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Gigabyte Shows Off An X99 Motherboard, Too

Everybody is showing off their X99 motherboards. Good times!

Yesterday, we informed you about MSI's new X99 motherboard; today, we bring you one of Gigabyte's X99 boards – the X99 Gaming G1 WiFi.

Looking at the board, we can immediately see the large LGA2011-3 socket, along with the eight DDR4 memory slots to which it is wired. This should allow you to run quad-channel memory. Moving on, lower on the board we also see four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots along with three PCI-Express x1 slots. Between the PCI-Express x16 slots we also find the wireless radio, along with an M.2 slot. We're not sure if the wireless radio can be used at the same time as an M.2 SSD, so we'll have to see a better image before we come to any conclusions.

For other storage connectivity, we find two SATA-Express interfaces, which if unused provide us with four SATA3 (6 Gb/s) ports, in addition to the already-present six SATA3 (6 Gb/s) ports.

The motherboard appears to be powered by a standard 24-pin ATX connector along with a single SATA power connector. The EPS connectors for CPU power are not fully visible, but we can see part of them behind the top VRM heatsink. We can also see that Gigabyte has equipped the motherboard with dedicated audio hardware.

At this point, we don't know more about the X99 Gaming G1 WiFi. For now, we're going to have to wait until mid-September, which is when the Haswell-E CPUs are expected to debut. We expect to see the motherboards arrive simultaneously, so stay tuned for more.

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    TechyInAZ , August 8, 2014 9:33 AM
    That is the best looking board I've seen from Gigabyte, i'm drooling over it lol.
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    agentbb007 , August 8, 2014 9:34 AM
    Red and Black seems to be the common theme for X99.
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    Shneiky , August 8, 2014 9:48 AM
    It is indeed catchy, but I don't like the gaming logo. Don't like ROG logo either. Hope ASrock switches to pure black (instead of the dark brownish) like everyone else. Then it will be so sexy of a board with that golden accents.
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    Treynolds416 , August 8, 2014 10:00 AM
    Those green caps on the audio turn me off. It's still a nice looking board, but so far MSI's solution is the nicest looking in my opinion
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    6R1M01R3 , August 8, 2014 10:05 AM
    Gigabyte motherboard's are so unappealing in looks compared to Asus and MSI's motherboards.
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    red77star , August 8, 2014 10:13 AM
    X99 + Haswell-E is only combo to go with...everything else is blah. You pay upfront a bit more but upgrade path is well set just like it was with x79 and also you don't have to do upgrade in years to come...saves money on the long run if you are enthusiast.
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    utengineer , August 8, 2014 10:38 AM
    Intel needs to open up the partner NDAs on x99 for this release. AMD has no competitive product to worry about. No need to keep the technical specifications under wraps and prevent MB partners from leaking specifics. At this point, the first boards coming to market are already finalized for production and manufacturing.
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    ap3x , August 8, 2014 12:59 PM
    Where is my Asus Gene. Hurry up! Nice looking board from Gigabyte though. I am long overdue for a new machine so I am super excited about X99 and Haswell-E.
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    DOTA 2 , August 8, 2014 9:54 PM
    i am sorry for being too rude. but honestly, the rotated eye logo looks like a vag*na
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    Arishok N7 , August 8, 2014 10:40 PM
    Why is everything new coming out red?!
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    Heironious , August 9, 2014 1:31 AM
    Red is for gaming, yellow is for extreme overclocking, and blue is for every day normal computers. It is now what motherboard makers are doing for less confusion to consumers. So says Maximum PC.
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    mapesdhs , August 9, 2014 2:38 AM

    Has anyone yet confirmed what the max RAM will be with these boards?

    Ian.

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    Shneiky , August 9, 2014 3:46 AM
    I would make a guess - 64 GBs when paired with an I7. 128 when paired with a Xeon (the maximum of the board).
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    mapesdhs , August 9, 2014 8:44 AM
    If it's that low, a lot of potential high-end users will not buy X99. 64GB is not enough to cope with 4K/AE, etc.
    Expecting solo professionals to handle 300% higher workloads while at the same time reducing the max RAM
    per thread by 30% is a bad idea.

    Ian.

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    Shneiky , August 9, 2014 10:18 AM
    Well 4K AE is possible within 64 GBs, you just need to precomp from time to time. But anyway, for 4K, who uses AE? Nuke and NukeX is the way to go. (J.J. Abrams, I am looking at you with your Video Copilot Lens Flares)

    Back to the topic - I am expecting the boards to be able to support 128 GBs when paired with a Xeon. I don't think Intel will allow the memory controller of Haswell-E to go more than 64 Gbs. Else, they would canibalize their Xeon sales. I hope I am wrong.
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    jenojaxx , August 10, 2014 10:18 PM
    This could be a worthy upgrade fron x59 + 1st gen i7 . it's an investment (a big one) that one makes in every 4-5 years.
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    DrBackwater , August 10, 2014 11:36 PM
    Poor mans entry level for xeon market.

    Haswell 8 core 16 threads / xeon 16 core 32 threads
    X99 Ddr 4 16 gig per channel 128 / sr 2 evga 128gig

    Seriously if your gamer avoid these specs (its a waste of money well the 8 channel x99. not the haswell cpu)

    If you buy ferraris and enjoy driving to the shops for milk then enjoy ddr4 costs.
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    mapesdhs , August 11, 2014 5:44 AM
    Quote:
    Well 4K AE is possible within 64 GBs, you just need to precomp from time to time. But anyway, for 4K, who uses AE? Nuke and NukeX is the way to go. (J.J. Abrams, I am looking at you with your Video Copilot Lens Flares)


    I've already seen normal HD use up 64GB. It's not enough for 4K, period, especially not if the no. of cores is
    moving from 6 to 8.

    Nuke is fine for those who can afford it. There's a lot of solo pro's out there on a tight budget.


    > Back to the topic - I am expecting the boards to be able to support 128 GBs when paired
    > with a Xeon. I don't think Intel will allow the memory controller of Haswell-E to go more than
    > 64 Gbs. Else, they would canibalize their Xeon sales. I hope I am wrong.

    Then Intel would be really stupid if they did such a thing. Besides, the demands scale with industry
    & sectors; I doubt it would harm XEON sales when those needing a lot more than 256GB will not be
    buying consumer setups anyway, eg. ANSYS, GIS, defense imaging & photogrammatry, etc.

    Ian.

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    jenojaxx , August 11, 2014 5:45 AM
    Quote:
    Poor mans entry level for xeon market.

    Haswell 8 core 16 threads / xeon 16 core 32 threads
    X99 Ddr 4 16 gig per channel 128 / sr 2 evga 128gig

    Seriously if your gamer avoid these specs (its a waste of money well the 8 channel x99. not the haswell cpu)

    If you buy ferraris and enjoy driving to the shops for milk then enjoy ddr4 costs.

    -waste of money yes , but not for the rich -
    That extreme haswell is like a bugatti as you said , and for some (not for me) it's worth it . The 4channel memory too.
    BUT thoose Xeon E5-xxxx v2 and v3 are like buses or trucks , they get the job done , but they are waaaayyyy overkill (and damn expensive from 1.5k to 3k)
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    mapesdhs , August 11, 2014 6:13 AM

    Saying XEONs are overkill depends entirely on the user and the intended task. For those at whom XEONs are
    aimed, just one of them is almost certainly never enough, except for ANSYS perhaps. For GIS and many other
    tasks, dozens at least are preferable. They're expensive because they do cost a lot to make (lots of cache
    RAM on those things, and other logic for multi-socket links, etc.) and the target market can afford such pricing.
    3K for a CPU is nothing when a complete system can easily be $1.5M. I have an old SGI in my garage which
    was about that much when new in 1993 (24 CPUs, 2GB RAM, which in 1993 was enormous), used by various
    car companies, oil/gas corps, etc., over the years, until I bought it used for a snip.

    Ian.

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