Intel's X299 Goes Extreme, GIGABYTE X299G Xtreme Waterforce With 10G LAN, 16-Phase VRMby Gavin Bonshor on June 13, 2019 4:00 PM EST
At Computex 2019, GIGABYTE unveiled a couple of new motherboards on Intel's X299 chipset in lieu of the new refreshed Skylake-X processors expected later this year. The GIGABYTE X299G Xtreme Waterforce takes its HEDT range to a new level with a large full-cover monoblock covering the CPU. three M.2 slots, and X299 chipset. Also featured is 10 G LAN, as well as Intel Thunderbolt 3 support.
The GIGABYTE X299G Xtreme Waterforce is the planned flagship and has plenty of high-end features expected from one its Xtreme models. Included in the extensive feature set is three full-length PCIe 3.0 slots with the configuration dependant on the model of processor installed. The large monoblock covers the CPU socket, three M.2 slots, and also actively cools the X299 chipset. While the naming of the board would seem like it's a new chipset, it's still the same X299 chipset of old and the naming is to signify the new range.
On the power delivery front, the GIGABYTE X299G Xtreme Waterforce has 16-phases and uses dual 8-pin 12 V CPU power connectors to deliver power just for the CPU. Other power connectors include a single 6-pin power connector to deliver extra power to the PCIe slots, and the standard 24-pin 12 V ATX motherboard power connector. Featured on the rear panel are five 3.5 mm audio jacks and a single S/PDIF optical output powered by a Realtek ALC1220-VB HD audio codec, two DisplayPort inputs, two USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.0 G1 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, two USB 2.0, and a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C connector. The board also has integrated Wi-Fi, but the spec of the wireless interface is currently unknown.
Pricing and availability of the GIGABYTE X299G Xtreme Waterforce aren't currently available, but it's likely more details will be revealed sometime in Q3.
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quantumshadow44 - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkcool. Its sad Asus doesnt make similar boards.
MrAndroidRobot - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkASUS uses awful power delivery, Gigabyte consistently has the best VRM out there
Qasar - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkawful power delivery ?? hmmm the x99 deluxe i have seems to be powering my i7 5930k just fine @ 4.2 ghz.....
quantumshadow44 - Friday, June 14, 2019 - linkyep, awful VRM. Asus (asrock) extensivly using cheap stage with doublers, which has lower performance. The more stages individually controlled - the better: more refined power, less temperature, better readyness for consumption spikes. I would understand Asus if stages cost a lot, but we are talking about $0.5-3 parts. Its a shame. Even in expensive mobos Asus is making economy. What a disgrace.
Flunk - Friday, June 14, 2019 - linkASRock has been an independent company for more than 10 years.
sonny73n - Friday, June 14, 2019 - linkYou’re definitely a shill.
AshlayW - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkAnyone who buys Intel X299 now is a fool. Why are they even making this motherboard? Let's be honest: X570/Ryzen 3000 on AM4 is going to crush the entire X299 lineup in performance and obviously value. When AMD's X599 arrives with 3rd generation Threadripper, well, I don't even need to say lol.
Qasar - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkwhy are that making this ?? what other motherboard would you put the Core i9 9900ks in, that would be able to power this overclocked chip, and keep it cool ??
MDD1963 - Friday, June 14, 2019 - linkFew are logically thinking the socket 1151 9900KS will go in an X299-based socket 2066 board, that is certain....or it should be
Irata - Friday, June 14, 2019 - linkWell, he was right that an X299 motherboard would keep a 9900KS cool though ;)