Gigabyte Intros Eight X99 Motherboards

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.

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 Ultra Durable

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  • LukaBoki
    Even better than the ASUS Rampage V Extreme.
  • irish_adam
    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
  • InvalidError
    Anonymous said:
    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.