While many people said we would not see any X99 motherboards at Computex it looks like they were wrong! EVGA is showing off their X99 Motherboard prototype at their booth at Computex 2014 and it sure is a beast! X99 motherboards will launch later this year with Intel’s Haswell-E HEDT platform later this year.
While this board is just a prototype we can guess by the color scheme and design of the board that it could be the X99 FTW board. Getting down to the technical specifications the board features the massive LGA 2011-3 socket which will support Intel’s Haswell-E processors. Power comes to the board by way of a 24-pin ATX power connector and an 8-pin EPS connector. The VRMs on the board are cooled by a massive heatsink, but it is not the final version.
There are a total of 8 DDR4 DIMM slots on the board (4 on each side of the CPU socket), which will support quad channel DDR4 memory. The memory slots are powered by a 3-phase VRM on each side. At the top corner of the board we can see a smaller clear CMOS button, power and reset buttons and a DEBUG LED.
Expansion slots include five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and a single PCI-Express 3.0 x4 slot. There is a 6-pin power connection if you need to bring extra power to the PCI-Express slots. Next to the PCH heatsink we can see 10 SATA 6GB/s ports and a USB 3.0 header. There is also a secondary USB 3.0 header on the bottom of the board. Not much else is know about this board as it still is in the prototype stage.
We can expect to see more details on X99 motherboards later this year as it gets closer to Intel’s Haswell-E launch. Expect prices of X99 motherboards to be in the $299-399 range.
Jan 30, 2015 0