There is no doubt that the Haswell-E and X99 are high-performance computing platform parts. With 40 lanes of PCIe available on all but the lowest Haswell-E CPU, quad x8 SLI or Crossfire becomes a reality so does a large(ish) case in order to fit all the components. In contrast, there are quite a few consumers that want a smaller footprint for their PC; others enjoy the challenge of building small form factor PCs such as mATX or mITX. One of the major draw backs with the Intel Extreme platform (Haswell-E & x99) is the price. Typically, a CPU can cost $500.00 or more and motherboard prices range from about $250 to $500.
Gigabyte’s version of the mATX x99 platform is part of their Gaming Line. These motherboards feature top notch power delivery, dedicated audio circuitry, Killer gaming NIC, and a UEFI BIOS that boasts ease of use. Pack all of that into a smaller package of the mATX form factor, and you’ve got one high performing small PC in the Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5.[sc:sponsor sponsor=”Gigabyte” product_link=”http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5221#ov” product_name=”Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5″ product_price_link=”http://amzn.to/1bZ0YGN” product_price=”249.99″ ]
Gigabyte’s packaging features the Gigabyte “Eye” on the front of the box with simply the name. On the back side however, Gigabyte expands on the specification and features of this motherboard as well as a diagram of the board and the I/O panel connectors.
A close up view of the motherboard is available if you lift up the front flap on the box. Internally the motherboard is separated by a cardboard divider. The accessories are on top and the motherboard wrapped in an anti-static bag is on the bottom.
The accessories included with the kit are a 2-way SLI bridge, I/O Shield, four sleeved SATA cables, a user manual and a quick installation guide.
(Please refer “CPU Support List” for more information.)
(Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)
Chipset + Renesas® uPD720210 USB 3.0 Hub:
|Internal I/O Connectors|
|Back Panel Connectors|