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So what is now years ago Adam and I were at a press event for Gigabyte at CES. At that event I spent some time playing against a pro gamer and we also had the chance to see them introduce their new games series of motherboards. At the end of that speech they slipped in a quick sneak peak of a new line of overclocking motherboards with an orange theme that they called OC Orange. Now I think everyone knows just how much I love orange and OC orange to me is LanOC orange, a color that we have used on the website from nearly the start. At that time Adam wrote that he imagined that I wouldn’t be able to sleep until I got my hands on one of the boards. Well it has been a long few years, but today is finally the day. Gigabyte sent over their new X99-SOC Champion flagship overclocking board and today I’m going to dig into it and see what it is all about. Oddly enough now that I can sleep, I want nothing more than to stay up and see what sets the board apart from the competition.

Product Name: Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion

Review Sample Provided by: Gigabyte

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Amazon Link: HERE

 

Specifications

CPU

Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors in the LGA2011-3 package

L3 cache varies with CPU

Chipset

Intel® X99 Express Chipset

Memory

4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory

* Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.

4 channel memory architecture

Support for DDR4 3400(O.C.)* / 3333(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2133 MHz memory modules

Support for non-ECC memory modules

Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

Support for RDIMM 1Rx8 memory modules (operates in non-ECC mode)

Audio

Realtek® ALC1150 codec

High Definition Audio

2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

Support for S/PDIF Out

LAN

Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots

2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIE_1,PCIE_2)

* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIE_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIE_1 and PCIE_2 slots.

2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIE_3,PCIE_4)

* The PCIE_4 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIE_1 slot. When the PCIE_4 slot is populated, the PCIE_1 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.

* When an i7-5820K CPU is installed, the PCIE_2 slot operates at up to x8 mode and the PCIE_3 operates at up to x4 mode.

(All PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

3 x PCI Express x1 slots

(All PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

Multi-Graphics Technology

Support for 4-Way/3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™/NVIDIA® SLI™ technology

Storage Interface

Chipset:

1 x M.2 PCIe connector

(Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 PCIe x4x2/x1 SSD support)

* Support for M.2 PCIe SSDs only.

1 x SATA Express connector

6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5)

Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

* Only AHCI mode is supported when an M.2 PCIe SSD or a SATA Express device is installed.

(M2_20G and SATA Express connectors can only be used one at a time. The SATA Express connector becomes unavailable when an M.2 SSD is installed, but the SATA3 4/5 connectors are still functional.)

4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (sSATA3 0~3), supporting IDE and AHCI modes only

(An operating system installed on the SATA3 0~5 ports cannot be used on the sSATA 0~3 ports.)

USB

Chipset:

2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports available through the internal USB header

8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset + Renesas® uPD720210 USB 3.0 Hub:

4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel

Internal I/O Connectors

1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector

1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector

1 x OC PEG Power Connector

1 x SATA Express connector

10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector

1 x CPU fan header

1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)

3 x system fan headers

1 x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connector

1 x OC Panel connector (for future expansion)

1 x front panel header

1 x front panel audio header

1 x S/PDIF Out header

1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header

2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers

1 x serial port header

1 x Clear CMOS jumper

1 x power button

1 x reset button

1 x Clear CMOS button

1 x CPU mode switch

1 x OC Trigger switch

1 x DualBIOS switch

1 x BIOS switch

Voltage Measurement Points

Back Panel Connectors

1 x PS/2 keyboard port

1 x PS/2 mouse port

4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports

1 x RJ-45 port

1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector

5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)

I/O Controller

iTE I/O Controller Chip

H/W Monitoring

System voltage detection

CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection

CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection

CPU/System/Chipset overheating warning

CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning

CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control

BIOS

2 x 128 Mbit flash

Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS

Support for DualBIOS™

PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

Unique Features

Support for APP Center

* Available applications in APP Center may differ by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also differ depending on motherboard specifications.

@BIOS

Ambient LED

EasyTune

EZ Setup

Fast Boot

Cloud Station

ON/OFF Charge

Smart TimeLock

Smart Recovery 2

System Information Viewer

USB Blocker

V-Tuner

Support for Q-Flash

Support for Smart Switch

Support for Xpress Install

Bundle Software

Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)

Intel® Smart Response Technology

cFosSpeed

Operating System

Support for Windows 8.1/8/7

Form Factor

E-ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 26.4cm

 

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #36624 22 Apr 2015 18:36
Today I check out a motherboard that is sporting a sharp LanOC Orange color scheme. Check out how it performs inside!
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summer01 replied the topic: #36656 16 May 2015 08:42
The world’s number one overclocker, British-born 8Pack selected the Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion is still well equipped due to the nature of the X99 platform?

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