It was known that by the release of the Cascade Lake-X processors, some Intel partners will offer new models of motherboards. There was no urgent need for such measures, but now we know that the processors of the new series support four PCI Express 3.0 lines more than their predecessors, and this potential can be revealed only with the help of new motherboards. The TDP level and the number of cores have not increased, but this does not mean that the additional reserve for overclocking potential will interfere with the installation of the Cascade Lake-X processor in the LGA 2066 socket.
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GIGABYTE Technology, which introduced the 299X DESIGNARE 10G, X299X AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE, and X299X AORUS MASTER motherboards, similarly reasoned. The letter “X” after the name of the system logic set should not confuse the buyer – this is the same Intel X299 chipset, just the amount of changes in the functionality of the boards themselves turned out to be sufficient for such a renaming. In general, it is felt that with the help of the X299X series of video cards, the company wants to capitalize on the idea of creating products for wealthy representatives of creative professions related to video processing and computer graphics using the idea that is gaining popularity. Under this case, GIGABYTE even received a certificate of compatibility of its boards with professional graphics adapters NVIDIA Quadro.
The power subsystem is amplified to 16 phases, it is now able to withstand a load of up to 70 amperes. Two USB Type-C ports can not only support peripherals with a USB 3.2 interface, they can connect up to six devices with a Thunderbolt 3 interface, as well as monitors with a DisplayPort 1.2 interface. There is also a dual 10-gigabit network controller based on Intel X550-AT2, and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) support was not without it. The new series of boards increased the amount of supported RAM from 128 to 256 GB, although the number of DIMM slots is still equal to eight. The AORUS XTREME WATERFORCE and X299X DESIGNARE 10G X299X boards include an AORUS Gen4 AIC expansion card that supports four M.2 SSDs with PCI Express x4 interface. It is equipped with a separate fan, allowing you to organize an array of solid-state drives without the risk of overheating. New motherboards should go on sale soon.