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Reviewed: GIGABYTE X99M Gaming 5 (Intel X99) Motherboard

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IMG 4 logoJust 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.

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The GIGABYTE GA-X99M Gaming 5 from above.

Apart from some red accents the entire board including PCB is black. All three heatsinks are connected to each other by a heat pipe.

Specifications

Below are the technical specifications of the GIGABYTE GA-X99M Gaming 5:

The main technical specifications of the GIGABYTE GA-X99M Gaming 5
Mainboard form Micro-ATX
Manufacturers and
Designation
Gigabyte
GA-X99M gaming 5
CPU socket LGA2011 v3
Street Price $249.99
Homepage http://www.gigabyte.com/
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)
Onboard features
PCI Express

3x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 / - / - x16 / x16 / - Core i7-5930K with and 5960X); (X16 / - / - x16 / x8 / - Core i7-5820K with)
1x PCIe 2.0 x1
1x M.2 WIFI

PCI -
Serial ATA, SAS and
ATA controller

8x SATA 6G (6x with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10) Intel X99
1x SATA Express 10 Gb/s on Intel X99
1x M.2 with 10 Gbit/s

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
Graphics interfaces -
WLAN / Bluetooth -
Thunderbolt -
LAN

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
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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.