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Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX Rev 1.0


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The Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX is an enthusiast-grade motherboard - and the first X99 board we have carried with native Thunderbolt 3 support. Like all X99 boards, it supports Intel's Core i7 and Xeon E5 processors. Eight slots are present for DDR4 memory, and it works with ECC Registered memory modules too (even though that isn't advertised by the manufacturer). Those are available in high capacities, allowing for up to 512GB of memory in total on the board.

A host of connectivity is provided: the aforementioned Thunderbolt 3 port, five USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 port, and one legacy PS/2 port. The Thunderbolt port can also work as a USB 3.1 Type C, if needed. For networking there are dual Gb Ethernet ports plus WiFi, and a full set of analog and digital audio connections are present as well. Internally it has 10 SATA connections, one M.2 slot, and two of the new U.2 ports.
William George (Product Development)
William George (Product Development) Says:
If you need Thunderbolt 3 on a PC, look no further! This is the first board we've carried here at Puget Systems with that type of connection, and it has taken us a lot of testing to find a board where it finally worked well. Thunderbolt is, by its nature, a combination of DisplayPort for graphics with PCI-Express for data - and getting that combination to work well is tricky on systems that are not tightly integrated (like laptops and Macs).

Because of the way that combo works, this motherboard has a DisplayPort *input*. You *must* run a short DisplayPort cable from the primary video card in the system to the motherboard in order for the Thunderbolt 3 connector to supply a video signal.

Also, please note that Thunderbolt 1 & 2 used a different shape connector - one similar to a Mini DisplayPort, rather than the Type C connector that Thunderbolt 3 uses. If you have an older Thunderbolt device it should work, but you will need an adapter cable to connect with the Type C port on this board.

Model: Gigabyte GA-X99-DESIGNARE EX V1.0


Socket 2011-3
CPU Compatibility Intel Core i7 Processors on LGA 2011-v3 Socket
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset X99
Front Side Bus QuickPath Interconnect
Network Connectivity Dual Gigabit Networking + 802.11 A/B/G/N/AC
Audio Controller Realtek ALC1150 codec
Cooling System Heatsink
Color Black & White
Memory Support
Type DDR4 ECC Registered
Maximum Speed 2400 MHz
Number of Slots 8
Maximum Size per Slot 64 GB
Maximum Amount Supported 512 GB
External Connections
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) 5
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB 3.1) 1
USB 3.2 Type C 1
PS/2 Keyboard Yes
Audio Out Surround Sound (7.1)
Audio In Line-In/Microphone
S/PDIF Optical
LAN (RJ45) 2
Wireless Antenna Port Yes
Thunderbolt Ports 1
Thunderbolt Version 3
Internal Connections
USB 2.0 2 (providing 4 ports)
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) 2
SATA III 6.0Gbps 10
SATA Express 1
M.2 Connector 1
M.2 Support Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 PCIe x4/x2 SSD
U.2 Connector 2
TPM (module sold separately) 1
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 1 6 port - Intel X99
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 2 4 port - Intel X99
Expansion Slots
Slot 1 PCI Express 3.0 x16
Slot 3 PCI Express 2.0 x1
Slot 4 PCI Express 3.0 x16
Slot 5 PCI Express 2.0 x4 in a x16 size
Slot 6 PCI Express 3.0 x16
Slot 7 PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size
Additional Information
SLI Compatible Yes
Crossfire Compatible Yes
RAID Support 0,1,5,10 (Only on ports 0-5)
Bluetooth Yes (4.0)
Dual GPU Slot Spacing 3-Slot
BIOS Features
EZ Flash Yes
OC Profiles Yes
Height 305 mm (12.0 in)
Width 244 mm (9.6 in)