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GIGABYTE X99-Phoenix SLI (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 28, 2016 4:48 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Steven's Motherboard Test System Specifications

 

 

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The default orange RGB LEDs produce a nice aesthetically pleasing vibe that can hypnotize in pulse mode. The Dominator Platinum memory produces white light that has a blue tint which contrasts well with the orange RGB LEDs. Of course, you can also turn off the motherboard lights or change their color. I do like how the light shines through the shields over the IO, audio, and SATA areas. The lighting between the memory DIMMs is also a nice touch.

 

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The IO shield is not illuminated like on previous high-end GIGABYTE X99 motherboards, but GIGABYTE did make honeycomb-style slits in the IO panel shield so that some of that light can shine through the rear of the system. If there is a white wall behind the case, you will get a neat shadow effect from the lights.

 

The new test bench is designed to test every aspect of the motherboard and IO. I have designed it so that the motherboard sits in a case and is cooled by fans always-on at a constant rate to keep the conditions similar during all tests. I have cut out part of the case behind the motherboard so I can get thermal images of the back of the PCB where the VRM heat spreads. System and CPU power measurements are now digitally logged.

 

I am also using a Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 for our network (including wireless AC) tests. The latest M.2, SSD, and USB technologies are also being utilized to test the maximum potential of the motherboards that are tested.

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