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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FreckledTrout - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkI bet these will be in high demand. /s
MrAndroidRobot - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkIt's for the enthusiast market which obviously doesn't include you. I bet it'll be $1000-1200 judging by their Z390 version that I have being $900
AshlayW - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkThe already tiny Enthusiast market will be looking at X570 now lol. X299 is basically dead now that 3900X/3950X will be available with PCIE 4.0 on X570. $749 3950X will beat the $1999 i9-9980XE in all metrics except memory bandwidth, which won't affect 90% of use cases. X299 is obsolete.
playtech1 - Friday, June 14, 2019 - linkI think the issue is not X299, but the price of the CPUs that go in it - there has to be a decent chance Intel will trim those prices to keep the platform in contention.
MDD1963 - Friday, June 14, 2019 - linkYou paid $900.... for a Z390-based mainboard....? (Was there at least a fancy name attached, like Ultimate or Wifi or 10G/Mega Gaming? :(
BigMamaInHouse - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkSoon they will come with Chillers included to cool down new "95W" TDP processor's that are OCed to Max to match new Zen 2.0 CPU's -Sad!.
MrAndroidRobot - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkGigabytes blocks are actually impressive. I have their Z390 Xtreme Waterforce and it's a beast. Prior to that I had an ASUS Maximus XI Extreme with a Bitspower Monoblock and it was good but Gigabyte is way better
sonny73n - Friday, June 14, 2019 - linkYour nick should be MrsGigabyteRobot. I had built hundreds of gaming rigs. Gigabyte is near the bottom in ranking when it comes to motherboard. And you’re saying Gigabyte is way better than Asus? Lmao. Are you Gigabyte’s shill?
DanNeely - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkWhile I watercool my main system I'm not enthusiastic about this sort of built in setup because with an all in one block you can't just slap a basic air cooled heat sink for outside the case diagnostics/etc. If it was a 2 part block and the bottom half was able to passively cool the chipset/ssds I'd be a lot more comfortable with the idea.
MrAndroidRobot - Thursday, June 13, 2019 - linkIf it's like their Z390 version it will have passive cooling everywhere the waterblock doesn't touch