Gigabyte’s new X99 board is an overclocking champion

Gigabyte has introduced another high-end Haswell-E motherboard aimed at competitive overclockers. During its CES press conference today, the firm revealed the X99-SOC Champion, which managed to set nine world records in only a week.

As one might expect, that kind of pedigree doesn't come cheap. The Champion is slated to sell for a whopping $400—and it doesn't even have eight DIMM slots.

The quad-DIMM setup is actually by design. Having only one slot per channel allows for shorter traces to the CPU, which improves signal quality and overclocking potential. Gigabyte also gets a signaling boost by mounting the slots using an SMT process instead of the usual through-hole soldering. In-house overclocking specialist Hicookie managed to crank Corsair DDR4 memory up to an impressive 4184 MT/s using the board.

Along with a tweaked memory configuration, the SOC Champion has an upgraded CPU socket with extra gold plating. The socket also contains extra pins meant to raise the CPU's overclocking headroom, much like the "OC Socket" that on some of Asus' X99 boards.

What else? The SOC Champion sports four PCIe x16 slots with quad CrossFire and SLI support. All the usual ports are present, and the M.2 slot is a "Turbo" variant that promises 20Gb/s of bandwidth, likey via a four-lane Gen2 connection to the chipset.

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    • jihadjoe
    • 5 years ago

    Looks very similar to the X79 UD7, which also only had one DIMM per channel.

    • NTMBK
    • 5 years ago

    Guys, you forgot to put in CPU mounting holes.

      • Wildchild
      • 5 years ago

      Probably because it’s intended for liquid nitrogen. Still kind of dumb to not include them.

      • ColeLT1
      • 5 years ago

      Look on all 4 corners of the socket bracket, mounting holes. I have never build a x99 board, but its the way all my E5 Xeons (2011 v1, v2, and v3) boards were.
      Circled the holes, hard to see with the blackchrome bracket. [url<][/url<] Edit: Wikipedia has a good picture so you can see how the intel 2011 bracket looks: [url<][/url<]

    • Anovoca
    • 5 years ago

    Wait, so orange is the fastest color? And here i just finished doing a build in red 🙁

      • LoneWolf15
      • 5 years ago

      You didn’t hear that orange is the new black?

    • Krogoth
    • 5 years ago

    Meh, it is a bit overpriced for what it is.

    I rather have a high-end X99 with extras rather than being overengineered for epenis benchmarks.

      • SHOES
      • 5 years ago

      So what your saying is…

        • Klimax
        • 5 years ago

        … unimpressed.

    • sweatshopking
    • 5 years ago


      • DrCR
      • 5 years ago

      It will help with internet speeds too.

        • LoneWolf15
        • 5 years ago

        If you’re referencing Intel’s Super Bowl ad from days gone by, +1 for you.

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