Introduced in November 2011, Gigabyte’s GA-X79-UD7 motherboard was apparently a limited edition model, the Taiwanese company having just confirmed that the high-end LGA 2011 board is no longer in production.
The motherboard was recently deactivated by Newegg, which made Legit Review reach out to Gigabyte to find out what happened to the X79-UD7.
Gigabyte’s response came as a surprise to us all, since the company said that their flagship Intel X79 motherboard was a limited edition SKU and that they had sold out.
Furthermore, Gigabyte also went on to say that no more were being produced, thus the board is end of life (EOL).
Introduced at about the same time as Intel’s first Sandy Bridge-E processors, the X79-UD7 motherboard borrowed not only the look and color scheme of the previous X58A-OC, but also incorporated some of its advanced overclocking features.
Most of these were grouped in the lower right corner of the board and include a series of voltage read points, controls for adjusting the processor ratio and BCLK on the fly, as well as dip-switches to change the PWM frequency.
Power to the CPU is delivered through a 20-phase VRM that uses POSCAP low-profile capacitors, while the additional juice required by 4-way GPU setups is delivered through a series of angled SATA power plugs, placed on the lower side of the board.
Outside of the four PCI Express x16 slots, the rest of the expansion options available in the X79-UD7 include three PCIe x1 slots, four SATA 3Gbps ports, as well as six SATA 6Gbps ports.
Those of you who want to buy the Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7, might still be able to find some floating around, but after these stocks are depleted, no other such boards will be manufactured. The recommended retail price of the GA-X79-UD7 is set at $369.99.