Intel's X299 Goes Extreme, GIGABYTE X299G Xtreme Waterforce With 10G LAN, 16-Phase VR

@ 2019/06/14
At Computex 2019, GIGABYTE unveiled a couple of new motherboards on Intel's X299 chipset in lieu of the new refreshed Skylake-X processors expected later this year. The GIGABYTE X299G Xtreme Waterforce takes its HEDT range to a new level with a large full-cover monoblock covering the CPU. three M.2 slots, and X299 chipset. Also featured is 10 G LAN, as well as Intel Thunderbolt 3 support.

The GIGABYTE X299G Xtreme Waterforce is the planned flagship and has plenty of high-end features expected from one its Xtreme models. Included in the extensive feature set is three full-length PCIe 3.0 slots with the configuration dependant on the model of processor installed. The large monoblock covers the CPU socket, three M.2 slots, and also actively cools the X299 chipset. While the naming of the board would seem like it's a new chipset, it's still the same X299 chipset of old and the naming is to signify the new range.

On the power delivery front, the GIGABYTE X299G Xtreme Waterforce has 16-phases and uses dual 8-pin 12 V CPU power connectors to deliver power just for the CPU. Other power connectors include a single 6-pin power connector to deliver extra power to the PCIe slots, and the standard 24-pin 12 V ATX motherboard power connector. Featured on the rear panel are five 3.5 mm audio jacks and a single S/PDIF optical output powered by a Realtek ALC1220-VB HD audio codec, two DisplayPort inputs, two USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.0 G1 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, two USB 2.0, and a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C connector. The board also has integrated Wi-Fi, but the spec of the wireless interface is currently unknown.

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