Connectors and I/O
Gigabyte equipped the X99M-Gaming 5 with ten angled SATA ports. All ports offer
6Gbps bandwidth and they've been wired directly to the X99 PCH. There is also a M.2 x2 slot, which has been connected through two PCI Express 2.0
lanes. Overall there is good storage flexibility with this motherboard and gaming systems, workstations as well as enthusiasts rigs can be equipped with plenty of drives. On this PCB you'll also find practical onboard power- and reset-buttons in the top right corner of the board and there is also a debug display.
In total you'll find four fan headers on the Gigabyte X99M-Gaming 5 which is enough to provide a well equipped gaming rig, high-end system or also a workstation with fresh air. The fan headers are located around the CPU socket as well as spread over the motherboard. All headers offer 4 Pins, which means fan speeds can be regulated from within Windows, via Gigabytes Software.
Looking at the external connectors directly at the back-panel Gigabyte equipped the X99M-Gaming 5 with PS2 mouse/keyboard connectors, four USB 3.0 ports,
six USB 2.0 ports, one Killer gigabit ethernet port as well as an optical out and an analogue audio panel.