Board Layout and Features Continued
Internal SATA connections number six and follow the new SATA6 connection standard direct from the chipset and all support RAID 0/1/5/10. Below the SATA ports you’ll find a U.2 socket for PCI Express based storage solutions.
Even though the X299 Micro isn’t designed for overclocking it still comes with a few bench controls for power, reset and CMOS debugging. You’ll also find three PWM fan headers nearby along with a replaceable BIOS chip for those times when you corrupt your system and have a paper due the next day.
M.2 slots have become a popular addition on all motherboards giving system builders the option of running a motherboard without sacrificing any of the PCI Express slots for items other than EVGA video cards. For instance installing a wireless AC card would normally take up a single PCI Express slot however dropping one into a M.2 Type 2 enables wireless connectivity while still allowing you room for 2-way SLI.
Located in the middle of the motherboard you’ll find a single M.2 that supports Key-M cards up to 80mm in length.
Speaking of M.2 expansion the EVGA X299 Micro comes with a very unique way to support wireless networking in the form of an included expansion card that installs in the I/O location on the motherboard.
The slot is a M.2 Socket 1 and is intended for use with the included Wireless card. You’ll find an included metal bracket that holds the card vertical and allows you to connect the external antenna. My only concern is “how” the antenna attaches since they attach to the I/O shield and require some amazing dexterity to connect to the expansion card.
Needless to say, some assembly required