When it comes to GIGABYTE's X99 refresh models, the X99-Designare EX is the top model followed by the X99-Phoenix SLI and then the X99-Ultra Gaming. The X99-Ultra Gaming targets gamers instead of workstation or power users. It's priced lower than the other two new models but still is considered a high-end motherboard. The motherboard is also loaded to the brim with RGB LEDs; they are in almost every nook and cranny.
If RGB LEDs are not your thing, GIGABYTE still has a wide assortment of other features and capabilities that are sure to entice. As with most X99 refresh models, GIGABYTE does have the latest in U.2 and M.2 storage technologies along with a fancy way of switching around CPU PCI-E lanes to facilitate all of the features. As a gaming product, it also needs to facilitate multiple GPUs and GIGABYTE has also employed the same PCI-E layout we saw on the X99-Phoenix to try and optimize two and three card setups over four card setups. Without further ado, let's examine the X99-Ultra Gaming.
The motherboard has U.2, M.2, USB 3.1 (type-C and type-A), one Intel NIC, one Killer NIC, and a new BIOS. There are multiple USB 3.0 ports both on the backpanel IO and through internal headers. GIGABYTE's QFlash Plus is also included which allows for emergency BIOS recovery through a flash drive.
The X99-Ultra Gaming is available from many large retailers for $279.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X99-Ultra Gaming Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming Circuit Analysis]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]