EVGA Teases Classified X99 Micro mATX Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | August 23, 2014 - 11:45 PM |
Tagged: X99, socket 2011-3, Intel, Haswell-E, evga, ddr4, classified

As Intel's next generation enthusiast desktop platfom gets closer to fruition, several leaks (such as Gigabyte's X99 manual) and motherboard teasers have surfaced on the Internet. A few days ago, EVGA posted a teaser photograph of an upcoming "next generation" Micro ATX motherboard on its Instagram page.

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The so-called EVGA X99 Micro is set to be the company's smallest Classified-branded X99 chipset offering supporting multiple graphics cards, DDR4 memory, and (of course) Intel's upcoming Haswell-E processors. The all-black motherboard features black heatsinks over the PCH and power delivery hardware. It is outfitted with a 10-phase VRM that feeds the CPU socket (socket 2011-3), two DDR4 memory sockets on each side of the processor socket, three PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (just enough to max out a Core i7-5820K), one M.2 connector, and six SATA III 6Gbps ports. The board will support USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, but beyond that it is difficult to say what the exact rear IO port configuration will be as a metal shield blocks off the ports in the teaser photo. There is an eight pin CPU power connector along with a 24-pin ATX connector for getting power to the board. Overclockers will be further pleased to see physical power and reset buttons.

According to Maximum PC, this pint sized Classified motherboard will be priced around $250 USD making it one of the most expensive mATX motherboards around. As part of EVGA's Classified series, it should be packing plenty of overclocking friendly features in the UEFI firmware and hardware build quality. This could make for one heck of a powerful small form factor system though, and I'm looking forward to seeing what people are able to get out of this board (especially when it comes to overclocking Haswell-E)!

Source: EVGA
August 24, 2014 | 02:37 AM - Posted by dandiego (not verified)

Are you see that's a mSATA connector? It looks more like a M.2.

August 24, 2014 | 03:47 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

You know what, you're correct :).

August 24, 2014 | 08:18 PM - Posted by Anon (not verified)

I was very excited until I saw $250 :(

August 25, 2014 | 06:43 AM - Posted by Sean Sinha (not verified)

How much do you think X99 boards are going to cost, in general? $250 sounds like a lot, but this is a specialized board and doesn't sound out of line for an X99 build, which will be using DDR4 and higher-priced CPU's.

August 26, 2014 | 04:23 AM - Posted by David Off (not verified)

I check out X99 Micro mATX news on many website today. in my point of view, Mini-ATX on LGA2011 is a niche of an already small market, I wouldn't get your hopes up too much. The black color scheme can look really nice if you don't overdo it, it's probably the best idea to just embrace it and make the best out of it. The price $250 seems to be a lot. However, I think it has reasons to cost like that.

August 26, 2014 | 03:12 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Are those netlist patents being used?

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