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MSI Gives Away "Mafia III" with Gaming Series Motherboards and Desktops

The two prestigious families of MSI and 2K GAMES have joined forces to present you a bundle you can't refuse. By purchasing any of the eligible MSI Intel GAMING X99/Z170/H179/B150 Motherboards or Windows 10 GAMING Desktops, you will get the MAFIA III game for free! Six years in the making, MAFIA III is the latest masterpiece by 2K GAMES and Hangar 13. Presenting a vast Open-World gaming experience with the legendary cinematic narrative the MAFIA series are known for. Featuring incredibly vivid facial animations and tense action, MAFIA III pledges to provide the most engaging gaming experience yet.

Fierce gunfights, close quarters combat and nail-biting car chases form some of the most thrilling chapters of this action masterpiece. MSI GAMING Motherboards & Desktops will keep you at the edge of your seat with Audio Boost 3 providing supreme audio components to support 8-channel HD audio output. While Military-class audio enhancer NAHIMIC will fully immerse you into the heart of the action with a full 3D surround experience. Gamers will feel the explosions, the gunshots and the screams of enemies biting the dust like they are there in person.

EK Unveils ASUS Rampage V Edition-10 RGB Monoblock

EK Water Blocks, Slovenia-based premium computer liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is excited to announce its latest liquid cooling solution for ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard with full AURA Lighting Control RGB support.

Following the August release of the EK-FB ASUS R5-E10 Monoblock, we are now announcing the EK-FB ASUS R5-E10 Monoblock RGB Edition! This Monoblock is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for Intel LGA-2011-v3 socket CPU and ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, with full ASUS AURA Lighting Control RGB support. This water block uses the award-winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure best possible CPU cooling. The monoblock directly cools Intel LGA-2011-V3 socket type CPU, Intel X99 Express southbridge (PCH) and power regulation (VRM / MOSFETs) module as water flows directly over all critical areas (southbridge is passively cooled). It is a very high flow water block that can be easily used with systems using weaker water pumps.

CORSAIR Launches DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition DDR4 Memory

CORSAIR, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the immediate availability of its new DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition DDR4 memory. Adding a new level of refinement and distinction to the long-standing CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM legacy, DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition is available in two exclusive new styles, mirror finish Chrome and brushed aluminum Blackout. Precision crafted in strictly limited quantities of 500 kits each of 32GB (4x8GB or 2x16GB) 3,200MHz DDR4, DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition also boasts improved integrated lighting via an illuminated light-pipe, patented DHX cooling technology and full XMP certification for one-touch overclocking.

Designed for world-class PC system builds where only the most elite memory will suffice, CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM Special Edition modules deliver the refinement and quality that the most discerning PC enthusiasts demand.

GIGABYTE Offers Another Free Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce today, a new collection of GIGABYTE Motherboards that have been certified for Intel's Thunderbolt 3 technology. GIGABYTE is the leader in developing this technology as many devices in the market were created using GIGABYTE Motherboards as the golden sample.

Shortly after its release of the new Designare and ultra gaming motherboards GIGABYTE is announcing that many of these newly released boards have Thunderbolt 3 technology available to the users. Updating the BIOS and a simple software upgrade is all that is required of users to enable this feature. With a 40 Gb/s bandwidth, along with its ability to transmit data, video, audio, and power all in one cable, Thunderbolt technology is highly sought after for its rapid transfer speeds and ability to simplify cables around the computer. Users are able to daisy-chain up to six devices per port with an additional monitor at the end.

G.SKILL Demos DDR4-3333MHz CL14 128GB and DDR4-3333MHz CL13 64GB

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, displays two super-large capacity DDR4 memory kits at ultra-high speeds with amazingly low CAS latencies at the Intel Developer Forum 2016 this week in San Francisco, including the Trident Z series DDR4-3333MHz CL14 128GB (8x16GB) and DDR4-3333MHz CL13 64GB (8x8GB) memory kits. Both kits are featured with high performance Samsung DDR4 8Gb components and operate on the latest Intel X99 platform with Broadwell-E processors.

G.SKILL is dedicated to pushing the performance limit of DDR4 kits to new heights with the latest platform generations. With the launch of Broadwell-E in May 2016, G.SKILL is pushing a 128GB (8x16GB) kit of the high end Trident Z series to a blazing DDR4-3333MHz frequency at a very tight timing of CL 14-14-14-34. Featuring the Intel Core i7-6800K processor and ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, this is one of the highest performance memory kits with such massive capacity.

ASUS Unveils the X99-E 10G WS Workstation Board

ASUS today unveiled the X99-E 10G WS workstation motherboard. Although based on the X99 Express chipset, this board supports Intel Xeon E5-1600 and E5-2600 (v3 and v4) processors, besides Core i7 "Haswell-E" and "Broadwell-E" processors in the LGA2011v3 package. The board's eight DDR4 DIMM slots support up to 128 GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory. The board is built in the SSI-CEB form-factor (305 mm x 267 mm). The board features seven PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, and uses PLX PEX-8747 x48 bridge chips to provide either two x16 slots with direct wiring to the CPU, or four x16 slots running at full x16 bandwidth, or seven x16 slots in x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8 configuration.

Storage connectivity includes one 32 Gb/s U.2 port, a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, and a total of ten SATA 6 Gb/s ports. The board derives its name from support for 10 Gbps Ethernet, and features a pair of 10 Gbps connections driven by an Intel X550-AT2 controller. Other modern connectivity includes two USB 3.1 ports (of which one is type-C), eight USB 3.0 ports, and 8-channel HD audio with a 115 dBA SNR CODEC. The board draws power from a 24-pin ATX, a 6-pin PCIe, and two 8-pin EPS connectors, and uses an 8-phase VRM to condition power for the CPU. ASUS didn't reveal pricing.

MSI Unveils the X99A-SLI Motherboard

MSI unveiled the X99A-SLI motherboard. This is not to be confused with the X99A-SLI PLUS the company launched in its first wave of socket LGA2011v3 motherboards, in 2015. The new board features a few modern connectivity features, such as 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, a U.2 connector, and USB 3.1 with type-C. The board also comes with support for Core i7 "Broadwell-E" processors, out of the box. Built in the standard ATX form-factor, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors, and uses an 8-phase VRM to condition it for the CPU.

Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16, and two PCIe 2.0 x1. Storage connectivity includes one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, a 32 Gb/s U.2 port, one 10 Gb/s SATA-Express connector, and a total of twelve SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Among the USB connectivity are two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports, from which one is type-C, and eight other USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, four by headers). 8-channel HD audio, and an Intel controller-driven gigabit Ethernet connection make for the rest of it. This could be one of MSI's more affordable socket LGA2011v3 boards.

MSI Announces the X99A Workstation

MSI, industry leading motherboard brand, is proud to announce its latest addition to its X99 portfolio, the X99A WORKSTATION. Dedicated towards users demanding perfect stability & performance for optimal productivity while in search of a wide variety in connectivity & storage options, the new X99A WORKSTATION is sure to impress. Built from the ground up using Military Class 5 components, the X99A WORKSTATION is optimized to use ECC Registered DIMM (RDIMM) memory while benefiting from enhanced performance & stability through the presence of DDR4 Boost. The X99A WORKSTATION supports the latest Intel processors out of the box, both Broadwell-E and XEON based models. The X99A WORKSTATION motherboard is the perfect multi-tasking powerhouse to cater even the most demanding professional.

To be qualified as a true workstation motherboard, optimal & stable data handling needs to be guaranteed, no matter what. By using industries' highest quality components combined with an unmatched R&D design and extreme QA testing, the X99A WORKSTATION motherboard PCB design has been optimized to do just that. To protect the PCB and its components, besides looking cool an IO & audio cover ensures worry free use. The data and audio signals are also shielded against EMI. Heavy plated heatsinks, with a touch of grey, green and white, are used to ensure perfect operation at even the most extreme conditions. To transfer countless data, a wide variety of storage connecters such as U.2 , M.2 and SATA ports are demanded by most workstation users. The X99A WORKSTATION allows any of the latest and greatest HDD, SSD or other storage devices to be connected.

MSI Announces the X99A Tomahawk Motherboard

MSI today announced the X99A Tomahawk motherboard. This socket LGA2011v3 motherboard is based on the Intel X99 Express chipset, and supports Intel Core i7 "Broadwell-E" processors out of the box. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and uses an 8-phase VRM to power the CPU. The board supports up to 128 GB of quad-channel DDR4 memory. Expansion slots include three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, and two PCIe 3.0 x1.

Storage connectivity on the X99A Tomahawk includes one 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, one 32 Gb/s U.2 port, one 16 Gb/s SATA-Express, and eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports. USB connectivity includes two USB 3.1 ports (one each of type-A and type-C), eight USB 3.0 ports, and eight USB 2.0/1.1 ports. Network connectivity includes two gigabit Ethernet interfaces driven by Intel-made controllers.

EVGA Hardware Breaks 3DMark "Time Spy" World Records

EVGA and extreme overclocker Vince "K|NGP|N" Lucido have done it again, this time in the new DirectX 12 benchmark from Futuremark: "3DMark Time Spy". This new benchmark pushes the limits of modern PC gaming technology and can be used as a gauge for future game performance and visuals.

Armed with Liquid Nitrogen, an EVGA X99 FTW K motherboard, and an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Classified overclocked to 2,594MHz, K|NGP|N was able to hit new performance heights. He was able to score 9,973 points, a new single card World Record. The new EVGA Precision XOC software was used to overclock the graphics card, and is one of the only tools that can display a DirectX 12 OSD, a must have feature for overclockers.

GIGABYTE Announces X99 and Z170 Limited Edition Motherboards

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce today, a promotion with EK Water Blocks, the world's top liquid cooling manufacture. This promotion will begin on August 1st, 2016 and will be held throughout Europe. GIGABYTE and EK Water Blocks promotion bundle includes an award winning GIGABYTE motherboard, GIGABYTE's X99-Ultra Gaming or Z170X-Gaming 7, paired with a limited edition nickel monoblock engraved with a custom G1 design or limited edition EK-Supremacy EVO X99 water block.

GIGABYTE and EK Water Blocks worked together in designing and engineering the EK-FB GA-Z170X Monoblock for the Z170X-GAMING 7-EK motherboard. This monoblock uses the award winning EK-Supremacy EVO cooling engine to ensure the best possible performance in CPU cooling. Not only does the monoblock help keep the CPU cool, but it also covers the power regulation (MOSFET) module allowing water to flow directly over all critical areas of the motherboard ensuring the highest possible overclocks.

MSI X99A Workstation Receives NVIDIA Quadro SLI Certification

MSI, the leading motherboard brand, is proud to announce the world's first channel motherboard that passed the NVIDIA Quadro SLI certification, the upcoming MSI X99A WORKSTATION. With server level design and reliable stability, the MSI X99A WORKSTATION is optimized for NVIDIA Quadro SLI and VR SLI, built for high-end content creation PCs and the best rendering efficiency.

Moreover, X99A WORKSTATION adopts the unique Steel Armor and optimized PCI Express slots placement as well, to ensure perfect stability and compatibility. Steel Armor on the MSI X99A WORKSTATION has more solder points on the PCB for more strength. It also protects the PCI-Express signals against electromagnetic interference for hassle-free rendering and stability during heavy tasks.

G.SKILL Achieves DDR4 5189.2MHz and 12 Overclocking Records in 8 Benchmarks

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is proud to announce that 12 overclocking records in 8 different benchmarks were broken during Computex week this year, including the world's fastest memory frequency world record at DDR4 5189.2 MHz.

Special thanks to the event sponsors Samsung, Intel, and NVIDIA, as well as the industry's leading performance motherboard vendors, including MSI, ASUS, EVGA, GIGABYTE, and ASRock, the G.SKILL 5th Annual OC World Record Stage brought together the world's most powerful PC hardware in one venue to demonstrate the bleeding edge limits of current technology. Over the course of the 5 days at Computex, multiple benchmarks records were pushed to the new extreme levels, using G.SKILL DDR4 memory built with Samsung ICs, Intel Core i7 processors, the latest NVIDIA GPU, and the newest Z170/X99 motherboards designed for extreme performance.

Intel Announces the Core i7 "Broadwell-E" HEDT Processor Series

Intel today announced the Core i7 "Broadwell-E" processor series. Built in the socket LGA2011v3 package, these chips work with motherboards based on the Intel X99 Express chipset, some boards may require BIOS updates to support these chips. At the heart of the lineup is the 14 nm "Broadwell-E" silicon. Intel is launching not three but four SKUs, including two six-core, one eight-core, and one ten-core.

The lineup begins with the Core i7-6800K. This six-core chip features 15 MB of L3 cache, 3.40 GHz clocks with 3.60 GHz Turbo Boost, 28 PCI-Express lanes, and a price of US $434. Next up, is the Core i7-6850K, which is also a six-core chip with 15 MB L3 cache, but features slightly higher clock speeds of 3.60 GHz with 3.80 Turbo Boost, but more importantly, features the full 40 PCI-Express lanes of the silicon. The Core i7-6850K is priced at US $617. Further up the lineup is the Core i7-6900K, with eight cores, 20 MB L3 cache, 3.20 GHz clocks with 3.70 GHz maximum Turbo Boost, and a price of $1,089. The price-per-core dramatically shoots up from here, as we get to the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition, the jewel in Intel's crown, featuring ten cores, 25 MB of L3 cache, 3.00 GHz clocks with 3.50 GHz Turbo Boost, and a wallet-scorching $1,723 price.

Supermicro Also Unveils the C7X99-OCE Motherboard

In addition to the CZ170-OCE, Supermicro also unveiled the C7X99-OCE. This socket LGA2011v3 motherboard appears to be derived from one of its workstation boards. You can tell from the blank traces over where a remote management chip would normally rest. All that's changed is the PCB color (to black), the slots (blue+black), and more sporty looking heatsinks over the CPU VRM and the X99 PCH. The board covers all the basics of this platform, but gives you a pair of Intel-driven gigabit Ethernet connections, onboard OC fine-tuning buttons, and ten SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Missing in action is M.2 slots. We have no way of telling if Supermicro tucked away M.2 slots at the reverse side of the PCB.

MSI X99A XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Pictured

Here's the first picture of MSI's next premium socket LGA2011v3 motherboard targeted at overclockers, the X99A XPower Gaming Titanium. Likely positioned a notch below the X99A GODLIKE Gaming Carbon, and a successor to the X99A XPower AC, this board features MSI's signature metallic silver PCB, mated with silvery heatsinks denoting "Titanium." This scheme caught up with the company's recent Z170A XPower and Z170A MPower Gaming Titanium boards. The board is packed to the brim with the company's latest motherboard innovations, such as reinforcement braces along the eight DDR4 DIMM slots, five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (which are ready for 4-way multi-GPU solutions), and a host of modern connectivity options, such as 32 Gb/s U.2, USB 3.1 (including type-A and type-C ports), and a 32 Gb/s M.2-22110 slot with NVMe boot support. The board comes with out-of-the-box support for Core i7 "Broadwell-E" processors.

GIGABYTE Also Unveils H170-Designare

In addition to the Z170-Designare and the X99-Designare, GIGABYTE unveiled the more value-oriented H170-Designare, establishing a common feature-set that constitutes the "Designare" branding. To begin with, the H170-Designare covers all the basics, with a 6-phase CPU VRM, reinforced DDR4 DIMM slots, reinforced PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (one runs at full-time x16, and one runs at x4), with four additional PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.

Things get interesting with the connectivity that's on offer. The board features two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 ports driven by an Intel-made controller (one each of type-A and type-C), with 100W power delivery. The board also features an Intel I219-V gigabit Ethernet controller with cFosSpeed support. The most striking features are with its storage connectivity. You get a 32 Gb/s U.2 port, a 32 Gb/s M.2 port, and a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 slot, all of which feature NVMe booting support; with BIOS-level support for 3-drive RAID 0 arrays using three Intel SSD 750 drives.

EVGA Announces the X99 FTW K Motherboard

EVGA welcomes you to the next generation of ground-breaking performance: the X99 FTW K! The X99 platform redefines high-performance with the introduction of the first ever quad-channel DDR4 architecture fueled by Intel's Haswell-E/Broadwell-E CPU family for up to 128GBs of RAM running at a maximum memory speed of up to 3200MHz+ (OC), all made possible due to the 4-layer memory T-Routing design.

The X99 FTW-K is built with an 8-layer Hybrid Black PCB, featuring a CPU socket with 150% higher Gold content powered by an Advanced 8-phase Digital VRM (IR3563B+IR3350), providing industry-leading stability for all your applications. This board also features a Killer NIC E2400 Ethernet which helps to prioritize and reduce network latency to keep you at the top of your game.

MSI Announces the X99A GAMING Pro Carbon Motherboard

MSI is proud to announce the latest X99 Performance GAMING motherboard, the X99A GAMING PRO CARBON, world's first motherboard offering front USB 3.1 Type-C. This new motherboard has been built from the ground up and has a completely new design for its heavy plated heatsinks and covers, based on the latest CARBON look & feel. Besides this totally new design, the X99A GAMING PRO CARBON motherboard also comes packed with several new and unique MSI features such as new Mystic Light with smartphone control over WIFI including a Mystic Light extension RGB cable and pin header.

Onboard Turbo U.2 is present to support the latest and greatest SSDs available in the market supporting NVMe. DDR4 Boost is accompanied by DDR4 Steel Armor to ensure the best memory performance. The X99A GAMING PRO CARBON is the first X99 model featuring Game Boost with 8 gears up to 5 GHz of one-second-overlocking! Last but not least, this model has been designed and optimized for next-generation Intel "Broadwell-E(P)" processors. So whether looking for extreme performance or endless customization, the new X99A GAMING PRO CARBON is sure to deliver.

MSI Teases the X99 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard

The battle for multi-color LED lit motherboards intensifies, since apparently, having $1300 ten-core processors and a pile of overpriced reference-design next-gen graphics cards won't impress people at LANs as much as multi-color LEDs in your machine! Hot on the heels of ASUS ROG STRIX X99, MSI is readying the launch of its equally (or more) colorful X99 Gaming Pro Carbon. Slated for launch on May 13, this board is expected to feature the most modern connectivity, with a broad stroke of product design. The company posted a teaser video for the board.
The teaser video follows.

ASUS Announces ROG Strix and All-New X99 Signature Motherboards

ASUS and Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced ASUS Signature X99-Deluxe II, X99-A II and X99-E, and ROG Strix X99 Gaming from the latest lineup of ROG Strix series - all-new four ATX motherboards based on the Intel X99 chipset and loaded with exclusive technologies to maximize the potential of the latest LGA 2011-3 Intel Core i7 X-series processors.

Commenting on the new product line-up, Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President & General Manager of Motherboard Business Unit said: "Our X99 motherboards have won awards from many respected publications and editors around the world, with ASUS consistently praised as the number-one motherboard brand. We are keen to offer best-selling, easy-to-use, stable and trusted motherboards - that's why we call them BEST. And we're proud to introduce our all-new X99 motherboards allowing users to customize their experience and maximize performance in ways that simply aren't possible with any other brand of motherboard."

G.Skill Introduces 5 New Color Schemes to Trident Z Series DDR4 Memory

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is introducing 5 new color schemes to the highly popular extreme performance Trident Z series to select specifications. Aside from the classic Trident Z design of silver and black brushed aluminum heatspreader with a red top-bar highlight, the new color schemes include a black brushed aluminum body paired with orange, yellow, or white top-bar or a silver brushed aluminum body with white or black top-bar.

With a rise in popularity of modding and cases with window designs, these 5 new Trident Z color schemes are developed for enthusiasts, gamers, and modders who not only wish to include high performance memory in their systems, but also to add attractive visual appeal and show off their unique selection of hardware. Available in yellow, orange, white, and black highlights, these new color schemes pair exceedingly well with modern motherboard designs based on the X99 and Z170 chipsets.

Intel Core i7-6850K Pictured, Tested

Intel's upcoming Core i7-6850K six-core processor made its way to the hands of an enthusiast on OCN, who wasted no time in picturing the chip, and putting it through a few handy tests. Built for the LGA2011v3 socket, the i7-6850K is based on the 14 nm "Broadwell-E" silicon, and features six cores, HyperThreading enabling 12 logical CPUs, 15 MB of L3 cache, and a nominal clock speed of 3.60 GHz. To begin with, while the i7-6850K is pin-compatible with existing socket LGA2011v3 motherboards (and logically features an identical pin-map to "Haswell-E,") the package is slightly different. Its fiberglass substrate is slightly thinner (1.12 mm vs. 1.87 mm of "Haswell-E,"). Its thickness is made up for by a chunkier IHS (integrated heatspreader).

The i7-6850K sample was installed on a machine with ASRock X99 Extreme3 motherboard (BIOS: P3.30), 16 GB of quad-channel DDR4-2133 memory, and a single GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card. It was compared to a Core i7-5820K processor on the same setup. The i7-6850K based setup was barely (~1%) faster at 3DMark FireStrike Extreme in its final score, however, its CPU-intensive Physics score was 14.9% higher. Moving on to the community favorite Cinebench R15, the i7-6850K yielded a 10% higher score. To test its single-core performance, the chip was put through SuperPi 32M, where the i7-6850K crunched through the test in 8m 27.854s, compared to 8m 38.866s by the i7-5820K.

Source: OCN

Intel Core i7-6950X Engineering Sample Sells for $1950

Ahead of their launch, industry partners with engineering samples (ES) of unreleased processors make a killing on Ebay. The same was true for one lucky user of a Core i7-6950X ten-core processor ES. Listed for auction on Ebay, the chip sold for $1,950. High-resolution pictures of the chip reveal that it could ship with a core clock speed of 3.00 GHz, which is not surprising considering how low Intel has been clocking its high core-count chips to respect 140W TDP, over the past few generations. The i7-6950X is based on Intel's 14 nm "Broadwell-E" silicon, and will be compatible with existing socket LGA2011v3 (X99 chipset) motherboards, with BIOS updates, when it hits the shelves later this month. Intel's policy on engineering samples, which its partners agree to before receiving samples, states that engineering samples issued by the company, are its property.

Source: Expreview

GIGABYTE Shows off Three Upcoming X99 Motherboards

At its PAX East booth, GIGABYTE showed off three of its upcoming socket LGA2011v3 motherboards, which it plans to launch alongside Intel's Core i7 "Broadwell-E" processors. The three include the X99-Designare EX, the X99 Phoenix SLI G1, and the X99 Ultra Gaming (pictured in that order). The running theme on these boards, apart from their design-language that's similar to GIGABYTE's Z170-series motherboards, is 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, even U.2 slots in some cases, reinforced PCIe - and in some cases even memory - slots, and USB 3.1, besides out of the box support for the latest CPUs.

The X99-Designare EX features five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, from which three can function at x16 speed and two U.2 ports. GIGABYTE is probably betting on NVMe SSDs with U.2 connectors heavily. The X99 Phoenix SLI G1 appears to be a slightly more toned down board in terms of features. It features just four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, wireless networking, and just one U.2 connector. Unlike the Designare, which is slotted in the company's mainline Ultra Durable lineup, this board is the company's new G1 Gaming offering for this platform. Then there's the X99 Ultra Gaming. This board is based on the same PCB as the X99 Phoenix SLI G1, lacks wireless networking, but features reinforced memory slots. The three boards could launch alongside Intel's new CPUs.

Source: GamersNexus
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