EVGA X99 Micro Motherboard Overview
EVGA has gone with an all black color scheme on the X99 Micro. So you have an all black PCB with black and silver accents throughout the motherboard. Again this is a Micro-ATX motherboard so it is smaller, but as you’ll see it is still packed with features. The I/O cover does not come installed on the motherboard. It gets installed when you install the motherboard in your case.
Starting at the center of the motherboard we have the motherboard we have the LGA 2011-3 socket, which supports Intel’s latest Haswell-E HEDT (high-end desktop) processors. The motherboard features a 6 phase all digital PWM and the power delivery components are covered by a large heatsink. The CPU socket is flanked on each side by two DDR4 DIMM slots which support up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory up to 3000 MHz (O.C.). Normally on an X99 motherboard we would see 4 slots on each side of the CPU socket, but because this is a Micro-ATX motherboard there are only two slots on each side.
Taking a closer look at the heatsink that cools the power delivery components we can see it has the EVGA logo on it and also says “X99” on it. Right above the heatsink is your 8pin EPS connector to bring power to your CPU.
Moving over to the right side of the motherboard we can see two 4pin fan connectors towards the top of the board. These are the CPU fan and CPU fan optional connectors. There are large power and reset buttons as well as a smaller clear CMOS button. It is always great to see these buttons on motherboards, especially if you plan to have your motherboard on a test bench. Moving down we have our voltage check point connector that connects to the included adapter. There is a debug LED that also will show your CPU temperature once the system is booted. Finally there is the 24pin ATX power connection.
As far as storage goes you have six SATA 6GB/s ports. All of these ports are controlled by the X99 chipset. The ports are at a 90 degree angle so they will not interfere with your installed graphics cards.
At the bottom corner of the motherboard you have your front panel connectors, a USB 3.0 header and USB 2.0 header.
Along the bottom of the board are two more 4pin fan connectors and your HD audio header.
When it comes to expansion slots you have two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and a single PCI-Express 3.0 x8 slot. With this setup you can do dual a x16/x16 or three-way x8/x8/x8 GPU setup. Although, the third PCI-Express slot is pretty close to the second on so I’m not sure you could fit three complete dual-slot cards on this motherboard. Between the first and second PCI-Express slots is an M.2 connector that supports 2230 length M.2 devices.
Taking a look at the rear I/O we have six USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, a clear CMOS button, Gigabit Ethernet and audio connections.