MOTHERBOARD | GIGABYTE X299 DESIGNARE EX

Intel X299 Ultra Durable motherboard with Thunderbolt 3, RGB Fusion, Digital LED, Triple M.2, Dual Intel LAN, Intel WIFI, Front & rear USB 3.1 gen 2 Type-C
  • 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
  • 3-Way Graphics Support with Dual Armor and Ultra Durable™ Design
  • Server-Class Digital Power Design
  • ALC1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone AMP and WIMA audio capacitors
  • Sound BlasterX 720°, the top-of-the-line audio engine solution for 4K gaming and entertainment
  • Intel® Dual Band 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2 – AC 8265 Wireless Module
  • Dual Intel® GbE LAN Gaming Network
  • RGB FUSION with Multi-Zone Digital LED Light Show design, support digital LED & RGB LED strips
  • Smart Fan 5 features Multiple Temperature Sensors and Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
  • Triple Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and Thermal Guard
  • NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 U.2 support by optional adaptor
  • Precise Digital USB Fuse Design for Stronger Protection
  • Anti-Sulfur Resistor Design
  • Ultra Durable™ 25KV ESD and 15KV Surge LAN Protection
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ with Q-Flash Plus USB port
  • APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities

Description

CPUSupport for Intel® Core™ X series processors in the LGA2066 package
L3 cache varies with CPU
(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)
ChipsetIntel® X299 Express Chipset
Memory8 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB of system memory.
* Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU (6-core or above).
4 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory.
* Supported when using a 16-lane CPU (4-core).
4 channel memory architecture.
* Supported when using a 44-lane or 28-lane CPU (6-core or above).
Dual channel memory architecture.
Supported when using a 16-lane CPU (4-core).
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
Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM memory modules
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
Onboard GraphicsIntegrated Graphics Processor+Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller:
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.
AudioRealtek® ALC1220 codec
Support for Sound BlasterX 720°
High Definition Audio
2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN2 x Intel® GbE LAN chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Wireless Communication moduleIntel® Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
BLUETOOTH 4.2, 4.1, BLE, 4.0, 3.0, 2.1+EDR
Support for 11ac wireless standard and up to 867 Mbps data rate
* Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.
Expansion Slots2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
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 InterfaceChipset:
1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_32G)
1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280/22110 PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2M_32G)
1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2Q_32G)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7)
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:
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 2, 3), supporting AHCI mode only
Multi-Graphics TechnologySupport 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).
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).
USBChipset+Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller:
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 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:
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel
Chipset:
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports available through the internal USB headers
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 Connectors1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
2 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors
1 x CPU fan header
1 x water cooling CPU fan header
4 x system fan headers
2 x system fan/water cooling pump headers
1 x digital LED strip header
1 x digital LED strip power select jumper
2 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip headers
3 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x Intel® VROC Upgrade Key header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
1 x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header (2x6 pin, for the GC-TPM2.0_S module only)
1 x power button
1 x reset button
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x OC button
2 x temperature sensor headers
Back Panel Connectors1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x DisplayPort In ports
2 x Thunderbolt™ 3 connectors (USB Type-C™ ports, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support)
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
2 x RJ-45 ports
2 x MMCX antenna connectors (2T2R)
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O ControlleriTE®I/O Controller Chip
H/W MonitoringVoltage detection
Temperature detection
Fan speed detection
Water cooling flow rate detection
Overheating warning
Fan fail warning
Fan speed control
* Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install
BIOS2 x 128 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
Support for Q-Flash Plus
* The USB flash drive used must be a USB 2.0 flash drive.
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Unique FeaturesSupport 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
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress Install
Bundle SoftwareNorton® Internet Security (OEM version)
cFosSpeed
XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster (12 months license)
Operating SystemSupport for Windows 10 64-bit
Form FactorATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm