Looking for black? The most basic, blackest, darkest of shades, with a side of Haswell-E? EVGA is teasing three X99 motherboards all set for Intel's upcoming high-end CPU. Official details are few and far between, but here's what we can gather from EVGA's teaser pictures and Cowcotland's coverage of the three models:
First off is the microATX pocket rocket, which looks like the coolest one to me. This board has three PCIe slots (two x16 and one x8), four DIMM slots, six SATA 6Gbps ports, and an M.2 slot. To help with failed overclocking attempts, EVGA has included an onboard POST code indicator, what appears to be a CMOS reset button, plus reset and power buttons. With all of that stuff crammed into a smaller form factor, who needs ATX?
Cowcotland says the microATX board can take up to 64GB of RAM at speeds up to 2667Mhz. Other pictures on the site also show a backplate with four USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0, and another CMOS reset button, which I hope not to press by accident while plugging in a webcam. Audio is reportedly provided by a Realtek ALC1150 codec, though there's no word on multi-channel encoding for S/PDIF output. The street price is said to be $250 with a three-year warranty.
Next up is the full-sized "FTW" version, which has an upgraded PCIe slot configuration: two x16s, three x8s, and one x4. The eight DIMM slots can reportedly take up to 128GB of RAM—enough to make some rackmount servers envious. 10 SATA 6Gb/s ports set the stage for what is scientifically known as "a lotta storage," although the M.2 slot has gone AWOL.
An angled 6-pin power connector sits in the upper left corner, probably to supply extra juice to the PCIe slots. The ATX header, three of the seven fan headers, and the USB 3.0 header are all angled, as well, which should make for cleaner cable routing.
Cowcotland says the board features dual GigE connectivity and will retail for $280.
Welcome to the Classified section. This high-end board includes everything but the kitchen sink, including dual M.2 slots for mini SSDs and dual 8-pin power inputs for the CPU. Voltage measurement points are present throughout the motherboard, Cowcotland says, and a Creative Core3D solution powers the onboard audio. The asking price will reportedly be $400.
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