Gigabyte has announced a new LGA2011v3 motherboard in the X99-SLI. This board is almost identical to the X99-UD4, which we recently reviewed. It is not a re-brand though because the PCB is actually different between the two. I assume Gigabyte is releasing this motherboard to make the most out of the pre-Summer sales season.
The board features a 6-phase VRM for the CPU. Power to the board comes by way of a combination of 24pin ATX and 8pin EPS connections. There is an optional 4pin Molex for extra power for the PCI-Express slots. The CPU is wired to a total of 8 DDR4 DIMM slots and four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots. The slots will run in the following configurations depends on the CPU you have installed: x16/NC/x16/NC or x16/NC/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8 on i7-5930K and i7-5960X; x16/NC/x4 or x8/x8/x4 on i7-5820K. So you have 4-way SLI and CrossFireX support.
When it comes to storage the board has an M.2 slot (PCI-Express 2.0 x2 / SATA 6GB/s), a single SATA Express port, and a total of 10 SATA 6GB/s ports. Six of these can be used in a RAID configuration while the other four are run in ACHI mode. There are a total of 8 USB 3.0 ports (six on the rear panel, two by headers), a single gigabit Intel Ethernet connection, and Gigabyte’s AMP UP audio solution.
The board is set up to compete with ASUS’s X99-A and MSI’s X99S Gaming 7. It should be priced around the $199-$249 range.