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.