Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI Motherboard Review

As for the other connection points, they’re no different from what you’ll see on other boards.

Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI Motherboard Review

The board comes with 4x PCI-E x16 slots. YAY! 😀

Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI Motherboard Review

Details of the PCI-E connection as below…..
– 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIE_1, PCIE_2)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIE_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIE_1 and PCIE_2 slots.

– 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIE_3, PCIE_4)
* The PCIE_4 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIE_1 slot. When the PCIE_4 slot is populated, the PCIE_1 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
* When an i7-5820K CPU is installed, the PCIE_2 slot operates at up to x8 mode and the PCIE_3 operates at up to x4 mode.
(All PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

The above was taken from the specification page of the product.

The AMP-UP Audioâ„¢ Technology from Gigabyte comes part of the board.

Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI Motherboard Review

Here’s what the AMP-UP Audioâ„¢ Technology is about.

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I/O Ports on the board ……….

Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI Motherboard Review

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x CPU overclocking button
1 x Fast Boot button
1 x Clear CMOS button
8 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x RJ-45 ports
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In/Mic In, Line Out, Headphone)
2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)

Yup, you read that right – PS/2 port is still found on this board.

Here’s the under side of the board.

Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI Motherboard Review

And here’s the Wi-Fi connection module.

Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI Motherboard Review

User Experience

The board was lovely overall, powered up my setup with an Intel Core i7-5960X immediately.

One thing I am not used to is that it felt like it took eternity to reach the UEFI screen, very unlike my Z97X-Gaming 3.

I felt that the UEFI interface was disappointing, poorly colored and worst of all – sluggish! 🙁 Fortunately the interface works fine and does not hinder one from modifying the settings, especially for overclocking.

Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI Motherboard Review

The Verdict

The Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI retails at RM 1,459 – certainly not the price you’d expect the average consumer to pay. The board is feature rich and certainly would be worth the price IF you intend to use no less than half of what it offers. 🙂 Great board, just not exactly the board for those on a tight budget. If you’re all set for an expensive board then the GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI should be in your list for consideration.

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