Final Thoughts and Conclusion
All the basics from the X99-SLI Force are here, as are the overclocking capabilities. A stable 4.7 GHz clock on the i7 5820K with the 5.0 GHz+ peak clock shows it can keep up with many of the higher priced options. The multi-GPU support is must have hardware on any X99 motherboard and with 4 PCI-E X19 3.0 slots it doesn’t come up short.
The included software features a great design and is completely relevant to how the board might be used. Throughout the testing the X99-SLI showed average to above average scores. The layout is logically thought out. Not a single header, port, switch, or jack seems to be improperly placed.
The X99-SLI would make a great foundation for a gaming build. With a slight cosmetic change, it would fit right into Gigabyte’s Gaming Series too. This leads me to wonder why Gigabyte chose not to market it as such. As it is marketed now, it seems very similar to other products Gigabyte already has in the X99 line up. Perhaps we will see a Gaming version soon?
Gigabyte has trimmed the X99-SLI features without giving up performance or flexibility. There is no included WiFi connectivity, but that can be easily added if needed. I think most casual users will not mind giving up a few luxuries for extra value the X99-SLI has to offer. The Gigabyte X99-SLI can be found at Newegg for $240.00.
- Great Overclocking Ability
- Well Thought Out Software Package
- Logical Layout
- Very Reasonable Price
- Very Similar to Other Like Priced Gigabyte Products