Gigabyte G1 Gaming X99 Ultra Gaming Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

Gigabyte G1.Gaming X99 Ultra Gaming Review

Test Setup

Gigabyte G1.Gaming X99 Ultra-Gaming
Intel Core i7-6950X
2800MHz Corsair LPX
3000MHz Gskill Ripjaws
3200MHz Gskill TridentZ
3200MHz Corsair LPX
3600MHz Dominator Platinum
nVidia GTX980
Corsair RM1000i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10
F5b Public BIOS

Overclocking

Contrary to many recent X99 motherboard we've reviewed, the Gigabyte Ultra Gaming was happy running absolutely any memory stick we chose to throw in it. In fact we couldn't find a single kit that it wasn't able to use to its fullest. Combining this with the new Gigabyte BIOS - which we'll look at on the next page - and overclocking is easy. We managed an excellent 4.4GHz from our i7-6950X with plenty of wiggle room to spare if you have a more willing CPU. Memory wise it was 100% stable at 4.4 with 3400mhz memory (left) but the scores were much lower than should have been and dispite some manual tweaks we couldn't fix it so we think it was a step too far for the board. We cant praise it enough for still posting and being stable though when other boards would have probably not even posted. Once we put some 3200MHz memory in though score were back to the healthy side of the line and that gave us our 4.4GHz CPU and 3200MHz memory speeds for our over clock tests.

During our overclock testing we did notice that with a manually set voltage of 1.35v the Vcore was varying from 1.33v to 1.39v, now if load line calibration was working properly it shouldnt dip by very much at all so dropping to 1.33v isn't acceptable and when it jumps to 1.39 that is far from right either. Making any changes to the LLC at any overclock seemed to cause instability so this is definitely an area their engineers need to spend some time on.

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Most Recent Comments

06-09-2016, 08:51:04

Dicehunter
Time to get my cuppa on for the vid Quote

06-09-2016, 20:53:10

King of Old Old School
Meh too many LED's, Companies have gone completely mental with the amount of LED's on the motherboards, The worst is yet to come with LED lighting.Quote

07-09-2016, 02:44:17

Kushiro
The colors still suck.Quote

08-09-2016, 14:39:42

realneil
Good review. Thanks.
I liked it so much that I bought one of them.
I'll use my i7-6850K in it.Quote

08-09-2016, 17:19:56

Flux
I have one of these boards which I bought as part of a bundle with a 5820k, got myself some red vengeance led ddr4 memory set to slow pulsing and set the board to red static, looks great and illuminates the case well. Loving the board so far been a good upgrade over my old kit.Quote
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