This board is honed for those enthusiasts that want looks as much as performance... without breaking the bank.
The new Broadwell-E Core i7 chips breathes a semblance of new life into the Intel high-end desktop platform, and motherboard manufacturers have been keen to launch revised boards aimed at users with eclectic tastes.
Aimed squarely at those who love lighting, the Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming is chock-full of LEDs that give off a pleasant glow. The company's requirement to hit a £250 price point means that some usual enthusiast features go by the wayside - debug LED, onboard buttons - while the lack of a WiFi card is conspicuous by its absence. The colour scheme, too, is somewhat Marmite: you'll either love or loathe it.
Gigabyte could charge £300 and put extras in, plus per-zone lighting, yet we feel the overall feature-set and aesthetic bias is a good fit for the price point. And that's the key selling point, really, as this board is honed for those enthusiasts that want looks as much as performance... without breaking the bank.
Every PCIe x16 slots reinforced
USB 3.1, U.2 and M.2 all available
No front USB 3.1 connector
Lack of WiFi
Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming
The Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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