GIGABYTE finally launches their flagship motherboard for AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors (socket TR4), the X399 Designare EX.
No other changes than design?
Being positioned slightly above the company’s only offering for X399 (which is the Aorus X399 Gaming 7), the new Designare EX is based on the same PCB, has nearly-identical feature-set, except for drastic but good-looking cosmetic changes.
Your dream X399 motherboard
The X399 Designare EX is built in the ATX form-factor, and draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and 4-pin ATX, conditioning it for the CPU using an 8-phase VRM with “server-grade” chokes, and a VRM heatsink that offloads its heat onto a second heatsink via a heat-pipe.
Expansion slots include five PCI-Express 3.0 x16, all of which are wired to the CPU. Storage connectivity includes three 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, and eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, from which four are directly wired to the CPU.
It also includes two 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 (from which one is type-C), ten 5 Gb/s USB 3.0 ports (from which one is type-C), and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports via headers.
Networking-wise, the Designare EX includes a WLAN interface with 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, and two 1 GbE ports, both of which are driven by Intel-made controllers. The onboard audio solution is of the highest grade by GIGABYTE, consisting of a Realtek ALC1220 (120 dBA SNR) CODEC, audio-grade capacitors, OPAMPs, and ground-layer isolation.
Notable cosmetic changes include its silver-metallic color-scheme along the VRM and chipset heatsinks, the M.2 SSD heatspreaders, the I/O shroud and integrated shield, and a back-plate covering most of the reverse side.
Pricing and Availability
Although GIGABYTE didn’t mentioned anything with regards to pricing, sources hinted that it could be slightly higher than the USD $399 the company is currently asking for the Aorus X399 Gaming 7. More details to follow.