Gigabyte Shows Off An X99 Motherboard, Too

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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Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • TechyInAZ
    That is the best looking board I've seen from Gigabyte, i'm drooling over it lol.
  • agentbb007
    Red and Black seems to be the common theme for X99.
  • Shneiky
    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.
  • Treynolds416
    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
  • 6R1M01R3
    Gigabyte motherboard's are so unappealing in looks compared to Asus and MSI's motherboards.
  • red77star
    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.
  • utengineer
    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.
  • ap3x
    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.
  • DOTA 2
    i am sorry for being too rude. but honestly, the rotated eye logo looks like a vag*na
  • Arishok N7
    Why is everything new coming out red?!