One noted trend in computing is the desire for more compute in a smaller space. Imagine mixing High Performance Computing with Small Form Factors, if such a thing could be possible without tons of heat or extreme fan noise/cooling. Haswell-E is the peak of multithreaded throughput on the consumer platform, and the choices for small systems based on this CPU line are limited to custom system integrators or micro-ATX motherboards for home builds. At present there are three micro-ATX X99 motherboards on the market, and GIGABYTE becomes the forth by entering the fray with the X99M-Gaming 5.

The X99M-Gaming 5 matches the current generation gaming motherboards from GIGABYTE with its G1.Gaming styling, and unlike other motherboards in this segment uses the CPU PCIe lanes (with a 40 lane CPU) in an x16/x16/x8 arrangement rather than x16/x16 with an additional PCIe 2.0 x4 from the chipset. This means that users with single slot GPUs or PCIe co-processors can use three devices with direct bandwidth to the CPU. Users with an i7-5820K, with 28 PCIe 3.0 lanes, will have access to an x16/x8/x4 arrangement.

GIGABYTE’s custom additions to the chipset begin with their upgraded Realtek ALC1150 audio solution with upgradeable OP-AMPs as well as gold plated audio connectors. Quad USB DAC-UP provides a cleaner power to four of the rear panel USB ports, and the rear IO shield bundled takes advantage of GIGABYTE’s Ambient LED system that we covered at X99 launch.

Networking comes via a Qualcomm Atheros Killer network port and M.2 x1 slot for a WiFi M.2 module which can route the antenna to the back panel - users will have to purchase this separately, or GIGABYTE might make a WiFi edition if demand is sufficient. The X99M-Gaming 5 will support both M.2 x2 and SATA Express, with all ten SATA 6 Gbps ports from the chipset being used. The power delivery also continues GIGABYTE’s design with International Rectifier PowIRStage ICs and server level chokes.

As this is an announcement from GIGABYTE’s headquarters in Taiwan, we are awaiting information via the US offices for North America pricing. The current micro-ATX X99 motherboards on the market currently retail for $235, $250 and $260, so one might suggest that this is also the target.


Update 11/20: This motherboard will have an MSRP of $270. 

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  • Donkey2008 - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    Nice little board for a portable LAN gaming desktop.
  • SirKnobsworth - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    What's the use case for a uATX X99 gaming motherboard? The only time X99/Haswell-E will show a major improvement in gaming is for 3+ graphics card setups, which doesn't leave you with many options on uATX. I suppose you could stuff two R295x2s in there, but that's about it...
  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    Hm, maybe people want to take advantage of the 2 to 4 extra cores of Haswell-E compared to Haswell?
  • SirKnobsworth - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    They won't provide a benefit for nearly any games though. I'm sure there are use cases outside of gaming, but this does have "gaming" in the product name.
  • LukaP - Monday, November 24, 2014 - link

    Umm... a portable/small footprint workstation... having an 8core monster and a quadro in a mATX case is awesome
  • aliquis - Monday, December 8, 2014 - link

    Gaming mostly mean "it comes with stupid Killer NIC", possibly also "come with stupid Creative sound chip" oh and maybe "extra heat sinks or different color schemes.)
  • Meaker10 - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    Those who want sli/xfire and pci-e gen 3 storage.
  • thefivetheory - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    This. 2+ video cards at x16 AND an XP941? Pretty compelling for the enthusiast crowd.
  • SirKnobsworth - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    That won't work here without single slot graphics cards though. The M.2 slot is PCIe 2.0 x2
  • ddriver - Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - link

    So you don't assume this board can be used for anything else besides gaming? After all, it does say "gaming" on the box LOL.

    I would totally use that board for a small but powerful workstation. Slap in an 8 core chip, two GPUs for compute and you are there.

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