Sunday, October 2nd 2016

GIGABYTE Launches the X399 Designare EX Motherboard

GIGABYTE formally launched its flagship socket TR4 motherboard for AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors, the X399 Designare EX. Positioned slightly above the company's current (and only) offering for this platform, the Aorus X399 Gaming 7, the new Designare EX is based on the same PCB, and a nearly-identical feature-set, except for cosmetic changes, such as its silver-metallic color-scheme dominating the VRM and chipset heatsinks, the M.2 SSD heatspreaders, the I/O shroud and integrated shield, and a back-plate covering most of the reverse side.

Built in the ATX form-factor, the X399 Designare EX draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and 4-pin ATX, conditioning it for the CPU using an 8-phase VRM with "server-grade" chokes, and a VRM heatsink that offloads its heat onto a second heatsink via a heat-pipe. Expansion slots include five PCI-Express 3.0 x16, all of which are wired to the CPU. Storage connectivity includes three 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, and eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, from which four are directly wired to the CPU.
USB connectivity on the GIGABYTE X399 Designare EX includes two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 (from which one is type-C), ten 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 ports (from which one is type-C), and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports via headers. Networking includes a WLAN interface with 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, and two 1 GbE ports, both of which are driven by Intel-made controllers. The onboard audio solution is of the highest grade by GIGABYTE, consisting of a Realtek ALC1220 (120 dBA SNR) CODEC, audio-grade capacitors, OPAMPs, and ground-layer isolation. The company didn't reveal pricing, but we suspect it could be slightly higher than the USD $399 the company asks for the Aorus X399 Gaming 7.
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10 Comments on GIGABYTE Launches the X399 Designare EX Motherboard

#1
micropage7
the board looks pretty neat and it's interesting about review
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#2
Rivage
Really nice looking board with pleasant and neutral color scheme that can fit various builds. Strong VRM design.
I love the backplate - it's serious armor!
Just... it's an AMD board...
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#3
ZoneDymo
Rivage said:
Really nice looking board with pleasant and neutral color scheme that can fit various builds. Strong VRM design.
I love the backplate - it's serious armor!
Just... it's an AMD board...
indeed, time to treat(ripper) yourself son, get some!
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#4
bug
Fwiw, a backplate is not a cosmetic change. It actually allows using a heavier heat sink without the fear of warping the mobo in time.
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#5
Chloe Price
Reminds me of my old Z87 Sabertooth. The backplate, I mean.
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#6
Rivage
Same strong backplate has X299 high-end board Aorus Gaming 9

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#7
Athlonite
So this is supposed to be an High end workstation mobo right so why's it look like a high end gaming mobo instead.. just how much money could be saved if all flash wasn't there
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#8
R-T-B
Athlonite said:
So this is supposed to be an High end workstation mobo right so why's it look like a high end gaming mobo instead.. just how much money could be saved if all flash wasn't there
I don't think "workstation" is the target audience at all.
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Athlonite
R-T-B said:
I don't think "workstation" is the target audience at all.
It would seem not well not from looking at this mobo at any rate and by workstation I meant for media/video/animation creation type work loads where many cores make light work
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