The X99-SOC Champion is one of GIGABYTE's best overclocking boards, and revives the reputation they had back in the X58 days with the original X58A-OC. This is not only because of the LGA2083 socket, which is a huge benefit for extreme overclockers, but it is also because of its overall price and performance.
While the overclocking tests in this review don't hit upon the strong points of the socket, I have tested this board under liquid nitrogen and pushed the uncore much higher than I could on most other boards. You are usually limited to about 3.7-3.8GHz on the uncore with the normal LGA2011 socket, but on boards with the extra pins, you can push over 4GHz and towards 5GHz.
While this is kind of worthless for anyone overclocking on air or water, for those using liquid nitrogen, it can come in handy to break world records. This is a very simple board to overclock, and all of the tools are right there on the board.
There is a drawback to one of the main overclocking features, and that is the fact that this board has only four DIMMs. This means you need to buy a high density memory kit if you want over 16GB of DDR4, which isn't a big deal for me, but it might matter to those looking at content creation. However, this board is designed for overclocking, and perhaps little else. While it is designed for overclocking, you can easily use this for anything you might do with an X99 system. The performance of the X99-SOC Champion, both in benchmarks and thermal testing, makes it an ideal candidate for anyone looking for a solid X99 motherboard.
At $300, it is a great catch considering other boards with the same reputation can cost 50% more. I would say that the X99-SOC Champion lives up to its name, and is in fact an overclocking champion. If you are looking to break world records, and don't want to rob a bank, the X99-SOC Champion might just be the right board for you.
PRICING: You can find the X99-SOC Champion 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.
United States: The X99-SOC Champion retails for $299.99 at Amazon
Australia: The X99-SOC Champion retails for $539.00 at PLE Computers.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (including Overclocking)||98%|
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||92%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||93%|
The Bottom Line: I would say that the GBT X99-SOC Champion lives up to its name and is in fact an overclocking champion. If you are in the market to break world records and don't want to rob a bank, the X99-SOC Champion might be the right board for you.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and the X99-SOC Champion]
- Page 3 [X99-SOC Force 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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