To complement the earlier article that Shawn wrote on the new Intel X99 chipset, I decided to publish an article solely based on publicly available facts, the majority of which were released yesterday on launch day, outlining buying options for those who want to jump on the X99 bandwagon early.
The purpose of this guide is to help speed up your research and narrow down your X99 motherboard choices, so you can focus on more specific motherboard research. While the X99 platform isn't necessarily a landmark platform, there is an abundance of choices for both the motherboard and memory segments. Not only do you have to pick out a nice X99 motherboard for your Haswell-E CPU, but you also must adopt the new DDR4 memory specification.
These parts are pricey, and while I was looking over the sites of major retailers, I spotted countless errors in motherboard specifications. One large retail site even had an x99 motherboard with two display ports, after checking and confirming the site was wrong, I decided to compile my own specification list.
For clarification, I should mention that the X99 platform has no motherboard video outputs as the site was claiming. After countless hours of searching, compiling, and confirming, I think I have put together a decent list of X99 motherboards and DDR4 modules, almost all of which are available to buy at this very moment. We tried to find motherboards for sale from Biostar and ECS, but we couldn't find them, so they won't be included here today, but the other big players are included.
The new CPU's can be quite pricey, however, there is a less expensive option.
I would first pick a CPU because if you pick the cheapest CPU, the Core i7 5820K, you will not have the option of going 4-way SLI, as the number of PCI-E lanes are limited on this processor. Let's continue onto the next page now, and take a look at the motherboard options from ASRock.
PRICING: You can find Intel X99 Motherboards and DDR4 RAM at Amazon.