Today I will take you on a journey into the heart of the GIGABYTE X99-SOC Force. The GIGABYTE SOC Force lineup is the evolution of the OC lineup we initially saw released with the X58 platform. Since X58, GIGABYTE hasn't released an X series board under the OC name, but with X99, things have changed, and GIGABYTE is now bringing out their OC lineup once again for the high-end desktop platform.
GIGABYTE has introduced some new features to the GIGABYTE line up. These features include automated USB flashing for BIOS failures, pulsating LEDs, and even ports for K-type thermocouples. GIGABYTE has also taken advantage of newer technologies, like providing a Thunderbolt ready internal header, a Turbo M.2 slot, and of course, SATA Express. The board features two, three, and four-way SLI and CrossFireX support, eight back panel USB 3.0 ports, and even up to ten SATA 6GB/s ports. However, the real appeal of the X99-SOC Force is in the hardware design and overclocking, and that is what we will cover today.
The X99-SOC Force has five, four-pin PWM fan headers. The CPU fan header has PWM fan control, and the others have voltage mode control, meaning they use the older three-pin fan control method; they will also work with PWM fans. This time, GIGABYTE decided to throw in some more temperature sensors; they have added two system temperature sensors built into the board, and even added in two K-type thermocouple ports. These are labeled as "Subz" in the manual, and we will cover the hardware for them later, but it allows you to place temperature sensors, and those sensors will be able to detect negative temperatures down to -200C.
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United States: The GIGABYTE X99-SOC Force retails for $349.99 at Amazon.