15 GBT X99 Designare EX

Gigabyte X99-Designare EX Motherboard

SKU: GA-X99-Designare EX

The GIGABYTE GA-X99-Designare EX motherboard is a X99 Refresh motherboard to be certified to support Thunderbolt™ 3. This gives enthusiasts that need the tried-and-true horsepower and reliability of the X99 chipset access to the world’s fastest connectivity protocol. Powered by Intel’s own Thunderbolt 3 controller, the new Thunderbolt 3 protocol is available over a USB Type-C™ connector on the back I/O of select GIGABYTE motherboards including the X99-Designare EX. Bringing an unprecedented single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s -- twice more than the previous generation!

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CPU
  • Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors in the LGA2011-3 package
  • Support for Intel® Xeon® E5-1600 / E5-2600 / E5-4600 v3 / v4 processors in the LGA2011-3 package
  • L3 cache varies with CPU(Please refer “CPU Support List” for more information.)
ChipsetIntel® X99 Express Chipset
Memory
  • 8 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB of system memory
    * Support for up to 512 GB of system memory when using Registered DIMMs.
    * Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.
  • 4 channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR4 3600(OC) / 3400(OC) / 3333(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2133 MHz memory modules
  • Non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
  • Registered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx4/2Rx4 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
  • Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

(Please refer “Memory Support List” for more information.)

Audio
  • Realtek® ALC1150 codec
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
  • 2 x Intel® GbE LAN chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
  • Support for Teaming
Wireless Communication module
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
  • Bluetooth 4.2, 4.1, BLE, 4.0, 3.0, 2.1+EDR
  • Support for 11ac wireless standard and up to 867 Mbps data rate
    * Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.
Expansion Slots
  • 3 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1~3)
    * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_1 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16_1 slot operates at up to x8 mode.
    * The U2_32G_2 connector shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_2 slot. When the U2_32G_2 connector is populated, the PCIEX16_2 slot operates at up to x8 mode.
    * The M2_32G connector shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_3 slot. When the M2_32G connector is populated, the PCIEX16_3 slot operates at up to x8 mode.
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
    (The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
    * The SATA_EXPRESS connector shares bandwidth with the PCIEX4 slot. When the SATA_EXPRESS connector is populated, the PCIEX4 slot operates at up to x2 mode.
  • 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
    (The PCIEX4 and PCIEX1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 1 connector for the wireless communication module (M2_WIFI)
Storage InterfaceChipset:

  • 1 x SATA Express connector
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5), supporting RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (sSATA3 0~3), supporting IDE and AHCI modes only
    (An operating system installed on the SATA3 0~5 ports cannot be used on the sSATA 0~3 ports.)
  • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 PCIe x4/x2 SSD support)
  • 2 x U.2 connectors
    * When an i7-5820K or i7-6800K CPU is installed, the U2_32G_1 connector becomes unavailable.
Multi-Graphics Technology
  • Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 3-Way/2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies
  • Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ and 3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies
USBChipset+Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller:

  • 1 x USB Type-C™ port on the back panel, with USB 3.1 support
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red) on the back panels

Chipset + Renesas® USB 3.0 Hubs:

  • 8 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Chipset:

  • 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports available through the internal USB headers
Internal I/O Connectors
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector
  • 2 x U.2 connectors
  • 1 x SATA Express connector
  • 10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x water cooling fan/water cooling pump header (CPU_OPT_PUMP)
  • 2 x system fan headers
  • 1 x system fan/water cooling pump header (SYS_FAN3_PUMP)
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1 x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connector
  • 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  • 1 x RGB LED strip extension cable header
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 1 x DisplayPort In port
  • 2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
  • 1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 support
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red)
  • 5 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  • 2 x RJ-45 ports
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O ControlleriTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring
  • System voltage detection
  • CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection
  • CPU/CPU OPT/System fan (pump) speed detection
  • CPU/System/Chipset overheating warning
  • CPU/CPU OPT/System fan (pump) fail warning
  • CPU/CPU OPT/System fan (pump) speed control
    * Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install.
BIOS
  • 2 x 128 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS™
  • Support for Q-Flash Plus
    * The USB flash drive used must be a USB 2.0 flash drive.
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Unique Features
  • Support for APP Center
    * Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.

    • 3D OSD
    • @BIOS
    • Ambient LED
    • AutoGreen
    • BIOS Setup
    • Color Temperature
    • Cloud Station
    • EasyTune
    • Easy RAID
    • Fast Boot
    • ON/OFF Charge
    • Platform Power Management
    • Smart TimeLock
    • Smart Keyboard
    • Smart Backup
    • System Information Viewer
    • USB Blocker
    • V-Tuner
  • Q-Flash
  • Smart Switch
  • Xpress Install
Bundle Software
  • Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
  • Intel® Smart Response Technology
  • cFosSpeed
Operating System
  • Support for Windows 10/8.1 64-bit
  • Support for Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit
Form FactorATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
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From Hardware BBQ:

Gigabyte X99 Designare EX is a very expensive motherboard, particularly at the time when AMD Ryzen and Intel X299 is just at the horizon. The motherboard provides multiple storage options yet the layout is as good as its going to get. It does support multi-GPU and storage options, but at a time when one of two GPU makers Nvidia limits SLI support to two, it reduces the purpose of getting multi-GPU setups. To justify, AMD doesn’t have a high-end model to compete against GTX 1080.

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