X299 boards show up for preorder at Newegg

We were very excited when we heard that the Skylake-X-derived Core X-series CPUs would be significantly cheaper on a per-core basis than the Broadwell-E series that preceded it. The pricing on some of the chips toward the bottom of the series is downright reasonable—particularly the 6C/12T Core i7-7800X at $389. We were hopeful that the price pulldown would extend to the X299 platform itself, but we weren't sure what pricing on LGA 2066 motherboards would be like, at least until now. Newegg has 16 motherboards up for pre-order. Spoiler: they're a little pricey.

Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 9

The most budget-friendly board on offer is ASRock's X299 Killer SLI/ac at $220 after a $10 MIR. That's not a bad price for an HEDT-platform motherboard, but it's fully double what entry-level Z270 motherboards cost right now. Meanwhile, the Aorus X299 Gaming 9 board tops the list at a dizzying $500. That's not to say that it doesn't try and justify its price, though. The Asus Prime X299-Deluxe that Jeff used to test the Core i9-7900X is certainly a fine motherboard, and it's just ten dollars cheaper than the Aorus.

Asus TUF X299 Mark I

It doesn't look like Gigabyte put up any boards for pre-order bearing its own brand, but Newegg has three Aorus boards on sale. ASRock and MSI both showed up with four boards, while Asus has five models ready for your perusal, although pre-orders for the ROG Strix X299-E Gaming and MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK are both sold out already. Keep in mind that all of the boards on offer are decidedly mid-range or high-end models, so it's quite likely we'll see some sub-$200 X299 boards before long.

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    • JustAnEngineer
    • 2 years ago

    Where are the micro-ATX options?

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      Mini-ITX NOW!

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      Pretty uncommon for HEDT.

    • thecoldanddarkone
    • 2 years ago

    The prices seem in line with previous x79/x99 motherboards.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 2 years ago

    If they released a X299 board designed for Kaby-X it would make sense for the platform. But why would you spend 200$+ for a board that has a hundred asterisks on the product page listed every feature that gets disabled if you pair it with such CPU. Kaby-X actually clocks high enough to replace my aging 4790K but there is no way I’m buying a motherboard with half the features disabled.

    • CScottG
    • 2 years ago

    A tale of two boards:

    The “party girl” with enough color to light-up the streets of De Wallen in Amsterdam.

    The “puritan” with enough slot-blockers to make a chastity belt seem “hole-ee” inadequate.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    I especially like all the plastic heat traps on the Asus board pictured above. Guess we’ll see just how TUF it is.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      Tired of seeing completely unnecessary heatsinks slapped on every available surface of your motherboard?

      WE WERE TOO!

    • UberGerbil
    • 2 years ago

    I believe there was a top comment on the site recently that perfectly addressed the topic of “hardware pre-orders”

      • Neutronbeam
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, but with the Aorus you get a free HyperX gaming headset w/ purchase–so, like, totally worth it!

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