Motherboard tier list: X99 chipset

X99 chipset:


This chipset is the only current chipset which natively supports DDR4 memory sticks, and is based off LGA2011-3 platform. Often suited for workstation users and enthusiast gamers, this chipset has all features you usually want from a desktop board. All have SLI ability and SATA3 ports.

The general quality of boards in this list is quite high, since it supports high end multiple core processors. Quality not being a major factor, features have been given due weightage. OCing capability has been looked upon, quad GPU support has been looked for. Check each tier for more info.

Key:

Red: MSI
Blue: ASROCK
Green: GIGABYTE
Gold: ASUS
Black: EVGA


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Tier One: THE BEST. 4 Way SLI supported, can do some serious OCing, all premium features, these boards are the best X99 you’ll get in the market. Usually in the $250-650 price range, they’re all good for some extreme OCing or quad GPU fun! They still differ in features, like EXTREME11 has gigantic number of storage ports, since all boards in this tier particular have all premium features, further tiering might not be appropriate.


X99 Extreme11
Rampage V Extreme
GAMING 9 AC (ACK as well)
X99-E WS
EVGA FTW
EVGA Classified
GAMING G1WIFI
UD5 WIFI
GAMING 5
SOC FORCE
XPOWER AC
OC Formula
X99 Professional
X99 WS
UD4
UD3

NOTE: No MoBos except the Asus X99 E-WS (due to PLX chip) support 4 way SLI w/ i7 5820k due to 28 PCIe lanes.


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Tier Two: Very high end. 3 Way SLI capable boards with M.2 slot and great OCing capabilities. Have all the premium features, and are just a step below the best MoBos.


Extreme4 (mATX edition as well)
X99S SLI Plus
X99-A
X99 Deluxe
Fatal1ty X99X Killer (Not the mATX edition)
Extreme6 (as well as AC edition)
MPOWER
Gaming 7
X99-PRO


Mini-ITX:

X99E-ITX/ac (The only Mini-ITX X99 chipset board available)

NOTE: Some MoBos may not support 3 way SLI w/ i7 5820k.


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Tier Three: High end. These are entry level X99 boards, still great quality wise, not the best features wise, but have SLI capability and many SATA3 ports. M.2 is not a compulsion though.


Extreme3
EVGA Micro
Fatal1ty X99M Killer

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NOTE: This thread is a part of the article series 'Motherboard tier list'.
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  1. Hey Mate, just pointing out that the Asus X99 Deluxe is missing. Great job on the lists though.
  2. Mac266 said:
    Hey Mate, just pointing out that the Asus X99 Deluxe is missing. Great job on the lists though.


    Thanks for spotting that board out, turns out X99 Professional and FTW were also excluded somehow, they've been added now :)
  3. Onya Mate.
  4. Errrr...I would've thought Asus would top the list, but it doesn't look like it...
  5. leedreamer189 said:
    Errrr...I would've thought Asus would top the list, but it doesn't look like it...


    Asus boards are great quality wise, but nothing significantly better so as to forget the major benefits in boards above it. Particularly more PCIe lanes division.
  6. MeteorsRaining said:
    leedreamer189 said:
    Errrr...I would've thought Asus would top the list, but it doesn't look like it...


    Asus boards are great quality wise, but nothing significantly better so as to forget the major benefits in boards above it. Particularly more PCIe lanes division.


    Got it! I won't just look at the brand in the future. This is helpful, thanks bud.
  7. Indeed, no worries.
  8. You might want to add the ACK edition of the MSI Gaming 9 between parentheses. It's a Gaming 9 AC with two LAN ports and can be had for (last time I checked) the same price.
  9. zeyuanfu said:
    You might want to add the ACK edition of the MSI Gaming 9 between parentheses. It's a Gaming 9 AC with two LAN ports and can be had for (last time I checked) the same price.


    Added, thanks for the info!
  10. zeyuanfu said:
    You might want to add the ACK edition of the MSI Gaming 9 between parentheses. It's a Gaming 9 AC with two LAN ports and can be had for (last time I checked) the same price.

    Awesome, I'm considering getting this board as my workstation / gaming set up.
  11. But what about performance? I'm more concerned about performance than I am about the cost.
  12. Performance across all high-end motherboards are almost the same.
  13. Ah ok. How come the other boards you recommend? Mostly because of cost?
  14. The first three are for price/performance/looks. The fourth one is the one high-end motherboard that is *the* best in your price range.
  15. zeyuanfu said:
    The first three are for price/performance/looks. The fourth one is the one high-end motherboard that is *the* best in your price range.

    Awesome, thanks zenuanfu. I'll see how it goes and which board I decide to get in the end. Have you used / read feedback on this board? What makes this one pop out from the rest?

    https://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-rampagevextreme
  16. As the Gaming 5P is a revision of Gigabyte's Gaming 5, I imagine it stays in tier 1?
  17. I would think so.
  18. Thanks for the list
  19. Where would the Asus x99 Sabertooth be on this list? In Tier 2?
  20. Leinahtanwc said:
    Where would the Asus x99 Sabertooth be on this list? In Tier 2?


    I would believe that the Sabertooth board is currently located in Tier 1 because of its capabilities and features.
  21. Where would the Gigabyte GA-X99-SLI be placed? Tier 2?

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5332#ov
  22. LoosSerine said:
    Where would the Gigabyte GA-X99-SLI be placed? Tier 2?

    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5332#ov


    That would be indeed correct since it does not have the features present on the higher end Tier 1 boards but is better than the Tier 3 boards.
  23. I love the list but I have a question. I purchased an AS Rock X99 OC Formula. This motherboard is supposed to have the E-ATX form factor but it measures 12" x 10", which makes no sense to me. The box it came in states clearly Form Factor: E-ATX and I'm concerned that I got ripped off by either AS Rock or the vendor of this motherboard component. I can't find anything that really tells me what the actual size of this board is supposed to be. I've even looked at the AS Rock website:
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/X99%20OC%20Formula/

    I'll have to contact the company that sold it to me because now I'm nervous about using it. I purchased an extra large tower, the Nanoxia Deep 6, since I plan to upgrade to an HPTX motherboard in a about two years. This motherboard doesn't fix any of the form factors and I'm worried. I had to work and save so I could get the computer and programs to install on it so I can move and get a real living wage.

    Can anyone confirm the sizes/form factors these motherboards are supposed to be? That would be really helpful since I'm new to building my own setup.

    If you have any questions I'll get back to you inside of a day.
  24. I can't take this list seriously, UD3 and UD4 being in the highest tier? The boards are absolute garbage and everything about them, features/build quality good or otherwise, is RUINED by the fact that the bios for those boards and practically the entire range of X99 gigabyte boards is complete and UTTER GARBAGE. Just look at the numerous problems people have with them across all forums and retailers.
  25. ASRock Fatal1ty X99 PROFESSIONAL/3.1
    ASRock Fatal1ty X99M KILLER
    ASRock Fatal1ty X99M KILLER/3.1
    ASRock Fatal1ty X99X KILLER
    ASRock Fatal1ty X99X KILLER/3.1
    ASRock X99 EXTREME11
    ASRock X99 EXTREME3
    ASRock X99 EXTREME4
    ASRock X99 EXTREME4/3.1
    ASRock X99 EXTREME6
    ASRock X99 EXTREME6/3.1
    ASRock X99 EXTREME6/AC
    ASRock X99 OC FORMULA
    ASRock X99 OC FORMULA/3.1
    ASRock X99 PROFESSIONAL
    ASRock X99 WS
    ASRock X99 WS-E
    ASRock X99 WS-E/10G
    ASRock X99E-ITX/AC
    ASRock X99M EXTREME4
    Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME
    Asus RAMPAGE V EXTREME/U3.1
    Asus SABERTOOTH X99
    Asus X99-A
    Asus X99-A/USB 3.1
    Asus X99-DELUXE
    Asus X99-DELUXE/U3.1
    Asus X99-E WS
    Asus X99-E WS/USB 3.1
    Asus X99-M WS
    Asus X99-PRO
    Asus X99-PRO/USB 3.1
    Asus X99-S
    EVGA CLASSIFIED
    EVGA FTW
    EVGA MICRO
    EVGA MICRO 2
    Gigabyte GA-X99-GAMING 5
    Gigabyte GA-X99-GAMING 5P
    Gigabyte GA-X99-GAMING 7 WIFI
    Gigabyte GA-X99-GAMING G1 WIFI
    Gigabyte GA-X99-SLI
    Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC CHAMPION
    Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC FORCE
    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3
    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD3P (rev. 1.0)
    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4
    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4P
    Gigabyte GA-X99-UD5 WIFI
    Gigabyte GA-X99M-GAMING 5
    Gigabyte GA-X99P-SLI
    MSI X99A GAMING 7
    MSI X99A GAMING 9 ACK
    MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING
    MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING CARBON
    MSI X99A MPOWER
    MSI X99A RAIDER
    MSI X99A SLI KRAIT EDITION
    MSI X99A SLI PLUS
    MSI X99A XPOWER AC
    MSI X99S GAMING 7
    MSI X99S GAMING 9 AC
    MSI X99S GAMING 9 ACK
    MSI X99S MPOWER
    MSI X99S SLI KRAIT
    MSI X99S SLI PLUS
    MSI X99S XPOWER AC
  26. FlyingBlind said:
    I love the list but I have a question. I purchased an AS Rock X99 OC Formula. This motherboard is supposed to have the E-ATX form factor but it measures 12" x 10", which makes no sense to me. The box it came in states clearly Form Factor: E-ATX and I'm concerned that I got ripped off by either AS Rock or the vendor of this motherboard component. I can't find anything that really tells me what the actual size of this board is supposed to be. I've even looked at the AS Rock website:
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/X99%20OC%20Formula/

    I'll have to contact the company that sold it to me because now I'm nervous about using it. I purchased an extra large tower, the Nanoxia Deep 6, since I plan to upgrade to an HPTX motherboard in a about two years. This motherboard doesn't fix any of the form factors and I'm worried. I had to work and save so I could get the computer and programs to install on it so I can move and get a real living wage.

    Can anyone confirm the sizes/form factors these motherboards are supposed to be? That would be really helpful since I'm new to building my own setup.

    If you have any questions I'll get back to you inside of a day.



    standard atx is 12 x 9.6 and eatx is 12 x 13
  27. GT von I knew it! Thank you so much for confirmation. I'm stuck with the motherboard so buyer beware. Just because they say E-ATX form factor doesn't mean that's what you'll get. To be fair the AS Rock motherboard is working just fine for now but it's really disappointing to do so much research and build a new workstation only to run into issues that could been avoided if companies weren't able to mislead consumers.

    From now on if the form factor with the measurements aren't clearly listed then I'll pass on it. The next motherboard will be larger anyway. Oh well, you live and learn. Sometimes it turns out to be the hard way.

    FYI that AS Rock X99 OC Formula is 12" x 10.5" if anyone needs to know. The manufacturer does list this as a form factor of E-ATX on every site I've seen that sells it but will not usually list the actual size. I've seen it on Newegg with the measurements listed which would have been helpful had I seen it first.
  28. Can we agree that motherboards without Pcie3.0x4 m.2 slots shouldnt be in highest tier?
  29. Where would the Gigabyte Ultra Gaming (http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5809#ov) come on this list?
  30. FlyingBlind said:
    GT von I knew it! Thank you so much for confirmation. I'm stuck with the motherboard so buyer beware. Just because they say E-ATX form factor doesn't mean that's what you'll get. To be fair the AS Rock motherboard is working just fine for now but it's really disappointing to do so much research and build a new workstation only to run into issues that could been avoided if companies weren't able to mislead consumers.

    From now on if the form factor with the measurements aren't clearly listed then I'll pass on it. The next motherboard will be larger anyway. Oh well, you live and learn. Sometimes it turns out to be the hard way.

    FYI that AS Rock X99 OC Formula is 12" x 10.5" if anyone needs to know. The manufacturer does list this as a form factor of E-ATX on every site I've seen that sells it but will not usually list the actual size. I've seen it on Newegg with the measurements listed which would have been helpful had I seen it first.


    The reason it is listed as an EATX instead of an ATX is the 10.5 " measurement. As soon as it exceeded the 9.6" standard for ATX, the manufacturer was forced to list it as EATX. This standard doesn't require the full size EATX form factor. It exists to help the builders match a case with a board. What they are saying is not that it will fill the bay of an EATX case, but that it won't fit an ATX case. Hope this helps you.
  31. So where would the updated asus boards be considered in this list now? Specifically the new asus deluxe ii board, would it still be considered in tier 2? I am trying to decide between either the asus deluxe ii or the msi x99a gaming 9 ack and these posts definitely help.
  32. MeteorsRaining said:
    X99 chipset:

    This chipset is the only current chipset which natively supports DDR4 memory sticks, and is based off LGA2011-3 platform. Often suited for workstation users and enthusiast gamers, this chipset has all features you usually want from a desktop board. All have SLI ability and SATA3 ports.

    The general quality of boards in this list is quite high, since it supports high end multiple core processors. Quality not being a major factor, features have been given due weightage. OCing capability has been looked upon, quad GPU support has been looked for. Check each tier for more info.

    Key:

    Red: MSI
    Blue: ASROCK
    Green: GIGABYTE
    Gold: ASUS
    Black: EVGA

    Tier Two: Very high end. 3 Way SLI capable boards with M.2 slot and great OCing capabilities. Have all the premium features, and are just a step below the best MoBos.

    Extreme4 (mATX edition as well)
    X99S SLI Plus
    X99-A
    X99 Deluxe
    Fatal1ty X99X Killer (Not the mATX edition)
    Extreme6 (as well as AC edition)
    MPOWER
    Gaming 7
    X99-PRO

    NOTE: This thread is a part of the article series 'Motherboard tier list'.


    You might consider adding the ASUS X99-A II, a better version of the -A.
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