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X99 motherboard features




Supports Intel® Core™ i7 processors
in the LGA2011-v3 socket

Supports Intel Core i7 processors with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0.1


The Intel® X99 Chipset also enables overclocking features of unlocked 4th and 5th generation Intel® Core™ processors.

Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST)3

With additional hard drives added, provides quicker access to digital photo, video, and data files, and greater data protection against a hard disk drive failure with RAID 0, 5, and 10.

Intel® Rapid Recover Technology

Intel’s latest data protection technology helps provide a recovery point that can be used to quickly recover a system should a hard drive fail, or if there is data corruption. The clone can also be mounted as a read-only volume to allow a user to recover individual files.

Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)4

Integrated audio support enables premium digital surround sound and delivers advanced features such as multiple audio streams and jack retasking.

Intel® Smart Response Technology5

Implements storage I/O caching for fast response times of application startup and quick access to user data.

Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0

Integrated USB 3.0 support, provides greater enhancement in performance with a design data rate of up to 5 Gb/s with up to six USB 3.0 ports.6

Universal Serial Bus 2.0

Hi-speed USB 2.0 support with a design data rate of up to 480 Mb/s with up to 14 USB 2.0 ports.

Serial ATA (SATA) 6 Gb/s

Next generation high-speed storage interface supporting up to 6 Gb/s transfer rates for optimal data access with up to six SATA ports.7


SATA interface designed for use with external SATA devices. Provides a link for 3 Gb/s data speeds to eliminate bottlenecks found with current external storage solutions.

SATA port disable

Enables individual SATA ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature helps provide added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through SATA ports. Especially targeted for eSATA ports.

PCI Express* 2.0 interface

Offers up to 5 GT/s for fast access to peripheral devices and networking with up to eight PCI Express 2.0 x1 ports8, configurable as x1, x2, and x4 depending on motherboard designs.

Intel Core i7 processor, PCI Express 3.0 Interface

Intel X99 chipset-based platforms enable the processor PCI Express 3.0 port to be configurablem as a 2x16 and 1x8 or 5x8.9

USB port disable

Enables individual USB ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature helps provide added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through USB ports.

Intel® Integrated 10/100/1000 MAC

Support for the Intel® Ethernet Connection I218-LM.

Green technology

Manufactured with lead-free and halogen-free10 component packages.





Three Haswell-E processors are being released.


Intel Core i7-5960X Processor

The Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition would be the flagship processor of the lineup boasting 8 Cores and 16 threads. This would be Intel’s first 8 Core consumer processor and would be clocked at 3.0 GHz base and 3.3 GHz boost frequency. The processor would feature 20 MB of L3 cache, 140W TDP and support for DDR4-2133 MHz memory. Being the flagship processor of the Haswell-E lineup, the Corei7-5960X would end up with a price of 759.95
S. While there have been rumors that the pricing would be higher than previous generations, Im almost certain that Intel will keep their pricing structure of the HEDT lineup same as previous generation Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E processors.

Intel Core i7-5930K Processor

The Core i7-5930K would be the second best processor of the flock featuring 6 cores and 12 threads. Featuring a clock speed of 3.5 GHz base and around 3.9 – 4.0 GHz boost, the Core i7-5930K would integrate 15 MB L3 Cache and a TDP of 140W. The processor would be able to support DDR4-2133 MHz memory. From specifications, the Core i7-5930K looks a lot like the current generation Core i7-4960X processor however we are looking at better IPC due to the improved Haswell microarchitecture. Pricing is suggested close to 429.95

Intel Core i7-5820K Processor

The Core i7-5820K would be the entry level processor of the lineup featuring 6 cores and 12 threads. The CPU comes with a 15 MB L3 Cache, 3.3 GHz base clock, 3.6-3.8 GHz boost clock, 140W TDP and support for DDR4-2133 MHz memory. Being similar to the Core i7-5930K in terms of technical specifications aside from the clock speeds, the Core i7-5820K might just become an attractive processor for the X99 chipset platform since it will be priced around a lower range of 299.99






key notch

The key notch on a DDR4 module is in a different      








Chip Densities



Larger DIMM Capacities

Data Rates

800Mb/s – 2133Mb/s

1600Mb/s – 3200Mb/s

Migration to Higher-Speed I/O




Reduced Memory Power Demand

Low Voltage Standard

Yes (DDR3L at 1.35V)

Anticipated at 1.05V

Memory Power Reductions

Internal Banks



More Banks

Bank Groups (BG)



Faster Burst Accesses

VREF inputs

2 – DQs and CMD/ADDR


VREFDQ Now Internal

tCK – DLL Enabled

300MHz – 800MHz

667MHz – 1.6GHz

Higher Data Rates

tCK – DLL Disabled

10MHz – 125MHz (optional)

Undefined to 125MHz

DLL-off now fully supported

Read Latency



Expanded Values

Write Latency



Expanded Values

DQ Driver (ALT)


48 Ω

Optimal for PtP Applications

DQ Bus



Less I/O Noise and Power

RTT Values (in Ω)

120, 60, 40, 30, 20

240, 120, 80, 60, 48, 40, 34

Support for Higher Data Rates

RTT Not Allowed

READ Bursts

Disables during Read Bursts


ODT Modes

Nominal, Dynamic

Nominal, Dynamic, Park

Add’l Control Mode; OTF Value Change

ODT Control

ODT Signaling Required

ODT Signaling NOT Required

Ease of ODT Control; Allows Non-ODT Routing, PtP Apps

Multi-Purpose Register

Four Registers – 1 Defined, 3 RFU

Four Registers – 3 Defined, 1 RFU

Provides Additional Specialty Readout

DIMM Types





240 (R, LR, U); 204 (SODIMM)

288 (R, LR, U); 260 (SODIMM)




CRC, Parity, Addressability, GDM

More RAS features; improved data integrity

location from the key notch on a DDR3 module.

to prevent it the module from being installed

into an incompatible board or platform.                                              




Increased thickness

DDR4 modules are slightly thicker than DDR3,

to accommodate more signal layers.

increased thickness


Curved edge

DDR4 modules feature a curved edge to help with insertion

and alleviate stress on the PCB during memory installation.

curved edge


New layer...