Motherboard manufacturers are on a roll these days; we are getting to see new Intel X99 based motherboards every day. After unveiling several other motherboards, GIGABYTE has just unveiled their X99-UD4 board which is a mid-end budget offering. It comes with a bright yellow and black theme which has been used in UD5 models previously. We’ve also seem similar color schemes in MSI’s MPower/XPower boards and ASRock’s OC Formula series. GIGABYTE has released a dark picture of their new motherboard but it gives us a good idea about its looks and features.
Given GIGABYTE history, the UD4 models usually fall into the budget to mid-end category and the X99-UD4 does not seem to be any different. As other X99 boards, it comes with an LGA 2011-3 socket which will support the upcoming Haswell-E processors. On both sides of the socket, there are eight memory slots which support up to 64GB (non-ECC) of DDR4 memory. The power delivery system of the CPU is not clear in the picture but it’ll probably have a 10-phase VRM with a single 8-pin EPS connector providing the power.
For PCI expansion, the X99-UD4 has four PCIe x16 slots and three PCIe x1 slots. This configuration is good for installation of up to 4 graphics cards. There is an mSATA slots as well.
For storage connectivity, it comes with six SATA III ports and a SATA Express post along with several USB 3.0/2.0 headers and ports. Furthermore, the X99-UD4 is fitted with GIGABYTE’s dedicated audio zone which is separated from the rest of the PCB by an LED-lit zone.
The motherboard seems to be missing on-board overclocking buttons but the main highlight of this board is the heatsinks. There are two of them; one on CPU VRM and second on the Intel PCH. Both of them have yellow LED lighting in this which should give a nice aesthetic touch to the board.
GIGABYTE has not released the pricing information of the X99-UD4 but this motherboard along with all other X99 motherboards and Haswell-E chips are expected to debut on August 29, 2014.