GIGABYTE X299 Designare EX Motherboard For Intel® Core™ X Series LGA 2066 Processors
Intel® X299 Motherboard with Thunderbolt 3 / USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Ports, RGB Fusion, Digital LEDs, Triple M.2 Slots, Dual Intel LAN & Wi-Fi
X299 DESIGNARE EX Motherboard:
GIGABYTE X299 Enthusiast Motherboards are faster and more powerful than any motherboard the world has ever seen. With an aggressively redesigned armor and thermal heatsinks it is sure to turn heads and catch eyes.
High Performance is no stranger to GIGABYTE, with exotic cooling technologies and an ability to be tuned to peak performance, this GIGABYTE Motherboard will exceed your expectations.
- Supports Intel® Core™ X Series Processors in the LGA2066 package
- Quad Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4 RAM Congifuration with 8x DIMM Slots
- 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
Server-Class Digital Power Design
GIGABYTE X299 series motherboards use an all digital CPU power design which includes both digital PWM Controllers and Smart Power Stage 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™ X-series CPUs.
Server Level Chokes
GIGABYTE X299 series motherboards feature Server Level Chokes:
- Server level reliability
- High current capacity
- New design reduces heat created by power loss and provides efficient power delivery to CPU VRM area
Triple NVMe PCIe x4 M.2 with Thermal Guard
With a high-end platform that is already so feature-filled triple M.2 support is a rarity. The X299 DESIGNARE EX Motherboard has focused on delivering this technology to enthusiasts who want to maximize their system's potential. With Triple M.2s available on the X299 Series, configuring RAID Arrays have never been simpler.
Triple M.2 Thermal Guard
With durability in mind, GIGABYTE provides a thermal solution for M.2 drives—Thermal Guard. The M.2 Thermal Guard prevents throttling and bottlenecks from M.2 devices as it helps to reduce and dissipate heat before it becomes an issue.
GIGABYTE X299 DESIGNARE EX is designed with an aggressive stance, but looks are just the beginning. The armor on the GIGABYTE X299 DESIGNARE EX is created to offer best-in-class performance while still staying cool
- Base Plate
GIGABYTE Motherboards are the perfect choice when starting your PC build. With an integrated base plate, GIGABYTE Motherboards give users a strong foundation to build their Gaming PC. With larger and heavier coolers, graphics cards, and even memory modules the GIGABYTE Base Plate is perfect to help support any enthusiast’s build while reducing cuts and stings from sharp areas of the motherboard
- I/O Shield Armor
With an integrated I/O shield building an GIGABYTE Gaming PC is even easier.* Gone are the days of realizing that the rear I/O was forgotten or lost
* Integrated I/O Shields are only available on select GIGABYTE Motherboards
Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Support: Do More With Your Fastest Cores
Direct your most critical workloads to your processor's fastest cores with Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0.
Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 is a combination of software and hardware that delivers more than 15% better single-threaded performance. Now available on select Intel® Core™ X-series processor family for Intel® X299 platforms.
PERFORMANCE FUELED BY OPTANE
The GIGABYTE X299 Platform is the first enthusiast platform that supports Intel’s latest Optane technology. Optane fuels storage performance by acting as a cache drive giving users a significant boost compared to traditional mechanical drives.
Smart Fan 5
With Smart Fan 5 users can ensure that their gaming PC can maintain its performance while staying cool. Smart Fan 5 allows users to interchange their fan headers to reflect different thermal sensors at different locations on the motherboard. Not only that, with Smart Fan 5 more hybrid fan headers that support both PWM and Voltage mode fans have been introduced to make the motherboard more liquid cooling friendly.
Different models may have different number of fan pin headers and temperature sensors.
Smart Fan 5 functiona vary by model
- 9x Temperature Sensors
- 8x Fan/Water Pump Connectors
- All Fan Pin Headers Upgraded to Hybrid Fan Headers
- Interoperable Fans and Sensors
- Intuitive UI for Fan Control
Achieve fan silence. With Fan Stop map any fan to stop completely when temperatures drop below a specified threshold. Which fan stops, based on readings from which sensor, and at what temperature—all of it can be customized to your liking.
Hybrid Fan Pin Headers & Temperature Sensors
Assume complete control over your liquid cooling setup! Smart Fan 5 receives up-to-the-second information on flow-rate and water-temperature through the Hybrid Fan Pin Headers or external thermistor sensors—giving you absolute mastery over your PC.
- All Hybrid Fan Headers can automatically detect the type of cooling device whether it be fan or pump with different PWM or Voltage mode
- Includes support for one High-Current Pump up to 3 Amps with built-in overcurrent protection—a must for high-end high current fans
New Smart Fan 5 Software:
Choose from different modes, Quiet to Full Speed, to match your system usage scenario. For each fan or pump, you can use the intuitive fan curve to define trigger thresholds and corresponding fan speeds.
- Interoperable Sensors and Fans:
Each fan can be customized to operate at different speeds according to any defined temperature source input (except the CPU fan)
- Custom Fan Curves
Customize fan curves based on specific temperatures with the intuitive graphical UI
System Information Viewer
GIGABYTE System Information Viewer is a central location that gives you access to your current system status. Monitor components such as the clocks and processor, set your preferred fan speed profile, create alerts when temperatures get too high or record your system’s behavior; these are the possibilities of the System Information Viewer.
Dual Next Gen 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt™ 3 Ports 3 – The fastest 40Gb/s single-wire connection
Powered by Intel's own Thunderbolt controller the new Thunderbolt™ 3 protocol, which is available over two USB Type-C connectors on the back I/O of the GIGABYTE X299 DESIGNARE EX, brings an unprecedented single-wire bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s; twice more than the previous generation of Thunderbolt! This incredible increase in bandwidth is also accompanied with support for different protocols such as DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.1, which is backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, opening up a world of new possibilities.
Daisy-chain Multiple Devices
Support for DisplayPort 1.2 makes Thunderbolt™ 3 a must have for any enthusiast. The X299 DESIGNARE EX is able to support two displays in 4K resolution at 60 FPS or one display in 5K resolution. In addition, Thunderbolt™ 3 over USB Type-C has revolutionary industry-first features such as Power Delivery 2.0, and the ability to daisy-chain up to 12 devices thanks to the X299 DESIGNARE EX's dual USB Type-C ports.
Compatibility may vary according to system configuration and device specifications.
Dual Intel® GbE LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software + Intel Wireless
Dual Intel® Gigabit LAN features cFosSpeed, a network traffic management application which helps to improve network latency and maintain low ping times to deliver better responsiveness in crowded LAN environments.
RGB LED LIGHTING
RGB Fusion Lighting with Digital LEDs
With X299 Designare EX motherboard RGB Fusion is even better with Digital LEDs.* RGB Fusion offers users the option to control onboard and external LED light strips for their PC. Already feature filled with colors and patterns, RGB Fusion on X299 Designare EX motherboard is now upgraded with Digital LED support. With onboard options and external digital LED strips*, where each LED is digitally addressable, users can experience even more patterns, styles, and illuminations.
* Digital LEDs are available only on select Motherboards, external LED Strips, Digital LED Strips are not included with Motherboard purchase.
X299 Designare EX motherboard will support either 5Vdc or 12Vdc digital LED strips. RGB Fusion with Digital LEDs comes with 9 new patterns and various speed settings with more to come.
Multi-light zones are equipped with high brightness RGB LEDs, namely the CPU, Memory, Armor, Audio, PCI-Express and Accent LED PCH Overlay. When it’s all set and done, your system will shine like never before.
Supports RGBW & UV Light Strips: Independently Programmable Onboard Pin Header for RGBW / UV LED Strips
Not bright enough? You can install standard 12V external RGB, RGBW or RGB/UV light strips on the RGBW pin header and control its color from the RGB Fusion software. Using a RGBW light strip with a dedicated white LED, users will experience brighter and more vibrant shades of colors.
When using RGB/UV LED strips, users can give their systems a fluorescent glow with the use of UV reactive liquid, neon braided cables, and acrylic paint for a wicked-looking gaming PC.
No need to worry when choosing light strips as GIGABYTE motherboards support a wide variety of RGBW/-UV light strips on the market thanks to the RGB Fusion software that allows users to redefine the pin location for the RGB Signal.
ALC1220 120dB SNR HD Audio with Smart Headphone Amp
The ALC1220 is a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec with up to 120dB SNR for crystal clear audio and features such as Smart Headphone Amp, 114dB SNR recording for precise voice chats and hardware decoding of DSD128, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.
Smart Headphone AMP
Automatically detects impedance of your head-worn audio device, whether earbuds or high-end headphones to provide optimal audio dynamics—preventing issues such as low volume and distortion.
High-End WIMA & Audio Capacitors
The X299 DESIGNARE EX motherboard boasts a combination of Hi-Fi grade WIMA FKP2 capacitors and audio grade Fine Gold capacitors. While the Fine Gold capacitors are suited for high-grade audio equipment, using state of the art technology to provide rich sound in the bass and clearer high frequencies, the WIMA FKP2 capacitors are being used widely in premium grade Hi-Fi systems. The addition of this to the exclusive AMP-UP Audio technology makes for the ideal onboard sound solution for the most demanding audiophiles.
Creative Sound BlasterX 720°
Creative’s latest top-of-the-line audio engine takes your PC audio to the next level. These comprehensive tools backed by leading technology and algorithms in audio will enrichen your experience, whether it’s streaming, gaming, listening to music, or other entertainment needs.
GIGABYTE Patented Double Locking Bracket
End damage to your Motherboards and Video Card(s) because they will stay securely attached together with Double Locking PCI-E Brackets. Either from just the weight of your video card, or when you move your PC, your Video cards will stay put.
Industry Leading Ultra Durable PCI-E Armour
This unique, innovative 1 piece stainless steel shielding design from GIGABYTE reinforces the PCI-E connectors to provide the extra strength required to support heavy graphics cards.
- On Shearing Tests, it is up to 1.7x Stronger
- On Retention Force Tests, it is up to 3.2x Stronger
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.
Start Sulfurization Preotection
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.
To facilitate being the full streaming solution each GIGABYTE motherboard includes TriDef® SmartCam software, you are now able to remove backgrounds without the hassle of using a green screen. Through the SmartCam application you can now apply live filters, and fully control your background, not only while streaming, but also through other video applications such as Skype.
* Free 1 month TriDef® SmartCam License
WTFast: Gamers Private Network
Enhance your Online Game Performance with WTFast. Experience up to 60% overall connection improvement on over 800 MMO Games and monitor your Game's Ping and Connection Stats continuously for best performance.
* Free 14 day WTFast License
XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster: Cast Your Game Anytime, Anywhere
Now set up your stage and share the greatest gaming moments with XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster! Fully optimized social media integration is ready for real-time chats—keeping you notified yet focused in the game. It takes just one click to stream your gameplay to Twitch. Host your game like a pro!
*Free 1 year XSplit Gamecaster + Broadcaster Premium License included with purchase.
Designed for use with Intel® Core™ X Series LGA-2066 Processors.
Requires Windows 10, 64 bit.
|Make and Model||Gigabyte X299 DESIGNARE EX Motherboard|
|Part Number||X299 DESIGNARE EX (rev. 1.0)|
|CPU Support||Designed for use with Intel® Core™ X Series LGA-2066 Processors|
|Chipset||Intel® X299 Express Chipset|
|Memory||8x DIMM DDR4-2400 / 2133 Unbuffered Memory Slots, 128GB Max RAM (8x 16GB)
Supports Overclocked DDR4-4400, 4333, 4266, 4133, 4000, 3866, 3800, 3733, 3666, 3600, 3466, 3400, 3333, 3300, 3200, 3000, 2800 & 2666MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered RAMQuad channel memory architecture with 44-lane or 28-lane Processors (6-core or above).
Dual channel memory architecture with 16-lane Processors (4-core).
Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
|Integrated Graphics||2x Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 connectors, support DisplayPort v1.2 and Thunderbolt™ 3 video outputs up to 4,096 x 2304 @ 60Hz
* 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.
|Multi-GPU Support||44 PCI-E Lane CPUs:
Support for 3-Way / 2-Way NVIDIA SLI™ or AMD Crossfire configurations: x8/x16/x8 or x16/x16
28 PCI-E Lane CPUs:
Support for 2-Way NVIDIA SLI™ or AMD Crossfire configurations: x8/x8
|Expansion Slots||2x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)
1x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
2x 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.
|Storage||6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors w/ support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
2x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 2, 3), supporting AHCI mode only
1x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4/x2 SSD support) (M2P_32G)
|USB Support||Rear I/O ports:
2x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Type-C ports
4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps) Type-A ports
2x USB 2.0 / 1.1 (480Mbps) Type-A ports
Ports Available by Internal USB Headers*:
|LAN||Intel® LAN Chipset:
2x 1000 Mbit/sec RJ45 Ethernet LAN ports
|WLAN||Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Supports communications with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 3.0, 4.0, BLE, 4.1 and 4.2 enabled devices
|Audio||Realtek® ALC1220 codec:
High Definition Audio
2 / 4 / 5.1 / 7.1 Channel Audio
5x Gold Plated 3.5mm Audio jacks
|Back Panel I/O||1x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
2x DisplayPort In ports
2x Thunderbolt™ 3 connectors (USB Type-C™ ports, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support)
2x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports
2x RJ-45 Gigabit LAN ports
2x MMCX antenna connectors (2T2R)
1x optical S/PDIF Out connector
5x Gold Plated Audio Jacks (Center/Subwoofer, Rears, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
|Internal I/O Connectors||1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
2x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors
1x CPU fan header
1x water cooling CPU fan header
4x system fan headers
2x system fan/water cooling pump headers
1x digital LED strip header
1x digital LED strip power select jumper
2x RGB (RGBW) LED strip headers
3x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
8x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1x Intel® VROC Upgrade Key header
1x front panel header
1x front panel audio header
1x S/PDIF Out header
1x USB Type-C™ port, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 headers
2x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header (2x6 pin, for the GC-TPM2.0_S module only)
1x power button
1x reset button
1x Clear CMOS button
1x OC button
2x temperature sensor headers
|I/O Controller||iTE® I/O Controller Chip|
|H/W Monitoring||Voltage detection
Fan speed detection
Water cooling flow rate detection
Fan fail warning
Fan speed control*
* Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install.
|Special Features||Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress InstallSupport for APP Center:
GIGABYTE HW OC APP
Platform Power Management
System Information Viewer
|BIOS||2x 128 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
Q-Flash Plus (USB Type-A 2.0 Flash Drive Only)
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor: 305 x 244mm|