Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming Motherboard Review

Bundled Software

Let’s take a look at all the “App” software that you can download from Gigabyte for the X99 Ultra Gaming, to get the best out your build.

Gigabytes main application for managing all included apps is simply called APP Center. This is kinda equivalent to the AI Suite from Asus. Personally when I do a build with a Gigabyte board I only use the following apps and ignore the rest:

  • @BIOS
  • Ambient LED
  • BIOS Setup
  • SIV (System Information Viewer)
  • Live Update

 

The latest version of the APP Center also pulls in the most common Windows Settings. I like this feature as now I can access all important hardware and software settings from one interface.

 

Gigabyte now includes a On Screen Display App called 3D OSD. The app allows you to select from a list of items that you can choose, and have them displayed on the screen.

 

@BIOS is one of my most used apps from Gigabyte. You need to use this app to update the BIOS from within windows. You can also use this app to see what version of the BIOS you are currently running, and update as needed. Gigabyte boards now have a dedicated USB port that allows you to update the BIOS without having any hardware installed. This comes in really handy if you need to update the BIOS, to make sure that your new CPU works without any issue.

 

For those who want to overclock their CPU but don’t know how to do it. You can use the EasyTune app to have the software find the highest, most stable overclock for you.

 

Once you start the process, the app will apply different overclocking profiles, and run some quick stress tests to check for stability.

Note: Try not to use your system during this phase.

 

The Advanced CPU OC tab allows you to manually tune the CPU clocks and voltages. It will apply the overclock that you want, and not have the software pick one for you.

 

The Advanced DDR OC Tab allows you to fine tune and OC the memory installed on the board. As always please use precaution when changing any settings.

 

For those who want to manually change the settings, the Advanced Power tab allows you to adjust voltages for optimal performance.

 

One of the most useful apps that Gigabyte bundles with it’s boards, is the SIV or the System Information Viewer. This app allows you to setup fan speed control by selecting a quick profile (as pictured above).

 

For those who want to manually set a fan curve for their fans. They can use the Smart Fan Advanced tab, and have the board calibrate all the fans and pumps connected to the board. Once calibrated, you can set the fan curve as you desire.

 

If you ever need to record voltages, temperatures, and fan speeds during usage, the Record tab under SIV allows you to capture some great data for analysis.

 

The Ambient LED software allows you to control the LEDs from within Windows. The software offers Three (3) main modes; still mode, pulse mode, and beat mode. In order for the beat mode to work, you must have speakers or headphones plugged into the motherboards headphone output.

 

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