GIGABYTE has one other motherboard popping out supporting AMD’s Threadripper CPUs, the X399 Designare EX. The Designare EX is slated to be their flagship motherboard for the X399 chipset and contains further options over the AORUS Gaming 7, bringing twin Intel NICs (over a Killer NIC), Intel WiFi, Thunderbolt three add-in card help, and an built-in backplate for elevated structural rigidity and aesthetics. This board fills out GIGABYTE's brief X399, with the AORUS Gaming 7 a bit additional down the road. Up to now, we now have seen Gaming three, and Gaming 5 variations so there’s nonetheless room for one thing a bit cheaper within the GIGABYTE lineup sooner or later.

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One of many first issues one could discover on this board is lack of RGB LEDs in contrast with the AORUS Gaming 7. On the Gaming 7, the place RGB LEDs are nearly in every single place, the Designare EX however solely has a couple of beneath the PCH heatsink. Apart from that, design aesthetics are remarkably comparable, with solely the colour scheme modified from black coloured heatsinks and shrouds (with the AORUS identify) to all silver, and the GIGABYTE identify on the shrouds as a substitute. The PCH heatsink is similar form with a distinct accent plate for the Designare, marking a to not GIGABYTE's aimed marketplace for this product: design professionals. Additionally included is an built-in I/O defend giving it a extra high-end really feel.

Outdoors of what has been listed above, the specs for the Designare are similar to the Gaming 7, because it makes use of the identical base PCB. Retaining on the platform development, the Designare EX helps quad channel reminiscence at two DIMMs per channel, for eight complete supporting as much as 128GB. What seems like an Eight-phase VRM makes use of the identical fashion fundamental heatsink linked to a secondary heatsink by way of a heatpipe situated behind the rear I/O. Being the identical PCB, the ability supply can be listed as ‘server class’ just like the Gaming 7, utilizing fourth technology Worldwide Rectifier (IR) PWM controllers and third technology PowIRstage chokes. EPS energy is present in its regular location within the high left nook of the board, with one Eight-pin and one Four-pin.

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Within the high proper nook of the board are 5 Four-pin fan headers together with an RGBW header for LEDs. Two different RGB headers are discovered throughout the underside of the board, together with one other RGBW header. USB connectivity makes use of an onboard USB three.1 (10Gbps) header from the chipset near the eight SATA ports. There’s a USB header on the underside of the board, two USB headers close to the ability buttons, and a TPM header on the backside of the board.

Just like the AORUS Gaming 7, the Designare EX helps three M.2 drives. The 2 areas between the PCIe slots help as much as 110mm lengthy drives, whereas the third beneath the PCH heatsink can match as much as 80mm drives. All areas include further heatsinks to maintain the drives beneath cool. The Designare EX makes use of the three M.2 slots as a substitute of a separate U.2 connector.  For different storage, GIGABYTE has outfitted the board with eight SATA ports. The 5-pin Thunderbolt three header, required for add-in Thunderbolt three playing cards and distinctive for X399 to this particular GIGABYTE X399 board, is situated simply above the SATA ports. We’re asking GIGABYTE in the event that they plan to bundle a Thunderbolt three add-in card with this mannequin, and are awaiting a response.

The rear of the motherboard, like another designs available on the market, makes use of a rear backplate to help with motherboard rigidity. The considering right here is that these motherboards are sometimes utilized in programs with a number of heavy graphics playing cards or PCIe coprocessors, such that if a motherboard screw is incorrectly tightened, the motherboard could be required to take the load and finally warp. With the back-plate in place, that is designed to distribute that potential further torque all through the PCB, minimising any damaging results.

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The PCIe slots are the identical because the Gaming 7 additionally, with 4 of the 5 sourcing its lanes instantly from the CPU. The slots used for GPUs are double-spaced and help an x16/x8/x16/x8 association. The center slot helps PCIe x4 connection fed from the chipset. The center slot can be utilized for added add-in playing cards, comparable to a Thunderbolt three card.

Subsequent to the PCIe slots is GIGABYTE’s audio answer, utilizing a Realtek ALC1220 codec and utilizing an EMI defend, PCB separation for the digital and analog audio alerts, filter caps (each WIMA and Nichicon), and has headphone hack detection. GIGABYTE additionally makes use of DAC-UP, which delivers a extra constant USB energy provide for USB linked audio gadgets. 

Rear IO connectivity on the Designare EX can be just like the AORUS Gaming 7. The one distinction would be the further Ethernet port as this mannequin makes use of twin Intel NICs. Due to the USB help from the CPU, the rear IO has eight USB ports, in yellow, blue, and white. There are additionally two USB three.1 (10 Gbps) ports from the chipset, one USB Sort-C. Community connectivity differs right here with the Designare EX utilizing two Intel NICs (we think about some combination of I219V or I211AT) and does away with the Rivet Networks Killer E2500 discovered on its little brother. Final, are a set of audio jacks together with SPDIF. 

Pricing was not listed, nevertheless, whether it is slated to be the flagship of the X399 lineup, pricing is anticipated to be the next than the already launched X399 AORUS Gaming 7 at $389.99 on Amazon. GIGABYTE says the Designare EX will probably be obtainable come Mid-October. 

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Gallery: GIGABYTE X399 Designare EX

GIGABYTE X399 Designare EX
Guarantee Intervalthree Years
Product Web pageN/A
CPU InterfaceTR4
ChipsetAMD X399
Reminiscence Slots (DDR4)Eight DDR4
Supporting 128GB
Quad Channel
Help DDR4 3600+
Help for ECC UDIMM (in non-ECC mode)
Community Connectivity2 x Intel LAN
1 x Intel 2×2 802.11ac
Onboard AudioRealtek ALC1220
PCIe Slots for Graphics
 (from CPU)
2 x PCIe x16 slots @ x16 
2 x PCIe x16 slots @ x8 
PCIe Slots for Different
(from Chipset)
1 x PCIe x16 slots @ x4
Onboard SATAEight x Supporting RAID zero/1/10
Onboard SATA SpecificNone
Onboard M.2three x PCIe x4 – NVMe or SATA
Onboard U.2None
USB three.11 x Sort-C (ASMedia)
1 x Sort-A (ASMedia)
USB three.zeroEight x Again Panel
1 x Header
USB 2.zero2 x Headers
Energy Connectors1 x 24-pin EATX
1 x Eight-pin ATX 12V
1 x Four-pin ATX 12V
Fan Headers1 x CPU
1 x Watercooling CPU
Four x System Fan headers
2 x System Fan/ Water Pump headers
IO Panel1 x PS.2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x USB three.1 Sort-C
1 x USB three.1 Sort-A
Eight x USB 
2 x RJ-45 LAN Port
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio Jacks
Antenna connectors


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