Items tagged with x299

In case you haven't noticed, we are in the midst of a core war, with the enthusiast segment serving as the primary battlefield. It's within the high-end desktop (HEDT) space that AMD and Intel like to flash their biggest and baddest guns, known as Threadripper and Core-X, respectively. With regards to the latter, it's rumored that Intel will introduce a Z399 chipset for its next round of HEDT chips. Z399 would supplant X299 for whatever Intel has on tap after Skylake-X. That's a bit confusing, though perhaps unavoidable at this point since the chipset space has become somewhat of a convoluted mess. The reason Intel is said to be considering Z399 instead of X399 is because AMD has already staked... Read more...
Corsair has been flexing its muscles recently with new DDR4 DIMM kits that it claims are the fastest in the world. Today, the company is extending its record-breaking performance streak to SO-DIMM kits for notebook, small form factor (SFF), and all-in-one PCs. The PC components company claims that its new Vengeance 32GB (four 8GB modules) SO-DIMM kit is the world's fastest, operating at a brisk 4,000MHz. Like its full-size DIMM counterparts, these SO-DIMM kits are built using Samsung B-die ICs to ensure stability at higher operating speeds. Corsair says that the modules have "super tight" CL19-23-23-45 timings, and they operate at 1.35 volts. Corsair specifically calls out ASRock's X299E-ITX/ac... Read more...
Gigabyte is running a very cool promotion for its X299-based motherboards and is offering new owners what it’s calling an “X299 Xperience Pack”, if they register the boards before September 14. Our X299 Xperience Pack showed up a couple of days ago, so we thought we’d show you what was inside. Take a look... The Gigabyte Aorus X299 Xperience Pack includes some fun goodies. Inside the box, you’ll find a Gigabyte RGB Fusion-Ready, Hybrid LED lighting kit that’s compatible with the LED headers on Gigabyte’s X299 motherboards. There’s also a set of Sennheiser CX 3.0 earbuds, a coupon for a one year Xsplit Premium license, a massive cloth keyboard and mouse pad, and a heavy-duty Aorus-branded hoodie.... Read more...
Preorders are currently underway for Intel’s new Core X-Series processors, which range from the quad-core, quad-thread Core i5-7640X ($242) to the 8-core, 36-thread Core i9-7980XE ($1,999). These new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors require a brand-new chipset, the X299, and motherboard manufacturers have responded by providing a number of new offerings hitting multiple price points. Luckily, we’ve got a quick roundup of new X299 motherboards from EVGA, Gigabyte and MSI to get you started on your search for the perfect companion for your new Core X processor. ASUS ASUS has a total of seven X299 boards at its disposal, with the Republic of Gamers (ROG) lineup leading the way: ASUS ROG Rampage... Read more...
Motherboard makers have an obvious vested interested in the overclocking scene where limits are pushed and records are broken. With that in mind, Gigabyte is in full chest-thumping mode after hosting an X299 OC gathering in which experienced overclockers used one of its X299 motherboards to push an Intel Core i7-7740K processor all the way to 7.5GHz and slightly beyond. The gathering brought in some big names from the overclocking community, including HiCookie, Sofos, Dinos22, Youngpro, and SniperOZ. All of them toiled away through Computex en route to setting four new 3DMark world records at crazy high overclocks using exotic cooling. "In order to push past the 7.5GHz barrier, the team of overclockers... Read more...
Intel and AMD are getting ready to duke it out in the high-end desktop (HEDT) processor market with brand new CPUs and platforms. It remains to be seen which side will have the upper hand, but in terms of motherboard selection, that does not appear to be a problem. With regards to Intel and its X299 chipset for enthusiasts, MSI unveiled a handful of options at Computex. MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Two of those models have product pages already up on MSI's website. They include the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC and X299 SLI Plus. Starting with the former, the X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is being billed as the world's first motherboard with fully interchangeable heatsink covers and X-Mounting accessories... Read more...
Enthusiast system builders have a lot to be excited about this summer. New high-end CPUs and GPUs are on the horizon and it doesn't even matter where your allegiance lies—Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA have all announced some exciting new products. For Intel, the big news is its Core i9 line of processors. In preparation for those chips reaching retail, Gigabyte unveiled a trio of X299 chipset motherboards under its Aorus gaming brand. "Marked with the Aorus brand the new X299 Aorus Gaming motherboards are here to exceed expectations, this is apparent just by glancing at the aggressive exterior of these new motherboards. Not only are there physical improvements but software enhancements are also included... Read more...
Things just got real in the enthusiast space, folks. In what amounted to a mic drop moment, Intel unveiled new high-end desktop (HEDT) processors based on Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X, the top part of which is a monster 18-core CPU under the company's new Core i9 branding. With the cat officially out of the bag, motherboard makers were free to announce accompanying X299 chipset motherboards for Intel's new chips. ASUS and its Republic of Gamers (ROG) division wasted no time in doing so.ASUS ROG unleashed three performance grade X299 motherboards at Computex, each one "expertly tailored for different priorities." They include the Rampage VI Extreme for builders who covet a custom liquid cooling setup... Read more...
We’ve heard rumors regarding Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processors for the past few months, but today it's finally time for the official roll-out of these new flagship Intel CPUs. We were no doubt impressed by the initial specs that leaked (especially over the past week), but the final product may actually be a bit more impressive than we initially thought.Intel bills these new Core i5 X-Series, Core i7 X-Series, Core i9 X-Series, and Core i9 Extreme Edition processors as its “Most Powerful, Most Scalable” desktop processors to date. We’ve known for a few weeks now that Intel would surpass the current Core i7 line-up with a new Core i9 designation, but today we’re learning that... Read more...
We are expecting there to be some exciting announcements at Computex next week, one of which might include Intel's next generation X299 platform for Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X, the company's new generation of high-end desktop (HEDT) processors. Whether that actually happens at Computex or not, there is little doubt we are getting close to an official launch, as the first leaked images of X299 motherboards have found their way to the web.The images all belong to Gigabyte and its Aorus brand for gamers. At the top of the stack is the X299 Aorus Gaming 9 that is decked out in RGB lighting and no less than five reinforced PCI Express x16 slots. Have a look:Also visible are multiple M.2 slots for installing... Read more...
Intel loyalists looking to build a new system are stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment. The options are to build a high-end rig around Intel's aging X99 platform, or forego the benefits of X99 and piece together a Kaby Lake system that does not have as much oomph. Those who can afford to wait have a third option—hang tight for Computex, which is when Intel will announce its X299 platform (Basin Falls) for Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X.Image Source: Flickr (Aaron Fulkerson) Hopping onto X299 will give users the best of both worlds, as it's an enthusiast chipset supporting Intel's latest microarchitectures. In this case, that is Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X. Based on previously leaked information,... Read more...
With so much attention in the CPU space focused on AMD's Ryzen lineup, it would make sense for Intel to push forward the release of its Skylake-X series, and apparently that is exactly what it is doing. Whether or not Ryzen is actually the motivating factor is not known, but not only is Skylake-X coming to town sooner than expected, Intel is also planning to launch Kaby Lake-X processors at the same time.A Chinese-language report at Benchlife claims that both processor families will be introduced at Computex, which runs from May 30-June 3, 2017. Previously the plan was to announce one (or both) at Gamescom, which runs from August 22-26, 2017. They will be part of Intel's new X299 platform, otherwise... Read more...