Asus is one of Intel’s closest board partners, they also showed 8 motherboards that will support Intel X299 platform, even the new 18 core CPU. We won’t be discussing these 8 motherboards, we’ll however highlight their gaming version ROG Strix X299 E-Gaming motherboard.
You are going to be paying a premium for professional grade design and quality here with this motherboard. Here are the standard ports: 3 PCIe x16 slots, 2 PCIe x4 slots, 1 PCIe x1 slot. So, a lot of expansions you can probably do. A triple GPU, add an additional sound card if you want to.
It’s also tricked out with a bunch of LED’s. There’s going to be 8 set up, 3 ports of 6 gigabits per second, 4 USB 3.0, 2 USB 3.1 Type A and C. It has 8 DDR4 DIMM slots for up to 128 Gigabytes of Ultra fast 4400 mhz RAM.
As I have mentioned before ASUS motherboard will support a Intel 18 core CPU. Intel showed off their Core i9 7980XE, 18 core 36 thread monster which will be the part of X299 core i9-X series. Basically it has 2 more cores than AMD’s Threadripper.
Here’s the details we know so far, it will have 25 MB of cache, 44 Gen3 PCIe lanes support for DDR4 quad-channel RAM of 4400 megahertz. And it’ll have 165w of TDP. So far no pricing yet, possible availability of Q3 this year, probably in the same time as Threadripper.
But that’s not all, there’s going to be a Core i9 7960X, a 16 core 32 thread CPU that will go head to head with AMD’s Threadripper. There’s also going to be Core i9 7940X, a 14 core 28 thread CPU. This pretty much rounds up the high of the high-end Intel CPU products here.
The CPU war is looking great, I think fans of either AMD or Intel should be fans of CPU in general and it’s technical progression. What we are seeing right now at Computex is real competition. AMD is putting pressure on Intel and the effects of that is Intel is showing CPU with 14, 16 and 18 core counts. Intel would be tripping out minor CPU advancement for the next 10 years if they could, had their been no pressure from AMD. 18 core counts would have been a dream that we would never see in the next 5 years if there was no AMD.