AORUS has unveiled its new flagship X299G motherboards for the next-generation Core X HEDT CPU lineup that is coming this fall. The new motherboards are expected to launch a bit earlier than the new Core X series around August or September but will be fully capable to support the enhanced Intel HEDT CPUs.
AORUS Unveils X299G Motherboard Lineup With X299G AORUS Xtreme Waterforce, X299G AORUS Master & X299G Designare-10G - Built For Next Generation Intel Core X CPUs
Update: Gigabyte contacted us to confirm that the X299G naming scheme will be the final naming scheme for the upcoming motherboards and the X499 logos and naming was a placeholder since Intel updated board partners very recently. The 'G' at the end is to differentiate the lineup from the existing X299 parts but will use the same chipset, so nothing significant has changed.
The motherboards were shown during a VIP tour of the AORUS booth at Computex 2019 where the company had displayed a range of their new products, including the new X570 motherboards that we rounded up a few days ago. There were three very interesting motherboards shown during the event which were labeled as X299G but it was easy to note that these were placeholder names that were taped on the real names themselves. Underneath the taped product name, we were able to set our sights at the X499 naming scheme and this was also confirmed by a label on one of the top VRM heatsinks on the new Designare-10G.
Intel HEDT Processor Families:
|Intel HEDT Family||Sapphire Rapids-X? (Sapphire Rapids Expert)||Alder Lake-X? (Sapphire Rapids Mainstream)||Cascade Lake-X||Skylake-X||Skylake-X||Skylake-X||Broadwell-E||Haswell-E||Ivy Bridge-E||Sandy Bridge-E||Gulftown|
|Process Node||10nm ESF||10nm ESF||14nm++||14nm+||14nm+||14nm+||14nm||22nm||22nm||32nm||32nm|
|Flagship SKU||TBA||TBA||Core i9-10980XE||Xeon W-3175X||Core i9-9980XE||Core i9-7980XE||Core i7-6950X||Core i7-5960X||Core i7-4960X||Core i7-3960X||Core i7-980X|
|Clock Speeds||~4.5 GHz||~5.0 GHz||3.00 / 4.80 GHz||3.10/4.30 GHz||3.00/4.50 GHz||2.60/4.20 GHz||3.00/3.50 GHz||3.00/3.50 GHz||3.60/4.00 GHz||3.30/3.90 GHz||3.33/3,60 GHz|
|Max Cache||105 MB L3||45 MB L3||24.75 MB L3||38.5 MB L3||24.75 MB L3||24.75 MB L3||25 MB L3||20 MB L3||15 MB L3||15 MB L3||12 MB L3|
|Max PCI-Express Lanes (CPU)||112 Gen 5||65 Gen 5||44 Gen3||44 Gen3||44 Gen3||44 Gen3||40 Gen3||40 Gen3||40 Gen3||40 Gen2||32 Gen2|
|Chipset Compatiblity||W790?||W790?||X299||C612E||X299||X299||X99 Chipset||X99 Chipset||X79 Chipset||X79 Chipset||X58 Chipset|
|Socket Compatiblity||LGA 4677?||LGA 4677?||LGA 2066||LGA 3647||LGA 2066||LGA 2066||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2011||LGA 2011||LGA 1366|
|Launch||Q4 2022?||Q4 2022?||Q4 2019||Q4 2018||Q4 2018||Q3 2017||Q2 2016||Q3 2014||Q3 2013||Q4 2011||Q1 2010|
|Launch Price||TBA||TBA||$979 US||~$4000 US||$1979 US||$1999 US||$1700 US||$1059 US||$999 US||$999 US||$999 US|
X299G AORUS Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard
So there will be three motherboards from AORUS that will be part of the X299 platform. These include the X299G AORUS Xtreme Waterforce which is a high-end model that makes use of a very enthusiast-specific design and even comes with AORUS's own water block that extends from the CPU and down to the PCH and the M.2 slot. AORUS is using a very beefy 16 Phase VRM on the motherboard itself and makes use of dual 8 pin connectors to power the CPU socket.
The X299G AORUS Xtreme Waterforce, as you can see, is a no-compromise motherboard that gives you a lot of power to control if you know how to use it right. That's why the market its targetting is ultra-niche and the enthusiast segment itself. We can see that the board has a PCB cover and has three PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots while the three M.2 slots are ducted underneath the VRM heatsinks, one of which should go beneath the water block extension.
There's also a hidden 6-pin power connector on the motherboard which is right below the SATA ports which deliver additional power to the PCI express connections when running multiple I/O devices on the lanes. Other features include a fully covered backplate, an I/O cover and lots of connectivity for users to take full use of. There's no word on the prices but we should hear more info before the end of August.
X299G AORUS Master Motherboard
There's also the X299G AORUS Master which is a masterful design with tons of fin-based heatsinks scattered all across its surface. The motherboard has a 12 phase VRM design and requires dual 8 pin power connectors to boot. It also has eight DDR4 DIMM slots which have the metal brace for extra durability and the key feature that needs to be highlighted is the extended thermal design which includes a trio of aluminum fin heatsinks that are interconnected with thick copper heat pipes and lead straight into the main PCH heatsink.
The motherboard, as you can see, comes in the E-ATX form factor and has 8 SATA III ports for storage. Expansion slots include four PCI-e 3.0 x16 and three M.2 slots, all of which feature M.2 heatsinks for best performance of NVMe SSDs under load.
The card is fully compliant with AORUS RGB Fusion technology and uses the ESS SABRE HIFI system for audio and a ton of other I/O which are placed right beneath an updated I/O cover which looks great from the one we saw on the X399 AORUS Xtreme. The motherboard will ship with WiFi 6, 5G Ethernet LAN port and Bluetooth 5.0. It also comes with a backplate if you were wondering.
X299G Designare-10G Motherboard
Moving on to the final X299G board that was shown, the Gigabyte X299G Designare-10G. The Gigabyte Designare series is more of the traditional workstation oriented lineup which is aimed at creators & as such, there won't be any flashy RGB stuff on the board itself. However, you still get some really high-end specs. The motherboard makes use of a 12 Phase VRM that is cooled off by a dual heat sink system that's the same as the one used on the X299G AORUS Master, based on an aluminum fin stack design.
The heat pipes extend all the way from the heatsink and down to the left through the cover which hides the isolated audio PCB. In terms of storage options, we are looking at 8 SATA III ports. For the expansion, we are getting four PCIe 3.0 x16 and three M.2 slots, all of which are cooled by metal heatsinks.
The Designare X299G PCH heatsink is styled in black and silver which looks amazing. For IO, we are getting dual 10G Ethernet LAN, Thunderbolt 3.0 and WIFI 6 which is just a stack full of connectivity options. Expect the motherboard to be priced pretty high given the specifications it rocks. Now that a lot is clear, it looks like we will be getting AORUS X299G as a replacement to their current X299 line to support next-gen Core-X processors.