge-E processors. In addition, with a healthy mix of connectors and interfaces, as well as with the inclusion of a Bluetooth 4.0 + Wi-Fi card, users are provided with a versatile set of options to interact with their X79-UD7-based machine.

Priced at PhP 17,100, the Gigabyte X79-UD7 is reasonably-priced, taking into consideration its attractive physique, all of its features, and raw performance.

The raw scores that we got further demonstrated the X79-UD7's superiority. Desktop users who are looking forward to upgrading from their aging X58-based setup to an X79-based rig will not get disappointed with the X79-UD7. If you are one of those who are into CPU- and graphics-intensive computing like gamers and content creators, the X79-UD7 is an ideal choice of platform. However, while its benchmark scores are generally higher than those of the meeker-looking X79A-GD65 (8D), do take note that the disparity is quite slight. 

Gigabyte has confirmed that the X79-UD7 will carry a price tag of PhP 17,100, a bit costlier than the X79A-GD65. But taking into account this Gigabyte's looks, features, and performance level, we can say that such a price mark is very reasonable. For more information about the X79-UD7's features and specifications, visit Gigabyte's official website.