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GIGABYTE X99P-SLI (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Apr 26, 2016 1:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

X99P-SLI Circuit Analysis Continued

 

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GIGABYTE is using the same "Alpine Ridge" controller found on some Z170 motherboards which support Thunderbolt 3. In this case, four PCI-E 3.0 lanes are connected to the controller. The controller provides USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 3, and a TPS65982 provides advanced Type-C port power and switch capabilities.

 

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The audio uses an ALC1150 as the codec and a Texas Instruments NE5532 as the amplifier. There are 11 Nichicon Gold series electrolytic audio capacitors. There are 13 RGB LEDs located along the divide which illuminate the division between the audio section and rest of the motherboard.

 

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GIGABYTE decided to use Intel's i218v to support a full Intel NIC implementation. To expand some of the USB 3.0 on the backpanel, GIGABYTE utilizes a Renesas D720210 USB 3.0 hub.

 

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An IDT6V49322NLG clock generator expands BCLK margins. The main SuperIO is an iTE IT8620E and a secondary embedded controller, an iTE IT8792E, provides expanded fan control.

 

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Two 128Mbit (16MB) BIOS ROMs provide dual BIOS functionality.

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