Product on Review: GA-X99M-Gaming 5
Manufacturer & Sponsor: GIGABYTE
Street Price: £170.36/$259.99
Today, we get to look at the latest LGA2011-3 Socket X99 motherboard from GIGABYTE only this time it is far from the monolithic SOC Force we reviewed upon release. This time the motherboard is much smaller but still encompasses the Gaming-G1 branding so it will be interesting to see if this mATX motherboard still has what it takes to house Intel's finest range of processors or it is simply a diminutive but basic motherboard hoping to draw in consumers on the back of previous success and clever marketing.
mATX motherboards are certainly at the niche end of the marketplace, especially for enthusiast users. Few beginner system builders would chose to build a small sized PC, not least because they look a little odd but because doing so requires a little more thought when speccing such systems due to the size as it is unlikely you would buy an mATX motherboard only to house it in a full tower case. Small, compact and it is fair to say often cramped conditions are where motherboards like the GA-X99M-Gaming 5 will find themselves. It is also a fair assumption to state that mATX is unlikely to have the very biggest, most powerful GPU setup either due to the real estate required to house such devices. That isn't to say you can't if you have the room but the attraction to mATX is size. That said, this shouldn't necessarily mean that there has to be comprises on computational power. For those that don't know (where have you been?), Haswell-E processors are serious powerhouses able to multitask a wide veriety of number crunching applications better than ever before so if this is what you crave but just don't have the space for a ridiculously oversized system then read on because GIGABYTE might just have what you're looking for.
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