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GIGABYTE Champion Series X99-Gaming 5P Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Overclocking and Conclusion

Overclocking

To give a feel for the overclocking performance potential of the X99-Gaming 5P motherboard, we attempted to push it to known CPU-supported performance parameters with minimal tweaking. While the board was not able to stabilize at the known upper limits of the processor used for testing (4.5GHz), we were able to get the processor stable at 4.3GHz at a 125MHz base clock speed in conjunction with a 2333MHz memory speed and at 100MHz base clock speed with a 3200MHz memory speed. System stability was tested running the AIDA64 stability test in conjunction with EVGA's OC Scanner X graphical benchmark running at 1280x1024 resolution and 8x MSAA in stress test mode. Note that 16GB (4 x 8GB) of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-3400 memory modules were used for the 3200MHz memory overclocking tests. 32GB (4 x 8GB) of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 memory modules were used for the 2333MHz memory overclocking tests at the 125MHz base clock speeds.

4.37GHz CPU at 125MHz base clock, 2333MHz memory speed

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4.3GHz CPU at 100MHz base clock, 3200MHz memory speed

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Note that this is is meant only as a quick preview of the board's performance potential. With more time to tweak the settings to a greater extent, pushing to a higher base clock and ring bus speed may have been achievable, in addition to an overnight stability run without issue.

Performance

At stock speeds, the GIGABYTE X99-Gaming 5P motherboard performed well in comparison to the other tested board with its performance exceeding expectations in most cases. Overclocking-wise, the board seemed to hit the wall with the test CPU just shy of our expected speed settings. However, we were able to pair up the high speed Corsair Dominator Platinum modules with the board, running at an impressive 3200MHz.

Pricing

As of May 19, the GIGABYTE X99-Gaming 5P motherboard was available at Amazon.com for $309.99 with Prime shipping. The board was also available from Newegg.com for $309.99.

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Conclusion

The X99-Gaming 5P lives up to the lofty expectations set by GIGIBYTE for this board by including it in their newly minted Champion Series. This board is almost perfect from the aesthetic and design perspective with its gamer-centric red and black theme and clean board layout. GIGABYTE also included redesigned heat sinks to better sync with the color scheme, going so far as to include red glow effects integrated into the chipset sink. The integrated components were carefully picked to appeal to its target audience with several of the normal overclocking-friendly components left off in favor of the more gamer-friendly components. This includes the inclusion of the Creative 3D audio chipset, socketed OP-AMP, and audio gain switch, while leaving off integrated power and overclocking buttons as well as the 2-digit debug LED normally used by overclockers. Don't get me wrong though, GIGABYTE in no way short changed any of the included power components. The power circuitry integrated into the board matches specs with the other overclocking-enthusiast boards in their line-up.

The actual overclocking experience was one of the more challenging points with this board. While we were unable to stabilize the board at the targeted CPU speed settings, the board did manage a respectable 4.3GHz overclock at both a 100MHz and 125MHz base clock. It even managed to stabilize with the high-speed Corsair memory modules runnning at an impressive 3200MHz.

Strengths

  • Stock performance
  • Overclocking potential
  • Board aesthetics
  • Illuminated rear panel shield
  • Board cooling and heat pipe design / layout
  • CPU socket layout and spacing
  • UEFI BIOS design and usability
  • CMOS battery placement
  • Quality of integrated Creative Labs Core3D chipset and audio subsystem design
  • Performance of Qualcomm Killer GigE NICs
  • Design and placement of mPCIe and M.2 ports

Weaknesses

  • Complexities encountered with dial-in of base overclock
  • Odd ATX12V power connector implementation requiring 1-to-3 power adapter

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May 22, 2015 | 11:01 AM - Posted by cbower82

Great Review Morry, I like all the features that GIGABYTE has laid into this sucker. Support for 128 gigs is awesome. I really wish Asus would have had more x99 boards with this support, especially for the prices you pay on this platform.

I am hoping you guys can do some reviews on the lower end X99 Boards. MSI X99 SLI plus and some other boards have been dropping in price like rocks sometimes way below 200 bones!!

May 24, 2015 | 06:23 AM - Posted by skysaberx8x

Awesome review, but I was never into the whole "gamerish aesthetics".

Sir Morry, could you please review the ASUS X99-E WS MOBO, I read several reviews, but IDK, somehow your reviews is just complete or perfect, IDK.

I once chatted with Josh to ask him to inform you and the PCper team, but you guys are probably playing with the "unreleased" 390x :)

but seriously, Could you please do review it, at least for the sake of this kitties

http://cdn.cutestpaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/l-Sad-kitten.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pieGAX3Jygo/VQpYC8HjD6I/AAAAAAAAAn0/yuFmURkdAE...

May 24, 2015 | 03:53 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

I've been in contact with ASUS, we should be getting something from them "soon".  You'll likley see a review up on it in the July timeframe (maybe)...

May 25, 2015 | 01:30 AM - Posted by skysaberx8x

Thank you very much sir, July is actually perfect since it's the time I'll be ordering my parts. Also, I know I'm asking too much but reading through the "[Official] ASUS X99-E WS Owner's thread", I found out that some xeon cpu's are unlocked, if you could also investigate such a phenomenon, I'll be more than grateful.

Thank you, again. :)

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