The Best X99 Motherboards for Gaming

If you are building a PC for any purpose, including gaming, and money is no option, a motherboard with an X99 chipset is the way to go.

Why is this, you may ask? Let me tell you why:

Motherboards with Intel's X99 chipset are targeted at extreme performance CPUs in the high-end desktop market.
So if you want one of the best processors money can buy, you'll need an X99 motherboard to go with it.

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They are the first to support DDR4 memory.
DDR4 is the first new standard of RAM since 2007, and it is faster and more power efficient than DDR3. DDR4 comes in modules up to 16GB, which means X99 motherboards with 8 slots will support up to 128GB of RAM!

They support processors with six or eight cores.
While most games only make use of up to 4 cores, this will change in the future as technology gets more advanced. Having a CPU with 6 or 8 cores is a sure-fire way to ensure that your gaming machine is future proofed.
Also if you need to do video editing or any kind of rendering work then the more cores you have, the better.

Motherboards with an X99 chipset were developed in conjunction with Intel's socket LGA 2011-v3, which is the upgraded version of LGA 2011 that was developed for Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E.


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LGA 2011-v3 motherboards with an X99 chipset support Haswell-E processors that were released in September 2014: Intel Core i7-5960X, Core i7-5930K and Core i7-5820K.

We have listed some of the best X99 motherboards for gaming below, compare them to find out which board is best suited to your setup and budget.


Asus X99-S

Asus X99-S
Motherboard Asus X99-S
Socket Type Intel LGA 2011-3
Chipset X99
Form Factor ATX
Year Released 2014
Expansion Slots 6 x PCI Express
Onboard Graphics No
RAM Slots 8 x DDR4
Maximum RAM 64GB
Pros Cons
3-Way CrossFire and 3-Way SLI support Not compatible with DDR3 memory
Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 2 No USB 3.1 ports
Patent Pending OC Socket to enable higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower latencies and enhanced stability while overclocking  
1 X M.2 slot
2 X Sata Express slots
5 PCIe x16 connections
8 X SATA 6Gb/s connections
8 X USB 3.0 and 4 X USB 2.0 slots
 

MSI X99A Sli Plus

MSI X99A Sli Plus
Motherboard MSI X99A Sli Plus
Socket Type Intel LGA 2011-3
Chipset X99
Form Factor ATX
Year Released 2015
Expansion Slots 6 x PCI Express
Onboard Graphics No
RAM Slots 8 x DDR4
Maximum RAM 128GB
Pros Cons
3-way CrossFire and 3-way SLI support Not compatible with DDR3 memory
7.1 CH HD Audio with Realtek ALC892 Codec  
Intel Gigabit LAN and Guard-Pro for improved protection and power efficiency  
A solid, affordable motherboard on the X99 platform  
1 X M.2 slot
1 X Sata Express slot
4 PCIe x16 connections
10 X SATA 6Gb/s connections
2 X USB 3.1
6 X USB 3.0
6 X USB 2.0
 

ASRock X99M Extreme4

ASRock X99M Extreme4
Motherboard ASRock X99M Extreme4
Socket Type Intel LGA 2011-3
Chipset X99
Form Factor Micro ATX
Year Released 2014
Expansion Slots 3 x PCI Express
Onboard Graphics No
RAM Slots 4 x DDR4
Maximum RAM 64GB
Pros Cons
Quad CrossFire and Quad SLI support Not compatible with DDR3 memory
7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports Purity Sound 2 No USB 3.1 ports
Intel Gigabit LAN + Qualcomm Atheros Gigabit LAN  
Digi Power, 12 Power Phase design  
1 X M.2 slot
1 X Sata Express slots
2 PCIe x16 connections
10 X SATA 6Gb/s connections
4 X USB 3.0 and 4 X USB 2.0 slots