What difference is it 2 you? X99 versus X299

Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2017 - 03:18 PM |
Tagged: X99, Intel X299, Intel

There has been a trend recently in which we see rather lacklustre improvements in Intel's CPUs and chipsets which have changed the reaction of many to new releases.  When a new chip drops enthusiasts no longer immediately switch to a diet of pot noodles so they can upgrade ASAP, instead they are more likely to have to squint to see the performance difference an upgrade would provide.

[H]ard|OCP recently took a look at the differences offered between the modern X299 chipset and the three year old X99 chipset.  The new X299 chipset offers full PCI-Express 3.0 support, 24x HSIO lanes and up to 24 PCIe lanes but the small number of systems with multiple GPUs seems to be decreasing instead of increasing so perhaps those extra lanes are merely nice to talk about but are never used.  Read through the article for a look at what the differences are, and if you feel there is a compelling reason to upgrade or if X99 is good enough to last until the next generation of Intel chipset arrives.

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"New processors and another socket means a new chipset. Intel's X299 Express chipset replaces the venerable and X99 Express Chipset and updates it's HEDT platform to match it's mainstream offerings and then some. This chipset promises to be the most versatile and feature rich Intel has released to date, but is it really an improvement?"

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August 17, 2017 | 09:10 PM - Posted by SimpleSubtraction (not verified)

X200!

August 18, 2017 | 04:03 AM - Posted by psuedonymous

- Dual GPUs from a bifurcated x16 slot
- An NVME m.2 SSD (e.g. 960 Evo)
- A second larger m.2 SSD for backing store (likely one of the upcoming 3D NAND based drives if the anticipated cost/gb savings materialise)
- An Optane cache drive for the 960 Evo
- An 8-core CPU that can turbo close to a 7700k for lightly threaded applications

All on an ITX board. I cant do that on Z270 (lack of PCIe lanes), or X99 (lack of m.2 slots, lack of hardware-level caching for NVME), or Ryzen (lack of PCIe lanes, lack of hardware-level caching for NVME), or Threadripper (lack of ITX boards altogether).

If you want to go small, X299 is an impressive platform. If you bloat up to ATX, then everything does blur together.

August 19, 2017 | 06:05 PM - Posted by TekerWood

That article is full of errors, X299 only has 48 pcie lanes. My rampage V extreme X99 has pcie 3.0 with 44 lanes with a I7 5930K and a M.2 and thunderbolt support, actually running thunderbolt 3. That guy made alot of mistakes, the differences are not much and i will skip X299. And more lanes are important, when you add in high end capture card and raid card and 10gbe and M.2 . These HEDTC are important for creators, you want to game just get a 4 core system and call it a day.

August 21, 2017 | 05:34 PM - Posted by JefferyD (not verified)

Your statement is wrong in every way. Your board is built with 3rd party chips, its above any beyond x99 in every single way. X299 is a incremental bump over X99, while I agree that I wouldn't buy a X299 system if I had a X99 system, you cant deny that it is better in every single way. So lets quit acting like X99 is a better choice than X299.

August 22, 2017 | 04:33 PM - Posted by H1tman_Actua1

X79 EVGA DARK still going strong on 4930k (40 PCIE 3.0 lanes) which means nothing running 1x1080 and a sound card.

X99 and X299....baby steps again....

What would be an Adult step?

PCIE 4.0 or 5.0 ?

DDR5 ?

Some kind of new high bandwidth VGA connection?

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