X99 SOC Champion (Continued)
The most glaring change is in the DIMM slot configuration. As we’ve mentioned, Gigabyte nixed a quartet of DIMM slots in an attempt to simplify and optimize the design for maximum memory stability while overclocked. Further along those lines, there are some heavy-duty heat-spreaders and heatsinks on-board, atop the chipset and VRM to keep the components cool. While we’re on the subject, we should also point out that this board has an all-digital power design, with an IR Digital PWM and related ICs. The X99-SOC Champion is also outfitted with high-end copper Bussmann chokes and solid caps, which offer increased durability over lower-end products.
PCIe x16 slot, you’ll find x1 slots as well.
All of the main headers and connectors are situation around the edges of the board to facilitate good cable managements, with the exception of an optional “OC-PEG” power header, which sits just above the first expansion slot. That power feed supplies additional power to the slots to aid in stability while overclocking—hence “OC PEG”.
Intel Gigabyte LAN controller and Realtek ALC1150 audio with built-in amp and trace isolation (which offers a 115db SNR).
overclocking crowd, the X99-SOC Champion also sports simple overclocking controls, an easy BIOS switch, a built-in POST code error reporter, and numerous voltage check points that can be probed with a multi-meter.