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Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion review – best buy overclocking motherboard

The X99 platform is a high standard solution for computers, but overclocking in this arena is even higher. At X99 launch, Asus brought the OC Socket, a LGA2011-3 socket with more pins that help for better overclocking CPU Cache and DRAM. It actually controls the voltages in a different manner than Intel’s original socket, allowing for fine tuning the overclocking. At a later time, other manufacturers implemented the modified socket and offered better scaling for CPU and memory.

At first I have tested the Gigabyte X99 SOC Force, but that uses the original Intel socket, so CPU cache and DRAM overclocking was limited. To compete at the highest level, Gigabyte revealed the X99-SOC Champion, a motherboard dedicated to overclocking in all its aspects. Initially it was a board only for professional overclockers, but later Gigabyte decided to unleash it for everyone.

As the flagship of its series, the Champion competes with similar boards from other manufacturers. I’ve already reviewed Asus Rampage V Extreme, so that will be the comparison point.

Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion set

I will start with the specs and continue with the description of the board and its performance.




  1. Support for Intel Core i7 processors in the LGA2011-3 package
  2. L3 cache varies with CPU


  1. Intel X99 Express Chipset


  1. 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
  2. 4 channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR4-3400 (O.C.) memory modules
  4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
  5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules


  1. Realtek ALC1150 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for S/PDIF Out


  1. Intel GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots

  1. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIE_1PCIE_2)
  2. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIE_3PCIE_4)
  3. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots

Multi-Graphics Technology

  1. Support for 4-Way/3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire/NVIDIA SLI technology

Storage Interface


  1. 1 x M.2 PCIe connector
    (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 PCIe x4x2/x1 SSD support)
  2. 1 x SATA Express connector
  3. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5)
  4. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
  5. 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (sSATA3 0~3), supporting IDE and AHCI modes only



  1. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports available through the internal USB header
  2. 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:

  1. 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel

Internal I/O Connectors

  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  4. 1 x OC PEG Power Connector
  5. 1 x SATA Express connector
  6. 10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  7. 1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector
  8. 1 x CPU fan header
  9. 1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
  10. 3 x system fan headers
  11. 1 x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connector
  12. 1 x OC Panel connector (for future expansion)
  13. 1 x front panel header
  14. 1 x front panel audio header
  15. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  16. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  17. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  18. 1 x serial port header
  19. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  20. 1 x power button
  21. 1 x reset button
  22. 1 x Clear CMOS button
  23. 1 x CPU mode switch
  24. 1 x OC Trigger switch
  25. 1 x DualBIOS switch
  26. 1 x BIOS switch
  27. Voltage Measurement Points

Back Panel Connectors

  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  2. 1 x PS/2 mouse port
  3. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  4. 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  5. 1 x RJ-45 port
  6. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  7. 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)

I/O Controller

  1. iTE I/O Controller Chip

H/W Monitoring

  1. System voltage detection
  2. CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection
  3. CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection
  4. CPU/System/Chipset overheating warning
  5. CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning
  6. CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control


  1. 2 x 128 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

Form Factor

  1. E-ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 26.4cm


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