Friday, March 6th 2015

Gigabyte Launches X99 Champion Series Motherboards

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce today the addition of 4 new high performance motherboards to their comprehensive Intel X99 chipsets offering with the X99 Champion series. The new motherboards consist of the X99-Gaming 5P, X99-UD4P, X99-UD3P and the already famous X99-SOC Champion.

DDR4 memory modules are available at a stock frequency of 2133 MHz, but memory vendors encode XMP profiles which can automatically modify the frequency and timings of the supported memory modules to work in par with your CPU. With the X99 Champion Series, GIGABYTE is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 3200 MHz, and exclusively 3400 MHz for the X99-SOC Champion.
Paired with DDR4 memory such as the Corsair Limited Edition Orange Dominator Platinum kit, which was custom designed for the GIGABYTE X99-SOC Champion motherboard, users can take advantage of better responsiveness during gaming and faster operation execution in memory demanding works applications.

Corsair Dominator Platinum Series 16GB DDR4 - DRAM 3400MHz C16 Memory Kit
GIGABYTE X99 Champion series motherboards also provide support for RDIMM memory which allows users to use greater density memory sticks up to 16GB per stick. This paired with a range of exciting features such as the GIGABYTE's Amp-Up Audio, Killer E2200 or Intel gigabit Ethernet controller and unique GIGABYTE Ultra Durable features means that users can truly build a PC that brings them exceptional performance and durability.

Genuine All Digital Power Design
GIGABYTE X99 Champion series motherboards use an all-digital CPU power design from International Rectifier which includes both digital 4th Generation digital PWM Controller and industry-leading 3rd Generation PowIRstage controllers. These 100% digital controllers offer incredible precision in delivering power to the motherboard's most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum performance from their next generation Intel Core processors.

IR Digital PWM and IR PowIRstage ICs
This new generation of IR digital power controllers and PowIRstage ICs feature Isense technology, which provides more precise current sensing accuracy. This helps evenly distribute the thermal loading between the PowerIRstage ICs, preventing the overheating of each individual PowIRstage, resulting in longer lifespan and better reliability.

Server Level Chokes
GIGABYTE X99 Champion series motherboards features Server Level Chokes.
  • Server level reliability
  • High current capacity
  • New design reduces heat created by power loss and provides efficient power delivery to CPU VRM area.
Long Lifespan Durable Black Solid Caps
GIGABYTE X99 Champion series motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at the maximum efficiency for extended periods, even in extreme performance configurations. This provides peace of mind for end users who want to push their system hard, yet demand absolute stability.

6x (30μ) Gold Plating
GIGABYTE X99 Champion series motherboards come equipped with a 30 micron thick gold plating, 4 PCIe slots and over the DIMM slots, which means that enthusiasts can enjoy better connectivity, absolute reliability and longevity for the diverse connectors overtime, without having any concerns about corroded pins and bad contacts.

Creative Sound Core3D Quad-Core Audio Processor Plus Creative SBX Pro Studio Audio Suite
Exclusive to the gaming motherboard of the X99 Champion series, the X99-Gaming 5P features the world's first Quad-Core Creative Sound Core3D Audio Processor plus Advanced Creative SBX PRO STUDIO Audio Suite. SBX Pro Studio suite of audio playback technologies delivers a new level of audio immersion. Realistic surround sound, the ability to clearly hear specific sounds in a gaming environment are just a few elements of SBX Pro Studio that enhances the overall experience, be it movies, games or music.

Realtek ALC 1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-In Reat Audio Amplifier
Featured across the other Champion motherboards is the Realtek ALC1150, a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec that delivers an exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.

The ALC1150 provides ten DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1-channel sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs. Two stereo ADCs are integrated and can support a microphone array with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Beam Forming (BF), and Noise Suppression (NS) technologies. The ALC1150 incorporates Realtek proprietary converter technology to achieve Front differential output 115dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback (DAC) quality and 104dB SNR recording (ADC) quality.

Killer Networking
The GIGABYTE X99-Gaming 5P motherboard features the Killer E2200, a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and online media performance compared to standard solutions. The Killer E2200 features Advanced Stream Detect technology, which identifies and prioritizes all network traffic to ensure important applications that require high-speed connectivity are prioritized over less important traffic.

Intel GbE LAN with cFos Internet Accelerator Software
Additional GIGABYTE X99 Champion series motherboards feature cFos Speed, a network traffic management application which helps to improve network latency, maintaining low ping times to deliver better responsiveness in a crowded LAN environment. cFos Speed works in a similar way to an OS driver, monitoring network traffic packets at the application layer, allowing optimization and improved network performance for specific applications.

For more information, visit the product pages of GA-X99-UD3P, GA-X99-UD4P, GA-X99-Gaming 5P, and GA-X99-SOC Champion.
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12 Comments on Gigabyte Launches X99 Champion Series Motherboards

#1
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
Pretty nice desing ... trsuted brand 4ever!
Regards,
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#2
micropage7
nice full size boards and some reviews too
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#3
dj-electric
I wonder when are we going to see high end motherboards without these in their name:
Champion (ASRock, GB)
Gaming\gamer (Asus, GB, MSI)

By now - i gave up on eastern marketing. Eastern marketing is the most horrible thing in the world for me. Every ad, every poorly designed logo or poster, every cringy video on youtube.

These guys GOT to stop and let some westerners handle their PR if they are going to market to the west.
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Caring1
Dj-ElectriC
I wonder when are we going to see high end motherboards without these in their name:
Champion (ASRock, GB)
Gaming\gamer (Asus, GB, MSI)

By now - i gave up on eastern marketing. Eastern marketing is the most horrible thing in the world for me. Every ad, every poorly designed logo or poster, every cringy video on youtube.

These guys GOT to stop and let some westerners handle their PR if they are going to market to the west.
Have a look at ECS, they have imaginative names like Machine and Drone.
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#5
night.fox
i assumed only difference is more cpu pins and no wifi? I would then pressume that the Voltage regulators was also step up? or same? anyway, more pins, less wifi = less pins, +wifi. Probably the price is same? and no usb 3.1?
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#6
Uplink10
I gotta ask, why are there so many motherboard models (Z97, H97...) which are slightly different from each other? When I went to motherboard manufacturers site, I couldn't decide how to compare so many slightly different motherboards.
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#7
Chaitanya
night.fox
i assumed only difference is more cpu pins and no wifi? I would then pressume that the Voltage regulators was also step up? or same? anyway, more pins, less wifi = less pins, +wifi. Probably the price is same? and no usb 3.1?
No usb 3.1 is a bummer, but it seems like the only upgrade worth pointing out is that non-reference CPU socket similar to Asus OC socket. except for the OC Champion which was showcased heavily at CES this year.
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#8
night.fox
Uplink10
I gotta ask, why are there so many motherboard models (Z97, H97...) which are slightly different from each other? When I went to motherboard manufacturers site, I couldn't decide how to compare so many slightly different motherboards.
Think of it this way. "z" is for overclocking with improved vrm or more power phase. also z mobos are more support for memory overclocking. and so and so forth. There is no point in getting a "k" version processor which is overclockable if you only getting h97.

You can also use your favorite search engine for the difference between chipsets

www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Z97-vs-H97-What-is-the-Difference-562/
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#9
Uplink10
I explained myself wrongly, I was reffering to this www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Intel_Platform_Products
Click Z97 and you will see two pages of Z97 motherboards. This is a nightmare. And if you can take it, check this www.gigabyte.com/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=0&p=346&v=23
There is too many models of motherboards of the same chipset.

Edit: That page lists H97 as not overclockable which is not entirely true, some H97 motherboards can be overclocked.
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night.fox
Uplink10
I explained myself wrongly, I was reffering to this www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/Intel_Platform_Products
Click Z97 and you will see two pages of Z97 motherboards. This is a nightmare. And if you can take it, check this www.gigabyte.com/products/list.aspx?s=42&jid=0&p=346&v=23
There is too many models of motherboards of the same chipset.

Edit: That page lists H97 as not overclockable which is not entirely true, some H97 motherboards can be overclocked.
of course. there are categories. some have many bling bling some are not. some are E-ATX, ATX, mini itx, micro atx etc etc. you just have to decide first what do you want to achieve. For example, if you want a small size computer then either go with mini itx or matx. if you want to do dual GPU setup go with ATX. it all matters about planning.

yes there are H97 that can do overclocking but it is part of mobos manufacturer's choice but it is not officially supported by intel.

Look at it this way, if you are a manufacturer, you have to offer alot of choices because different people has a different taste/plan etc.

It is not a nightmare. You just need to be patient and check reviews then decide before buying.
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#11
Sabishii Hito
Kudos to Gigabyte for giving ALL of their standard ATX X99 boards four PCIe x16 slots (physical at least). I mean, 2 out of the 3 CPUs for the platform support 4-Way SLI and ALL support 4-way CrossFireX, why the heck wouldn't a manufacturer make all its mobos with those options?!
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