TPU spreads news that Gigabyte has rolled out the X99-SLI, a new LGA2011v3 motherboard to compete with the ASUS X99-A and MSI X99S Gaming 7. The feature set looks nearly identical to the X99-UD4 but this new version has a different PCB, TPU speculates the X99-SLI could end up being cheaper than the UD4.
The motherboard has 6-phase VRM for the CPU, eight DDR4 memory slots with DDR4-3333 support with overclocking, four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/x16/NC or x16/NC/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8 on i7-5930K and i7-5960X; x16/NC/x4 or x8/x8/x4 on i7-5820K). It draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, with optional 4-pin Molex input to stabilize multi-video card systems.
Storage connectivity on the X99-SLI includes an M.2 slot (PCIe 2.0 x2 / SATA 6 Gb/s), a SATA-Express 10 Gb/s port, and a total of ten SATA 6 Gb/s ports, from which six can be used to build RAID arrays, while the other four only run in AHCI mode (a chipset limitation). Modern connectivity includes eight USB 3.0 ports (six on the rear panel, two by headers), a single gigabit Ethernet connection driven by an Intel-made controller, and GIGABYTE's AMP-Up audio solution that combines a 115 dBA SNR Realtek ALC1150 codec with audio-grade capacitors, a headphones amp, audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, and ground-layer isolation.