There is a natural evolution to computer hardware. Sometimes the change is due to market conditions and component upgrades while others are based on user recommendations or "That crazy idea the in-house overclocker came up with". When it comes to motherboards I have seen just about everything and while most upgrades are just maintaince there are some that really change how a board can be used.
Almost two years ago Intel released the Haswell-E. A LGA 2011-v3 socket processor designed for the X99 chipset using DDR4 memory. Unlike the previous SandyBridge-E and IvyBridge-E processors that came before the Haswell-E was available in three variants using different core counts and either 40 or 28 lanes of PCI Express bandwidth. I bring this up because Broadwell-E is on the horizon and what better way to promote an upgraded motherboard than with a new processor.
In this review I’ll be looking at the EVGA X99 FTW K Edition motherboard. Like the Z170 Classified K this is a refreshed motherboard designed for more realistic mainstream builds that favor gaming over sheer looks and over-the-top system builds. While the previous X99 FTW is normally a mid-range motherboard the X99 FTW K has more in common with the X99 Classified than its predecessor.
Based on Intel X99 chipset
8 x 288-pin DIMM sockets
Maximum of 128GB of DDR4 3200MHz+
10 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s with support for RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 0+1, RAID5, RAID10 and JBOD
5 x PCIe x16/x8, 1 x PCIe x1
Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)
Realtek 7.1 Channel Audio (ALC1150)
2x USB 3.1 from AsMedia (ASM1142) Controller
1x Intel i218v
1x Killer E2400 (MAC+PHY)
Killer Doubleshot Support with Killer Wireless AC1535 or 1525 (sold separately)
E-ATX Form Factor
Length: 12in - 304.8mm
Width: 10.375in - 263.5mm