Gigabyte X99 SOC Force Motherboard Review

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The Gigabyte X99 SOC Force follows a standard E-ATX form factor, that would be 30.5 cm x 26.4 cm. The motherboard is located in the more enthusiast space within the X99 range. 


Included with the motherboard are the regulars including; manuals, driver CDs, SATA cables and a rear IO plate. 

  • CPU support: Haswell-E class Intel Core processors
  • Chipset: Intel X99 Express Chipset
  • Intel Gigabit Ethernet
  • Storage: 10x SATA 6Gb/s, 1x M.2, PCIe 20 Gb/s and one SATA Express port
  • Connectivity: 4x PCI-E 3.0 x16 and three x1 PCIe 2.0
  • 8x USB 3.0 / 4x USB on the backpanel
  • 8-channel Audio ALC1150 Realtek




Well look at that; small and good looking. And really, as powerful as an enthusiast setup. Included in the bundle is one mighty fine motherboard and gear like braided SATA cables, SLI connectors, voltage trip wires and an OC brace which keeps 4-ways SLI/Crossfire cards stable mounted.




You will notice that the motherboard has a massively filled IO panel. The I/O back panel reveals 10 USB 3.0 ports. A Realtek ALC1150 high definition audio codec is the source for audio.The integrated audio comes from Realtek ALC1150 combined with a software suite. The audio unit has special capacitors and also has an added audio headphone amplifier. We spot one 10/100/1000 fast Ethernet jack (Intel I128-V). Included as well is a PS/2 combo port for either a keyboard or a mouse. Extremely handy if you enter windows and your USB ports do not work just yet.  



Check that, 4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and 3x x1 PCIe slots. The x16 slots are PCI Express Gen 3.0 configurations ready, that's just more then plenty. Mind you that the Core i7 5960X and 5930K processors have 40 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes while the Core i7 5820K 'only' has 28 PCIe lanes.

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