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GIGABYTE GA-X99-Designare EX (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel X99
  • Core i7 (LGA2011-v3)
  • DDR4 3600(OC)/ 3400(OC)/ 3333(O.C.)/ 3200(O.C.)/ 3000(O.C.)/ 2800(O.C.)/ 2666(O.C.)/ 2400(O.C.)/ 2133

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GIGABYTE GA-X99-Designare EX (rev. 1.0) LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Supports Intel® Core™ i7 6950X Processor Extreme Edition
  • Support Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0
  • Quad Channel, Registered / Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 8 DIMMs
  • Intel® USB 3.1 with USB Type-C™ & PD 2.0 36W Support
  • Premium 3-Way PCIe x16 Multi-Graphics Support
  • NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 22110 M.2 Interface & U.2 Interface for Intel® SSD 750
  • SATA Express Connector for Up to 10Gb/s Data Transfer
  • Dual Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
  • 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier
  • Ambient Surround LED with RGB Multi-Color Choices
  • Ultra Durable Metal Shielding over PCIe and DDR Slots
  • Ultra Durable Anti-Sulfur Resistors for Longer Lifespan
  • Ultra Durable Anti-Rust Rear I/O Connectors
  • Dual Hybrid Fan Headers with Precise PWM / Voltage Control for Water Pump & Fan
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ with Q-Flash Plus USB ports
  • APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
  • Intel® 802.11ac Dual Band Wireless Connection & Bluetooth® 4.2
  • Rear Panel DisplayPort-In for Future Feature Upgrade
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Ambient Surround LED

Set the Color that Matches Your Style
Now offering more LED customizations than ever, users can truly adapt their PC to represent their lifestyle. With full RGB support and a redesigned Ambient LED application, the user has complete control over the LEDs which surround the motherboard.
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Light Up Your Case to Match your Motherboard
With an onboard Pin Header for aftermarket LED Strips, users now have the ability to sync the lighting in their computer case with the lighting on their motherboard. By using the Ambient LED Application, included in GIGABYTE APP Center, users are also able to specify the lighting modes available and ensure that everything is illuminating their system in harmony.
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Immersive VR Gaming Experience

  • VR requires 30% more performance than Full HD graphics for a steady 60FPS or greater.
  • Only Gaming PCs can provide the best VR experience.

To create a seamless VR experience GIGABYTE Motherboards offer the best features to make your virtual reality feel like your actual reality.

With technologies such as Thunderbolt™ 3 to transfer data and video, NVMe support via M.2 or U.2, and a one piece metal shielding to brace for heavier discrete graphics cards its obvious that GIGABYTE has the tools you need to start your journey in VR. To set the mood GIGABYTE Motherboards include Ambient Surround LED to put you in the center of action.
Recommended configuration for VR Gaming PC

  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 or greater, Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
  • CPU: Intel i5-6600K equivalent or greater
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE X99/Z170/H170/B150 motherboards
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or greater
  • USB Ports:3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port or greater
  • OS: Windows 7 SPI 64-bit or newer

Any copyrighted images or trademarks displayed are the property of their respective owners and are shown for reference purposes only. Reference herein does not constitute or imply affiliation or endorsement of Gigabyte products by the respective trademark owners. VR Gaming photo for reference only.

NVIDIA® QUADRO® Professional Graphics Supports

NVIDIA® QUADRO® 3D Workstation Professional Graphics Solutions designed and built specifically for artists, designers, and engineers, NVIDIA Quadro GPUs power more than 100 professional applications across a broad range of industries. Professionals trust them to enable their best work using applications such as Adobe® Creative Cloud, Avid Media Composer, Autodesk Suites, Dassault Systemes, CATIA and SOLIDWORKS, Siemens NX, PTC Creo, and many more.

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Premium 3-Way PCIe x16 Multi-Graphics Support

Optimized support for 3-Way NVIDIA SLI™ or 3-Way AMD CrossFire™ On 28 lanes Processor

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2-Way SLI™ / CrossFire™ Multi-Graphics

Multi-graphics configuration offers better graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

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GIGABYTE Design By spacing the graphics cards in multi-graphics configurations, users are now able to obtain maximum airflow between cards.


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PURE SPEED, MORE POWER


Exclusively on GIGABYTE Powered Motherboards

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The Intel® USB 3.1 controller (Alpine Ridge) utilizes 4 PCIe Gen2 lanes, offering up to 20 Gb/s total bandwidth, for uncompromised transfer speeds of up to 10 Gb/s per USB 3.1. With twice the bandwidth compared to its previous generation, and backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and 3.0, the much improved USB 3.1 protocol is available over the new reversible USB Type-C™ and the traditional USB Standard-A connector for better compatibility over a wider range of devices.

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Dual U.2 Onboard (NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4)


NVMe Performance for PCIe SSDs

The new Intel 750 series SSDs offer an incredible increase in performance over SATA drives. Using the NVMe protocol which takes advantage of the fast bandwidth of PCIe Gen3 x4 lanes (32 Gb/s), the drives are a clear advantage for users looking to boot their OS faster, load their games in a flash and access large files without waiting. By implementing the U.2 port onboard to support the 2.5" Intel 750 Series drive, GIGABYTE ensures that the users can benefit from the best performance.

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36W USB Type-C™


Power and Charge From USB Type-C With Power Delivery 2.0 Support

Redesigned to take full advantage of all the features that USB Type-C can support, GIGABYTE's new X99 motherboards with Intel's USB 3.1 controller not only supports USB 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1, but also completely supports Power Delivery 2.0. This means users are able to get up to 100 watts through your Intel powered USB Type-C port. This opens the door for users looking to clean up their cable cutter and power or recharge their devices through this universal connector, the Type-C Port.

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Fast Onboard Storage with NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 110mm M.2 (Up to 32 Gb/s)


GIGABYTE's M.2 solution offers considerably faster storage performance and support for both PCIe and SATA interfaces for M.2 SSD devices.

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Dual Hybrid Fan Headers


Precise PWM and Voltage Control for Water pumps or Fans

Many of today's modern computers feature water cooling to ensure that the CPU or graphics cards stay cool and quiet while they are put under heavy load. In order to provide the best support for water cooling solutions, GIGABYTE has equipped its X99/Z170 motherboards with an additional water pump power header. This allows the user to have full control over two water pumps or fans. An additional benefit of these headers with GIGABYTE's motherboards is the option to choose between voltage calibration or PWM modes.
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Genuine All Digital Power Design


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GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards use an all digital CPU power design from International Rectifier® which includes both 4th Generation digital PWM Controllers and industry-leading 3rd Generation PowIRstage® controllers. These 100% digital controllers offer incredible precision in delivering power to the motherboard's most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum performance from their new Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme Edition CPUs.
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IR Digital PWM & IR PowIRstage® ICs

This new generation of IR® digital power controllers and PowIRstage® ICs feature Isense technology, which provide more precise current sensing accuracy. This helps evenly distribute the thermal loading between the PowIRstage® ICs, preventing the overheating of each individual PowIRstage®, resulting in longer lifespan and better reliability.

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Server Level Chokes by Cooper Bussmann

GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards feature Server Level Cooper Bussmann Chokes.

  • Server level reliability
  • High current capacity
  • New design reduces heat created by power loss and provides efficient power delivery to CPU VRM area.
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Long Lifespan Durable Black™ Solid Caps

GIGABYTE X99 series motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for extended periods, even in extreme performance configurations. This provides peace of mind for end users who want to push their system hard, yet demand absolute reliability and stability, with ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU loading.




Support for DDR4 XMP Up to 3400MHz and Beyond*

GIGABYTE is offering a tested and proven platform that ensures proper compatibility with profiles up to 3400MHz and beyond. All users need to do to attain this performance boost is to ensure that their memory module is XMP capable and that the XMP function is activated and enabled on their GIGABYTE motherboard.

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What is XMP?

DDR4 memory modules are available at a stock frequency of 2133MHz, but as frequency tweaking requires a considerable amount of effort and knowledge, memory vendors encode XMP profiles which can automatically modify the timings of the supported memory modules to work with your CPU and to achieve increased performance.

*XMP Profile support may vary depending on memory module. Please visit www.gigabyte.com to see the complete validated memory support list.

Refreshed BIOS

Easy, Smart, and Friendly

The BIOS is essential for users during initial setup to allow for the most optimal settings. With a new GUI and easier to use functionalities, GIGABYTE has been able to reinvent the BIOS to give users a better experience will setting up their new system.

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GIGABYTE Patented

Double Locking Bracket
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Industry Leading Ultra Durable™ PCIe Armor

The innovative one piece stainless steel shidlding design from GIGABYTE reinforces the PCIe connectors to provide the extra strength required to support heavy graphics cards.

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Ultra Durable™ PCIe Armor


GA-X99-Phoenix SLI Enhanced Strength PCIe Design, Support for Heavy Graphics Cards For Extreme / VR Gaming Station
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Dual Armor DIMM and PCIe Metal Shielding

Never worry about your heavy graphics card damaging your motherboard again. GIGABYTE's proprietary Ultra Durable PCIe Metal Shielding reinforces the PCIe connector to prevent slot damage due to heavy graphics card. The DIMM and PCIe metal shield also provides extra strength for when you forget to release the lock while replacing your component, adding a fool proof option which can save your PC's life.

Ultra Durable™ Memory Armor

GIGABYTE's exclusive one piece stainless steel shielding design prevents against PCB distortion and twist (Plate bending) in addition to preventing any possible ESD interference.
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Anti-Sulfur Resistor Design

Sulfur compounds in the air can penetrate tiny onboard resistors creating chemical change and causing these resistors to open or short. If either of these occurs the motherboard will fail to function. By equipping resistors with an Anti-Sulfur Design GIGABYTE gives Ultra Durable Motherboards a whole new meaning.

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Anti-sulfur product: An alloy layer has been added to protect the silver layer and prevents the sulfurization reaction from taking place.
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Without the anti-sulfur layer: The electrode terminals lack a protective layer, which means that oxygen or other environmental elements can penetrate the Ni (Nickel) layer causing a sulfurization reaction and degrade the ability for the electrode to conduct electricity properly.

Dual Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed & Intel WIFI Card Onboard

The Dual Intel® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed features advanced technology to help deliver better network responsiveness in crowded LAN environments and allows optimization and improved network performance for specific applications, making it a popular choice amongst gamers.

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Turbo B-Clock

Built-in Advanced Performance Tuning IC

Thanks to the onboard Turbo B-Clock Tuning IC, GIGABYTE motherboards enable overclockers to have the ability to change their BCLK frequency to a desired value of their choice. With the new linear range adjustment option of the Tuning IC, ranges from 90MHz to 500MHz are now possible, so that overclockers are not limited to the 5% ranges of traditional straps.

*Turbo B-Clock overclocking range may vary according to CPU capabilities.

High Definition Audio Design

The Realtek ALC1150 is a high-performance multi-channel high definition audio codec that delivers an exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.

High Quality audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers.

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GIGABYTE Patented DualBIOS™ (UEFI) Design

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS™, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ means that your motherboard has both a 'Main BIOS' and a 'Backup BIOS', Protecting users from BIOS failure due to virus, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.

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Long Lifespan Durable Black™ Solid Caps

GIGABYTE motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for extended periods, even in extreme performance configurations. With ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU load, this provides peace of mind for end users who want to push their system hard, yet demand absolute reliability and stability. These exclusive capacitors also come in customized jet black, exclusively on GIGABYTE motherboards.

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2x Copper PCB Design(2 oz Copper PCB)

GIGABYTE's exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components to handle greater than normal power loads and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area. This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking.

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15µ Gold Plated CPU Socket Design

GIGABYTE motherboards come equipped with a 15 micron thick gold plated CPU socket, which means that enthusiasts can enjoy absolute reliability and longevity for the CPU socket overtime, without having any concerns about corroded pins or bad contacts.

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Q-Flash Plus
GIGABYTE Q-Flash Plus allows users to update to the latest BIOS using a thumb drive without the CPU or Memory needing to be installed.

Updating your BIOS on your GIGABYTE motherboard can be done in a flash – even without memory or CPU onboard. Utilizing the EC Controller, the BIOS on your GIGABYTE Motherboard can now be updated through Q-Flash Plus even if your system is unable to boot. An LED next to the EC controller will notify you once the procedure is complete and you are ready to boot your system normally.

Easy to Install "G-Connector" Design

The tiny cables of the front panel connectors can be hard to manipulate as space is restricted and indicators being tiny. With the G Connector, you can connect all the FP cables at once, simplifying the process of building your next PC and saving you some frustrations.

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ESD Protection for USB and LAN

GIGABYTE motherboards raise the bar in terms of protecting your system, providing advanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both your Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a dedicated protection filter that can withstand high electrostatic discharges, protecting your system from common electrical surges and even direct lighting strikes.


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  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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4/ 5
Pretty close to my idea of the perfect board.

Pros: This board has everything that you could want in a board. Well, nearly, but we'll get into that later. This board is well built. The armor is a fantastic addition to the PCIe slots. I don't know if they truly help but it gives you some extra peace of mind. It has Thunderbolt 3 support straight out of the box, given you install the drivers (use the website, not the disc).
Gigabytes inclusion of support for a 5050 REG LED strip was a great addition to the board. You are buying the flagship board so you expect to get some flagship features. The nice part of the LED support is that control is integrated into the software you will already be installing, or if you choose not to, you have control in the BIOS. It beats the pants off of something like NZXT where you pay $80 for a controller and 2 itty bitty little strips then pay another $30 if you want 2 more of those short things. This board will power 2 meters of 5050 strip, a little over 6 feet.
The front I/O header clip was a good thought to try to make things easier for install. I moved to this board from a Gigabyte X99P-SLI, and while the two boards are very similar in operation, I have no regrets in buying this board for the extra features and bells and whistles. I had a black and white build going and had a few blue wires and ram that I was about to replace, but the black , white and blue in the board brought everything together and it all looks sharp.

Cons: The main gripe I have with this board is the location of the M.2 slot. It is under the white piece that goes across the board. You have to remove your video card if you need to access that in the future. No big deal. Except when you are water cooling. You have to drain the system to pull your GPU out to acess the slot. I left my cover off, but there is still not enough room to pull the M.2 drive out.
Second is, since I left my cover off, you can see the green PCB wifi card against my black PCB motherboard.
It could use a 2 or so more USB 3.0 or 3.1 ports on the back.
My last complaint is that Gigabyte advertises that you can expand your Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 with the addition of the GC-Alpine Ridge add-in that would utilize a header on the motherboard that is apparently not available in the U.S.A. and I have yet to find any way to purchase it.

Other Thoughts: My first and second cons could most likely be fixed if Gigabyte would swap where the wifi module goes, It would hide it enough (especially when behind an air cooled GPU) that it wouldn't be noticeable and the user would have much easier access to the M.2 SSD.
The BIOS is nicely updated and easy to use. The new interface that they have moved to made bios navigation a little more exciting.
I wish the board had 2 M.2 SSD slots to go along with the 2 U.2. There is such a large selection of M.2 based PCIe SSD's now that it would make sense to have 2 of those slots. but with the U.2 interface being used by only intel at this time, and the 750 series being so pricey that I couldn't imagine having 2 U.2 drives, though I'm sure someone does and has them in raid 0 blowing the doors of the building with it's stupid ridiculous speeds.
Overall, I would recommend this board if you have the money for it. If you are looking to get something like the NZXT lighting, get it all in one here (except for the strip that you can get 5 meters for $13 on the interwebs) without throwing more junk in your case (I'm lookin at you thermaltake and your controllers for the rgb riing fans).

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Verified Owner
4/ 5
Gigabyte X99 Motherboard

Pros: Its made by a reputable company
looks good
nice design
DID NOT require a firmware update for my intel I70-6950x

Cons: There are only a few small things and I will list them here:

Did not notice in the specs but there is no esata and I do have 2 esata devices
will get a controller or usb adapter (extra cost)
Bluetooth is a pain to get driver installed properly
Could have a few more usb port on the back plain

Other Thoughts: I would like to have this board with water blocks on it
like the 1366 sock UD7 board

took 1 egg off for the lack of esata, and bluetooth driver issue

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Verified Owner
5/ 5
Best x99 Refresh Motherboard

Pros: - tremendous PCIe flexibility
- support for simultaneous M.2 and U.2 drives
- clean UEFI with intuitive options and controls
- good physical component layout on board (i.e., position and spacing of key slots)
- quality components with robust construction
- board worked properly on the first try; no drama with memory of BIOS

Cons: - M.2 location is not ideal
- mouse support in BIOS is laggy
- insufficient number of rear USB ports

Other Thoughts: Through a series of odd events, this happens to be the fourth x99 refresh board I've worked with in the past two months. After helping a friend with his build, I can compare this board to the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10, EVGA x99 FTW K, and ASUS Deluxe II; in this regard, the Gigabyte x99 Designare EX was definitely most impressive board of the bunch. The ASUS boards had odd BIOS and compatibility issues (e.g., Intel MEI not installing, SATA drives not detecting as AHCI, poor onboard audio, bloatware, etc), not to mention unacceptably slow boot times, and the EVGA board, while working properly, didn't have a PCIe 2.0 x1 slot where I needed it.

I selected the Designare EX because it was the only board that can support two GPUs in SLI with full x16 bandwidth while driving an M.2 SSD and a PCIe sound card. The latter is generally the sticking point, as the vast majority of boards now hide the PCIe 2.0 x1 slot under a primary GPU slot, which makes it impossible to properly use the sound card. Surprisingly, the ASUS Deluxe II has the M.2 port sharing resources with the second GPU slot, which in theory means SLI performance will be degraded. This board can manage that while supporting M.2 and U.2 drives without any loss of capability! In this way, I can keep my Samsung 950 Pro and upgrade to a U.2 drive in the future without compromise.

It's also worth noting that the Designare EX worked properly on the very first boot and has continued to provide a seamless experience. The WiFi even worked before I had an opportunity to load the drivers, which was quite impressive. For reference, neither of the ASUS boards could manage this feat. Overclocking has similarly been quite intuitive, and I'm able to obtain 4.4 GHz w/ a 6850k at 1.36V by only adjusting three or four settings in the BIOS.

I am truly satisfied with this purchase, and I highly recommend it over the aforementioned ASUS boards. I'm so happy with this purchase, that I will likely become a full convert to Gigabyte motherboards in the future.

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2/ 5
Dirty tricks for memory overclock

Pros: Looks good, IO shield is decent quality, fully featured board without needing EATX or extra power headers.

Cons: Memory only hits 3600 buy disabling 2 memory channels! Speeds above 3200 are done with a multiplier and lowering the DMI clock, meaning that "3333+" proudly shown on the box actually nets you lower overall bandwidth than at 3200.

BIOS menus are painfully slow to navigate, Gigabyte software suite is a performance hog.

I wish I knew before I bought, but, this has a PLX chip despite plenty of PCIE lanes from the CPU. What a waste. Yet, despite this, my PCIE NVME card was very particular about which slot it had to be in before it would work. Engineering fail.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking at this, you want a premium motherboard that will push the limits of what's possible. This board isn't it, look elsewhere.

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4/ 5
Powerful Motherboard with a few Quirks

Pros: Gigabyte really delivered on this board by providing many new to market features. Two USB 3.1 ports, a Type-A and a Type-C, are integrated on the back panel. With the advent of smartphone manufacturers transitioning over to USB3 Type-C connectors, these ports are a welcome addition especially with the added bonus that it supports outputting up to 36 watts of power. Also present is a DisplayPort In connection. Connecting a DisplayPort cable from a video card to the DisplayPort In allows for the use of USB 3.1 Type-C displays.

Although the specs on this site indicate a 128Gb maximum supported memory, the Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX rev 1.0 will handle up to 256Gb! To reach this feat, Registered DIMMs must be utilized. Unfortunately, the board won't support ECC resulting in Registered RAM operating in non-ECC mode.

Other bonuses on this motherboard include the generous helping of three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (with support for both flavors of multi-video card platforms), a M.2 connector (for those physically tiny SSDs), dual GbE ports with support for teaming, and user controllable lighting.

The BIOS also contains some very flexible settings to allow for fine-grain changes. Overclocking was a breeze and reminded me of the time I spent with a DFI motherboard. The dual BIOS made bringing the device back to life, when I was a little overzealous with the overclocking, a snap!

Cons: Beware! The GA-X99-Designare EX is very picky with RAM. Yes, the order of populating the DIMM slots counts and such but I'm referring to general DIMM overclockability with non-tested memory. I started out with a random set of four matching 2666 DDR4 sticks taken out of another PC. These worked fine at stock motherboard timings on this Gigabyte board but kicking in the XMP profiles for the 2666Mhz speed resulted in a wide range of problems ranging from random app crashes to Windows 10 reboots. Hard coding the timings and frequency did not solve the issue. Luckily, I had ordered a pack of four DDR4 3200 sticks recently and they just so happened to be on the compatibility chart available on Gigabyte's website where my original set wasn't. These performed like a champ even when utilizing the 3200Mhz XMP profile.

If you're looking to run 256Gb of RAM with this Gigabyte motherboard, the Memory Compatibility Chart only has two options as of the writing of this review.

The list of PCI Express slots that will decrease in bandwidth if 'x' is used is longer than most. Robbing one slots bandwidth to use another port is a downside of having a large amount of bandwidth intensive connections and it is made painfully apparent here.

The BIOS was a bit sluggish when navigating or selecting different categories. Although the new beta BIOS available on the Gigabyte website seemed to help, it still has some growing room to fit in with the X99 crowd in this range.

Other Thoughts: I'm impressed with everything Gigabyte was able to add to this motherboard while still retaining stability, less the RAM situation. Hopefully future BIOS updates will further improve the memory compatibility. Gigabyte has several marketing docs showing an add in Thunderbolt card but it doesn't appear to be available as of yet.


My Build:
i7-5820K @ 4.4ghz
EVGA GTX1080 FE
G.Skill F4-3200C16Q-64GVK
Samsung 840 Pro 256Gb
Corsair H115i AIO Liquid Cooler
Corsair HX1000i Power Supply

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4/ 5
Solid Performing albeit pricey X99 board

Pros: -USB type C
-Supports M.2
-Great Overclocking features
-Even supports thunderbolt 3
-3 way video support
-Dual Intel GigE Nics
-Easy to get up and running quickly with an intuitive layout for most cases

Cons: -Integrated wifi seems below this kind of board. It would have been nice if it had been an optional chip piggybacking on the motherboard so that it could be replaced.
-BIOS interface is sluggish
-Could use more USB 3.0 ports
-Missing onboard POST code display
-The price is really high for what seems like only a few extras and some flashy plastic

Other Thoughts: -A solid but expensive board. If you are looking for a new motherboard to "futureproof" your machine (as much as one can these days) this should do you quite well.

-The lack of the POST code display that I have come to expect on X99 boards is a large setback. It would be nice to see that make a comeback in later versions of this board.

-The 3-way Crossfire/SLI at 16x is pretty cool and works very well. If that is the only reason you are buying this board I am sure there are better valued boards that have the same relative features.

-They knocked it out of the part with the heatsink design.

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5/ 5
Sturdy and lots of features

Pros: - Reinforced PCIE and RAM slots for increased durability
- PCIE slot lock tabs separate from slot instead of breaking off
- Supports overclocking with Broadwell-E processors
- Double BIOS prevents inexperienced overclockers from breaking their system
- Support for M.2 NVMe drives
- Customizable RGB lighting
- Wireless 802.11ac antenna is fast

Cons: - Some apps in App Center are useless or redundant
- BIOS overclock settings have to be typed in, leaving a possibility for error and component damage

Other Thoughts: Build Name: Octotron
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4/ 5
Excellent motherboard with options to spare (a few nits too)

Pros: - Dizzying array of features
- USB type C
- Latest M.2 offering
- Overclocking features
- Thunderbolt 3 support (see cons)
- The ability to update/upgrade BIOS via "Q-Flash" without the CPU (or memory) being present. This is a *VERY* slick scenario. In the past, various boards required a specific CPU and/or you couldn't update the BIOS to support a newer/better CPU - unless you had an older/lesser CPU. This removes that entire issue. To this one point, you could run into any issue, be able to unplug/disconnect CPU/RAM/various cards and still be able to perform an upgrade of the BIOS (especially if it's some form of compatibility fix).
- M2 to U2 adapter is available (see other). Enables running NVMe (2.5”) via the M.2 port. (Recommend just moving to an SM961 series device instead)
- Would highly recommend this board to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded, high caliber setup.

Cons: - Integrated WiFi for a motherboard of this caliber almost seems like a "step down". Considering the horsepower that this thing can produce… Single gigabit ethernet might even be considered slow. Would have preferred WiFi as an "option", but include Bluetooth. There are 1300Mbps WiFi APs, thus for such a flagship motherboard - there should be a matching inclusion (if included).
- BIOS interface is not always snappy.
- There’s no thunderbolt 3 card available for this motherboard. Located a note that it may be a ‘certification issue’. So, while the motherboard may be capable (and advertised as supporting) - this feature is currently unavailable.

Other Thoughts: - Overclocking with higher end CPU requires some serious cooling. Expect to use a liquid cooler.
- If using a heavily populated motherboard (cards/M.2), your PCIe16 slots will all be operating at x8. May not be an issue, depending on use.
- Make sure that the selected CPU for the system build is one that supports 40 PCIe lanes (not 28), check the Intel ARK site (ark.intel.com) to determine what CPU works for your expected build (see high end desktop CPUs).
- Would like to have seen a dedicated port for NVMe drive. Even two ports would have been good. The M2 to U2 adapter can add noise to the signal (given speeds and data throughput), that could create data corruption.

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