Page 1: Reviewed: GIGABYTE X99M Gaming 5 (Intel X99) Motherboard
Just because you’re after a powerful system, it doesn’t mean you want a large system. Combining the power of X99 but the size of Micro-ATX, the GIGABYTE GA-X99M Gaming 5 could be the motherboard that you’re looking for. Looking great in black and red, let’s find out just what this Micro-ATX board is capable off.
Micro ATX boards from manufacturers based on the high-end X99 chipset are quite limited with companies like ASRock, EVGA and GIGABYTE offering them. Apart from the GA-X99M Gaming 5 form GIGABYTE, there is the X99M Extreme4 and Fata1ty X99M Killer from ASRock and the X99 Micro from EVGA. We, however, today are focusing on the GIGABYTE offering, the GA-X99M Gaming 5.
For $249.99 GIGABYTE offers a Micro-ATX board with three mechanical PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and one PCIe 2.0 x1 slot with four DDR4 DIMM memory banks. There are, apart from two M.2 slots, eight SATA 6GB/s ports, a SATA Express interface, eight USB 3.0 ports and ten USB 2.0 ports. Networking is provided via the Killer NIC controller while on the audio side of things we see the amp up audio feature. With the naked eye we already see a number of onboard features that we will look at in more detail moving forward.
Apart from some red accents the entire board including PCB is black. All three heatsinks are connected to each other by a heat pipe.
Below are the technical specifications of the GIGABYTE GA-X99M Gaming 5:
GA-X99M gaming 5
|CPU socket||LGA2011 v3|
|Northbridge / CPU features|
|Chipset||Intel X99 Express Chipset|
|Memory banks and Type||4x DDR4 (Quad-Channel)|
|Memory expansion||max. 32 GB (8 GB DIMMs)|
|SLI / Crossfire||SLI (2-Way), CrossFireX (2-Way)|
3x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 / - / - x16 / x16 / - Core i7-5930K with and 5960X); (X16 / - / - x16 / x8 / - Core i7-5820K with)
|Serial ATA, SAS and
8x SATA 6G (6x with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10) Intel X99
|USB||8x USB 3.0 (4x on the I/O panel, 4x via headers) 4x directly about Intel X99, 4x about Renesas uPD720210
10x USB 2.0 (6x on the I/O panel, 4x via headers) on Intel X99
|WLAN / Bluetooth||-|
1x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201 Gigabit LAN
|Audio||8-Channel Amp Up-Audio (Realtek ALC1150)|
Centered on the otherwise black packaging we have the GIGABYTE gaming logo. Above it to the left, we see the GIGABTYE logo while on the right side we’ve got the Ultra Durable one. At the bottom we have a pair of Intel logos and the model number.
The included accessories
The package includes:
- I/O panel
- Motherboard manual incl. Driver and software DVD
- Multilingual Installation Guide
- Easy installation guide in French
- four SATA cables
- 2-Way SLI Bridge
Opening up the package we pretty much see the compulsory inclusions, such as the I/O Shield, some relative paperwork, Driver CD, two SATA cables and a 2-Way SLI bridge to round things off.