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Gigabyte Intros Eight X99 Motherboards

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Gigabyte on Friday introduced eight motherboards based on the Intel X99 chipset. These boards support the latest DDR4 memory as well as Intel's new i7 Extreme Edition processors. Gigabyte's arsenal includes three gaming boards, one SoC overclocking board and four Ultra Durable boards.

The new motherboards feature an all-digital CPU power design from International Rectifier. They also feature special server level chokes by Cooper Bussmann, which means a reduction of heat, high current capacity and server level reliability.

Gigabyte's long list of features include Durable Black solid caps and POSCAPS, 3-way and 4-way graphics configurations for up to 320 Gbps bandwidth, and dual M.2 technology with on-board Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There's also a Turbo M.2 socket, an on-board SATA Express connector and a 30 micron-thick gold-plating over the 8 DIMM slots, the CPU socket and 4 PCIe slots.

One of the biggest fears about building a system is accidental damage when mounting the motherboard. With Gigabyte's new layout, those fears are minimized thanks to additional space around the mounting hole, and a wider copper ground pad.

"Gigabyte's exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components to handle greater than normal power loads and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area," the press release said. "This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking."

On the audio front, the new boards include Creative's Sound Core3D quad-core audio processor and the Creative SBX Pro Studio audio suite software. There is also Realtek's ALC1150 high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec, which provides ten DAC channels that, when combined, will support 7.1-sound audio playback.

Gigabyte's new motherboards also sport new heatsink designs, LED lighting for the back panel LED and the audio guard light path, Q-Flash Plus (which allows users to update the BIOS with a flash drive), Killer E2200 networking, cFos Speed (a network traffic management application) and Thunderbolt connectivity.

For more information about the new motherboards, click on one of the links below:

Gaming

 SOC

 Ultra Durable

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    LukaBoki , August 29, 2014 11:27 AM
    Even better than the ASUS Rampage V Extreme.
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    irish_adam , August 29, 2014 11:43 AM
    Am i the only one that cant understand why these manufacturers are pouring all this money into making gaming boards for haswell E? i mean the reviews showed that in games even with the top end CPU your only looking at an average of 1-2 frames extra. How stupid do you have to be to cough up $1600 on a platform change that gives you so little? Even if i was a multi millionaire i wouldnt even bother. Its wouldnt be worth the time it took me to put together
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    InvalidError , August 29, 2014 12:56 PM
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    i mean the reviews showed that in games even with the top end CPU your only looking at an average of 1-2 frames extra. How stupid do you have to be to cough up $1600 on a platform change that gives you so little?

    Some people use their systems for stuff aside from gaming and as the benchmarks showed, the 5960X does perform a fair bit better than the 4960X for productivity and media rendering/encoding tasks that scale across multiple cores.

    I would not buy one for myself either since so few of the programs I use are meaningfully threaded and the few that are account for a small fraction of my total time but I can imagine why people who do tons of those sorts of tasks might want to consider the two extra cores.

    My own question would be: is there really so much of a market for LGA2011-3 motherboards to justify a single manufacturer producing eight variants of their X99 boards? For the minor variations between boards, it might be cheaper to drop the lower-end variants and reduce the higher-end board's price tag than warehouse two slightly different boards.
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    tom10167 , August 29, 2014 1:13 PM
    These boards seem incredible, definitely more exciting hardware than Asus is offering.

    8 different models is ridiculous though. How about 5,it just makes it so much l3ss confusing.
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    SirTrollsALot , August 29, 2014 2:04 PM
    I assume they got some kick ass manufacturing process to pull these 8 variants.Who knows maybe in the next 20 years we the consumer may be able to get a custom ordered MoBo! How cool would that be!
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    tom10167 , August 29, 2014 2:12 PM
    These boards seem incredible, definitely more exciting hardware than Asus is offering.

    8 different models is ridiculous though. How about 5,it just makes it so much l3ss confusing.
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    IQ11110002 , August 29, 2014 7:11 PM
    Those saying it's not worth it probably can't afford it!
    Don't need Ferraris and Lamborghinis either as any car will get you from a-b, But I would sure as hell like to have one. ;) 
    You also are not thinking about future where next iteration of direct x and the like will be using more cores instead of offloading most work onto 1 core, So even for games you will see an improvement not just for productivity.
    If you are tight on money then get Z97 nothing wrong with that platform.
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    msahni , August 29, 2014 9:37 PM
    Does the Dual M.2 support using 2 SSDs in RAID cause those are the only ports that really provide a faster drive speed .... Surprisingly there is no ULTRA m.2 x4 here as those SSDs are starting to show up whereas Sata Express SSDs are still a pipe dream.
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    Fierce Guppy , August 30, 2014 1:36 AM
    I was always good at those spot-the-difference picture games, but I'll be buggered if I can spot any differences between the GA-X99-Gaming 7 WiFi and the GA-X99-Gaming G1 WiFi. That's right. Not one! There must be some fine detail that evades my spidey senses.

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/comparison/list.aspx?ck=2&pids=5128,5126
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    irish_adam , August 30, 2014 9:14 AM
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    Those saying it's not worth it probably can't afford it!
    Don't need Ferraris and Lamborghinis either as any car will get you from a-b, But I would sure as hell like to have one. ;) 
    You also are not thinking about future where next iteration of direct x and the like will be using more cores instead of offloading most work onto 1 core, So even for games you will see an improvement not just for productivity.
    If you are tight on money then get Z97 nothing wrong with that platform.


    If you had a year old Ferrari and they released a model that was 1-2mph faster would you buy it solely for that reason?

    I understand the benefits for non-gaming my comment was more to do with the fact that a lot of these boards are directly aimed at gamers, also the amounts of varrients. Dont get me wrong i like a good choice but i'd like to see actual numbers of each board sold because it cannot be that high
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    ralanahm , August 30, 2014 9:24 AM
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    I was always good at those spot-the-difference picture games, but I'll be buggered if I can spot any differences between the GA-X99-Gaming 7 WiFi and the GA-X99-Gaming G1 WiFi. That's right. Not one! There must be some fine detail that evades my spidey senses.

    your are right I just checked the detailed pages for each board side by side they are the same board maybe the web page is not updated totally. so there could be just 7 release boards...

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/comparison/list.aspx?ck=2&pids=5128,5126

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    I was always good at those spot-the-difference picture games, but I'll be buggered if I can spot any differences between the GA-X99-Gaming 7 WiFi and the GA-X99-Gaming G1 WiFi. That's right. Not one! There must be some fine detail that evades my spidey senses.

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/comparison/list.aspx?ck=2&pids=5128,5126

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    Urzu1000 , August 30, 2014 10:23 AM
    @mapesdhs I'm afraid I can't agree with you. You see, Microsoft controlled a vast majority of the OS market for a while, which is why so many viruses are designed specifically for Windows. I'm not saying their security is amazing, but it's acceptable. They release security patches regularly, even for older versions such as XP till this year. Not even going into their large bounties available for user-reported exploits.

    It's impossible to block every single vulnerability, especially when the largest one is the customer.

    Back on point though: This virus seems tedious to deal with. Does anyone know if it encrypts multiple HDDs or just the primary boot drive?

    Generally speaking, if you have common sense and avoid dodgy sites and activities, you probably won't get a virus.
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    gstrother1 , August 30, 2014 12:37 PM
    Quote:
    I was always good at those spot-the-difference picture games, but I'll be buggered if I can spot any differences between the GA-X99-Gaming 7 WiFi and the GA-X99-Gaming G1 WiFi. That's right. Not one! There must be some fine detail that evades my spidey senses.

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/comparison/list.aspx?ck=2&pids=5128,5126


    Great question, even the manual for the 7 wifi has a picture of the G1 on the 2nd page (if you look at the heatsink for the south bridge). I posted on GIGABYTE's facebook asking what the difference is.
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    christinebcw , August 30, 2014 3:08 PM
    I don't disagree that gamers seem to be the target audience, yet I see plenty of so-called gamers brag and crow about having 8Gb systems.

    Uh. So... uh... are those now "awful machines" because NOW they hafta get 64Gb?!! Boy... I bet Pacman can REALLY gobble!

    And I can't wait to see the next set of Case Reviews which have a single SSD in a 10-Bay Case and THEN have then use one of these X99 motherboards with 10-12 SATA ports on them.

    "Ohhh lookee how clean I've got this case - one SSD cable tucked away."

    And all that case engineering not used. All those motherboard SATA connectors not used. Yessirree, a real fine Case Review that touts itself as Gamer-centric.

    All that RAM. All that storage-device connectivity. Gamer-centric? Well, the Reviewer Crews need to start filling up cases, I suppose, or else growing an imagination.

    I do note that GigaB isn't using garage-coverings, temple awnings or even Asrock's carport designs over those Back Panel IOs.
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    Fierce Guppy , August 30, 2014 5:07 PM
    Quote:
    I don't disagree that gamers seem to be the target audience, yet I see plenty of so-called gamers brag and crow about having 8Gb systems.

    Uh. So... uh... are those now "awful machines" because NOW they hafta get 64Gb?!! Boy... I bet Pacman can REALLY gobble!

    And I can't wait to see the next set of Case Reviews which have a single SSD in a 10-Bay Case and THEN have then use one of these X99 motherboards with 10-12 SATA ports on them.

    "Ohhh lookee how clean I've got this case - one SSD cable tucked away."

    And all that case engineering not used. All those motherboard SATA connectors not used. Yessirree, a real fine Case Review that touts itself as Gamer-centric.

    All that RAM. All that storage-device connectivity. Gamer-centric? Well, the Reviewer Crews need to start filling up cases, I suppose, or else growing an imagination.

    I do note that GigaB isn't using garage-coverings, temple awnings or even Asrock's carport designs over those Back Panel IOs.


    I've seen none of these "so-called gamers." Where are they? Can only you see them?
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    beetlejuicegr , September 1, 2014 3:59 AM
    I am not doing the same mistake as i did with the first generation of iX intel cpus.
    I bought, when they were released, an i7 920 and a 200+ euro motherboard, 6Gb of ddr3 ram and so on..i was really happy with that choice, especially that my i7 could overlock at 4.0 ghz with stupidly low voltage/amp.
    However 1.5 year later or 2? or more? the motherboard died, and i had to buy a new one..at ridiculous price of 250 euro..Guess what , i bought a z68 and an i5 2500k with similar money. That tought me one thing

    Don't buy the flagship , buy the second rank to it. I will upgrade again when the haswell-E i5s and their motherboards show up so that i won't have to pay 1000 euro for motherboard ram and cpu upgrade.

    So for me the important thing to ask for is :

    When will i5 Haswell-E and their motherboards be released?
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    JohnUSA , September 1, 2014 12:13 PM
    None of these new motherboards have the new and faster USB 3.1
    I'll pass these up.
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    spectrewind , September 1, 2014 11:27 PM
    Looking fwd to a few reviews on these (vendor non-specific).
    Currently running Z68.
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    christinebcw , September 2, 2014 5:58 AM
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    None...have... USB 3.1. I'll pass these up.
    What are you? Some kind of religious nut? You mean to say you're not spittin' up blood to buy dozens of these things?!!

    And don't forget they are best used with two of these memory sets, too...

    (I'm truly shocked that NewEgg didn't post an 8-piece set of these! Oh well - at least you've got a few more days of penny-pinching to save up for a couple of sets! Isn't that nice?!!)

    As for Intel and speedy inclusion of latest technology... uh... don't bother remembering that AMD was using SATA-6 memory controllers for more than 4 years while Sandy and Ivy Bridge only supported more SATA-2s all that time.

    In other words, I'm not gonna hold my breath for Intel boards and USB 3.1 support.


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    junkeymonkey , September 2, 2014 12:59 PM
    what I don't get is why so many boards ? I figure there all out of my price range for what I need but I guess they feel it going to be a big cut of the market ?? z97 seems to do all I want and need
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