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GIGABYTE GA-X99P-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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3 out of 5 eggs Great, but boards still shipping with old BIOS 07/29/2016

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99P-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Purchased this board because I trust Gigabyte products and it's one of the few X99 boards to use Intel's USB 3.1 chip for true 3.1 speeds on both ports and Thunderbolt 3 support. Most other X99 boards with Thunderbolt compatibility will sell the add-on boards for $80+ later and are rarely sold too. Sure it uses up 4 PCI-E lanes but with a 6800K and one graphics card (nvidia 1060) and an M.2 drive it's not a problem for me.

Cons: Purchased this board on July 20th, 2016 hoping I'll get lucky and receive one with an updated BIOS version that supports Broadwell-E processors. As previously mentioned in the reviews, if your board's serial number begins with 155 it means it was made in 2015 and therefore likely has the older F2 version bios whereas version F22 that came our in January does support it. I suspect Newegg still has a stock of older boards still. Unfortunately with my Intel Broadwell-E 6800K it does not POST so users cannot update the BIOS themselves and the board doesn't support updating the BIOS over usb. If you have an older processor you can boot with it, update the BIOS and then swap back your Broadwell-E but I cannot.

Other Thoughts: Hoping Gigabyte will respond to me for how to proceed. I've requested an RMA number to mail the board to them but it looks like I'll have to pay shipping which it starting to look bad.

Will update review to anyone interested in my progress.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Laptop Memory Model F3-1600C9S-4GRSL
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Working in my Intel's NUC D34010WYK running Ubuntu for about a month now. For the price, the specs at the time of purchase was the fastest speeds 9-9-9-28 as opposed to others which are 11-11-11-28 (remember, lower is better for those not sure what these numbers mean).

Cons: None.

Intel NUC Kit D34010WYK1, Mini HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, 4th Gen Intel Core i3-4010U, Consumer Infrared sensor
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Love it. Originally was considering one of the Booksize Barebone PCs by Shuttle or Foxconn and purchased the Asus EB1033-B0100. The fan noise was an issue with the Asus - it's a typical laptop fan so if it's hidden you probably will not hear it, but I needed something silent in the bedroom as it's a 24/7 email server for me. I picked up this unit along with the Akasa's Newton H Fanless Solid Aluminum NUC Case (from and now it's completely silent and the temperature dropped 5C. Used the Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound sold here on newegg (eventhough it comes with some). Running Ubuntu 14.04 and previously 12.02 and everything worked/recognized out of the box - thankfully! Both Server and Desktop version tried too. Even a Dell DW1506 WiFi card I had lying around worked out of the box, and a bluebooth usb dongle (Broadcom ccbt2035bdgp23-2, vendor 0a5c idProduct 200a for anyone who has one too worked). The only thing I did not test is the Infrared sensor. For those keeping the original Intel case it is quite nice with metal on the sides, plastic on top and bottom for the wifi signal, with an inner metal housing around the sides. Quite small as you can imagine that truly fits in your hand's palm. Go to Intel's site about their NUC series to learn more - it can be quite confusing with all the models, but it really comes down to three latest units - i5, the i3 and the Celeron and three prior generation models. The new series also has models that allows for an SSD laptop 2.5" drive too which simply gives a case with greater height. The motherboard itself is the same and includes an sata port on the motherboard. I prefer the i3 simply because it's using the 4th generation chip which uses less power and hopefully less heat and powerful enough over the Celeron without breaking the bank. The NUC series seems to be building up a great eco-system too which I hope will continue. Def check out the Akasa's's $99 but completely solid metal (~3lbs alone) and the second only to another brand that simply isn't sold in the US so go with this. I found most of these fanless brands cases are made overseas. Do not buy the $30 alternative by SilverStone PT14B-H1T1 as reviews online shows temperature actually goes up. Remember, the more metal the better. I couldn't be more pleased with my combo, even under heavy load the temperature only rises to about where it was with the fan at idle.

Cons: None so far, works with Ubuntu and from reading other reviews here and else where, Windows would be fine too should I ever need to switch.

Other Thoughts: The BIOS' gui is quite nice as well! Plenty of options and information.


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Display Name: Frank A.

Date Joined: 06/16/03

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  • Last Review: 07/29/16
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