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Gigabyte X99-SLI Motherboard Review

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Posted July 28, 2015 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards

Overview

Hardware:
 
 
Price at time of Review: $240.99 on Newegg.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Simplistic Aesthetics, Stable performance, Great Value for the money
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Memory Overclocking stability pass 3000MHz.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Gigabyte priced this competitively and gives other manufactures a run for there money in the same arena. For a board that can support M.2 SATA, SATA Express, Quad/Triple/Dual SLI or Crossfire, and DDR4 memory of up to 3000MHz out of the box, this is a bargain.
by Kenny
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Specifications

 

Brand
GIGABYTE
Model
GA-X99-SLI (rev. 1.0)

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 2011-v3
CPU Type
Core i7 (LGA2011-v3)

Chipsets

Chipset
Intel X99

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
8×288pin
Memory Standard
DDR4 3333*(*O.C.)/ 3200*/ 3000*/ 2800*/ 2666*/ 2400*/ 2133
Maximum Memory Supported
128GB
Channel Supported
Quad Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIE_1, PCIE_2)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIE_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIE_1 and PCIE_2 slots.2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIE_3, PCIE_4)
* The PCIE_4 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIE_1 slot. When the PCIE_4 slot is populated, the PCIE_1 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
* When an i7-5820K CPU is installed, the PCIE_2 slot operates at up to x8 mode and the PCIE_3 operates at up to x4 mode.(All PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
PCI Express x1
3 x PCI Express x1 slots
(The PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
Other Slots
1 x M.2 Socket 1 connector for the wireless communication module (M2_WIFI)

Storage Devices

SATA 6Gb/s
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (sSATA3 0~3), supporting IDE and AHCI modes only
(An operating system installed on the SATA3 0~5 connectors cannot be used on the sSATA3 0~3 connectors.)
SATA Express
1 x SATA Express connector
M.2
1 x M.2 PCIe connector
(Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA & PCIe x2/x1 SSD support)
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
RJ45
1 x RJ45
USB 3.0
4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
Antenna Connectors
2 x Wi-Fi antenna connector holes

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
Other Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x PCIe power connector
1 x CPU fan header
1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
3 x system fan headers
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
1 x Thunderbolt add-in card connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions (W x L)
12.01″ x 9.61″
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
Supports New Intel Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition
Support for DDR4 XMP up to 3333MHz
Genuine All Digital Power Design with IR Digital PWM & IR PowIRstage ICs
4-Way Graphics with Premium PCIe Lane
Dual M.2 Technology for SSD Drive and WIFI card
Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD audio with built-in Rear Audio Amplifier
Independent Right and Left Audio Channel PCB Layers
High end Nichicon audio capacitors
LED lighting for the audio guard light path
All Stainless Steel connectors on rear panel
SATA Express support for up to 10 Gb/s data transfer
GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS with Q-Flash Plus USB port
Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps
APP Center including EasyTune and Cloud Station utilities
Thunderbolt Ready
Safer design around screw mounting holesI/O Controller:
– iTE I/O Controller ChipH/W Monitoring:
– System voltage detection
– CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection
– CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection
– CPU/System/Chipset overheating warning
– CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning
– CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control
* Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.BIOS:
– 2 x 128 Mbit flash
– Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
– Support for DualBIOS
– Support for Q-Flash Plus
– PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0Unique Features:
– Support for APP Center
* Available applications in APP Center may differ by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also differ depending on motherboard specifications.
@BIOS
Ambient LED
EasyTune
EZ Setup
Fast Boot
Cloud Station
ON/OFF Charge
Smart TimeLock
Smart Recovery 2
System Information Viewer
USB Blocker
V-Tuner
– Support for Q-Flash
– Support for Smart Switch
– Support for Xpress Install

Now that we have taken a look at the specifications, let’s talk a little bit more about the X99 chipset.

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