Features and Motherboard Layout

Features

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  • Supports New Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition
  • Support for DDR4 XMP up to 3333MHz
  • Genuine All Digital Power Design with IR Digital PWM & IR PowIRstage® ICs
  • 4-Way Graphics with Premium PCIe Lane
  • Dual M.2 Technology for SSD Drive and WIFI card
  • Gold Plating for CPU socket, Memory DIMMs and PCIe slots
  • Onboard Creative Sound Core3D™ quad-core audio processor
  • AMP-UP Audio technology with exclusive Upgradable OP-AMP
  • Independent Right and Left Audio Channel PCB Layers
  • LED lighting for the audio guard light path and the back panel LED
  • Quad DAC-UP USB ports
  • Gold plated audio ports
  • High end Nichicon audio capacitors
  • Killer™ E2200 gaming networking
  • SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • Long lifespan Durable Black™ Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
  • Thunderbolt™ Ready
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ with Q-Flash Plus USB port

Motherboard Layout

The GIGABYTE X99-Gaming 5P motherboard sports the aesthetics common to their G1 Gaming Series board line, black with red accents. Both the audio PCB divider line and the upper portion of the chipset heat sink glow red when the board is actively powered. The board's EATX form factor allows for enough space between components to make the board easy to setup and work on, even with it loaded up with add-on cards.

The backside of the X99-Gaming 5P's black PCB is component-free with lots of solder points and traces only. If you need to replace the stock backplate for cooling, you will have absolutely no worries about damaging components on the back of this board.

GIGABYTE integrated the following rear panel ports into the X99-Gaming 5P's: separate PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports, four USB 2.0 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, a Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 GigE RJ-45 port, an optical audio port, five gold-plated analogue audio ports for superior audio fidelity, and a bracket supporting two WI-FI antennae ports. The white colored USB 3.0 port can be used in conjunction with the board's Q-Flash Plus BIOS updater function. You simply connect a USB drive containing a BIOS file named GIGABYTE.bin and power on the system. If both the main and backup BIOS fail to initialize at startup, the Q-Flash Plus function will automatically attempt to flash the BIOS from the connected USB drive.

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The X99-Gaming 5P motherboard has a total of seven PCI-Express device ports – four PCI-Express x16 slots and three PCI-Express x1 slots. For the PCIe x16 slots, the board supports full x16 bandwidth with a single or dual card, and mixed-mode x16 / x8 bandwidth with three or four video card populating the board. Note that quad-card mode is only available when using a CPU with 40 PCI-E lanes. When using a CPU with 28 PCI-E lanes, tri-card mode at x8 / x8 / x8 bandwidth is the maximum supported configuration with PCI slot 3 limited to x4 operation.

To the upper right of the PCIe ports are the rear panel LED power header (2 pin) and a 4-pin system fan header. When the rear panel power cable is connected to the power header, the rear panel shield glows blue.

The mini-PCIe port, for use with an option WIFI card (not included), and the M.2 PCIe x4 port are located in between the lower portions of PCIe slots 2 and 3, just above the chipset cooler. GIGABYTE stacked the mPCIe and M.2 PCIe slots so that the M.2 card sits on top of the mPCIe WIFI card when seated. The board supports M.2 PCIe SSDs up to 80mm in length. Note that the M.2 and the SATA Express ports (or SATA ports 4 and 5 ports if used individually) share bandwidth and are designed to be mutually exclusive.

GIGABYTE designed the audio subsystem on a separate PCB to ensure audio clarity and fidelity. The PCB separator line glows red along its length when the board is powered, making for a nice effect in-line with the board's Gaming Series color scheme. The quad-core SoundBlaster Core3D audio chipset is capped with a gold-plated heat sink located in the upper left corner of the board for signal shielding purposes. The changeable OP-AMP port and audio gain control switches are located to the right of the audio chipset. The audio gain control switch change the gain for the rear panel output ports. The gain is set to 2.5x with the switch set to position 1 (up) and 6x with the switch set to position 2 (down). The OP-AMP port allows for user switching of the board's OP-AMP chip for customized the audio experience. By default, the board comes with a TI Burr Brown® OPA2134 OP-AMP chip installed in the socket. The front panel audio header is located the upper left corner of the audio PCB, to the left of the audio chipset.

The front panel audio header, Thunderbolt add-in card header, and MOLEX-style PCIe power connector are located along the upper sides of PCIe x16 slot 4. GIGABYTE's Thunderbolt add-in card can be connected to the Thunderbolt add-in header to unlock additional add-in card integration functions. The PCIe power connector is used to provide additional power to the PCIe bus when using two or more video cards with the board. You simply plug a male 4-pin MOLEX power connector into the port from your PSU.

The integrated USB 2.0 headers along the lower outside of PCIe x16 slot 4. The CMOS battery is located in between the lower portions of PCIe X16 slots 3 and 4, to the right of the USB 2.0 headers. The chipset LED power header is located just below the CMOS battery, providing power to the glowing bits of the chipset heat sink.

The CMOS clear jumper, front panel header, and two system fan headers are located in the lower left corner of the board.

The Intel X99 chipset is covered by a large aluminum heat sink with the G1 Gaming Series logo embedded into its surface. The heat sink is low profile and acts as a terminating end for the heat pipe connecting the board's various heat sinks. The red strip just above the "eye" logo glows red when the board is powered.

The CPU Mode switch and USB3.0 header are located to the lower right of the Intel X99 chipset cooler. The CPU Mode switch activates the extra overclocking pins in the CPU socket when enabled (set to the 2 position to the left).

GIGABYTE integrated eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports and one SATA-Express 10 Gb/s port into the X99-Gaming 5P. The SATA-Express port house two SATA 6 Gb/s ports that can be used as stand-alone ports as well. Note that the M.2 and the SATA Express ports share bandwidth and are designed to be mutually exclusive. Nor can the SATA ports 4 and 5 ports be used individually with the M.2 port in use.

The eight on board DDR4 memory slots are located directly above and below the CPU socket with support of up to 128GB of memory across all slots. Quad Channel memory mode is enabled with memory modules seated in like colored slots. The primary memory slots are the black colored slots in both the top and bottom slot sets. Note that memory speeds above 2133MHz are considered overclocked speeds and are outside of the official Intel stock memory speed specifications. The 24-pin ATX power port and USB 3.0 header are is located below of the lower DIMM slot set. The rear panel shield power header and 4-pin CPU secondary fan header are located above of the upper DIMM slot set. The rear panel shield surface glows blue when the power cable is connected to the board connector.

The CPU socket area is clear of obstructions. The 4-pin CPU fan header is located to the lower left of the CPU socket. Notice how GIGABYTE connected all the board coolers via heat pipes unobtrusively routed, to better flow along the board's natural lines and hide them in plain sight.

The integrated 8-pin ATX12V power connector along the upper outside edge of the VRM heat sink. The VRM heat sink should pose no problems with using the power connector.

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