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Computex 2016: Gigabyte Motherboards Updated for X99, Z170 unveiled
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Computex 2016: Gigabyte Motherboards Updated for X99, Z170 unveiled

Alex StevensJune 17, 2016

During our stay at Computex we stopped by the Gigabyte suite and took a look at their motherboards.

GA-X99 Designare EX

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The Designare series is a class of motherboards aimed at those looking for productivity, which is a very interesting step from Gigabyte. While very similar to their “Gaming” focused boards, this one has a focus on faster storage with dual SATA Express slots and support for U.2 and M.2 storage under the white shroud. It also supports the new Broadwell-E 10 core with a beefy 8+1 phase power design, which we would assume is from International Rectifier. Gigabyte boasts that with this board it won’t take a professional overclocker to get great overclocking results.

Manufacturer Gigabyte
Model X99 Designare EX
Form Factor ATX
Socket LGA 2011-3
Chipset Intel X99
Memory 8X DDR4 DIMM Slots (Upto 128GB)
EEC/NonEEC unbuffered, up to DDR4 3400+
Audio Realtek ALC1150
LAN Dual Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed support
Slots 3 x PCI Express 3.0
Storage x10 SATA 6GB/s x2 M.2 PCI-E x1 Sata Express
USB 2 x USB 3.1 ports (Type C, Type A)
9 x USB 3.0 ports x4 USB 2.0
Price $419 USD

Designare GA-Z170X

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Like the Gigabyte X99 Designare EX, the Gigabyte Z170X Designare is aimed at the content creator, graphic designer, and photographer except it supports the Intel’s LGA 1151 socket and utilizes Intel’s Z170 chipset. This motherboard also has a different color scheme with Black, Blue and White accent colors.

Manufacturer Gigabyte
Model Z170X Designare
Form Factor ATX
Socket LGA 1151
Chipset Intel Z170
Memory 4X DDR4 DIMM Slots (Up to 64GB)
up to DDR4 4000MHz+
Audio Realtek ALC1150
LAN Dual Intel GbE LAN with cFosSpeed support
Slots 3 x PCI Express 3.0 (1X16 1×8 and 1X4)
Storage 6 x SATA 6GB/s x1 M.2 PCI-E x1U.2 x2 SATA Express
USB 2 x USB 3.1 ports (Type C)
6 x USB 3.0 ports 6 x USB 2.0
Price $230 USD

 

GA-X99 Ultra Gaming

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The Ultra Gaming model is one of Gigabytes more traditional G1 Gaming motherboards. We see support for U.2 and M.2 as well as triple graphics solutions.

Manufacturer Gigabyte
Model X99 Ultra Gaming
Form Factor ATX
Socket LGA 2011-3
Chipset Intel X99
Memory 8X DDR4 DIMM Slots (up to 128GB)
EEC/NonEEC unbuffered, up to DDR4 3400+
Audio Realtek ALC1150
LAN Intel i219V + Killer E2400
Slots 3 x PCI Express 3.0
Storage x10 SATA 6GB/s x2 M.2 PCI-E x1 SATA Express
USB 2 x USB 3.1 ports (Type C, Type A)
10 x USB 3.0 ports x4 USB 2.0
Price $270 USD

Z170X Ultra Gaming

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Finally we have the Z170 variation of the G1 gaming, with a slightly different color scheme and has Gigabytes ambient RGB lighting as all the other boards. We see support for Dual and Triple graphics solutions and U.2 SSDs.

Manufacturer Gigabyte
Model Z170 Ultra Gaming
Form Factor ATX
Socket LGA 1151
Chipset Intel Z170
Memory 4X DDR4 DIMM Slots (Up to  64GB)
up to DDR4 3866MHz+
Audio Realtek ALC1150
LAN Intel i219V cFosSpeed support
Slots 3 x PCI Express 3.0 (1X16 1×8 and 1X4)
Storage 6 x SATA 6GB/s x1 M.2 PCI-E x1U.2 x2 Sara Express
USB 2 x USB 3.1 ports (Type C)
6 x USB 3.0 ports 6 x USB 2.0
Price $170 USD
About The Author
Alex Stevens
Alex is a long time PC Hardware Enthusiast, when not testing, or troubleshooting he spends way too much time playing the latest RTS and FPS games.

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