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Intel X99 Motherboards and DDR4 Memory Buyer's Guide (Launch Edition)

By: Steven Bassiri | Guides | Posted: Aug 30, 2014 7:03 pm

DDR4 Memory Choices


There are four major brands with DDR4 ready and shipping at launch - ADATA, Corsair, Crucial, and G.Skill. Here are some pictures of how each brand currently presents its DDR4.






























DDR4 RAM Comparison


This chart speaks for itself; it shows DDR4 kits all from with their price, speed, and CAS latency. Voltage on all kits is only 1.2v.




The DDR4 chart lists the major brands we found on Newegg, as you can see there are some pretty impressive kits, yet we do hope to see higher clocked kits as time progresses.



Final Thoughts


There are a very wide variety of Intel X99 options to choose from. This is a very cutting edge and interesting platform, and I am glad to see so many options. When choices are limited, competition also declines, however, this isn't the case here, as it seems all the manufacturers are competing and the playing field is getting crowded, this means lower prices and more unique features, which in the end benefits the consumer.


I'm not here telling you what to buy, however, if you are in the market for an X99 system, it wouldn't be a bad idea to look at the prices and features offered to narrow down your search. That way, you can spend more time looking at individual models and researching them. There are a lot more features than what I have listed, and you should research each model to find out what those are, and which ones suit your specific needs.




There are some interesting trends to be noted. Almost all brands are expanding USB 3.0 connectivity and using all the available Intel SATA 6Gb/s ports, many boards are offering dual NICs, and many are bundling AC Wi-Fi and BT4.0 modules with their boards.


When it comes to DDR4, it is nice to see some higher speed modules as well as some overclocking centric modules, but I hope to see more kits over 3000MHz. What is surprising is the attention motherboard manufacturers gave to the CPU socket, I don't really know the reason why, other than it's an integral part of innovation considering more and more is being integrated into the CPU, which I am glad is still happening at a decent rate within this industry.


Happy X99 shopping!



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