EVGA has announced its X99 Micro 2 motherboard, which looks to be aimed at enthusiasts who want to stuff a whole lot of CPU power into a microATX chassis. The X99 Micro 2 includes an onboard CPU temperature display, six-phase digital VRMs, and EVGA's E-LEET X tuning software package. Its four DDR4 DIMM slots can hold up to 64GB of memory.
Despite the microATX form-factor, the X99 Micro 2 includes plenty of internal expandability in its 9.6" x 9.6" package. Three PCI Express x16 slots technically support SLI and CrossFire in either a 2x16 or 3x8 configuration, but that middle slot would only fit a single-slot card for triple-GPU setups. Ten SATA 6Gbps ports and an M.2 slot with up to 32Gbps of bandwidth offer plenty of options for storage.
External I/O ports are linked to the X99 chipset's USB 3.0 and 2.0 controllers, and there's also a single USB 3.1 Type-C connector on the rear. An Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller handles wired networking. EVGA claims to have isolated the audio traces on the motherboard to keep analog signals clean, and Realtek's premium ALC1150 codec runs the soundboard.
EVGA lists the X99 Micro 2 on its web store for $229, making it one of the less expensive X99 boards out there.
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