Last week at Computex, we saw Intel release its new Core X family of processors and the new ultra-enthusiast X299 platform to go with it. Intel even came up with a new name for its ultra-high-end chips – Core i9 – which ranged from 12 all the way to an eye-watering 18 cores, a first for a consumer desktop chip.
Of course, while new CPUs are great, they don’t make for much to look at.
Instead, we found our attention more captivated by the X299 boards rolling out from brands like ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI, most of them sporting refreshed designs and new features intended to entice enthusiasts to upgrade from X99.
Furthermore, Intel has taken a new tack this time around and released Kaby Lake-X Core i5 and Core i7 processors at the same price points as their mainstream counterparts. This means that X299 isn’t quite the extravagant proposition that X99 was, and there are now far more affordable CPUs available for consumers.
If you were considering a Z270 board with a Core i7-7700K (4.2GHz, 6MB L3 cache), getting an X299 board with a Core i7-7740X (4.3GHz, 8MB L3 cache) might not stretch your budget by that much more now.
Furthermore, some of the new X299 boards could even be considered as “entry-level” models, the better to go with the US$242 Core i5-7640X (4.0GHz, 6MB L3 cache).
Having said that, we’ve rounded up all the X299 boards announced so far from the major brands to give you an overview of what’s available.