The summer months are usually some of the quietest in the tech world, however motherboard manufacturers seem to be keen to release preview images of the upcoming X99 platform. Next in line is GIGABYTE with its X99 Gaming G1 WIFI. As GIGABYTE’s new gaming line is still gaining a foothold, synchronizing the GPU and Motherboard gaming ranges, the color scheme is a combination of red, black, white, grey and some green for audio.

The X99 Gaming G1 WIFI looks like it comes in at the top end of the range, featuring a full 4-way PCIe layout with 8 DIMM slots. We see 10 SATA 6 Gbps ports, two of the SATA with SATA Express which is complemented by the M.2 slot in the middle of the PCIe slots. The M.2 area also houses a mini-PCIe slot which contains the WiFi module, with the antenna connected via the rear panel next to the rear audio. It looks like that the M.2 and WiFi modules can be used at the same time along with GPUs however we might test if we get the motherboard in. The heatsinks are all connected via heat-pipes low to the motherboard to avoid conflict with other devices.

While we cannot see the rear IO, the bottom of the motherboard contains two USB 3.0 headers, two USB 2.0 headers and a thunderbolt header. The audio looks like a Sound Core 3D combined with filter caps, PCB separation, an EMI shield on the codec, an audio gain switch and a switchable op-amp. The top right of the motherboard houses several buttons and switches for dual BIOS/selectable BIOS functionality, along with voltage read points, a power switch and a two-digit debug. The extra power for the PCIe slots is provided by SATA power next to the SATA ports.

I would imagine the Gaming G1 WIFI to be nearer the top of GIGABYTE’s X99 launch range, but we will have to wait until launch day to see some full specifications and pricing.

Source: GIGABYTE Tech Daily

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  • duploxxx - Friday, August 8, 2014 - link

    great marketing, what doesnt fit in the name: Gaming G1 wifi....high end gaming, expesive cpu-gpu and make a wifi network connection :) no thx i will continue with 1Gb for now...
  • Fallen Kell - Friday, August 8, 2014 - link

    Yeah I agree with you on the wired vs wireless, especially in a product like this. I would much rather see 2 good 1 Gb/s network connections (i.e. good Intel NICs with teaming) than 1+wireless.
  • danjw - Friday, August 8, 2014 - link

    Why not? Most modern WiFi connections can beat the speed of most people's internet connection.
  • jordanclock - Friday, August 8, 2014 - link

    Sure, but intranet speeds are very important. If I'm pushing high bitrate 1080p videos or even 4K eventually, I will want my home network running gigabit to avoid saturation.
  • frag85 - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    Also comes down to connection quality (and reliability). WiFi is pretty shotty for certain types of gaming.
  • dgingeri - Friday, August 8, 2014 - link

    Given my past experience with Gigabyte boards, a P43, a AMD 970, and a X79 boards, from the quality of their bios and driver support to the quality of their boards in general, this just doesn't interest me. I just want to warn people away from these guys. These guys are the Chrysler of the motherboard industry.
  • RussianSensation - Friday, August 8, 2014 - link

    My experience is the completely opposite of yours. Gigabyte P965, P35, P45, X48, P55, P67, Z68, Z77, Z87 have all been rock solid. Their boards in fact have been so awesome that I overclocked E6400 to 3.4Ghz on a $90 board, Q6600 G0 to 3.4Ghz on a $120 board and kept both systems running 24/7 doing distributed computing with 99% CPU load for 3 years each.

    Each generation the difference between Gigabyte, MSI, Asus and Asrock keeps shrinking. For overclockings, the Gigabyte SOC Force have been near the top:

    While Gigabyte UD3H and UD5H series are rock solid boards. They now even have the Black Series with 168 hour server testing. Really, there are no Chrysler makers among the top 4. We are talking Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Lexus. They are all so close now.
  • dgingeri - Friday, August 8, 2014 - link

    yeah, well, that hasn't been my experience over the years. They beta tested and then released a bios on my x79 board that kept my screen saver from kicking in, kept the processor cores from going idle or downclocking, kept the monitor powered on, and turned off the PCIe x1 slots so my sound card wouldn't work, then set up the update program for that bios to not allow a backdate for the bios to restore the old version. It took me two weeks to get a response to get a program that would backdate the bios. (I shared it out on my dropbox account so everyone can access it now. BTW, if anyone reading this has a x79-UP4 board and update to the F4, F5, or F7 bios, I have a program that can revert it to the more functional F3. It won't work with IB-E, but it will actually work.)
  • Senor.Jalapeno - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    Have you been secretly using my computers? With the exception of P67, I've used every single motherboard you've used and my experience is the same as yours but for the overclocking. I've never overclocked but push my machines to the limit but Gigabyte motherboards have never been anything but reliable.
  • frag85 - Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - link

    I'm finding Gigabyte boards aren't that bad and the one time I used their service department for a warranty claim it was smooth , but they seem to burn it quick. I get 2 maybe 3 years out if them (several boards in a row now) , on the other hand I have had Asus boards for at least 2x as long and never quit even when being pushed hard.

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