Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion & X99 Gaming 5P Haswell E Motherboards Reviewed

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Test Setup and PCMark 8 v2

Test System Configuration Notes: When configuring our test systems for this article, we first entered their respective system BIOSes / UEFI and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High performance Defaults". We then saved the settings, re-entered the BIOS and set the memory frequency to the maximum officially supported speed for the given platform. The SSDs were then formatted and Windows was installed.  When the Windows installation was complete, we fully updated the OS and installed the drivers necessary for our components. Auto-Updating and Windows Defender were then disabled and we installed all of our benchmarking software, performed a disk clean-up, cleared temp and prefetch data, and ran the tests.

HotHardware's Test Systems
Intel and AMD - Head To Head

System 1:
Intel Core i7-5690X
(3GHz - Octo-Core)

Asus X99 Deluxe
EVGA X99 Micro
Gigabyte X99 Gaming 5P
Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion
(X99 Chipset)

4x4GB Corsair DDR4-2666
(@ 2133MHz)

On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS

System 2:
Intel Core i7-4690X
(3.33GHz - Hex-Core)

Asus P9X79 Deluxe
(X79 Express Chipset)

4x4GB G.SKILL DDR3-1866
(@ 1600MHz)

On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS

System 3:
Intel Core i7-990X
(3.43GHz Hex-Core)

Gigabyte EX58-UD4
(X58 Express Chipset)

3x4GB G.SKILL DDR3-1866
(@ 1333MHz)

On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS

System 4:
AMD FX-8350
(3.6GHz Octo-Core)

Asus CrossHair V Formula
(AMD 990FX Chipset)

2x4GB G.SKILL DDR3-1866
(@ 1866MHz)

On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPS

PCMark 8 v2
System Level Benchmark

PCMark 8 v2 is the latest version in Futuremark’s series of popular PC benchmarking tools. It is designed to test the performance of all types of systems, from tablets to desktops. PCMark 8 offers five separate benchmark tests--plus battery life testing—to help consumers find the devices that offers the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for their particular use case. This latest version of the suite improves the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks with new tests using popular open source applications for image processing, video editing and spreadsheets. A wide variety of workloads have also been added to the Work benchmark to better reflect the way PCs are used in enterprise environments.

These tests can be run with our without OpenCL acceleration. We chose to run with OpenCL acceleration enabled to leverage all of the platforms’ CPU and GPU compute resources…


As is typically the case, all of the X99-based motherboards we tested performed withing a couple of percentage points of one another. The Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5P technically put up the best numbers, but the deltas separating the boards are quite small and wouldn't be noticeable during real-world use.

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