Originally Posted by Mr-Dark
Im thinking get one of those beast board but i read in Gigabyte x99 threads about the stability /bugs / reliability
and in short answer Gaming/UD board is Junk many people confirm this is that apply to SOC Champion ? or Giga done excellent job for SOC board ?
Well, when they do work, Gigabyte X99 SOC board are awesome. I emphasizing "when they work" because some users around here had trouble with SOC Champion board: including myself (check a few post back at page 52 if you did not read already).
Long story short: got one in May 2015 with an i7 5820K. Using the SOC socket, was able to OC to 4.5ghz core/4.0ghz uncore without any difficulties. VRIN 1.95, VCore 1.3, VRing 1.3, VSA +0.250, VL4,5 and 6 at 1.45. RAM at XMP rated 2800mhz, default timings.
Then, in late July/early August, problems started which eventually lead to the system functioning with only 1 out of 4 RAM sticks. Tried and tested a lot of different things... Finally decided to order an MSI X99A MPower board to try and figure out what exactly was the problem: Board, CPU or RAM?
Well, I am writing this post with the new MSI board and all 4 RAM sticks installed. Preliminary test suggest that getting past 4.2ghz on this MSI board is going to be very hard. I assume I got a weak "lower 20 percentile" CPU so... no miracle here. Quality and general board feel seems of lower quality than SOC Champion. Both are similarly priced board. MSI BIOS is way better than Gigabyte which is no surprise here. PCI-E slots are poorly placed on the MSI board compared to the SOC Champion. Finally, the Gigabyte board got those extra voltage line (VL1 ~ 6) which clearly helps in getting higher overclock.
Which lead me to the point of this post: A working and stable Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion board probably is one of the best choice you can make. But how do you know if you'll get a "good and stable" board? No way of telling unless you buy an used one from an overclocker who tested it with different CPU/RAM combination...
Quality control, in this day and age, get cut down more and more it seems. "Ultra Durable" is the marketing slogan they use for their top of the line board. If that means 3 months of stable operation, then count me out.
P.S: I'll probably contact Gigabyte anyway and try getting an RMA. Still, previous experience I had with "support" was a nightmare. That was with EVGA in 2007. They returned a board that had problems of it's own. Not the same as the one I returned however but barely any better...Edited by Galenmacil - 9/26/15 at 3:05pm