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GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 13, 2016 2:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

X99-Ultra Gaming Circuit Analysis Continued




The X99-Ultra Gaming uses the ALC1150 just like almost all other X99 motherboards. It does use a Texas Instruments OPA1652 headphone amplifier along with multiple Nichicon Gold series audio grade electrolytic capacitors. There is also a physical divide to protect the analog signals in the audio area. There are surface mounted RGB LEDs to illuminate the slits in the shield that covers this area.





The X99-Ultra Gaming uses two 1Gbit NICs. The first is an Intel NIC, which is partially integrated into the PCH and uses the i218v as the PHY (physical layer device). The second is a standalone Killer e2400, which is built for gamers. You don't have to use Killer's software; you have the option to only install drivers.


GIGABYTE is using Intel's Alpine Ridge USB 3.1/Thunderbolt 3 controller in the USB 3.1 configuration. The X99-Ultra Gaming isn't like some other motherboards that will get Thunderbolt 3 certification later on. It only has two PCI-E lanes routed to the chip instead of four and uses the Texas Instruments HDS3212 USB type-c controller and not the Thunderbolt 3 controller.




The motherboard has two 128Mbit BIOS ROMs for DualBIOS but also has QFlash Plus, which allows for BIOS flashing without a CPU installed. QFlash Plus is made possible by the IT8951E embedded controller.




Two NEC D720210 USB 3.0 hubs are used to expand one USB 3.0 port into four. The rear IO panel gets four USB 3.0 through one hub, and the two internal headers also get their bandwidth from one of these hubs.




The main SuperIO is the IT8620E, but for extra fan control, GIGABYTE also implemented an ITE8792E embedded controller. The IT8620E provides some fan control, system monitoring, and PS/2 on the rear IO panel. An IDT6v49322NLG clock generator provides better BCLK overclocking capabilities.




The NXP PCI-E 3.0 quick switches pictured above move around the PCI-E slot bandwidth.

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