The X99-Gaming 5 was actually a surprise for me. It is basically a cut down X99-Gaming G1; less the OC features, a few phases, the Intel NIC, the AC WIFI/BT card, and some other IO. Being what it is, it still provides a pretty vast feature set for its price.
The audio is very good, and the aesthetics of the board are appealing, especially if you like lighting effects. Performance benchmarks reveal that in 3D performance the X99-Gaming 5 does pretty well, which could be due to the fact that the first few slots are hard wired to the CPU and don't go through any switches. While the GPU performance is great, the M.2 performance is lower than other boards, which is what I expected.
I was surprised that the 6-phase VRM was able to take a 4.5GHz OC and not get too hot - VRMs on other boards have double the phase count and reach temperatures only a few degrees lower. However, this board isn't meant for extreme overclocking, as the lack of basic overclocking features makes overclocking a more time consuming task. This is more of a set and forget type overclocking board, meant for 24/7 OCs rather than world records.
In terms of board improvement, I would really have liked to see the OC features (at least a POST code display) and the UEFI could use an upgrade when it comes to fan control. For $270, the X99-Gaming 5 is one value packed product, it's a solid board with good performance and some very cool features.
If you are a gamer looking for high value in a product, then you should take a look at the X99-Gaming 5. Strong 3D performance, accommodating GPU configuration options, hip ambient lighting, and high quality parts make the X99-Gaming 5 one of the best value buys out there for a solid X99 motherboard.
PRICING: You can find the GIGABYTE Intel LGA 2011-3 X99 4way SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Killer LAN Motherboards GA-X99-GAMING 5 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (including Overclocking)||92%|
|Quality including Design and Build||93%|
|Bundle and Packaging||94%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: Strong 3D performance, accommodating GPU configuration options, hip ambient lighting, and high quality parts make the GIGABYTE X99-Gaming 5 one of the best value buys out there for a solid X99 gaming motherboard.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and the X99-Gaming 5]
- Page 3 [X99-Gaming 5 Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 5 [Test Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [Temperature and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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