GIGABYTE X299 DESIGNARE EX Review & Specifications

GIGABYTE X299 DESIGNARE EX LGA2066 Core i9 M.2 ATX

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Supports Intel Core X-Series Processor Family
Quad Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 8 DIMMs
Intel Optane Memory Ready
Intel USB 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Type-C
Front USB 3.1 Gen 2 Header

Specs Overview

Model X299 DESIGNARE EX
Release Date December 2017
Series
Socket LGA2066
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel X299
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1220
Audio Channels 2/4/5.1/7.1-channelSupport for S/PDIF Out
LAN Chipset 2 x Intel GbE LAN chips
Max LAN Speed Dual 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Onboard USB 3.0
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 8
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 3
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 8
Maximum Supported RAM 128GB

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  • CPU

    1. Support for Intel® Core™ X series processors in the LGA2066 package
    2. L3 cache varies with CPU
    (Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)
  • Chipset

    1. Intel® X299 Express Chipset
  • Memory

    1. 8 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB of system memory.
      * Support for up to 512 GB of system memory when using Registered DIMMs.
      * Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU (6-core or above).
    2. 4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory.
      * Supported when using a 16-lane CPU (4-core).
    3. 4 channel memory architecture.
      * Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU (6-core or above).
    4. Dual channel memory architecture.
      Supported when using a 16-lane CPU (4-core).
    5. Support for DDR4 4400(O.C.) / 4333(O.C.) / 4266(O.C.) / 4133(O.C.) / 4000(O.C.) / 3866(O.C.) / 3800(O.C.) / 3733(O.C.) / 3666(O.C.) / 3600(O.C.) / 3466(O.C.) / 3400(O.C.) / 3333(O.C.) / 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2400 / 2133 MHz memory modules
    6. Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM memory modules
    7. Support for Registered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx4/2Rx4 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
    8. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
    (Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
  • Onboard Graphics

    Integrated Graphics Processor+Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller:
    1. 2 x Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 connectors, supporting DisplayPort and Thunderbolt™ video outputs and a maximum resolution of 4096x2304@60 Hz
      * Because of the limited I/O resources of the PC architecture, the number of Thunderbolt™ devices that can be used is dependent on the number of the PCI Express devices being installed. (Refer to Chapter 1-7, "Back Panel Connectors," for more information.)
      * Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.
  • Audio

    1. Realtek® ALC1220 codec
    2. Support for Sound BlasterX 720°
    3. High Definition Audio
    4. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
    5. Support for S/PDIF Out
  • LAN

    1. 2 x Intel® GbE LAN chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
  • Wireless Communication module

    1. Intel® Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
    2. BLUETOOTH 4.2, 4.1, BLE, 4.0, 3.0, 2.1+EDR
    3. Support for 11ac wireless standard and up to 867 Mbps data rate
      * Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.
  • Expansion Slots

    1. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)
    2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
    3. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1, PCIEX4_2)
      (All of the PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
      * The PCIEX4_1 slot shares bandwidth with the M2M_32G connector. The PCIEX4_1 slot becomes unavailable when a device is installed in the M2M_32G connector.
      * Refer to "1-6 Setting up AMD CrossFire™/NVIDIA® SLI™ Configuration," for the installation notices for the PCI Express x16 slots.

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    When using a 44 lane CPU (10-core or above):
      1-Way 2-Way 3-Way
    PCIEX16_1 ∨(x16) ∨(x16) ∨(x8)
    PCIEX16_2 ∨(x16) ∨(x16)
    PCIEX8 ∨(x8)
    ∨: Installed, ╳: Not Installed.

    When using a 28 lane CPU (6-core or above):
      1-Way 2-Way 3-Way
    PCIEX16_1 ∨(x16) ∨(x16) ∨(x8)
    PCIEX16_2 ∨(x8) ∨(x8)
    PCIEX8 ∨(x8)
    ∨: Installed, ╳: Not Installed.

    When using a 16 lane CPU (4-core):
      1-Way 2-Way
    PCIEX16_1 ∨(x16) ∨(x8)
    PCIEX16_2 ∨(x8)
    ∨: Installed, ╳: Not Installed.
     
  • Storage Interface

    Chipset:
    1. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_32G)
    2. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280/22110 PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2M_32G)
    3. 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2Q_32G)
    4. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7)
    5. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
      * The M2M_32G connector must work with an Intel® VROC Upgrade Key to support RAID configuration.
      * Refer to "1-10 Internal Connectors," for the installation notices for the M.2 and SATA connectors.
    Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready

    ASMedia® ASM1061 chip:
    1. 2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 2, 3), supporting AHCI mode only
  • Multi-Graphics Technology

    1. Support for NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ and 3-Way* /2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technologies
      * Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU (6-core or above).
    2. Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire™ and 3-Way* /2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies
      * Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU (6-core or above).
  • USB

    Chipset+Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller:
    1. 2 x USB Type-C™ ports on the back panel, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
    Chipset+ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 Controller:
    1. 1 x USB Type-C™ port with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support, available through the internal USB header
    Chipset+Realtek® USB 3.1 Gen 1 Hub:
    1. 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel
    Chipset:
    1. 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports available through the internal USB headers
    2. 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
  • Internal I/O Connectors

    1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    2. 2 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors
    3. 1 x CPU fan header
    4. 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
    5. 4 x system fan headers
    6. 2 x system fan/water cooling pump headers
    7. 1 x digital LED strip header
    8. 1 x digital LED strip power select jumper
    9. 2 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip headers
    10. 3 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
    11. 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
    12. 1 x Intel® VROC Upgrade Key header
    13. 1 x front panel header
    14. 1 x front panel audio header
    15. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
    16. 1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
    17. 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers
    18. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
    19. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header (2x6 pin, for the GC-TPM2.0_S module only)
    20. 1 x power button
    21. 1 x reset button
    22. 1 x Clear CMOS button
    23. 1 x OC button
    24. 2 x temperature sensor headers
  • Back Panel Connectors

    1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
    2. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    3. 2 x DisplayPort In ports
    4. 2 x Thunderbolt™ 3 connectors (USB Type-C™ ports, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support)
    5. 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
    6. 2 x RJ-45 ports
    7. 2 x MMCX antenna connectors (2T2R)
    8. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
    9. 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
  • I/O Controller

    1. iTE®I/O Controller Chip
  • H/W Monitoring

    1. Voltage detection
    2. Temperature detection
    3. Fan speed detection
    4. Water cooling flow rate detection
    5. Overheating warning
    6. Fan fail warning
    7. Fan speed control
      * Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install
  • BIOS

    1. 2 x 128 Mbit flash
    2. Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
    3. Support for DualBIOS™
    4. Support for Q-Flash Plus
    5. * The USB flash drive used must be a USB 2.0 flash drive.
    6. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
  • Unique Features

    1. Support for APP Center
      * Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
      3D OSD
      @BIOS
      AutoGreen
      BIOS Setup
      Color Temperature
      Cloud Station
      EasyTune
      Easy RAID
      Fast Boot
      Game Boost
      GIGABYTE HW OC APP
      ON/OFF Charge
      Platform Power Management
      RGB Fusion
      Smart Backup
      Smart Keyboard
      Smart TimeLock
      Smart HUD
      System Information Viewer
      USB Blocker
      V-Tuner
    2. Support for Q-Flash
    3. Support for Xpress Install
  • Bundle Software

    1. Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
    2. cFosSpeed
    3. XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster (12 months license)
  • Operating System

    1. Support for Windows 10 64-bit
  • Form Factor

    1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

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