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As many of you have seen and read Intel will be releasing a new enthusiast grade socket and chipset later this year. At Computex several Motherboards are being shown which gives us a small glimpse into what Motherboard options we will have.

For those like myself who have been using LGA 2011/x79 based systems for almost 6 years we are looking forward to updating to the new enthusiast grade socket and chipset. Who else is looking forward this?

13 Comments on "Intel x299"

  1. I’m using x79 for the last 6 years too and before it was socket 1366 und 775. I would like to switch to socket x299 if it will work as smooth as x79 does.

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    • Agreed. x99 never got to standards of stability that I personally hold. With Apples hints regarding a new MacPro Im assuming that this system will be based on the new hardware and we can have great support once again.

      I have run 10.6.6-10.12.x on my x79 rig. Looking forward to another 6 years out of a system.

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  2. Personally, I just yesterday capitulated to an i5-6500 on a Z170 to get at least a workhorse to work again (not wanting to rely on aging laptop only)… the E3 I *wanted* no chipset support, I’m wanting ECC RAM.. not supported, and you saying X99 not production stable, the only “stable” soluting right now today the Skylake 🙁

    I’m also eyeing that space they call MacPro O_O O_O O_O

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  3. As we know that the new designed Mac Pro based on modular design will come in 2018. Considering the C602 chipset in Mac Pro and the horrible TDP of i9, it is hard to say Apple will use X299 next year. After all, for Apple the balance between performance and power consumption always comes first.

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    • Not sure what your referring to as apple always uses the Xeons in there MacPros. They will use this new socket for sure.

      I want to see what the TDP is for the Xeons.

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  4. Having used X79 system (Asus P9x79 WS) for almost 6 years now I am also looking forward to a new upgrade later this year if all is good with the new socket and chipset.

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  5. Well, my only concerns with X299 is that a lot of manufacturers rushed to have the boards ready. Gigabyte for example is supporting thunderbolt because they didn’t have time to apply for approval.

    Also, it seems like the i9 is just Intel saving face because of AMD’s Thread Ripper platform, since we don’t even know anything about the i9 except lots of cores. If someone would send me a link to some definitive list and actual demos, I’d be super pumped, but what I read and have seen in reviews is still thereotical since no high core i9 chips have been displayed.

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    • Gigabyte isn’t * supporting Thunderbolt… Stupid autocorrect.

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    • Thunderbolt was always DOA once Intel in 2009 announced that they would have to approve all devices that used it and charged a huge fee on getting it approved pass or fail and fee for each product sold. And when they banned boot ROMs on the addon cards like Asus did and showed for x79 (never released).

      X99 is just as messed up as x299 but some things are better. MATX boards and mid range I7 will be the best combo due to not knowing what devices will work if a I9 is not installed.

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    • I want to see some real world geekbench scores to see what % of gains one would see over say dual lga 2011 system.

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  6. I have 2 x79 workstations, the first for about 5 years and the second I bought used (MB and processor), very cheap. They are still working very well and I don´t see the need for a full upgrade now, a GTX 1080TI would be already a great step forward. But as soon as you open the path I will start dreaming… lol… when usb 3.1 solid state portable drives, 10gb ethernet and 4k post production become a routine for me will be time.

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    • Yea, for some that might be enough. Dual 12 Core on the system that we built is 60K Geekbench and can still hold its own. Just some of the boards are getting old and start having issues since many of them have been used for 5-6 years 100% of the time.

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