ASRock Announces X99 TAICHI And Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming Motherboards For Groundbreaking Prices

Omar Sohail
Posted Jun 1, 2016
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Computex 2016 saw the announcement of ASRock gaming motherboards for Intel’s X99 chipset. Needless to say, these motherboards possibly deliver the best ‘bang for your buck’ ratio with their amazing price tags and features and knowing that you’ll be purchasing Broadwell-E chips for such boards, their price tags are phenomenal.

ASRock X99 TAICHI And Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming Motherboards Feature Sub-$300 Price Tags And A Ton Of Features

Those who want to get started with Intel’s Broadwell-E processors can look at these gaming motherboards to complement their systems. Pricing details and features of the newly announced motherboards have been listed below courtesy of 4gamer:

ASRock X99 TAICHI

  • 12 Phase Power Design
  • 3 PCI-E steel slots
  • Dual Ultra M.2 and 1 M.2 slot
  • Dual USB 3.1 (USB Type-C and Type-A)
  • Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter
  • Water pump header
  • Price: $219

ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional

  • 12 Phase Power Design
  • 3 PCI-E steel slots
  • Dual Ultra M.2 and 1 M.2 slot
  • Dual USB 3.1 (USB Type-C and Type-A)
  • Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Dual band 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter
  • Water pump header
  • XSplit 3 month license bundled
  • Creative SoundBlaster Cinema3 Audio
  • Price: $259

As you may have noticed, these boards are have been targeted to the Broadwell-E family, which includes Intel 10-core processor, and carries a price of $1,700. The processor rocks 25MB of L3 cache (2.5 MB per core) and will pack 40 PCI-E lanes. The total TDP of the chip is rated at 140W all Broadwell-E processors are designed to support quad channel memory clocked at 2400 MHz (native speeds). The CPU is Intel’s first and the world’s first deca-core processor so it’s beyond us why the company would price it ridiculously. However, there are cheaper solutions that you can add to these X99 chipset motherboards.

Core i7-6900K is the second fastest processor in the series and is essentially a slightly more souped up version of a Core i7-5960X with better clock speeds on a 14nm process node. The Intel Core i7-6900K features 8 CPU cores and 16 threads. The Core i7-6900K is clocked at frequencies of 3.2GHz base and 3.7GHz boost clocks. There are 40 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes on this chip and it features a 140W TDP and there is a total L3 cache of 20MB.

As for the remaining two processors, the Core i7-6850K and the Core i7-6800K both feature 6 cores and 12 threads and come with 15MB of L3 cache. The Core i7-6850K will feature a base clock of 3.60GHz and 3.80GHz boost while the Core i7-6800K will feature clock speeds of 3.40GHz and 3.60GHz as the boost clock. Both processors are fully compliant with the LGA 2011-3 socket and will feature support for quad channel DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 2400 MHz (O.C+).

Do you guys think that these motherboards will cater to the budget gamer who does not want to shell out too much on a gaming motherboard? Let us know your thoughts immediately.

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