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Purchased a i7-9800X! Need x299 board recommendations.

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What x299 motherboard should I get?   

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  1. 1. Choose! And then comment why.

    • ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E GAMING
    • GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 7
    • GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Ultra Gaming Pro
    • ASUS Prime X299-DELUXE
    • ASUS PRIME X299-A

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  • Poll closed on Dec 14, 2018 at 12:57 AM

I have some specific needs, but there's a few boards that fit what I need. I just can't decide what I should go with... 

I need a mobo that has a monoblock, probably from EK. I'll list the recommendations in a poll, then I want you to VOTE, and then follow that up with WHY you'd choose that motherboard! 

 

Thanks! 

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why 9800X when there's the 9900k, both 8 core 16 thread parts. X299 boards cost more than even the great Z390 ones.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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So I voted for the ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming board because I know many people with ASUS ROG boards and love them. No issues, (at least what I've heard) about the ROG line of boards.

Case: Fractal Define R6 USB-C Tempered Glass CPU: Ryzen 9 5950X @ 3.4GHz Motherboard: ASUS X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero RAM: 64GB DDR4 4000MHz G.Skill GPU: EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra PSU: Corsair HX1000i 80+ Platinum Drives: 500GB SSD (2x), 1TB SSD, 960GB SSD, 120GB SSD, 2TB (2x) HDD, 4TB HDD, & 500GB HDD Displays: Acer Predator 27" XB271HU 165Hz G-Sync (1440p) & 2x Dell P2715Q 27" (2160p) 

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Just now, Jurrunio said:

9800X is rubbish when there's the 9900k, both 8 core 16 thread parts.

Shoot, I forgot about that CPU lol. Maybe he needs more PCI-E lanes?

Case: Fractal Define R6 USB-C Tempered Glass CPU: Ryzen 9 5950X @ 3.4GHz Motherboard: ASUS X570 ROG Crosshair VIII Hero RAM: 64GB DDR4 4000MHz G.Skill GPU: EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra PSU: Corsair HX1000i 80+ Platinum Drives: 500GB SSD (2x), 1TB SSD, 960GB SSD, 120GB SSD, 2TB (2x) HDD, 4TB HDD, & 500GB HDD Displays: Acer Predator 27" XB271HU 165Hz G-Sync (1440p) & 2x Dell P2715Q 27" (2160p) 

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Buying the latest and greatest extreme processor is a real waste of money.

 

EDIT: The only real difference is memory channels (2 vs 4) and PCIe lanes. (16 vs 44)

 

Not to mention the boards are often at least twice as expensive. 

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2 hours ago, Jurrunio said:

why 9800X when there's the 9900k, both 8 core 16 thread parts. X299 boards cost more than even the great Z390 ones.

Because I need an X CPU. 

2 hours ago, Abyssal Radon said:

So I voted for the ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming board because I know many people with ASUS ROG boards and love them. No issues, (at least what I've heard) about the ROG line of boards.

Thank you for your vote! 

2 hours ago, Abyssal Radon said:

Shoot, I forgot about that CPU lol. Maybe he needs more PCI-E lanes?

I do, I have x2 1080ti and x2 M.2 NVME drives. 

2 hours ago, corrado33 said:

Buying the latest and greatest extreme processor is a real waste of money.

 

EDIT: The only real difference is memory channels (2 vs 4) and PCIe lanes. (16 vs 44)

 

Not to mention the boards are often at least twice as expensive. 

Money isn't a problem for me. This is an enthusiast build, and I'm going to build what I want, not what everyone else wants. 

 

I need quad channel memory for my desired build, and 16 PCI lanes is absolute bullshit. I have SLI 1080ti's and 2 M.2 drives. Yes I realize that the 9900K is better for overclocks, and has the cores I want. But the PCI limits and the dual channel memory are not passing my requirements. 

 

 

FOR THOSE WHO DIDN'T VOTE: I would appreciate it if you stopped questioning my build, and instead, be constructive and assist me with a board suggestion. I have done months of research, to finally end up on the 9800X (which is ordered), so please be a good community and vote for a listed board. Don't forget to comment why you voted. ?

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2 minutes ago, shotsfired said:

I need quad channel memory for my desired build, and 16 PCI lanes is absolute bullshit. I have SLI 1080ti's and 2 M.2 drives. Yes I realize that the 9900K is better for overclocks, and has the cores I want. But the PCI limits and the dual channel memory are not passing my requirements. 

The thing is, you go big or go home. If you already have 1080ti SLI build and NVMe SSDs, at least get a 14 core or something more crazy. Intel's rumoured to push a 10 core as their consumer platform flagship, which will make your 9800X look bad immediately.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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29 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

The thing is, you go big or go home. If you already have 1080ti SLI build and NVMe SSDs, at least get a 14 core or something more crazy. Intel's rumoured to push a 10 core as their consumer platform flagship, which will make your 9800X look bad immediately.

Nope! Offer me a 9980XE or a 9800X, and I'd still take the 9800X. The programs I use will never use more than 8 cores, even in the worst scenario, and I also need gaming performance, so less cores is better there. The 9800X is a perfect choice for my needs and wants. 

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1 minute ago, shotsfired said:

Offer me a 9980XE or a 9800X, and I'd still take the 9980XE

I think you said that backwards.

 

1 minute ago, shotsfired said:

I also need long performance, so least cores is better there. The 9800X is a perfect choice for my needs and wants. 

Considering core counts have gone up double in the last 3 years, I'd say the opposite, but whatever floats your boat.

 

I'd go with a gigabyte or EVGA board. Both of their motherboard departments have really stepped up their game recently, whereas Asus has really been slacking

My Build, v2.1 --- CPU: i7-8700K @ 5.2GHz/1.288v || MoBo: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming || RAM: 4x4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 2666 14-14-14-33 || Cooler: Custom Loop || GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC Black, on water || PSU: EVGA G2 850W || Case: Corsair 450D || SSD: 850 Evo 250GB, Intel 660p 2TB || Storage: WD Blue 2TB || G502 & Glorious PCGR Fully Custom 80% Keyboard || MX34VQ, PG278Q, PB278Q

Audio --- Headphones: Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX || Amp: Schiit Audio Magni 3 || DAC: Schiit Audio Modi 3 || Mic: Blue Yeti

 

[Under Construction]

 

My Truck --- 2002 F-350 7.3 Powerstroke || 6-speed

My Car --- 2006 Mustang GT || 5-speed || BBK LTs, O/R X, MBRP Cat-back || BBK Lowering Springs, LCAs || 2007 GT500 wheels w/ 245s/285s

 

The Experiment --- CPU: i5-3570K @ 4.0 GHz || MoBo: Asus P8Z77-V LK || RAM: 16GB Corsair 1600 4x4 || Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo || GPUs: Asus GTX 750 Ti, || PSU: Corsair TX750M Gold || Case: Thermaltake Core G21 TG || SSD: 840 Pro 128GB || HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

 

R.I.P. Asus X99-A motherboard, April 2016 - October 2018, may you rest in peace. 5820K, if I ever buy you a new board, it'll be a good one.

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6 minutes ago, Cereal5 said:

I think you said that backwards.

 

Considering core counts have gone up double in the last 3 years, I'd say the opposite, but whatever floats your boat.

 

I'd go with a gigabyte or EVGA board. Both of their motherboard departments have really stepped up their game recently, whereas Asus has really been slacking

Yeah, I corrected myself. I'm tired. 

 

And you think Gigabyte has been doing well? Any reasons why? I've had an Asus Prime Z270-A and I like it. I don't love it. But I like it. 

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13 minutes ago, shotsfired said:

Nope! Offer me a 9980XE or a 9800X, and I'd still take the 9800X. The programs I use will never use more than 8 cores, even in the worst scenario, and I also need gaming performance, so least cores is better there. The 9800X is a perfect choice for my needs and wants. 

 

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7 minutes ago, shotsfired said:

Yeah, I corrected myself. I'm tired. 

 

And you think Gigabyte has been doing well? Any reasons why? I've had an Asus Prime Z270-A and I like it. I don't love it. But I like it. 

VRMs/power phases. Gigabyte has more/better, Asus has less/worse.

My Build, v2.1 --- CPU: i7-8700K @ 5.2GHz/1.288v || MoBo: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-E Gaming || RAM: 4x4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 2666 14-14-14-33 || Cooler: Custom Loop || GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 Ti SC Black, on water || PSU: EVGA G2 850W || Case: Corsair 450D || SSD: 850 Evo 250GB, Intel 660p 2TB || Storage: WD Blue 2TB || G502 & Glorious PCGR Fully Custom 80% Keyboard || MX34VQ, PG278Q, PB278Q

Audio --- Headphones: Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 6XX || Amp: Schiit Audio Magni 3 || DAC: Schiit Audio Modi 3 || Mic: Blue Yeti

 

[Under Construction]

 

My Truck --- 2002 F-350 7.3 Powerstroke || 6-speed

My Car --- 2006 Mustang GT || 5-speed || BBK LTs, O/R X, MBRP Cat-back || BBK Lowering Springs, LCAs || 2007 GT500 wheels w/ 245s/285s

 

The Experiment --- CPU: i5-3570K @ 4.0 GHz || MoBo: Asus P8Z77-V LK || RAM: 16GB Corsair 1600 4x4 || Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo || GPUs: Asus GTX 750 Ti, || PSU: Corsair TX750M Gold || Case: Thermaltake Core G21 TG || SSD: 840 Pro 128GB || HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB

 

R.I.P. Asus X99-A motherboard, April 2016 - October 2018, may you rest in peace. 5820K, if I ever buy you a new board, it'll be a good one.

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Just now, Cereal5 said:

VRMs/power phases. Gigabyte has more/better, Asus has less/worse.

Fair answers. Thank you. 

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51 minutes ago, shotsfired said:

Because I need an X CPU. 

Thank you for your vote! 

I do, I have x2 1080ti and x2 M.2 NVME drives. 

Money isn't a problem for me. This is an enthusiast build, and I'm going to build what I want, not what everyone else wants. 

 

I need quad channel memory for my desired build, and 16 PCI lanes is absolute bullshit. I have SLI 1080ti's and 2 M.2 drives. Yes I realize that the 9900K is better for overclocks, and has the cores I want. But the PCI limits and the dual channel memory are not passing my requirements. 

 

 

FOR THOSE WHO DIDN'T VOTE: I would appreciate it if you stopped questioning my build, and instead, be constructive and assist me with a board suggestion. I have done months of research, to finally end up on the 9800X (which is ordered), so please be a good community and vote for a listed board. Don't forget to comment why you voted. ?

Totally agree with you. I get this BS everytime I talk about my planned build I'll be making for christmas, which is either a 2950x or a i9-7900x. I'm going to go ahead and get the 7900x unless I can figure out my own motherboard situation, the reviewers have been very dishonest with the new refresh of the 2xxx series mobos. They have tons of problems. But everybody I talk too is using 7 year old cpu's and wants to talk me down from getting a high end cpu....and im like? I have the money it's not a concern I want the best. Don't listen to somebody whose never owned the highest end of the highest end hardware they will always tell you you don't need that, inside they are just jealous.

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23 minutes ago, Starrynight said:

Totally agree with you. I get this BS everytime I talk about my planned build I'll be making for christmas, which is either a 2950x or a i9-7900x. I'm going to go ahead and get the 7900x unless I can figure out my own motherboard situation, the reviewers have been very dishonest with the new refresh of the 2xxx series mobos. They have tons of problems. But everybody I talk too is using 7 year old cpu's and wants to talk me down from getting a high end cpu....and im like? I have the money it's not a concern I want the best. Don't listen to somebody whose never owned the highest end of the highest end hardware they will always tell you you don't need that, inside they are just jealous.

I always follow my wants and needs. I appreciate feedback, but people outright dismissing my ideas is frustrating. 

 

PM me and let's talk about that build of yours!

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I've also bought an i7 9800X and I'm waiting for the ASUS Prime X299-DELUXE II, which has 5G lan and an extra M.2 slots (3 in total).

For the OP's choices, I will choose the DELUXE for the dual Intel lan.

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I'd vote Asus Rampage VI Apex if you had it here ?

CPU: i7 6950X  |  Motherboard: Asus Rampage V ed. 10  |  RAM: 32 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum Special Edition 3200 MHz (CL14)  |  GPUs: 2x Asus GTX 1080ti SLI 

Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 1 TB M.2 NVME  |  PSU: In Win SIV 1065W 

Cooling: Custom LC 2 x 360mm EK Radiators | EK D5 Pump | EK 250 Reservoir | EK RVE10 Monoblock | EK GPU Blocks & Backplates | Alphacool Fittings & Connectors | Alphacool Glass Tubing

Case: In Win Tou 2.0  |  Display: Alienware AW3418DW  |  Sound: Woo Audio WA8 Eclipse + Focal Utopia Headphones

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10 hours ago, qoozta said:

I've also bought an i7 9800X and I'm waiting for the ASUS Prime X299-DELUXE II, which has 5G lan and an extra M.2 slots (3 in total).

For the OP's choices, I will choose the DELUXE for the dual Intel lan.

Very good. Thank you! Let's talk about that build when you finish it!!

9 hours ago, Lathlaer said:

I'd vote Asus Rampage VI Apex if you had it here ?

My friend... If only. :dreams:

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I've been eyeballing the same CPU for my own reasons as well. I've been considering the ASRock X299 Fatal1ty i9 XE. With the massive VRM heatsinks. Any reason that's not one up for consideration?

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On 12/10/2018 at 9:32 AM, shreduhsoreus said:

I've been eyeballing the same CPU for my own reasons as well. I've been considering the ASRock X299 Fatal1ty i9 XE. With the massive VRM heatsinks. Any reason that's not one up for consideration?

One of my strict requirements is, it needs a monoblock from EKWB to fit it. Also, I've no experience with ASRock. 

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On 12/13/2018 at 7:53 PM, shotsfired said:

One of my strict requirements is, it needs a monoblock from EKWB to fit it. Also, I've no experience with ASRock. 

The VRM heatsink on this board is so massive you honestly won't need it.

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On 12/17/2018 at 6:54 AM, shreduhsoreus said:

The VRM heatsink on this board is so massive you honestly won't need it.

That's not always correct, or good enough. Consider if that heatsink doesn't get any airflow, then what? You've got an overheating VRM problem. Putting it on water is an easy, and attractive, fix. I've found the solution I believe to be good for me. 

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On 12/24/2018 at 12:52 AM, shotsfired said:

That's not always correct, or good enough. Consider if that heatsink doesn't get any airflow, then what? You've got an overheating VRM problem. Putting it on water is an easy, and attractive, fix. I've found the solution I believe to be good for me. 

Then get a case that you can have fans on top? You're talking about an 8 core chip, not an 18 core chip.

 

https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/8461/asrock-fatal1ty-x299-pro-gaming-i9-xe-motherboard-review/index10.html

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASRock/X299_Professional_Gaming_i9_XE/11.html

 

I know you already bought what you wanted, but this is here for future reference to anybody who comes across this. 

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X299 dark, no need for a monoblock with that VRM heatsink. 

 

Also, a 1080 TI wouldn‘t have been limited by PCIe 3.0 x8, and NVME could‘ve been ran by the chipset, but whatever floats your boat, I also prefer HEDT (though mainly old stuff)

Xeon e5649@4.4 GHz on Asus Rampage II Extreme or Gigabyte x58a-OC (whatever I feel like to set up at a time) , 6x4 GB Kingston HyperX 1600, Gainward GTX 670 Phantom, Samsung 840 Evo 240 GB, BeQuiet L8 530W

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