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Gigabyte launches a trio of X299X motherboards for Cascade Lake-X

10GbE, Thunderbolt 3, WiFi 6 and more

Gigabyte launches a trio of X299X motherboards for Cascade Lake-X

Gigabyte launches a trio of X299X motherboards for Cascade Lake-X

Intel's Cascade Lake-X CPU lineup is not set to be transformative on the performance front, but then it comes to both pricing and platform features, Cascade Lake-X is set to be a gamechanger. 

With Cascade Lake-X comes new X299X motherboards, enhancing Intel's X299 platform with advanced features like 5/10Gb LAN ports, Thunderbolt 3 support and WiFi 6 technology. Add this to Cascade Lake-X's extra platform PCIe lanes, and extended DDR4 support (32GB DIMM support), and we can see why Cascade Lake-X has a lot of high-end users excited. 

So far, Gigabyte has announced three new X299X motherboards for Intel's Cascade Lake-X series processors. All of these motherboards will use Intel's X299 socket, supporting both Skylake-X and Cascade Lake-X processors out of the box. Older X299 motherboards will support Cascade Lake-X with the right BIOS update, assuming your motherboard's manufacturer has made an effort to update it. That said, Cascade Lake-X's extra PCIe lanes and X299X's new platform features will only be available on new motherboards.

Starting with Gigabyte's premium X299X Designare 10G motherboard, we can see that the company has gone all-in on fast networking, offering WiFi 6 802.11ax support and two integrated 10GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) ports through Intel's server-grade X550-AT2 chipset. 

The Gigabyte Designare also offers users dual Thunderbolt 3 connections, offering full 40Gbps speeds. On top of the board's three integrated M.2 slots, the motherboard also ships with an  AORUS Gen4 AIC Adaptor that allows users to add four additional M.2 SSDs to their system over PCIe 3.0. 

This motherboard features support for up to 256GB of DDR4 memory when used with Cascade Lake-X processors at speeds of up to 2933MHz without overclocking. To power the user's processor, this motherboard uses a 12-phase IR Digital VRM solution with 70A power stages. 

Moving down to the low-end, we have the X299X Aorus Master, which also supports up to 256GB of DDR4 memory. While this board lacks Thunderbolt 3.0 support (without the addition of an Add-in card), the Aorus Master does contain support for Intel WiFi 6 and support for 5GbE through an Aquantia LAN controller. The motherboard also supports standard Gb ethernet using an extra LAN port. This board also offers users a 12-phase VRM and three PCIe 3.0 M.2 slots and a total of eight SATA connections. 

Gigabyte launches a trio of X299X motherboards for Cascade Lake-X  
Those who desire insanity-tier hardware will want Gigabyte's X299X Aorus Extreme Waterforce, which ships with a dedicated CPU/motherboard VRM water block, a 16-phase VRM design, and integrated Thunderbolt 3 and 10GbE. This board also ships with an additional GbE connection, twin M.2 slots, and a 4x M.2 add-on card. 

More information about each of Gigabyte's new X299X series motherboards is available on Gigabyte's website. Links to each motherboard are below. 

- X299X Aorus Master
- X299 Aorus Xtreme Waterforce
- X299 Designare 10G

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03-10-2019, 09:35:27

AlienALX
Do these chips run on X299 boards?Quote

03-10-2019, 12:37:05

Avet
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While this board lacks Thunderbolt 3.0 support, the Aorus Master does contain support for Intel WiFi 6 and support for 5GbE through an Aquantia LAN controller.
The board has Thunderbolt 3 support it is just not integrated. There is a TB3 add-in card connector.

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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
Do these chips run on X299 boards?
Yes they do. PC World confirmed. New bords just support extra 4 CPU PCI-E lanes.Quote

03-10-2019, 14:48:46

WYP
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Originally Posted by Avet View Post
The board has Thunderbolt 3 support it is just not integrated. There is a TB3 add-in card connector.
I have edited the article to mention that it supports Thunderbolt 3 when an add-in card is connected. Even so, the board lacks integrated support for Thunderbolt out of the box and it should not be considered as a default feature.

I doubt many PC builders would spend the £80ish required for a Thunderbolt add-on card.Quote

03-10-2019, 15:46:02

Avet
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
I have edited the article to mention that it supports Thunderbolt 3 when an add-in card is connected. Even so, the board lacks integrated support for Thunderbolt out of the box and it should not be considered as a default feature.

I doubt many PC builders would spend the £80ish required for a Thunderbolt add-on card.
Actually it should be considered a more premium feature. I have looked at manuals that have block diagrams. Both Designare and Xtreme have Thunderbolt connected through PCH. Designare even has X550-AT2 added on PCH. That is 60 Gb/s through DMI 3.0... What a joke. And that doesn't include all the USBs, SATA, and pretty much everything else on the motherboard. Having Thunderbolt AIC through proper CPU lanes is much better. And the price usually evens out. Designare ~ MASTER + AIC.Quote
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