Wednesday, April 13th 2016

GIGABYTE Announces the X99P-SLI Motherboard with Thunderbolt 3

In the run-up to Intel's big Core i7 "Broadwell-E" launch, GIGABYTE announced its latest socket LGA2011-3 motherboard, the X99P-SLI. Positioned in the company's "mainline" brand, the board is built in the ATX form-factor, and draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. The CPU socket is wired to eight DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 128 GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory; and four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 connectors (x16/NC/x16/NC or x16/NC/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8, depending on how they're populated, on CPUs with full-featured PCIe root-complexes).

The star-attractions here are its 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 port, and two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 type-A ports. The Thunderbolt port features a DisplayPort passthrough, letting you wire your discrete graphics card's DisplayPort output through the board's Thunderbolt port. Storage connectivity includes ten SATA 6 Gb/s ports, one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot with NVMe boot support, and one SATA-Express 10 Gb/s port. 10-channel AMP-Up! onboard audio, with a 115 dBA SNR CODEC, EMI shielding, ground-layer isolation, audio-grade capacitors, and an OPAMP; and an Intel-driven gigabit Ethernet interface, make for the rest of it.
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10 Comments on GIGABYTE Announces the X99P-SLI Motherboard with Thunderbolt 3

#2
cadaveca
My name is Dave
Just might have to ask for a sample of this one.
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nickbaldwin86
finally! I have always wanted to run extra cables to plug cables into extra ports on my main-board for the sake of running cables. I love cables... more cables more better!!!!!
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#4
ensabrenoir
nickbaldwin86 said:
finally! I have always wanted to run extra cables to plug cables into extra ports on my main-board for the sake of running cables. I love cables... more cables more better!!!!!
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A wise man once said "Cable management is for people who don't have enough cables!" (or something close to that)
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#5
shilka
Too bad the M.2 slot is too slow for use with the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 drives as i was somewhat interested in this board before i saw the speed on the M.2 slot.

20 Gb/s is too slow and the Asus X99 Sabertooth has a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot.
So why cant Gigabyte have boards with the same speeds?
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#6
Octavean
Very funny people,....

Still I personally don't spend much time looking at the back of my case so one extra cable doesn't mean much to me. Still I probably wouldnt want to pony up for the cost of Thunderbolt cables and hardware anyway so,.....
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Steven B
nickbaldwin86 said:
finally! I have always wanted to run extra cables to plug cables into extra ports on my main-board for the sake of running cables. I love cables... more cables more better!!!!!
Those cables are for the Display requirement for Thunderbolt 3.0. Since X99 CPUs don't have integrated GPUs like Core i series on Z170 motherboards, you need to input the video from your discrete GPU for the TB3 controller.

shilka said:
Too bad the M.2 slot is too slow for use with the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 drives as i was somewhat interested in this board before i saw the speed on the M.2 slot.

20 Gb/s is too slow and the Asus X99 Sabertooth has a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot.
So why cant Gigabyte have boards with the same speeds?
It was a typo in this article (which has been corrected) It's actually PCi-E 3.0 4x (32gb/s). According to GIGABYTE's website and other sources it's 32Gb/s (infact it's GBT's first 32gb/s M.2 slot on X99).
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5658#ov
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#9
H82LUZ73
cadaveca said:
Just might have to ask for a sample of this one.
Yeah i would also ask for an M2 ssd ,Man just read the manual and them pci-e slots are labeled 1-4-5-2-6-3 ,In Sli/Crossfire Slots 1/2 and 2 shares lanes with oh here just read this

Expansion Slots Š 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. Š 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIE_3/PCIE_4) * The PCIE_4 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIE_1 slot and the PCIE_3 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIE_2 slot. When the PCIE_4/PCIE_3 slot is populated, the PCIE_1/PCIE_2 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 (All of the PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.) Š 2 x PCI Express x1 slots (The PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
And here is the info on M2

Storage Interface Š Chipset: - 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 PCIe x4/x2/x1 SSD support) - 1 x SATA Express connector - 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5) - SATA connectors support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10, So does this M2 share the pci-e 1x and the pci-e 4-5 i think ,Strange layout of them slots.


nickbaldwin86 said:
finally! I have always wanted to run extra cables to plug cables into extra ports on my main-board for the sake of running cables. I love cables... more cables more better!!!!!
Them cables are for wireless video signals,You can send 4 video signals to 4 monitors with one main system,They all connect with Thunderbolt as daisy chain.,Linus Tech Tips new home server use it.Look up his video of him installing the rack mounted systems.
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#10
WhateverAnotherFreakingID
Nice, but why am I reading news about it being released during these days (consistently all around the web) while i can find user reviews dating back starting from february???

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128885 (1st review dated1/28/2016 8:35:38 AM)

and website reviews in march
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/71792-gigabyte-x99p-sli-motherboard-review.html

http://www.thinkcomputers.org/gigabyte-x99p-sli-motherboard-review/

http://proclockers.com/reviews/motherboards/gigabyte-x99p-sli-motherboard-review?nopaging=1
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