Do you keep in mind the spiffy looking X399 Designare EX motherboard Gigabyte released in October for AMD’s Threadripper processors? Well, now there exists a version for Intel’s Core X-series processor, the X299 Designare EX, with similar visual flare.
The new X299 Designare EX offers full support for Intel’s 18-core/36-thread Core i9-7980XE, combined with the all Intel’s Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X lineup, into the Core i5-7640X.
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Similar on the X399 version, the X299 Designare EX is flush with armored bits. Gigabyte performs this for both looks and then to keep critical components cool for additional stability, especially when overclocking. There’s even a significant metal base plate for the backside from the motherboard, which happens to be mostly to protect the board from sagging or bending when installing heavier CPU coolers and graphics graphics cards.
Beyond the armored bling, the X299 Designare EX has eight DIMM slots supporting around 128GB of DDR4 memory, or approximately 512GB when working with registered DIMMs. You’ll find it has five reinforced PCIe x16 slots, three M.2 connectors, eight SATA 6Gbps ports, and support for Intel’s Optane Memory.
The board has built-in dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, along with Bluetooth 4.2. As well as wired connectivity, users will discover dual Intel GbE LAN ports. As for USB connectivity, the bed I/O panel hosts four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and a couple of Thunderbolt 3 connectors (USB Type-C with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support).
Gigabyte says it outfitted the X299 Designare EX with server-level chokes along with a server-class digital power design. As well as the many amenities, this board concerns as high-end while it gets.
There’s no word yet on price or availability. As a point of reference, the X399 Designare EX for Threadripper sells for $400. The X299 version may just be inside same ballpark.