It seems like this week has been the week for companies to reveal their X99 motherboard as we have seen the X99S SLI Plus and X99S Gaming 9 AC from MSI. Well Gigabyte is showing off their next generation X99 Gaming G1 WiFi motherboard that features the G1 gaming design and Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable PCB components.
The Gigabyte X99 Gaming G1 WiFi motherboard will support Intel’s upcoming Haswell-E processors as it has the LGA 2011-3 socket. This motherboard will have the same G1 Gaming design that was on the G1 Gaming WiFi Black edition. It will have a black, red and grey color design. There are a total of four attractive heatsinks on the board itself. These heatsinks are interconnected by heatpipes.
Looking at the power delivery components we have an 8 phase power design that makes use of high-quality Ultra Durable MOSFETs and black solid state capacitors. Power to the CPU comes by way of an 8pin EPS connector. There are a total of 8 DDR4 DIMM slots on the board, four on each side of the CPU socket. On the edge of the motherboard you can see power and reset buttons, a debug LED and your 24pin ATX power connection.
When it comes to storage you have 10 SATA 6GB/s ports, 2 SATA Express Ports, two USB 3.0 headers, two USB 2.0 headers, mSATA connector and mPCIe connector. As far as expansion slots go there are four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots. The motherboard is more than capable of supporting 4-way CrossFire and SLI setups thanks to the spacing between the PCI-Express slots.
Other features spotted on this motherboard are a Sound Blaster powered isolated PCB which uses high-quality components and OP-AMP for superior audio quality through the 7.1 Channel audio jack and Killer E2200 LAN chipset for networking support. The rear I/O of the motherboard will features several USB 3.0/2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet port, Antenna connectors for WiFi, 7.1 channel audio and several other connectors.
The motherboard is expected to have a retail price above $300 and will be available later this month.
Feb 26, 2015 0