Sunday, December 4th 2016

GIGABYTE Intros X299 Designare EX Motherboard

GIGABYTE finally gave its socket LGA2066 motherboard series the silvery Designare treatment, with the new X299 Designare EX motherboard. The board features the same silver+blue styling the company implemented on its X399 Designare EX, but unlike its Z270X Designare, the silver theme doesn't continue onto the PCB. This is probably also because the X299 Designare EX is based on the same exact PCB as the Aorus X299 Gaming 7.

All that's changed between the X299 Designare EX and the Aorus X299 Gaming 7, is an included Thunderbolt 3 add-on card, the silver colored VRM, chipset, and M.2 SSD heatsinks, the silver-colored rear I/O shroud, and GIGABYTE Designare branding replacing the Aorus branding, wherever applicable. The LED inserts are still RGB multi-color, although out of the box, they're configured to be soft-blue. You can configure them with the GIGBAYTE RGB Fusion software. Unlike the Aorus X299 Gaming 7, this board features a silver back-plate that covers most of the board's reverse side, and an integrated rear I/O shield. The rest of its feature set is identical to that of the Aorus X299 Gaming 7. One can expect the GIGABYTE X299 Designare EX to be the company's most expensive socket LGA2066 motherboard, above even the Aorus X299 Gaming 9, on account of its included Thunderbolt 3 add-on card, and Designare-specific features.
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11 Comments on GIGABYTE Intros X299 Designare EX Motherboard

#1
cryohellinc
Design reminds me of something back from mid 2000's. ;)
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#2
bonehead123
Hello...

It's 1999 calling, and we want all our slick, silvery-looking pc parts back, like NOW, especially that stupido ps/2 port.

or didn't you know.... All them there parts are belong to us :D
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#3
Mirkoskji
Except in 2000's the best high-end motherboard cost half of what a modern one costs.
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#4
R-T-B
I won't buy a motherboard if it doesn't have a PS/2 port, so those comments saying how bad it needs to go away always amuse me.
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lexluthermiester
R-T-B said:
I won't buy a motherboard if it doesn't have a PS/2 port, so those comments saying how bad it needs to go away always amuse me.
Agreed. For gaming, PS/2 ports make for excellent keyboard and mouse response times. Instead of the KB&M waiting on the cpu for a chance to report they're states, the KB&M uses their IRQ's to instruct the cpu to accept input. In the long run, this is a much better and more efficient way of doing things.
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#6
boe
So when will it actually be available for purchase?
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#7
lexluthermiester
boe said:
So when will it actually be available for purchase?
Good question..
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#8
Ryan White
I asked them about shipping and their response was the following:
"This X299 model will not be available after the last batch, if you are seeking for X299 you can look into other models."

The respose I'm getting is that it has been discontinued before it even is available..... I'm looking into it further..
Something is off with that response. I even double checked and got the same response twice. I want this for my 7980XE build!!
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lexluthermiester
Ryan White said:
I asked them about shipping and their response was the following:
"This X299 model will not be available after the last batch, if you are seeking for X299 you can look into other models."

The respose I'm getting is that it has been discontinued before it even is available..... I'm looking into it further..
Something is off with that response. I even double checked and got the same response twice. I want this for my 7980XE build!!
That statement seems dubious. Do you have a link?
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Ryan White
lexluthermiester said:
That statement seems dubious. Do you have a link?
No link but this is the reply from my inquiry in screenshot form....
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#11
lexluthermiester
Ryan White said:
No link but this is the reply from my inquiry in screenshot form....
Fair enough. Yeah, that makes no sense. I'm betting that the mobo is delayed and the person who responded doesn't know what you are referring to.
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