Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX Socket LGA2011-3 7.1 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard

  • Intel X99 Express Chipset
  • Socket LGA2011-3
  • 7.1 Channel HD Audio
  • ATX Form Factor

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Mfr part code: GA-X99-DESIGNARE EX

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    Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX Socket LGA2011-3 7.1 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard Product Description

    Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX Socket LGA2011-3 7.1 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard



    Support for Intel Core i7 processors in the LGA2011-3 package

    2.L3 cache varies with CPU

    (Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.) 

    Chipset: Intel X99 Express Chipset


    8 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB of system memory

    * Support for up to 256 GB of system memory when using Registered DIMMs.

    * Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.

    4 channel memory architecture

    Support for DDR4 3600(OC) / 3400(OC) / 3333(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2133 MHz memory modules

    Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules

    Support for Registered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx4/2Rx4 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)

    Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

    (Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.) 


    Realtek ALC1150 codec

    High Definition Audio


    Support for S/PDIF Out

    Wireless Communication module

    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band

    Bluetooth 4.2, 4.1, BLE, 4.0, 3.0, 2.1+EDR

    Support for 11ac wireless standard and up to 867 Mbps data rate

    * Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.


    2 x Intel GbE LAN chips (10/100/1000 Mbit)

    Support for Teaming

    Expansion Slots

    3 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1~3)

    * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_1 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16_1 slot operates at up to x8 mode.

    * The U2_32G_2 connector shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_2 slot. When the U2_32G_2 connector is populated, the PCIEX16_2 slot operates at up to x8 mode.

    * The M2_32G connector shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_3 slot. When the M2_32G connector is populated, the PCIEX16_3 slot operates at up to x8 mode. 

    1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
    (The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

    1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
    * The SATA_EXPRESS connector shares bandwidth with the PCIEX4 slot. When the SATA_EXPRESS connector is populated, the PCIEX4 slot operates at up to x2 mode.

    1 x PCI Express x1 slot
    (The PCIEX4 and PCIEX1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

    1 x M.2 Socket 1 connector for the wireless communication module (M2_WIFI)

    Multi-Graphics Technology

    Support for NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI and 3-Way/2-Way NVIDIA SLI technologies

    Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and 3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire technologies

    Storage Interface

    Chipset: 1.1 x SATA Express connector

    6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5), supporting RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

    4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (sSATA3 0~3), supporting IDE and AHCI modes only (An operating system installed on the SATA3 0~5 ports cannot be used on the sSATA 0~3 ports.)

    1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 PCIe x4/x2 SSD support)

    2 x U.2 connectors

    * When an i7-5820K or i7-6800K CPU is installed, the U2_32G_1 connector becomes unavailable.


    Chipset+Intel USB 3.1 controller:

    1 x USB Type-C port on the back panel, with USB 3.1 support

    1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red) on the back panel

    ŠŠChipset+Renesas USB 3.0 Hubs: 8 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)


    1 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports on the back panel

    4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports available through the internal USB headers

    Internal I/O Connectors

    1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector

    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

    1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector

    2 x U.2 connectors

    1 x SATA Express connector

    10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

    1 x CPU fan header

    1 x water cooling fan/water cooling pump header (CPU_OPT_PUMP)

    2 x system fan headers

    1 x system fan/water cooling pump header (SYS_FAN3_PUMP)

    1 x front panel header

    1 x front panel audio header

    1 x S/PDIF Out header

    2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers

    2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers

    1 x Thunderboltâ„¢ add-in card connector

    1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header

    1 x RGB LED strip extension cable header

    1 x Clear CMOS jumper

    Back Panel Connectors 1.1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port

    1 x DisplayPort In port

    2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)

    1 x USB Type-Câ„¢ port, with USB 3.1 support

    1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port (red)

    5 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports

    2 x RJ-45 ports

    1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector

    5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)

    I/O Controller: iTE I/O Controller Chip

    H/W Monitoring

    System voltage detection

    CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection

    CPU/CPU OPT/System fan (pump) speed detection

    CPU/System/Chipset overheating warning

    CPU/CPU OPT/System fan (pump) fail warning

    CPU/CPU OPT/System fan (pump) speed control
    * Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install.


    2 x 128 Mbit flash

    Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS

    Support for DualBIOS

    Support for Q-Flash Plus

    * The USB flash drive used must be a USB 2.0 flash drive.

    PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

    Unique Features

    Support for APP Center
    * Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
    3D OSD


    Ambient LED


    BIOS Setup

    Color Temperature

    Cloud Station


    Easy RAID

    Fast Boot

    ON/OFF Charge

    Platform Power Management

    Smart TimeLock

    Smart Keyboard

    Smart Backup

    System Information Viewer

    USB Blocker


    Support for Q-Flash

    Support for Smart Switch

    Support for Xpress Install

    Bundle Software

    Norton Internet Security (OEM version)

    Intel Smart Response Technology


    Operating System

    Support for Windows 10/8.1 64-bit

    Support for Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit

    Form Factor: ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm

    Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX Socket LGA2011-3 7.1 Channel HD Audio ATX Motherboard Product Reviews

    Technical Specifications


    Product Type Motherboard - ATX
    Chipset Type Intel X99 Express
    Processor Socket LGA2011-v3 Socket
    Max Processors Qty 1
    Compatible Processors Core i7 Extreme Edition, Core i7

    Supported RAM

    Max Size 256 GB
    Technology DDR4
    Bus Clock 2133 MHz, 2800 MHz (O.C.), 2666 MHz (O.C.), 2400 MHz (O.C.), 3000 MHz (O.C.), 3200 MHz (O.C.), 3400 MHz (O.C.), 3333 MHz (O.C.), 3600 MHz (O.C.)
    Supported RAM Integrity Check Non-ECC
    Registered or Buffered Registered, unbuffered
    Features Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP), quad channel memory architecture
    Details 256 GB - registered ¦ 128 GB - unbuffered


    Type HD Audio (8-channel)
    Audio Codec Realtek ALC1150
    Compliant Standards High Definition Audio


    Network Interfaces Bluetooth, 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

    Expansion / Connectivity

    Expansion Slots 1 x CPU ¦ 8 x DIMM 288-pin ¦ 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ¦ 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ( x8 mode ) ¦ 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 ¦ 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 ( x4 mode ) ¦ 1 x M.2 socket
    Storage Interfaces SATA-600 -connectors: 6 x 7pin SATA, 1 x SATA Express port - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5 ¦ PCIe 3.0 -connectors: 1 x M.2, 2 x U.2 ¦ SATA-600 -connectors: 4 x 7pin Serial ATA - 4 devices
    Interfaces 2 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) ¦ 5 x USB 3.0 ¦ 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack ¦ 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack ¦ 1 x microphone - mini-jack ¦ 1 x audio line-out (rear) - mini-jack ¦ 1 x audio line-out (center/subwoofer) - mini-jack ¦ 1 x TOSLINK ¦ 1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse ¦ 1 x USB 3.1 ¦ 1 x USB-C ¦ 1 x DisplayPort
    Internal Interfaces 4 x USB 2.0 - header ¦ 4 x USB 3.0 - header ¦ 1 x audio - header ¦ 1 x SPDIF out - header
    Power Connectors 24-pin main power connector, 8-pin ATX12V connector


    BIOS Type AMI
    BIOS Features WfM 2.0 support, UEFI BIOS, SMBIOS 2.7 support, DMI 2.7 support, ACPI 5.0 support, Dual BIOS
    Hardware Monitoring CPU core temperature, chassis temperature, CPU fan tachometer, chassis fan tachometer, system voltage, CPU overheating protection
    Hardware Features AutoGreen, NVIDIA 3-way SLI Technology Support, Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) support, NVIDIA Quad SLI Technology Support, NVIDIA 2-way SLI Technology Support, On/Off Charge, Ultra Durable, Dual LAN Teaming, AMD CrossFireX technology support, AMD Quad CrossFireX technology support, AMD 3-way CrossFireX technology support, ESD Protection, Easy RAID Installer, All IR digital power design, 2x Copper PCB, Q-Flash Plus, IR PowIRstage ICs, Durable Black Solid Caps, Turbo B-Clock, Ultra Durable PCIe Metal Shielding, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 3.0, RGB Ambient Surround LED, GIGABYTE Double Locking Bracket, Ultra Durable Memory Armor, Anti-Sulfur Design


    Software Included Norton Internet Security, @BIOS, EasyTune, Cloud Station, Xpress Install, GIGABYTE USB Blocker, GIGABYTE App Center, cFosSpeed, Smart TimeLock, GIGABYTE Fast Boot, GIGABYTE V-Tuner, GIGABYTE Smart Keyboard, GIGABYTE Smart Backup
    Compliant Standards Plug and Play, ACPI 5.0
    Width 30.5 cm
    Depth 24.4 cm

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