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Gigabyte X99 Designare EX is a very expensive motherboard, particularly at the time when AMD Ryzen and Intel X299 is just at the horizon.
The motherboard provides multiple storage options yet the layout is as good as its going to get. It does support multi-GPU and storage options, but at a time when one of two GPU makers Nvidia limits SLI support to two, it reduces the purpose of getting multi-GPU setups. To justify, AMD doesn’t have a high-end model to compete against GTX 1080.
The usefulness of the board is two U.2 ports and Thunderbolt 3. Gigabyte has taken a risk to streamline one model specifically made for those who need multiple connectivity options for content creation, but the pricing will simply push the potential consumers behind. Regardless, it provides a lot of support. Has Intel X99 was a relatively new chipset, this motherboard will make many ultra high-end content creators happy.
I am not a fan of having cover for M.2 ports and plastic overlays. Sure they ‘look’ nice and appeal to some type of users. But it shouldn’t be in the way of airflow. Same applies for MSI Z270 Gaming M5‘s M.2 shield but at least the rest of that motherboard is clear as a whistle. Yes, the motherboard is great. But so are the ones priced much lesser.
- Multi-Storage Options
- Multi-GPU Support
- Thunderbolt 3
- Smart Fan
- Multi-GPU support has less value as Nvidia limits SLI with two cards
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) February 23, 2017