Gigabyte X99 Motherboards Launched – GA-X99-SOC Force, GA-X99-UD7 WiFi, X99 Gaming G1 WiFi Show off Ultra Durable Design

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Aug 29, 2014
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The Gigabyte X99 motherboards have been officially launched featuring the new and improved Ultra Durable design scheme for a new generation of high-end desktop processors, codenamed Haswell-E. The new iteration of motherboards from Gigabyte include three major categories; the X99 OC Series, the X99 Ultra Durable series and the X99 Gaming series.

Gigabyte X99 Motherboards Launched – GA-X99-SOC Force, GA-X99-UD7 WiFi, X99 Gaming G1 WiFi

The Gigabyte X99 motherboard lineup includes eight new motherboards which include the flagship overclock series GA-X99-SOC Force, the flagship gaming series GA-X99 Gaming G1 WiFi and the flagship Ultra Durable series GA-X99-UD7 WiFi motherboards. The entire series has been detailed in the post below showcasing the new Ultra Durable features and support for Intel’s next generation Haswell-E processors and the new DDR4 memory DIMMs.

Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force MotherboardThe Gigabyte X99 SOC Force is the flagship overclocking motherboard of Gigabyte’s lineup featuring the E-ATX design form factor and keeping things geared up for the performance enthusiasts. It features the orange/black color scheme from previous iteration of SOC and OC branded products such as the recent, Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force motherboard. The Gigabyte X99 SOC Force motherboard features three sets of heatsinks, one fitted above the PWM section, one along side the power section near the I/O panel and the biggest chunk featured on the X99 Express PCH. The heatsinks are connected via a long heatpipe that dissipates heat for better thermal load management.

Gigabyte’s X99 SOC Force motherboard features the LGA 2011-3 socket which will be able to support Intel’s next generation Haswell-E processors with quad channel DDR4 memory. The motherboard features a 6 Phase PWM design powered by a single 8-Pin EPS connector while the board itself is powered by a 24-Pin connector. The board makes use of Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable design featuring high-quality components such as the IR Digital PWM & IR PowIRstage ICs, server level chokes by Copper Bussmann and high Quality POSCAPs. Gigabyte has featured their Ultra Durable design across their X99 motherboards which make use of the industry leading PowIRstage controllers from International Rectifier. These 100% digital controllers offer enhanced precision in delivering power to the motherboard’s power hungry and energy sensitive components.

The PowerIR stage ICs used on the Gigabyte X99 SOC Force have the highest rating of 40A with lower losses, excellent thermal management and higher efficiency. The new DirectFET technology helps save motherboard space and less electrical leakage as compared to MCM packages (Multi-Chip Module). In addition to that, Gigabyte’s X99 SOC Force is also the first HEDT motherboard to make use of the OC panel which is of great use to overclockers and offers several components along the side of the motherboard for easier management, some of the features of the OC panel include:

  • OC PCIe Swtich (Manually turn on or off each installed PCIe lane of the motherboard).
  • OC DIMM Switch (Manually turn on or off each channel of installed memory DIMM)
  • OC Brace (It allows extreme overclockers and system testers to safely install upto four graphics cards in an open case or test bed without risking PCIe slot damage)
  • OC Ignition (Maintains power to your motherboard and connected components while the system is shut down. This means that the system fans will continue to provide airflow in cold bug situations, while i-ram drive users will not lose installed data. It allows users to also test water cooling setups and allows case mod demonstrations without having to turn on the PC).
  • OC Tag (Load your customized settings at the touch of a button)
  • OC Turbo (One touch overclocking button automatically loads the most optimized Gigabyte overclocking configuration for your processor and memory)
  • OC Connect (Positions two USB connectors on the near side of the motherboard facing the overclocker. This makes it easier to save date, flash the BIOS or install software in open bench testing platforms.)
  • OC PEG (Adds Auxiliary power to the PCIe slots of your motherboard, improving system stability in extreme configurations.)
  • OC Gear BCLK Steppings
  • Power Button
  • 80 Port Debug Display
  • CPU Ratio +/- Buttons
  • BCKL Ration +/- Buttons
  • Restart Switch
  • Gigabyte Memory Safe (Reduces DDR4 module timing to eliminate memory comparability issues)
  • Direct To BIOS Switch (Enter BIOS menu instantly after reboot without hitting the ‘DEL’ button)
  • Gigabyte Settings Lock (Automatically remember your last successful settings, even after clearing CMOS)
  • Single BIOS Mode Switch (User can select which BIOS they want to use.)
  • Dual BIOS Switch (Enable or Disable Gigabyte DualBIOS)
  • OC Trigger Switch (Jump between low and extremely high frequencies in an instant).
  • Onboard Voltage Measurement Module
  • Clear CMOS (Clear CMOS settings without losing your pre-configured profiles)

Eight DDR4 DIMM slots can be found along the sides of the socket which are able to support high-frequency DDR4 memory sticks. For storage, the X99 SOC Force features 9 SATA 6GBps ports and two SATA Express ports. There’s a PEG power connector on the top of these SATA ports while a single USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports rest beneath the PCH heatsink. Expansion slots include four PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots with full support for 4-Way SLI and CrossFireX Multi-GPU functionality. There’s also three PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots and a Dual M.2 SSD interface for high-performance NGFF SSDs. The AMP-UP audio design can be seen configured along a orange line which shows the isolated PCB when the audio components are featured. I/O on the board includes an OC switch, an temperature sensor, PS / 2 port, four USB 2.0, 8 USB 3.0 ports, a 7.1 Channel audio jack and a Gigabit Ethernet LAN port.

Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Motherboard IO Panel (Official Page):GA-X99-SOC Force WiFi

Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WiFi MotherboardThe Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi motherboard comes with the LGA 2011-3 socket which will be able to support Intel’s next generation Haswell-E processors. The Intel Haswell-E lineup launches on 29th August 2014 and will include three processors; Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K, Core i7-5820K. These processors would be built on the Haswell microarchitecture featuring better IPC performance and power efficiency while delivering improved performance compared to previous generation Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E processors. The Core i7-5960X would also be the first native 8 Core processor from Intel operating at a TDP of 140W.

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The motherboard sticks with the G1 Gaming design scheme we saw on the G1 Gaming WiFi Black Edition which keeps the bulky design intact. It comes in a red/black/silver color scheme and uses four sets of heatsinks, three near the LGA 2011-3 socket for PWM, VRM cooling and a larger PCH heatsink which cools off the X99 chipset. The heatsinks are interconnected via large heatpipes which run across the surface of the PCB dissipating heat off the components for load optimization. The color scheme is a good touch and we expect to see more boards in the future from Gigabyte including their X99 SOC Force.

Moving onwards, we have a 8 Phase PWM design featuring high-quality Ultra Durable MOSFETs and black solid state capacitors. The LGA 2011-3 socket is powered by a 8-Pin connector while the motherboard is powered by the 24-Pin ATX connector. The LGA 2011-3 socket is coupled by eight DDR4 DIMM slots (four at each side) and capable of supporting dense memory sticks with speeds beyond 3000 MHz. There are a few overclocking features next to the DIMM slots which include voltage check points, slot disable switches and a Diagnostic LED.

Expansion includes four PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots. The motherboard is capable of supporting 4-Way SLI and CrossFire thanks to ample spacing in between the PCI-e Slots. There’s Dual M.2 connectors in the middle of the PCI-E slots, one of which enables 802.11 A/B/G/N WiFi support. Storage includes 10 USB 3.0 ports, 2 SATA Express ports. two USB 3.0 headers, two USB 2.0 headers and a PEG connector next to the SATA ports for additional power. Several features could be spotted on the motherboard which include a Sound Blaster powered isolated PCB which uses high-quality components and OP-AMP for superior audio quality through the 7.1 Channel audio jack and Killer E2200 LAN chipset for networking support. The Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi is a high-performance motherboard for enthusiasts and gamers. The I/O panel features the lat.

Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi Motherboard IO Panel (Official Page):GA-X99 Gaming G1 WiFi IO

Gigabyte X99 UD7 WiFi Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-X99-UD7 WiFi MotherboardThe Gigabyte X99 UD7 WiFi is based on a full ultra durable design, featuring the LGA 2011-3 socket which supports Intel’s Haswell-E processors including their flagship 8-Core Core i7-5960X. The X99 UD7 WiFi is awful lot similar to the Gaming G1 WiFi and the only difference I was able to spot was a different color scheme and a AMP-UP Sound Blaster PCB design. The board features a gold yellow and black color scheme that uses four sets of heatsinks, three near the LGA 2011-3 socket for PWM, VRM cooling and a larger PCH heatsink which cools off the X99 chipset. The heatsinks are connected through a large heatpipe which run across the surface of the PCB dissipating heat off the components for load optimization.

Moving onwards, we have a 8 Phase PWM design featuring high-quality Ultra Durable MOSFETs and black solid state capacitors. The LGA 2011-3 socket is powered by a 8-Pin connector while the motherboard is powered by the 24-Pin ATX connector. The LGA 2011-3 socket is coupled by eight DDR4 DIMM slots (four at each side) and capable of supporting dense memory sticks with speeds beyond 3000 MHz. There are a few overclocking features next to the DIMM slots which include voltage check points, slot disable switches and a Diagnostic LED. Expansion includes four PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots. The motherboard is capable of supporting 4-Way SLI and CrossFire thanks to ample spacing in between the PCI-e Slots.There’s a mSATA connector and a mPCI-e connector in the middle of the PCI-E slots which enables 802.11 B/G/N WiFi support.

Storage includes 10 USB 3.0 ports, 2 SATA Express ports. two USB 3.0 headers, two USB 2.0 headers and a PEG connector next to the SATA ports for additional power. Several features could be spotted on the motherboard which include a Sound Blaster powered isolated PCB which uses high-quality components and OP-AMP for superior audio quality through the 7.1 Channel audio jack.

Gigabyte X99 UD7 WiFi Motherboard IO Panel (Official Page):GA-X99-UD7 WiFi IO

Gigabyte X99 G1 Gaming 7 WiFi Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming 7 WiFi MotherboardThe Gigabyte X99 G1 Gaming 7 WiFi motherboard is an EATX Form Factor motherboard which features the LGA 2011 V3 socket. The motherboard comes with a 8 Phase PWM design featuring the Ultra Durable components.  There are eight DDR4 DIMM slots surrounding the socket (four on each side) while the socket is supplied juice through the 8-Pin EPS connector. The motherboard comes with the standard red and black color scheme which you may expect from the Gigabyte G1 Gaming series motherboards. The motherboard features two set of heat sinks, one configured on the PWM and one along side the PCH which are interconnected via heatpipe solution.

For storage, Gigabyte went with 10 SATA 6 Gbps ports and two SATA Express ports. There’s also two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 headers along with a PEG power connector. The motherboard has several OC switches near the 24-Pin ATX connector which include voltage check points and a few more switches which include Power and Reset. Expansion slots include four PCI-e 3.0 x16 and three PCI-e 3.0 x16 connectors which allow 4-Way SLI and CrossFire Multi-GPU functionality. The motherboard has built in Wireless connectivity through a bundled module which is attached to one of the two M.2 slots. The audio layout featured includes the OP-AMP design and Sound Blaster design with the ALC 1150 codec to deliver high-quality audio. There’s also the Killer E2200 LAN chip which delivers faster networking through the I/O panel LAN port.

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I/O on the motherboard includes an OC switch, a Gaming mode switch, two DAC-UP USB 2.0 ports, 8 USB 3.0 ports (1 x Q Flash), PS / 2 port, 7.1 Channel audio jack w/ SPDIF, Killer E2200 powered LAN port and antenna connector panel.

Gigabyte X99 G1 Gaming 7 WiFi Motherboard IO Panel (Official Page):GA-X99-Gaming 7 IO

Gigabyte X99 G1 Gaming 5 Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming 5 MotherboardThe Gigabyte X99 G1 Gaming 5 motherboard is an ATX Form Factor motherboard which features the LGA 2011 V3 socket. The motherboard comes with a 8 Phase PWM design featuring the Ultra Durable components.  There are eight DDR4 DIMM slots surrounding the socket (four on each side) while the socket is supplied juice through the 8-Pin EPS connector. The motherboard comes with the standard red and black color scheme which you may expect from the Gigabyte G1 Gaming series motherboards. There’s only one heat

For storage, Gigabyte went with 10 SATA 6 Gbps ports and two SATA Express ports. There’s also two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 headers along with a PEG power connector. The motherboard has several OC switches near the 24-Pin ATX connector which include voltage check points and a few more switches which include Power and Reset. Expansion slots include four PCI-e 3.0 x16 and three PCI-e 3.0 x16 connectors which allow 4-Way SLI and CrossFire Multi-GPU functionality. The motherboard has two M.2 slots but without any wireless capability. The audio layout featured includes the OP-AMP design and Sound Blaster design with the ALC 1150 codec to deliver high-quality audio. There’s also the Killer E2200 LAN chip which delivers faster networking through the I/O panel LAN port.

I/O on the motherboard includes an OC switch, a Gaming mode switch, two DAC-UP USB 2.0 ports, 8 USB 3.0 ports (1 x Q Flash), PS / 2 port, 7.1 Channel audio jack w/ SPDIF, Killer E2200 powered LAN port and antenna connector panel.

Gigabyte X99 G1 Gaming 5 Motherboard IO Panel (Official Page):GA-X99-Gaming 5 IO

Gigabyte X99 UD5 WiFi Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-X99-UD5 WiFi MotherboardThe Gigabyte X99 UD5 WiFi is based on a full ultra durable design, featuring the LGA 2011-3 socket which supports Intel’s Haswell-E processors including their flagship 8-Core Core i7-5960X. The X99 UD5 WiFi is awful lot similar to the UD7 WiFi and the only difference I was able to spot was the non-existant heatpipe. The board features a gold yellow and black color scheme that uses four sets of heatsinks, three near the LGA 2011-3 socket for PWM, VRM cooling and a larger PCH heatsink which cools off the X99 chipset.

Moving onwards, we have a 8 Phase PWM design featuring high-quality Ultra Durable MOSFETs and black solid state capacitors. The LGA 2011-3 socket is powered by a 8-Pin connector while the motherboard is powered by the 24-Pin ATX connector. The LGA 2011-3 socket is coupled by eight DDR4 DIMM slots (four at each side) and capable of supporting dense memory sticks with speeds beyond 3000 MHz. There are a few overclocking features next to the DIMM slots which include voltage check points, slot disable switches and a Diagnostic LED. Expansion includes four PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots. The motherboard is capable of supporting 4-Way SLI and CrossFire thanks to ample spacing in between the PCI-e Slots.There’s a mSATA connector and a mPCI-e connector in the middle of the PCI-E slots which enables 802.11 A/B/G/N WiFi support.

Storage includes 10 USB 3.0 ports, 2 SATA Express ports. two USB 3.0 headers, two USB 2.0 headers and a PEG connector next to the SATA ports for additional power. Several features could be spotted on the motherboard which include a Sound Blaster powered isolated PCB which uses high-quality components and OP-AMP for superior audio quality through the 7.1 Channel audio jack.

Gigabyte X99 UD5 WiFi Motherboard IO Panel (Official Page):GA-X99-UD5 WiF IOi

Gigabyte X99 UD4 Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 MotherboardThe Gigabyte X99 UD4 is based on a full ultra durable design, featuring the LGA 2011-3 socket which supports Intel’s Haswell-E processors including their flagship 8-Core Core i7-5960X. The X99 UD7 WiFi is awful lot similar to the UD5 WiFi and the only difference I was able to spot was the ATX Form Factor compared to the EATX on the UD5 WiFi. The board features a gold yellow and black color scheme that uses four sets of heatsinks, three near the LGA 2011-3 socket for PWM, VRM cooling and a larger PCH heatsink which cools off the X99 chipset. The heatsinks are connected through a large heatpipe which run across the surface of the PCB dissipating heat off the components for load optimization.

Moving onwards, we have a 8 Phase PWM design featuring high-quality Ultra Durable MOSFETs and black solid state capacitors. The LGA 2011-3 socket is powered by a 8-Pin connector while the motherboard is powered by the 24-Pin ATX connector. The LGA 2011-3 socket is coupled by eight DDR4 DIMM slots (four at each side) and capable of supporting dense memory sticks with speeds beyond 3000 MHz. There are a few overclocking features next to the DIMM slots which include voltage check points, slot disable switches and a Diagnostic LED. Expansion includes four PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots. The motherboard is capable of supporting 4-Way SLI and CrossFire thanks to ample spacing in between the PCI-e Slots.

Storage includes 10 USB 3.0 ports, 2 SATA Express ports. two USB 3.0 headers, two USB 2.0 headers and a PEG connector next to the SATA ports for additional power. Several features could be spotted on the motherboard which include a Sound Blaster powered isolated PCB which uses high-quality components and OP-AMP for superior audio quality through the 7.1 Channel audio jack.

Gigabyte X99 UD4 Motherboard IO Panel (Official Page):GA-X99-UD4 IO

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