Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5P Motherboard Review

Jesse (Captain Curry Sauce) and Greg (PCPackRat) check out the new X99 Gaming mobo from Gigabyte:


The Introduction:

When the industry told us that “The Desktop PC is dead”, they were wrong. Maybe for the regular PC consumers out there. But, the Computer Enthusiasts and Hardcore Gamers will never abandon the desktop. In fact, manufacturers like Gigabyte have amped up their desktop motherboard production. Gigabyte’s motherboard selection has grown to a staggering 276 options! With three (3) main series to choose from: the Ultra Durable Series, the G1 Gaming Series, and the Overclocking Series. They appear to have a motherboard for every application out there.

Today we are looking at a motherboard from the G1 Gaming Series. Gigabyte has 31 models in the G1 Gaming Series, which includes Three (3) motherboards carrying Intel’s newest Chipset. The X99 Express Chipset, which supports Intel’s LGA 2011-3 Socket. Even within Gigabyte’s X99 Gaming motherboard choices, there are options. The GA-X99-Gaming G1 WIFI, is the flagship of the X99-Gaming Series. If this board doesn’t have it, then, you probably don’t need it. The GA-X99M-Gaming 5 is a full featured motherboard packed into a Micro ATX size (9.6″ x 9.6″). Finally, the GA-X99-Gaming 5/5P. This motherboard may fall in the middle, but, it still packs in all the features you would expect, and more. So, we will take a look at this motherboard and decide if we think it’s worth your hard earned money!

Note: Our review sample is the newer Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming 5P (not the Gaming 5). Which seems to only differ in it’s CPU Socket and Memory Support. The Gaming 5P has the new 2083 pin CPU socket to support all 2083 pins intel has on the 2011 v3 processors. Although I’m not sure why they didn’t call it a LGA-2083 socket, since it doesn’t support older 2011 processors anyway. It also supports Eight (8) 16GB DDR4 memory modules (128GB Total) at speeds of up to 3333MHz. Whereas, The Gaming 5 only supports 8GB modules (64GB total) at speeds of up to 2800MHz. Rumor has it, that the Gaming 5 has been discontinued.


Gigabyte GA-X99-Gaming 5P specifications from Gigabyte’s US Website


  • Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors in the LGA2011-3 package
  • L3 cache varies with CPU
  • (Please refer “CPU Support List” for more information.)


  • Intel® X99 Express Chipset


  • 8 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB of system memory
  • 4 channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR4 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 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx4/2Rx4 memory modules (operates in non-ECC mode)
  • (Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)


  • Creative® Sound Core 3D chip
  • Support for Sound Blaster Recon3Di
  • TI Burr Brown® OPA2134 operational amplifier
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/5.1-channel
  • Support for S/PDIF Out


  • Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 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
    (The PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 1 connector for the wireless communication module (M2_WIFI)

Multi-Graphics Technology

  • Support for 4-Way/3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™/NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
    The 4-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ configuration is not supported when an i7-5820K CPU is installed.
    To set up a 3-Way SLI configuration, refer to “1-6 Setting up AMD CrossFire™/NVIDIA® SLI™ Configuration.”

Storage Interface

  • Chipset:
    • 1 x M.2 PCIe connector
      (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA & PCIe x2/x1 SSD support)
    • 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_10G, SATA Express, and SATA3 4/5 connectors can only be used one at a time. The SATA3 4/5 connectors will become unavailable when an M.2 SSD is installed in the M2_10G connector.)
  • Chipset:
    • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (sSATA3 0~3), supporting IDE and AHCI modes only
      (An operating system installed on the SATA3 0~5 connectors cannot be used on the sSATA3 0~3 connectors.)


  • Chipset:
    • 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 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 PCIe power connector
  • 1 x I/O shield audio LED power connector
  • 1 x heatsink LED power connector
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector
  • 1 x SATA Express connector
  • 10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
  • 3 x system fan headers
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x Thunderbolt add-in card connector?
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x CPU mode switch
  • 1 x audio gain control switch

Back Panel Connectors

  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 x PS/2 mouse port
  • 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 1 x RJ-45 port
  • 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In/Mic In, Line Out, Headphone)
  • 2 x Wi-Fi antenna connector holes

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
    * Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.


  • 2 x 128 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS™
  • Support for Q-Flash Plus
  • 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
  • Game Controller
  • 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

Operating System

  • Support for Windows 8.1/8/7

Form Factor

  • E-ATX Form Factor;
    30.5cm x 26.4cm


  • Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors’ website or 3rd party website.
  • Most hardware/software vendors may no longer offer drivers to support Win9X/ME/2000/XP. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.
  • The entire materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE reserves the right to modify or revise the content at anytime without prior notice.
  • Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification.
    Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
  • All trademarks and logos are the properties of their respective holders.
  • Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.


Coming up next ….. Page 2: What’s In The Box.

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