With the arrival of the X99 PCH, Intel re-introduced real high-end features with great overclocking potential, and I would have to say that the GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI is tied with the X58 G1.Assassin as my all-time favorite GIGABYTE G1 series motherboard. For $344.79, the GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI provides a lot of features, and a very solid hardware package.
The VRMs on this board are almost exactly the same as that of the X99 SOC Force, the only difference being the use of different capacitors. The SLI/CrossFireX capabilities make use of all PCI-E 3.0 lanes from the CPU, and there is a plethora of SATA6GB/s and USB 3.0 onboard. The GA-X99-Gaming G1 also offers SATA Express, but you will lose two SATA6GB/s ports and your M.2 if you chose to use it. The coolness factor is also strong with this board; the LED lighting is done tastefully, and can be easily disabled if you don't like it.
The gaming series from GIGABYTE has always been focused more towards gaming and customization than anything else, and that doesn't change with the GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI. Its CPU overclocking is strong and its memory overclocking is straight forward; however, what you won't get in extra tiny overhead that you might from overclocking motherboards, you will get in ease of use and performance. An example of this is the memory overclocking testing I did; max memory overclock was about 30- 50MHz lower than the overclocking specific boards we tried; however, at the same speeds it provided better efficiency (more performance).
GIGABYTE has bundled high-end hardware, connectivity, and gaming features into a gaming board, while also providing strong overclocking support. So, if you are in the market for a high-end gaming board that is designed to impress, you should give the GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI a closer look.
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United States: The GIGABYTE GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI retails for $344.79 at Amazon.
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