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GIGABYTE Champion Series X99-Gaming 5P Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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The X99-Gaming 5P is the latest board to be branding as part of GIGABYTE's Champion Series of motherboards with enhanced overclocking and memory support common to board's in that series. The board also features the G1 Gaming-branding, clearly targeting the gaming crowd with is red and black aesthetics. The board supports all Intel LGA2011-3 based processors paired with DDR4 memory in up to a quad channel configuration. GIGABYTE priced the X99-Gaming 5P competitively with an MSRP of $309.99.

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The X99-Gaming 5P was designed to take the abuse that enthusiast gamers put their boards through. The board features a 8+4-phase digital power system, using International Rectify Gen 4 digital PWM controllers and Gen 3 PowIRstage controllers, Server Level chokes, and long life Durable Black Solid capacitors. It also offers a superior sound solution for gaming, pairing together the Creative Sound Core3D&trade quad-core audio processor, high-end audio capacitors, and a removable OP-AMP.

Continue reading our review of the GIGABYTE X99-Gaming 5P motherboard!

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GIGABYTE integrated the following features into the X99-Gaming 5P motherboard: eight SATA 3 ports; one SATA-Express port; one M.2 PCIe x4 capable port; one PCIe x4 capable device port; a Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 NIC; four PCI-Express x16 slots; three PCI-Express x1 slots; CPU Mode and audio gain control switches; Sound Blaster Core 3D audio solution; removable audio OP-AMP port; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support.

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Technical Specifications (taken from the GIGABYTE website)

CPU Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors in the LGA2011-3 package
L3 cache varies with CPU

(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)

Chipset Intel® X99 Express Chipset
Memory 8 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB of system memory
* Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.
4 channel memory architecture
Support for DDR4 3333(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2133 MHz memory modules
Support for non-ECC memory modules
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
Support for RDIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx4/2Rx4 memory modules (operates in non-ECC mode)

(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)

Audio Creative® Sound Core 3D chip
Support for Sound Blaster Recon3Di
TI Burr Brown® OPA2134 operational amplifier
High Definition Audio
2/5.1-channel
Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIE_1/PCIE_2)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIE_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIE_1 and PCIE_2 slots.

2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIE_3/PCIE_4)
* The PCIE_4 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIE_1 slot. When the PCIE_4 slot is populated, the PCIE_1 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
* When an i7-5820K CPU is installed, the PCIE_2 slot operates at up to x8 mode and the PCIE_3 operates at up to x4 mode.
(All PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

3 x PCI Express x1 slots
(The PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

1 x M.2 Socket 1 connector for the wireless communication module (M2_WIFI)

Multi-Graphics Technology Support for 4-Way/3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™/NVIDIA® SLI™ technology

* The 4-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ configuration is not supported when an i7-5820K CPU is installed. To set up a 3-Way SLI configuration, refer to "1-6 Setting up AMD CrossFire™/NVIDIA® SLI™ Configuration."

Storage Interface Chipset:
1 x M.2 PCIe connector
(Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA & PCIe x2/x1 SSD support)
1 x SATA Express connector
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5)
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
* Only AHCI mode is supported when an M.2 PCIe SSD or a SATA Express device is installed.
(M2_10G, SATA Express, and SATA3 4/5 connectors can only be used one at a time. The SATA3 4/5 connectors will become unavailable when an M.2 SSD is installed in the M2_10G connector.)

Chipset:
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (sSATA3 0~3), supporting IDE and AHCI modes only
(An operating system installed on the SATA3 0~5 connectors cannot be used on the sSATA3 0~3 connectors.)

USB Chipset:
4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset + Renesas® uPD720210 USB 3.0 Hub:
4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel

Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector?
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x PCIe power connector
1 x I/O shield audio LED power connector
1 x heatsink LED power connector
1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector
1 x SATA Express connector
10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
3 x system fan headers
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x Thunderbolt add-in card connector?
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x CPU mode switch
1 x audio gain control switch
Back Panel Connectors 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
1 x RJ-45 port
5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In/Mic In, Line Out, Headphone)
2 x Wi-Fi antenna connector holes
I/O Controller iTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring System voltage detection
CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection
CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection
CPU/System/Chipset overheating warning
CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning
CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control

* Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.

BIOS 2 x 128 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
Support for Q-Flash Plus
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Unique Features Support for APP Center
* Available applications in APP Center may differ by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also differ depending on motherboard specifications.
  • @BIOS
  • Ambient LED
  • EasyTune
  • EZ Setup
  • Fast Boot
  • Game Controller
  • Cloud Station
  • ON/OFF Charge
  • Smart TimeLock
  • Smart Recovery 2
  • System Information Viewer
  • USB Blocker
  • V-Tuner

Support for Q-Flash
Support for Smart Switch
Support for Xpress Install

Bundle Software Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Operating System Support for Windows 8.1/8/7
Form Factor E-ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 26.4cm

 

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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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