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EVGA’s X299 Motherboards Detailed

EVGA has revealed their X299 motherboard lineup. All of these boards are designed for Intel’s recently announced X-Series processors. Like previous Intel-based motherboard from EVGA, they have will three boards, the X299 DARK, X299 FTW K and X299 Micro. Let’s see what these boards are all about!

EVGA X299 DARK Motherboard
The first board in the lineup is the X299 DARK. The board is an E-ATX motherboard, but one thing that is very interesting is that it does not have eight DDR4 DIMM slots, but rather four. The board features a 14-phase VRM and is powered by a combination of 24-pin ATX and dual 8-pin EPS connectors. We can see five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, dual U.2 ports, at least one M.2 slot and eight SATA 6GB/s ports. There are also dual debug LED displays, power and reset buttons on the board, voltage checkpoints and much more.

EVGA X299 Dark

The EVGA X299 DARK is designed from the ground up to be the best overclocking motherboard on the planet. With up to 4-Way SLI support this motherboard is designed to break world records and be the platform for hardcore enthusiasts. A robust VRM solution provides clean power to the CPU, and a dedicated M.2 cooling solution keeps your M.2 drives as cool as possible under even the most stressful environments.

Key Features
– Form Factor – Optimized EATX for clean cable management
– Supports x16 PCIe Graphics with all CPUs
– Audio – Creative Sound Core3D Quad-Core Audio Processor + Optical
– Highly-Efficient 14 Phase Digital VRM
– 12 Layer PCB Design
– Bundled Bench Stand Plate
– Dedicated M.2 Cooling
– Onboard Power, Reset and Clear CMOS
– EVGA E-LEET X Tuning Utility
– Triple BIOS Support
– M.2 NVMe PCI-E SSD Support
– U.2 NVMe SSD Support
– Intel Optane Memory Ready
– Switchable DC / PWM Fan Control
– 10-zone Temperature Monitor
– Onboard Voltage Display

Specifications
– Intel X299 Express Chipset
– SLI – Up to 4-Way
– Memory Support – 4 DIMM Quad-Channel DDR4 4133MHz+ (Up to 64GB)
– Ethernet – 2x Intel Gigabit NIC

EVGA X299 FTW K Motherboard
Next up we have the X299 FTW K, which has a really cool design on the PCH heatsink as well as the rear I/O cover. This board does have the eight DDR4 DIMM slots on it. Here we can see four PCI-Express x16 slots, an M.2 slot, dual U.2 ports, and eight SATA 6GB/s ports. You also get the power and reset buttons on the board as well as a debug LED screen, but the voltage checkpoints are missing. This is also an E-ATX board.

EVGA X299 FTW K Motherboard

The EVGA X299 FTW K is built to win. The included Killer NIC prioritizes and reduces latency to keep you at the top of your game from the first match to the last. If that wasn’t enough, a newly-designed VRM provides the cleanest and most stable power to the CPU possible. A total of 8 DIMM slots support up to 128GB of DDR4 memory, and a 4 layer memory T-routing design allows for extreme memory speeds of 4133MHz+. An RGB I/O Cover, along with RGB Chipset heatsink, lets you customize the look to match your rig.

Key Features
– Form Factor – EATX
– RGB LED I/O and Heatsink
– RGB Fan Header Support
– Audio – High Definition 8 Channel Audio + Optical
– Highly-Efficient 14 Phase Digital VRM
– Onboard Power, Reset and Clear CMOS
– EVGA E-LEET X Tuning Utility
– Dual BIOS Support
– M.2 NVMe PCI-E SSD Support
– U.2 NVMe SSD Support
– Intel Optane Memory Ready
– Switchable DC / PWM Fan Control
– Onboard CPU Temperature Monitor

Specifications
– Intel X299 Express Chipset
– SLI – Up to 3-Way
– Memory Support – 8 DIMM Quad-Channel DDR4 4133MHz+ (Up to 128GB)
– Ethernet – Killer E2500 + Intel Gigabit NIC

EVGA X299 Micro Motherboard
Lastly we have EVGA’s X299 Micro motherboard, which is a Micro-ATX board. Here you have only four DDR4 DIMM slots, but you do get three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, an M.2 slot, single U.2 connector, and six SATA 6GB/s ports. Again you get power and reset buttons on the board and a debug LED display. There is only a single 8-pin EPS connector for power.

EVGA X299 Micro Motherboard

The EVGA X299 Micro packs amazing features into a mATX form factor. Built to offer no compromises, the EVGA X299 Micro supports 4133MHz+ memory speed, 2-Way SLI, 6 SATA 6G Ports, and U.2.

Key Features
– Form Factor – mATX
– RGB Fan Header Support
– Audio – High Definition 8 Channel Audio + Optical
– Highly-Efficient 12 Phase Digital VRM
– Onboard Power, Reset and Clear CMOS
– EVGA E-LEET X Tuning Utility
– M.2 NVMe PCI-E SSD Support
– U.2 NVMe SSD Support
– Intel Optane Memory Ready
– Switchable DC / PWM Fan Control
– Onboard CPU Temperature Monitor

Specifications
– Intel X299 Express Chipset
– SLI – Up to 2-Way + PhysX
– Memory Support – 4 DIMM Quad-Channel DDR4 4133MHz+ (Up to 64GB)
– Ethernet – 802.11AC Dual Band + Intel Gigabit NIC

Now word yet on pricing on these boards.

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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