Final Thoughts about the Gigabyte x99 Phoenix SLI Motherboard
Gigabyte redesigned their motherboards just shortly before Computex 2016 with the launches occurring at Computex. For the X99 Phoenix, Gigabyte took their design queues from the popular Z170x-Gaming 7 and applied it to their flagship X99 gaming board. Not that their flagship board was bad before, this just makes it better. I appreciate that Gigabyte went with a different color scheme and chose orange/white/silver color scheme. But appearance isn’t everything; the proof is in the performance and performance wise, the X99 Phoenix is right on par with competitors X99 offerings. Motherboards today are so good, especially at this level, I seriously doubt you’ll see any meaningful disparity between them. The X99 Phoenix handled the Intel i7 6950x with ease and no BIOS update.
Much like the legendary Phoenix, Gigabyte has renewed their focus on the enthusiast platform and has quickly become my favorite X99 motherboard. To say it’s a good motherboard is simply understating the package as a whole. Typically I tend to stay away from manufacture provided software such as apps and whatnot. However, I found myself using some of the built in apps. The Ambient LEDs fill out the underside of the board well and has 4-pin headers to control additional LED strips. . The motherboard would go extremely well in a mod or a showcase build. The updated UEFI BIOS is a welcome addition. The EZ-mode is extremely fast and easy to use. The performance, features and price of the Gigabyte X99 Phoenix SLI nets it the Editors Choice Award.