The ASRock ‘FATAL1TY’ X99X Killer is a serial killer that you want to have on your side. Okay, okay – so it’s not really a serial killer (at least not during the daytime), but the ASRock X99X Killer completely kills the competition in terms of a budget gaming board that delivers in a lot of ways in terms of all the current ASRock X99 offerings. The MSRP of $289.99 comes with this board that is layered with a black/red design surface and adorns the X99 emblem of CPU support. The board itself features Super Alloy components, which are simply stunning, ranging from the Aluminum Alloy heatsinks, to the Power Choke 60A that provide for better current saturation across the PCB. The ASRock X99X Killer also comes with the Killer e2200 LAN which is something that we only see in higher end boards, and it’s a great thing to see this being used here for network performance being optimal per gaming packet.

Being the choice for the hardcore gamer on a budget, ASRock really delivers something for the value. The ASRock X99X Killer comes with the Realtek 1150 powered chipset that runs across the I/O with support for Purity Sound 2.0 – a real nice software multiplexer for audio that can handle 7.1 surround sound before the world starts looking to 12.1 for consumer use.

ASUS X99 Deluxe Front

You might remember that a couple of days ago, I did a short write up on the ASUS ‘OC Socket’ in which I detailed this particular LGA 2011 socket (which isn’t LGA 2011 at all). Well, in the same ed, I mentioned that the ASUS ‘OC Socket’ will most probably be unstable at launch. Sadly however, Nathan over at Legit Reviews didn’t read my write up (just kidding) because his ASUS X99 Deluxe short circuited.

x99-deluxe-solder-balls2-645x379Solder Balls resulting from the short circuit. Courtesy of

The OC Socket: Impressive Yes, But Probably A Bit Unstable At Launch

For those of you who arent aware the ASUS OC Socket is a proprietary socket which has more than 2011 pins. Which means that the socket isn’t technically LGA 2011-3, rather compatible with 2011-3. The correct nomenclature would be 2011 + the number of pins ASUS has added. The extra pins allow ASUS to bypass FIVR restrictions that Intel has in place (pay very close attention to this part) along with DDR4 voltage regulation among other things. These things do ofcourse allow for a more stable and higher overclock, but like I mentioned and emphasized many times, it was highly probable that the first batch would have serious bugs and issues. My skepticism arose from the fact that ASUS has basically invented a new socket, and done this by reverse engineering (assuming Intel wasn’t involved in the making of the OC Socket) alone, since the voltage lines are hidden from AIBs since recent times.

Now the ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard that got fried also had the OC socket and the exact components that were fried seem to confirm my suspicion. Quoting Nathan, “clearly it was a failure of CPU voltage regulation system and one of the eight 60 Amp phases (Dr. MOS IOR 3550M mosfets) has appeared to fail…. the failed component in question is part of the PQ1004, which is part of the VCCIN or basically the processor input voltage.” We already know that the OC Socket works by accessing the voltage lines and bypassing the FIVR on Haswell-E and we also know that the component that got fried on the ASUS X99 Deluxe was related to CPU voltage. Coincidence? Improbable. To be fair to ASUS there exists an alternative explanation since Michael over at had a similar experience. His X99 Mobo short circuited too, albeit at a different component. This means there is no way anyone can conclusively pinpoint this matter on the OC Socket. This really is a brilliant innovation, and I hope this goes on to become a trend setter. However, ASUS’ warranty should cover any damages that arise from using experimental sockets such as the OC Socket.

ASUS X99 Deluxe Front

Update: New socket pictures show a lot more pins than just 6, you can check the link out in the comments below.

[Mini-Editorial] I was pretty impressed by ASUS’s recent innovation in the socket sector. I am talking ofcourse about the ASUS OC Socket, which boasts improved OC performance by granting the user more stability and higher voltage control thanks to more pins. Now while this all an impressive feat for an AIB to do, it begs the question whether we are looking at LGA 2011 at all.


Is the ASUS OC Socket Intel LGA 2011 at all? Or is it actually the ‘LGA 20XX’ Homegrown Socket?

The LGA 2011-3 is Intel’s Socket designed to be used with its HEDT Processors. Now the 2011 indicates the amounts of pins in the socket and the ‘3’ indicates the revision of the socket. Now that means that any LGA 2011 socket will have exactly 2011 pins. So is the ASUS OC Socket LGA 2011 then? Umm, no technically it is not. The ASUS OC Socket is compatible with the LGA 2011 but it is not in reality 2011. If you were to give it a name in Intel’s current nomenclature it would be LGA 2017 (the OC Socket has 6 additional pins apparently). Since ASUS has basically designed a completely new socket, I wouldn’t expect it to be rock solid and completely bug free at launch.

ASRock X99 Extreme 4 Motherboard

ASRock held a event in Taiwan to demonstrate their latest X99 motherboards where they also showcased their beastly, X99 Extreme 11 motherboard. For once, we thought that we have seen all the top-to-bottom X99 chip based lineup from ASRock but looks like ASRock has still got one more announcement to make regarding their flagship ASRock X99 Extreme 11 motherboard which should be available to consumers later next month.ASRock X99 Extreme 11 Motherboard Picture

ASRock X99 Extreme 11 Flagship Motherboard Unveiled – Features 18 SATA 6 Gbps Ports

The ASRock X99 Extreme 11 is a monstrosity in terms of design and features. The motherboard features and E-ATX form factor which has become the standard size for the high-end X99 motherboards. But the amount of features on this motherboard are insane bringing it in the same tier as the X99S XPOWER and ROG Rampage V Extreme. The board is built on the same Super Alloy design from the rest of the ASRock X99 motherboards and features a 12 Phase VRM. The PCB is built on a high-quality design and components implementation which has the XXL aluminum alloy heatsinks featured across the board. It retains the blue and black color scheme with the heatpipe integration but the interesting thing about the board is that it also comes with the active fan cooling solution to cool down the extra storage and PCI-e controllers featured near the PCH. This heatsink is connected to the PWM cooling via a single heatpipe but its more denser.

Intel Core i7-5930K

Today, Intel finally launches their HEDT (High-End Desktop) platform codenamed Haswell-E for PC enthusiasts. The Haswell-E platform marks the start of a new generation of the PC platform loaded with the latest X99 chip set based motherboards and the new DDR4 memory which will be the future standard for the upcoming CPU platforms. Included in the Haswell-E CPU family is the Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition processor which is Intel’s first 8 Core processor built for the consumer market.Intel Haswell-E Core i7

Intel Haswell-E Including Flagship Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition Processor Officially Launches

The Haswell-E platform is going to be the great platform for users who are gearing up for the next generation graphics cards and performance upgrades such as the NVIDIA Maxwell “GeForce 900 Series” and AMD’s GCN based Volcanic Islands family. The Haswell-E family includes three processors; the Core i7-5960X EE, Core i7-5930K and the Core i7-5820K. Before we get into the specifications regarding the X99 chipset and new DDR4 memory, let’s take a quick look at the specifications of Intel’s Haswell-E processors.

Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition Processor

The Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition processor is without a doubt the most impressive consumer CPU that Intel has released yet. This is also the first native 8-Core processor from Intel which features a total of 8 Cores and 16 threads. The processor is clocked at 3.0 GHz stock and 3.5 GHz boost. The Core i7-5960X features a total of 20 MB L3 cache, 40 PCI-Express lanes, Quad Channel DDR4-2133 MHz memory support, a 140W TDP, LGA 2011-v3 socket compatibility and a price of $999 US.


editors choiceIntroduction

Intel’s first generation High-End Desktop platform, the Nehalem (X58 Tylersburg) was launched back in November 2008 which ushered in a new era of high performance computing for desktop users. In 2011, Intel released the second generation update based on their Sandy Bridge architecture which was codenamed Sandy Bridge-E. The Sandy Bridge-E processors have lasted a good two and a half years in the tech industry and now we are making the transition into Intel’s third HEDT platform, codenamed Haswell-E (X99 Wellsburg).

The Haswell-E processor family comes a whole slew of a new generation of motherboards, packed full of new features to propel the technological race forward into a state of electric proportions. The LGA2011 V3 socket has brought about a lot of positive commotion in the industry with the X99 chipset while the DDR4 memory is the latest standard in the memory architecture which will boost performance plus bandwidths at very low voltages compared to its predecessors. The X99 motherboards from various manufacturers have been given the same enhancements as the latest Z97 series boards which were introduced with the Haswell Refresh CPU lineup and updated with enhanced designs suited and built for the enthusiast crowd.


The Gigabyte X99 motherboards have been officially launched featuring the new and improved Ultra Durable design scheme for a new generation of high-end desktop processors, codenamed Haswell-E. The new iteration of motherboards from Gigabyte include three major categories; the X99 OC Series, the X99 Ultra Durable series and the X99 Gaming series.

Gigabyte X99 Motherboards Launched – GA-X99-SOC Force, GA-X99-UD7 WiFi, X99 Gaming G1 WiFi

The Gigabyte X99 motherboard lineup includes eight new motherboards which include the flagship overclock series GA-X99-SOC Force, the flagship gaming series GA-X99 Gaming G1 WiFi and the flagship Ultra Durable series GA-X99-UD7 WiFi motherboards. The entire series has been detailed in the post below showcasing the new Ultra Durable features and support for Intel’s next generation Haswell-E processors and the new DDR4 memory DIMMs.

Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard


MSI has unleashed their next generation X99 motherboard lineup with five new X99 chipset based boards which include the flagship X99S XPOWER AC and X99S Gaming 9 AC. The new X99 motherboard lineup will include three categories of boards; Overclocking, Gaming and Classic series which will be available to overclockers, enthusiasts and gamers, starting today.

MSI X99 Motherboard Lineup Unleashed With Powerful Boards

The MSI X99 motherboard lineup will include five motherboards which include the X99S XPOWER AC, X99S MPOWER overclocking boards, X99S Gaming 9 AC and X99S Gaming 7 gaming motherboards and the standard X99S SLI Black edition which will be the entry level board featuring a fantastic all-black aesthetic scheme. We have a detailed round-up of these motherboards listed below which gives you insight into the specifications of all the upcoming X99 motherboards from MSI:

MSI X99S XPOWER AC Motherboard

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EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard

The next generation EVGA X99 motherboard lineup has been unleashed, featuring three new motherboards for Intel’s latest Haswell-E processors. The EVGA X99 motherboards are based on the new platform design which is capable of supporting the latest Haswell-E processors and DDR4 memory to meet the performance demands of current day overclockers and enthusiasts.

EVGA X99 Motherboards Unleashed – X99 Classified, X99 FTW, X99 Micro

The EVGA X99 motherboard lineup includes three motherboards, the EVGA X99 Classified which will lead the pack followed by the EVGA X99 FTW and lastly, the X99 Micro which is a Micro-ATX board designed for MATX case moders and builders. Before getting into the specifications, I would like to detail the prices for each board starting with the $400 US Classified followed by the $280 US X99 FTW and $250 US for the X99 Micro. You can find the specifications along with pictures of the entire EVGA X99 motherboard lineup below:

EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard

EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard


The ASRock X99 motherboard lineup has been unleashed with a total of nine new X99 chipset based boards for overclockers, enthusiasts and gamers. Boasting the High-End LGA 2011 V3 socket, the ASRock X99 products are fully compatible with the Haswell-E processors from Intel and the next generation DDR4 memory standard. The motherboards will feature several new technologies aimed at overclockers and gamers with the OC and Killer FATAL1TY series.

ASRock X99 Motherboards Unleashed – X99 OC Formula, X99 Professional FATAL1TY, X99 Extreme 6

The ASRock X99 lineup consists of nine motherboards which include the X99 OC Formula, X99 Killler FATAL1TY, X99M Killer FATAL1TY, X99 Professional FATAL1TY, X99 Extreme 6, X99 Extreme 4, X99 Extreme 3 and the X99 M Extreme 4 motherboards. All of the motherboards feature the latest generation of Super Alloy technology which new and improved components do deliver the best stability and performance out of the hardware. This includes the upgraded XXL Aluminum Alloy Heat Sink for great heat dissipation, Ultra Dual-N MOSFET (UDN) that delivers more efficient Vcore power supply with lower Rds(on), Premium 60A Power Choke that offers 3 times better saturation current, highly magnetic and heat resistant design Premium Memory Alloy Choke and 12K Platinum Capacitor to ensure stable performance and industry’s longest lifespan – 12,000 hours.

The OC series boasts an impressive design with conformal coating which is achieved through the use of Polysiloxanes also known as Silicon which protects the motherboard against conductive liquids and dust. The coating prevents the motherboard from moisture, dust, corrosion, extreme temperatures, oxygen, ozone and UV Light. Other features include the Purity Sound 2 and Killer E2200 LAN chip across the X99 lineup.

ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard

ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard

ASUS X99-E WS Motherboard

ASUS’s high-performance and workstation grade, X99-E WS motherboard has been unveiled prior to its launch tomorrow. The ASUS X99-E WS is a workstation motherboard featuring high quality components which ensure stability plus a neat black and silver color scheme which looks amazing on the new motherboard. In addition to the ASUS X99-WS, the ROG Rampage V Extreme and ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboards have also been leaked.ASUS X99-E WS Motherboard

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ASUS X99-E WS Workstation Motherboard Unveiled

The good thing about the new X99 chipset based motherboards is that they are fully compatible with the Xeon E5 lineup of processors. The LGA 2011-3 socket allows support for both Haswell-E and Haswell-EP processor in the new platform family plus featuring DDR4 memory support. There have been several leaks surrounding the Xeon E5-2600 V3 series family and I have a post coming out on the benchmark numbers of the Xeon E5-2669 V 3 processor but before that, let’s take a look a the workstation geared X99-E WS from ASUS.

Featuring the LGA 2011-3 socket, the X99-E WS supports both the Haswell-E and Haswell-EP family of CPUs. The board features an 8-Phase DIGI+ II VRM and the socket is powered through dual 8-Pin connectors including the 24-Pin ATX connector. The DiGi+ design on the motherboard includes several high-quality components such as the DR.MOS MOSFETs, capacitors with the ability to operate up to 12000 hours, ProCool power connectors and thermal chokes. The socket is surrounded by eight DDR4 DIMM slots (four on each side) which can support up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 3300 MHz (O.C). The motherboard has five sets of heatsink which include two for the VRM section and three for the PCH, DIMM Electrical and a heatsink below the socket. Each of the five heatsinks are interconnected via a dense heatpipe and the board makes use of three of them emphasizing on its stability oriented design.

ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard

ASUS’s next generation and high-performance Rampage V Extreme motherboard has been unveiled. The ROG series flagship motherboard features support for Intel’s next generation Haswell-E processors which are due to launch on Friday this week. ASUS’s X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme is the most high-end motherboard we have so far seen in the X99 motherboard lineup from ASUS which will also include the X99 Deluxe and X99 WS boards.ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme Motherboard

ASUS X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Unveiled – The Red and Black Beast

The ASUS X99 Republic of Gamers based Rampage V Extreme retains the red and black color scheme which is the original color of the ASUS ROG series products. While many other manufacturers have started to follow this color scheme, it was ASUS who originally started the trend of the red and black colored motherboards. Coming back to the specifications, the ROG Rampage V Extreme is a high-end E-ATX sized motherboard which features the LGA 2011-3 socket which will support Intel’s Haswell-E processors which include the Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K and the Core i7-5820K.

The X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme will feature a 8 Phase Digi+ VRM design which boasts several quality grade components to ensure superior stability and overclocking performance. The VRM is surrounded by a large heatsink at the back of which, an 8 + 4 Pin EPS connector configuration can be found to provide power to the LGA 2011-3 socket. The socket is surrounded by eight DDR4 DIMMs which offer up to 128 GB of memory support with speeds of up to 3300 MHz at 1.35V.

ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard

My buddy Kevin Owi from has just revealed the X99 Deluxe motherboard from ASUS which is going to be the company’s next generation HEDT offering for the Haswell-E platform. ASUS’s X99 Deluxe motherboard comes with their 5-Way Optimization design which includes several new features aimed at the enthusiast users which allows them to get the most performance and stability out of their processors.ASUS X99 Deluxe Motherboard

ASUS X99 Deluxe High-End Motherboard Features a White and Black Color Scheme

It looks like white and black has become the latest trend for motherboards since there is a huge demand from users for these boards. The ASUS X99 Deluxe comes with just the fine tone of this color scheme with the heat sinks colored white and silver followed by an all black color scheme for the rest of the PCB. The X99 Deluxe will feature a 8 Phase Digi+ VRM design which boasts several quality grade components to ensure superior stability and overclocking performance. The VRM is surrounded by a large heatsink at the back of which, an 8-Pin EPS connector can be found to provide power to the LGA 2011-3 socket. The socket is surrounded by eight DDR4 DIMMs which offer up to 128 GB of memory support with speeds of up to 4 GHz (future DDR4 standard).

For storage, ASUS has featured 10 SATA 6 Gbps and two SATA Express ports on the motherboard along with two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 headers. There are a few switches found at the bottom of the PCH heatsink which may be used for BIOS and OC support but we don’t have exact details as of yet. The other round of switches which include the Power On/Off, CMOS Reset, Reset and Diagnostic LED are found below the PCI-E slots. Expansion slots include five PCI-e 3.0 x16 and a single PCI-e 3.0 x 4 slot so we can tell that the motherboard has support for 3-Way SLI and Crossfire GPU functionality. The PCH heatsink is interconnected with a separate heatsink that rests above the top most expansion slot with a thermal heatpipe to dissipate load. ASUS’s X99 offering includes what the call the latest Crystal Sound 2 audio design with the audio section isolated to its own PCB.

Intel Logo

The official specifications and prices of Intel’s upcoming HEDT Haswell-E platform which includes the flagship Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition processors have been unveiled by Videocardz. The source has leaked the press deck for the Haswell-E platform which shows several new details along with a preview of the upcoming X99 motherboards which include the ASUS X99 Deluxe.Intel Haswell-E 5960X Processor

Intel Haswell-E Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K, Core i7-5820K Specifications Unveiled

The Intel Haswell-E processor lineup would include three SKUs, the Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K and Core i7-5820K. All processors are built on the 22nm Haswell architecture which means that they will improve the IPC performance while keeping the same power limits as previous generation processors due to enhanced power efficiency of the Haswell microarchitecture. Before moving into the feature set of the platform itself, we will detail the SKUs that will be launching in 29th August 2014:

Intel Core i7-5960X Processor

The Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition would be the flagship processor of the lineup boasting 8 Cores and 16 threads. The Haswell-E Core i7-5960X will house 2.6 Billion transistors inside its 22nm die and measures at 335.2 mm which is considered a huge die. The die block diagram also shows that the Core i7-5960X is not a 12 core die as previously expected which turns out to be a Xeon core. We can see 8 Cores with a large amount of shared L3 cache in the middle with a DDR4 memory controller at the bottom and Queue, Uncore and I/O at the top side. This would be Intel’s first 8 Core consumer processor and would be clocked at 3.0 GHz base and 3.5 GHz boost frequency. The processor would feature 20 MB of L3 cache, 140W TDP and support for DDR4-2133 MHz memory. Being the flagship processor of the Haswell-E lineup, the Core i7-5960X would end up with a price of $999 US.

OC Formulae

[Exclusive. No, Not Really] Nearly every other site posting these pictures have been tagging the post as Exclusive for reasons that evade me, so I thought I would too. I am guessing that AsRock must have sent out PR images to multiple sites because many sites Including Tom’s Hardware and AnandTech have understandably rolled out nearly identical exclusives. X99OCF-Professional

AsRock Press Renders Reveal X99 Professional and X99 OC Formula Motherboards

This post is all about pictures. Infact, you probably wouldn’t want any preliminary talk at all. But I can’t do that, so we will go over the dreaded context before the pictures. I have a feeling that not many people will read this para but here goes. So both the boards are based on the Intel 9 Series chipset and carry the LGA2011-3 socket. The boards have eight DDR4 memory slots for quad-channel memory and a grand total of five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots. These offer upto 40 Lanes of PCIE. They both have ten SATA3 (6 Gb/s) ports and your usual USB 3.0 and audio ports. Now the more interesting thing about these boards is that both of these rock Two M.2 Slots.

Interestingly they come with a vague PR poster that boasts 1300 Watts to the CPU and 12 Phase VRM design. I am not really sure by what they mean by 1300 Watts to the CPU so I will just quote Toms on this: “1300 W CPU support for extreme overclocking with liquid nitrogen.” Anyways here are the official renders. The red one is the AsRock X99 Professional and the Yellow one is X99 OC Formulae.So this is our exclusive (just kidding) press renders of the X99 Pro and OC Formula boards. Definitely a treat to look at, but will probably not be a treat to pay for.The boards are as high-end as it gets and suited for the professional and enthusiasts audience as seen from their design schemes and built quality. You can find more details about the ASRock X99 OC Formula and ASRock X99 Professional below:

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