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Gigabyte X99 Designare EX
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Launch SRP S$680

Gigabyte X99 Designare EX


8.5/10
Overall rating 8.5/10

The Gigabyte X99 Designare EX is a feature-rich board crammed full of features to satisfy those looking to build a system bristling with high-end components.

Performance:
8.5
Features:
9
Value:
7.5
THE GOOD
Supports NVIDIA Quadro GPUs
Comes with PLX PEX8747 chip for lane splitting and multiplexing
Metal-reinforced PCIe and DIMM slots
THE BAD
No onboard power and reset buttons
CPU fan header and M.2 socket location not ideal

Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Supports Intel Core i7 Processors in the LGA2011-3 package
  • Intel X99 Chipset
Memory
  • Quad Channel DDR4 memory technology
  • 8 x DIMM slots
  • Supports DDR4 3600(OC) / 3400(OC) / 3333(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2133 non-ECC, unbuffered memory
  • Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
  • Max. capacity of system memory: 128GB
Storage
  • Intel X99 chipset:
  • 1x SATA Express connector
  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5), supporting RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
  • 4x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (sSATA3 0~3), supporting IDE and AHCI modes only
  • 1x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 PCIe x4/x2 SSD support)
  • 2x U.2 connectors
Audio
  • Realtek® ALC1150 codec
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for S/PDIF Out
Video
  • Supports NVIDIA 3-way/Quad-GPU SLI Technology
  • Supports AMD 3-way/Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology
Networking
  • Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN Controller
  • Intel I211-AT Gigabit LAN Controller
  • 1x1 Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
FireWire (IEEE 1394) N.A.
Rear I/O
  • 1x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 1x DisplayPort In port
  • 2x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
  • 1x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 support
  • 1x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red)
  • 5x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  • 2x RJ-45 ports
  • 1x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 5x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
Internal Connectors
  • 1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1x M.2 Socket 3 connector
  • 2x U.2 connectors
  • 1x SATA Express connector
  • 10x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1x CPU fan header
  • 1x water cooling fan/water cooling pump header (CPU_OPT_PUMP)
  • 2x system fan headers
  • 1x system fan/water cooling pump header (SYS_FAN3_PUMP)
  • 1x front panel header
  • 1x front panel audio header
  • 1x S/PDIF Out header
  • 2x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
  • 2x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 1x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connector
  • 1x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  • 1x RGB LED strip extension cable header
  • 1x Clear CMOS jumper
Expansion Slots
  • 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, running at x16
  • 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, running at x8
  • 1x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, running at x4
  • 1x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
  • 1x M.2 Socket 1 connector for the wireless communication module
Other Features
  • Support for APP Center
  • 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
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 30.5 x 24.4cm