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Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

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Test System and Testing Procedures

Processor Intel Core i7-5960x (Retail)
CPU Cooler
Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme with Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound
Power Supply
NZXT Hale 90 v2 1000 watt power supply
Memory Kingston Hyper X Fury DDR4 2400MHz CL 15
Storage Samsung EVO 840,
Graphics Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Gaming G1
Drivers Z97AF509 BIOS, Intel Chipset Driver 10.0.3, NVIDIA 335.23 WHQL drivers.
Motherboard(s) Gigabyte X99M-Gaming 5, EVGA X99 Classified
Network Cisco 2906 8 port desktop switch, 10ft CAT 6 cables
Operating System Windows 8.1 Professional, fully patched.

Latest working BIOS, updates and drivers were used at the time of the review. Each test was conducted at least three times for accuracy. UEFI defaults are loaded for stock settings and XMP profile is loaded. Overclock results are for showing the maximum overclock obtained for each board. I was able to reach 4.4GHz result with 1.33Vcore for the Gigabyte X99M-Gaming 5. Overclock stress testing was run non stop for 24 hours. If the board reset or posted errors, the BIOS was reset and the overclock was reduced by 100MHz increments. If the motherboard does not load the XMP profile values correctly for the overclock testing, values will be manually set to keep it standard across the board.

System Benchmarks

  1. wPrime 32M
  2. Aida64 Engineer 4.30.2900
  3. CineBench R15
  4. PCMark 8 v2.0.228
  5. WinRAR 5.01
  6. Handbrake 0.9.9
  7. x264 FHD 1.0.1

Subsystem Testing


  1. CrystalDisk Mark for SATA and USB tests
  2. DPC Latency
  3. Rightmark Audio Analyzer 6.4.0
  4. Passmark Performance Test 8.0 – Network Speed Graph
  5. JPerf 2.0.2
  6. LAN Speed Test 3.4

Gaming Benchmarks

  1. 3DMark (Firestrike test) v1.2.362 – Default Preset
  2. Tomb Raider – Built-in Benchmark, Low preset on 800×600
  3. Bioshock Infinite – Built-in Benchmark, Low Preset on 640×480
  4. Sleeping Dogs – Built-in Benchmark, Low Preset on 640×480


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