Gigabyte Previews Next-Gen X99 Designare EX and X99 Ultra Gaming Boards For Broadwell-E, MSI Teases X99S XPOWER Gaming Titanium

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted May 21, 2016
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Several motherboard manufacturers have previewed their upcoming X99 motherboards for the Broadwell-E. We previously saw ASUS, EVGA and MSI products. Gigabyte has also come forward to preview their own X99 motherboards which include the X99 Designare EX, X99 Ultra Gaming and X99 SLI Phoenix. Aside from these motherboards, MSI has also teased their grand X99S XPOWER Gaming Titanium motherboard which will be launched at Computex 2016.

The Gigabyte X99 lineup for Broadwell-E features fully surround RGB lightning!

Gigabyte X99 Motherboards Previewed – Include X99 Designare EX, X99 Ultra Gaming and X99 SLI Phoenix

Aimed at the Broadwell-E family which is launching at Computex, the new X99 motherboard series will include a range of features from updated I/O connectivity to the latest storage port. The Broadwell-E family will include four new processors based on a 14nm process node. Detailed specifications of these processors can be seen in the table below:

Intel Broadwell-E Family

Processor NameIntel Core i7-6950XIntel Core i7-6900KIntel Core i7-6850KIntel Core i7-6800K
Process Node14nm14nm14nm14nm
Cores/Threads10/208/166/126/12
Core Clock3.00 GHz3.20 GHz3.60 GHz3.40 GHz
Boost Clock3.50 GHz3.70 GHz3.80 GHz3.60 GHz
L3 Cache25 MB L3 Cache20 MB L3 Cache15 MB L3 Cache15 MB L3 Cache
Unlocked Multiplier (BCLK OC)Yes, Full Range OCYes, Full Range OCYes, Full Range OCYes, Full Range OC
ChipsetX99X99X99X99
SocketLGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3
PCI-E Lanes40404028
Memory SupportDDR4-2400 MHzDDR4-2400 MHzDDR4-2400 MHzDDR4-2400 MHz
TDP140W140W140W140W
Launch Price$1723 US$1089 US$617 US$434 US

Gigabyte GA-X99 Designare EX Motherboard:

The Gigabyte GA-X99 Designare EX motherboard is a top-notch motherboard featuring some beefy specs and feature list. It’s fairly easy to tell that this board will be aimed at enthusiasts and would come at price that will put a dent on your wallet. The motherboard comes in a E-ATX form factor and is a big motherboard. I can note that there’s a 8+1 Phase PWM supply that drives the LGA 2011-3 CPU socket and power is provided through a single 8-Pin connector.

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A total of eight DDR4 DIMM slots are featured on the motherboard (4 on each side) which will allow fast DRAM (OC) support. The whole motherboard features a large heatsink array that is fitted with heatpipe cooling which does help keep the temperatures down across the power delivery system and PCH. Gigabyte has went with blue and white color scheme for their Designare motherboard which looks pleasing although it does remind of the X99A-Deluxe from ASUS. The motherboard features RGB LEDs and a new feature called Ambient Surround LED which let’s you customize the colors on various points of the motherboard. RGB lightning is becoming more and more common on next generation boards.

Storage options include two U.2 slots, two SATA Express slots, 8 SATA III 6 GB/s ports and a Ultra M.2 (32 GB/s) slot hidden underneath the white shroud in the middle. Expansion ports include five PCI-e 3.0 x16 and a single PCI-e x1 slot. The Designare EX comes with four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.1 ports and a single USB 3.1 (Type-C) port. There are Dual LAN connectors, a wireless antenna connector for built-in WiFI, Display Port 1.4 port and a 7.1 channel HD audio jack.

Gigabyte GA-X99 Ultra Gaming Motherboard:

Gigabyte X99 Ultra Gaming_2

The Gigabyte is the GA-X99 Ultra Gaming is a feature loaded yet cost effective solution. Maintaining design similarities with the Designare EX and adopting a red/white color theme, the X99 Ultra Gaming features four PCI-e 3.0 x16 and a single PCI-e 3.0 x1 slot. The two M.2 slots are found in the middle and don’t feature any add-on card. There’s a single U.2, SATA Express and 8 SATA III GB/s ports for storage. Gigabyte has marked the devices which will be compatible with both M.2 ports.

Each expansion slot is shielded by a metallic body that gives strength to the slot when using big graphics cards. This motherboard also comes with RGB lightning and a integrated heatpipe cooling solution that extends from the VRM to the PCH heatsink. I/O on this board includes a PS/2 port, 5 USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 (Type-A) and a USB 3.1 (Type-C) port. There’s no wireless add-on card but placement for the antennas output is featured so users can easily equip them to the board. There are dual LAN connectors and a 7.1 channel HD audio jack.

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MSI X99A XPOWER Gaming Titanium Teased – The Flagship Motherboard From MSI

The MSI X99A XPOWER Gaming Titanium motherboard will be the most glorious motherboard of MSI’s X99 line. Featuring an impressive design scheme which will be retained from their Z170A X99A XPOWER Titanium board, the motherboard will feature the LGA 2011-3 socket to house the Broadwell-E processors. The board is going to feature a white PCB with metallic silver heatsinks that look amazing. MSI will also be topping an integrated back lit lighting system for those who prefer the lighting display.

The motherboard packs the Military Class V components and features a powerful delivery system to allow for best overclocking on air and LN2 cooling. The motherboard can support DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 3.6 GHz. Expansion slots include five PCI-e 3.0 x 16 and a single PCI-e 3.0 x1 slot. There’s also a Ultra M.2 port. For storage, the board features 6 SATA III, a single U.2 port and dual USB 3.0 connectors (right angled). We can not wait to see this motherboard in action at Computex.

ASRock Also Teases Their Flagship X99 Taichi Motherboard

ASRock X99 Taichi Motherboard

A few weeks ago, ASRock also teased their X99 Taichi motherboard which is an ultra-enthusiast product designed for the Broadwell-E family. ASRock has posted a teaser video which gives us a small glimpse of the motherboard. For more details, you will have to wait till Computex which is just a couple of weeks away.

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