ASRock and ASUS Intel X99 Boards
The Intel X99 chipset will support the upcoming Intel Haswell-E processors, with its new LGA 2011-3 CPU socket. The desktop platform will offer support for DDR4 RAM - the first Intel platform to jump to this next generation memory standard. The boards highlighted here support up to 128GB of system memory!
ASRock has a total of nine Intel X99-based Super Alloy boards that target gamers, overclockers and power users. There is even a server grade E-ATX offering, the X99 WS that boasts of workstation grade power design consists of “one set for transferring 3.3V voltage to 1.5V, the other one for 3.3V to 1.8V, doubling power efficiency compared to linear design.”
Another E-ATX board is the top-end X99 OC Formula from its overclocking series. It comes with the conformal coating to make it water resistant. Another high-end E-ATX board worthy of mention is the X99 Professional Fatal1ty features the Killer networking chip and the Purity 2 audio system. The ASRock X99 boards boasts of a 12-phase power design system with its Super Alloy components for both stable and reliable performances. The other ASRock boards include the following:-
- X99 Extreme6
- X99 Extreme4
- X99 Extreme3
- X99M Extreme4
- X99 Professional
- Fatal1ty X99X Killer
- Fatal1ty X99M Killer
ASUS has lined up three boards, and the high-end X99-Deluxe is one of the best-looking boards of the lot. Its white-on-black color scheme makes it outstanding. From its heatsinks to the rear I/O port protective sheath, the designers have decided that white is their color of choice, deviating sharply from the usual gold treatment. This ATX board features a LGA2011-3 CPU socket with “extra pins” to “connect a proprietary circuit to contacts found on Haswell-E's land grid array (LGA).” This is meant for better OC performances.
According to ASUS, the X99-Deluxe is available now in stores for S$639. It will soon be followed by tamer editions, the X99-Pro and the X99-A models for S$519 and S$449 respectively.
The ASUS X99-E WS has a whopping seven PCIe Gen 3.0 x16 slots! According to its listed specifications, this E-ATX board can support up to seven expansions cards, and the seven slots operate at the following speeds; x16/x8/x8/x8/x16/x8/x8. From the picture, we do see a lot of PCIe 3.0 switch chips crammed into the PCB area between the PEG slots.
To complete the current lineup, there is the ROG Rampage V Extreme that features the OC Panel for system monitoring and overclocking. According to the company, the board’s MOSFETs have been upgraded to the new PowIRstage IR3555 for better current sensing. The usual VRM suspects include the ASUS Digi+ components, alloy chokes and the 10K, Jap-made black caps.