Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming Motherboard Review


Before we go and start running some benchmarks, I wanted to play with the LEDs and see how the board actually looks.

As you notice, I only had LEDs light up for just the first PCIe lane, and not the rest. The board was running an early BIOS from when it was first released. After I updated to the latest BIOS, all the LEDs functioned perfectly.


After a restart (pre BIOS update), I lost all the LEDs for the PCIe lanes. And honestly, that’s how things may look if you have a couple GPUs on your board. The LEDs will likely get blocked by the GPU’s coolers.


I think having an illuminated XMP indicator is a great feature, as it lets you know that an XMP profile is enabled and working.


For this review, the following components were used to run the bechmarks:

  • CPU – Intel Core i7-5820K
  • Memory – G-Skill Trident Z 32 GB (4 x 8GB) 3200 DDR
  • GPU – NVIDIA GTX 1070 Founders Edition
  • SSD – Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe
  • PSU – Corsair AX1200i 80+ Platinum
  • Case – Phanteks EVOLV ATX TG Edition
  • LED Strips – Phanteks Magnetic LED Strips


CineBench Score:

CineBench helps to get an idea of how well the Ultra Gaming helps our i7-5820K performs in rendering tasks. We see a decent jump in performance once our CPU is pushed above 4.0GHz offering some decent gains.


Passmark Score:

Passmark is a great tool to compare and see how a system performs when compared to other similar builds. As you can see our X99 Ultra Gaming build scores higher when compared to similar builds. As we push the overclock higher, we see some decent gains (specially once we pass the 4.0GHz mark).


CPU Queen:

This simple integer benchmark focuses on the branch prediction capabilities and the misprediction penalties of the CPU. It finds the solutions for the classic “Queens problem” on a 10 by 10 sized chessboard. Yet again we can see a decent performance gain once we are past the 4.0GHz mark.


Photo Worxx:

This integer benchmark performs different common tasks used during digital photo processing. We can see decent gains with every level of overclock that is applied.


3DMark CPU Score:

Here are some 3D Mark Vantage scores for our i7-5820K for those who care. I did not bother running 3D Mark fire-strike as I believe that benchmark is mostly based on the GPUs you use, and not the CPU.


Memory Benchmarks – NO XMP

Pictured above are the memory benchmarks before enabling XMP profile on our 3200MHz G-Skill ram.


With XMP enabled, we can see decent gains in the read and copy speeds. We also see a drop in the latency with the XMP profile enabled. The X99 Ultra Gaming had no issues in running the memory at its XMP speed, and we are able to see some measurable differences.


SSD Read/Write speeds:

Here are the results for the Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD using CrystalDiskMark. The X-99 Ultra Gaming allows us to hit the advertised speeds on the 950 Pro.


Gaming Benchmarks:

For gaming I ran the built in benchmark for Tomb Raider with the GTX 1070 Founders Edition, and Fallout 4.

Here is how I faired on the Rise of The Tomb Raider

As you can see I had no trouble maxing out my 1440P monitor. I was able to max out my monitor on Fallout 4 as well with an average max of around 110 FPS.


After those benchmarks, I decided to update the build, and do something that would showcase the PCIe LEDs. In order to do that, I replaced the GTX 1070 with a couple of MSI 970 GPUs in SLI (with EK Waterblocks installed). The Waterblocks allow the light from the PCIe LEDs to pass through giving the board and the build a unique nice look.

With that build I decided to give the Battlefield 1 Beta a try, and was able to get an average FPS of around 75, a little gameplay video is attached below.


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