When it comes to X99, the average motherboard price is around $325. While this might seem like a barrier to entry, it guarantees a pretty hefty feature set, and durability. Today I take a trip into the land of gaming motherboards with the GIGABYTE GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI. The GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI comes from a long heritage of G1 series motherboards, and I have experienced all of high-end G1 boards since their introduction during the X58 days.
I wasn't the biggest fan of the change to red themed boards from the traditional green; however it has started to grow on me. The new GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI's looks are well executed, and the LED lighting is done well and isn't too strong, yet it provides nice accent lighting. The X99-Gaming G1 WIFI features eight USB 3.0 ports on the back, ten SATA6GB/s ports, four-way graphics support, eight DDR4 DIMMs, M.2 and SATA Express that share bandwidth with some of those SATA6GB/s ports, a very upgraded audio section, and a hefty VRM.
The GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI 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, right near the Sys_Fan 1 and Sys_Fan2. Fan control is provided through the UEFI, and through Windows (EasyTune/System Information Viewer).
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United States: The GIGABYTE GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI retails for $344.79 at Amazon.
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