Yes, you read that right folks: Gigabyte has released a motherboard that is only apparently compatible with two Core X processors. The motherboard in question is the Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming; and it’s made specifically for two processors: Core i7-7740X and Core i5-7640X. Skylake-X CPUs are not compatible with this one.
There’s not much to talk about when it comes to design, actually. This motherboard comes in an all black colour scheme with a few orange accents and some LED-lit areas – that’s it.
Specifications-wise, the Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming motherboard is equipped with four DIMM DDR4 RAM slots; three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots; two PCIe x1 slots; two M.2 slots; as well as eight SATA 6Gbps ports. Bear in mind that the Aorus X299 Gaming comes in the ATX form factor. Of course, being a new Intel motherboard means that the Aorus X299 Gaming will come with Intel Optane support as well. Head on over to Gigabyte’s official website if you’d like to know more about the Aorus X299 Gaming.
Now, the “big” problem: for consumers who are looking to enter Intel’s HEDT platform, this motherboard could be a big turn off. You would think that since all of Intel’s Core X-series processors use the same socket (LGA2066) and that their corresponding motherboards also use the same chipset (X299), the upgrade path should be pretty straightforward, right? Nope, not according to Intel.