Best X299 Motherboard for Intel Core-X Processors [LGA 2066 Socket]

Intel Core-X Processors are high-end processors from Intel which are aimed for giving top performance in high-end gaming and professional work. The Intel Core X-series Processors include Intel Core i9-7900X, Intel Core i7-7820X, Intel Core i7-7800X, Intel Core i7-7740X and Intel Core i5-7640X. These are among the top of the line desktop Intel CPUs and they require LGA 2066 Socket motherboard.

Socket 2066 motherboards are based on the Intel X299 Chipset and have support for the latest Intel Optane Memory. These are all high-end motherboards and they do not come with onboard or integrated graphics. This means you have to buy a good graphics card for them. All the Intel X299 chipset motherboards support overclocking of both processor and RAM. These Socket 2066 motherboards are suited for building a high end gaming PC or a high performance workstation for heavy duty professional work. Here I am going to list down the best X299 motherboards for all budgets for the latest Intel Core-X series processors.

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Note: All the below mentioned Intel X299 chipset motherboards have ATX Form factor and for them you do require a good mid-tower or full-tower case. Also you may have to update the BIOS on some motherboards if somehow it is not supporting your Intel Core-X series processor or you are facing some compatibility issues.

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Budget X299 Motherboards for Gaming and Work

Here are the most affordable X299 motherboards that you can get for your Intel Core-X series processors (Skylake-X & Kaby Lake-X) for building a gaming PC or a workstation.

MSI X299 TOMAHAWK Motherboard

This is a great X299 motherboard for the money. MSI X299 TOMAHAWK is a strongly built motherboard and it comes with huge number of features and is VR Ready too. This motherboard can be used for building a powerful gaming PC or a workstation. This is an ATX motherboard and it comes with advanced connectivity storage options that include M.2 and U.2 slots for connecting Solid State Drives.

MSI X299 TOMAHAWK comes with four PCI Express x16 slots (Gen. 3) and support both Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFire multi-GPU technologies (3-Way NVIDIA SLI & 3-Way AMD Crossfire). Other features include RBG LED Lighting, Intel Optane Memory support, DDR4 Boost, Click BIOS 5, Steel Armor PCI-E slots, VR Boost and more. Overall it is a nice value for money (VFM) LGA 2066 motherboard for gamers and enthusiasts.   

MSI X299 TOMAHAWK Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 2066
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel X299
Processor Support Intel Core-X Series Processors [Socket 2066]
RAM Support DDR4 4133+ (OC), up to 128 GB, Quad Channel
Overclocking Yes
VR Ready Yes
Slots DIMM x 8, PCI-E x16 x 4, PCI-E x1 x 2, M.2, U.2
Ports SATA III x 8, USB 3.1 x 11 (9 Type A + 2 Type C), USB 2.0 x 7
Features VR Ready, SLI and Crossfire support, Gaming LAN, Audio Boost 4, STEEL ARMOR PCI-E slots, Intel Optane Memory support, RGB LED, Windows 10 Ready, UEFI BIOS. Optical Audio

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ASUS PRIME X299-A Motherboard

A stable, stylish, reliable, feature rich and affordable X299 motherboard from Asus. Unlike MSI X299 TOMAHAWK, ASUS PRIME X299-A ATX Motherboard only comes with three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots but even then it does support NVIDIA 3-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way GPU CrossFireX Technology.

The motherboard comes with a M.2 slot (with heatsink) for SATA SSDs but lack U.2 port / connector. Major features of this Socket 2066 motherboard from Asus includes Intel Optane Memory Support, 8 channel audio, Intel Gigabit LAN, AURA SYNC RGB LED, Asus SafeSlot. This motherboard has good overclocking capabilities and is also very reasonably priced. Overall it is a solid motherboard which is backed by the reliability of Asus.       

ASUS PRIME X299-A Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 2066
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel X299
Processor Support Intel Core-X Series Processors [Socket 2066]
RAM Support DDR4 4000 (O.C.), up to 128 GB, Quad Channel
Overclocking Yes
VR Ready Yes
Slots DIMM x 8, PCI-E x16 x 3, PCI-E x1 x 1, PCIe 3.0 x4 x 2, M.2 @ 32Gb/s
Ports SATA III x 8 @ 6Gbps, USB 3.1 x 11, USB 2.0 x 4
Features Aura Sync RGB LED lighting, SLI and CrossFire support, Asus SafeSlot, 8 channel onboard audio, Intel Gigabit LAN, UEFI BIOS, Intel Optane Memory support , DIGI+ Power Control & EPU , Windows 10 Ready

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ASUS TUF X299 MARK 2 Motherboard

Another good Asus motherboard based on the Intel X299 chipset. This is a very sturdy motherboard and is very stable during overclocking or normal use. This is a TUF series Asus motherboard which means it is made from certified military-grade caps, chokes & MOSFETs for heavy duty performance or operations.

The motherboard comes with three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and support 3 way SLI/CFX multi-GPU technologies. It comes with dual M.2 sockets that supports both SATA and PCIe NVMe Solid State Drives. Major features of this motherboard include Intel Optane Memory support, RGB LED Lighting, Asus SafeSlot (sturdy slot for graphics card), onboard Audio & LAN and Windows 10 operating system support.  So if you are looking for a feature rich, high performance and tough X299 motherboard then keep this one in your mind.

ASUS TUF X299 MARK 2 Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 2066
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel X299
Processor Support Intel Core-X Series Processors [Socket 2066]
RAM Support DDR4 4133 (O.C.),  up to 128 GB, Quad Channel
Overclocking Yes
VR Ready Yes
Slots DIMM x 8, PCIe 3.0 x16 x 3, PCIe 3.0 x4 x 2, PCIe 3.0 x1 x 1, M.2 x4 Socket 3 (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode) x 2
Ports SATA III x 6, USB 3.1 x 10, USB 2.0 x 6
Features Intel Optane Memory Ready, DIGI+ Power Control & EPU, 3 way SLI/CFX Support, 8 CH audio, Intel Gigabit LAN, UEFI BIOS, Asus SafeSlot, ASUS Aura Sync RGB Lighting, Windows 10 Ready   

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High-end X299 Gaming Motherboards for Ultimate Performance

Here are the best high-end X99 motherboards for LGA 2066 Intel Core-X series processors. These are top of the range X299 motherboards and they offer amazing performance, lots of features and expansion ports / slots.  

GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard

This is a stylish and high-end X299 Motherboard from the gaming brand of Gigabyte which is AORUS. GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard is among the best Intel X299 gaming motherboards and it comes with tons of features and advanced expansion ports.  This gaming x299 motherboard comes with five PCI Express x16 slot and supports Nvidia 3-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFire multi-GPU technologies.

GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard packs lot of power and features as it comes with three M.2 slots for SATA and NVMe PCIe SSDs, U.2 support and Thunderbolt 3 support via AIC (Add-in Card). Other features of this Socket 2066 gaming motherboard includes RGB Fusion LED Lighting, USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage, Intel Optane Memory support, Intel VROC support, Server Class Digital Power design, Sound BlasterX 720° audio engine for gaming, dual Armor PCIe slots, UEFI BIOS and more. There is also a higher variant available of this motherboard which is GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9. It is a bit more expensive and the only additional thing it has is the better and powerful Audio (with TI Burr Brown OPA1622 operational amplifier). You can check out both the variants from the links given below.    

GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 2066
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel X299
Processor Support Intel Core-X Series Processors in LGA2066 package
RAM Support DDR4 4400 (O.C.), up to 128GB, Quad Channel
Overclocking Yes
VR Ready Yes
Slots DIMM x 8, PCI-E x16 x 5, M.2 x 3 (NVMe & SATA SSD), U.2 support by optional adapter
Ports SATA III x 8, USB 3.1 x 16 (Type-C + Type A), USB 2.0 x 4
Features Intel Optane Memory Ready, RGB LED Lighting, Quad GPU SLI and CrossFire support, Realtek 7.1 channel onboard audio, Gigabit LAN, Killer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1, Intel VROC Ready, Thunderbolt 3 support via AIC, RGB Fusion LED Lighting, USB DAC-UP 2 with Adjustable Voltage, UEFI BIOS, Smart Fan 5, ESS SABRE DAC, Server-Class Digital Power Design, ESS Sabre Audio

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MSI X299 GAMING M7 ACK Motherboard

This is a high-end gaming motherboard from MSI based on the Intel X299 chipset. MSI X299 GAMING M7 ACK is great looking motherboard and comes with lots of features and all the latest ports. It has got four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and support 3-Way NVIDIA SLI & 3-Way AMD Crossfire multi-GPU technology.

It also includes one U.2 port along with two M.2 ports for SATA and NVMe PCI-Express Solid State Drives. Without a doubt it is one of the best X299 gaming motherboards and comes with features like Intel Optane Memory support, VR support, RGB LED Lighting, Killer Wi-Fi & LAN, Onboard 8 channel audio, 12 phase power design for maximum stability and more. So if you want the best X299 gaming motherboard from MSI then you cannot get better than this.

MSI X299 GAMING M7 ACK Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 2066
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel X299
Processor Support Intel Core-X Series Processors [Socket 2066]
RAM Support DDR4 4133+ (O.C.), up to 128GB, Quad Channel
Overclocking Yes
VR Ready Yes
Slots DIMM x 8, PCI-E x16 x 4, PCI-E x1 x 1, M.2 x 2, U.2
Ports SATA III x 8, USB 3.1 x 11 (Type-A + Type-C), USB 2.0 x 7
Features Intel Optane Memory Ready, RGB LED Lighting, SLI & CrossFire support, Audio Boost 4 PRO, Mystic Light RGB Lighting, DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor, 3D Printing Support, M.2 SHIELD FROZR, PCI-E Steel Armor, Killer Gaming Wi-Fi, Killer Gaming LAN, Watercooling ready, 12 Phase Power Design, Gamer’s BIOS  

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ASUS PRIME X299-DELUXE Motherboard

ASUS PRIME X299-DELUXE is the bigger brother of the previously mentioned ASUS PRIME X299-A motherboard in this list. ASUS PRIME X299-DELUXE is a high-end X299 gaming motherboard from Asus and it comes with solid list of features and delivers amazing performance both in gaming and heavy duty professional tasks.

The motherboard comes with four PCIe x16 slots and support Nvidia 3-Way SLI and AMD 3-Way CrossFire multi-GPU configurations. It also comes with dual M.2 slots and one U.2 port for NVMe PCI Express Solid State Drives. The build quality of this motherboard is rock solid and it has great cooling support for all its components. It  comes with features like Asus Sync RGB LED Lighting, dual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Asus SafeSlot, Intel Optane Memory support, onboard 8 channel audio, Dual Intel LAN, M.2 heatsink and more. So if you are an Asus fan and want a top X299 Asus motherboard then this motherboard will not disappoint you.    

ASUS PRIME X299-DELUXE Motherboard Specifications
Socket Type LGA 2066
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Intel X299
Processor Support Intel Core-X Series Processors [Socket 2066]
RAM Support DDR4 4133 (O.C.), up to 128GB, Quad Channel
Overclocking Yes
VR Ready Yes
Slots DIMM x 8, PCIe x16 x 4, PCIe x1 x 1, M.2 x 2, U.2 port
Ports SATA III x 7, USB 3.1 x 13 (Type-C + Type A), USB 2.0 x 6
Features Intel Optane Memory Ready, Aura Sync RGB LED Lighting, 8 Channel Audio, dual Intel LAN, Dual Band Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, Asus SafeSlot, UEFI BIOS, Thunderbolt 3 support, M.2 heatsink, Quad GPU SLI & CrossFire support, Digi+Power Control  Windows 10 Ready     

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Final Words

At the end I would only like to say that if you want to build an extreme gaming PC or workstation using Intel Core-X series processors then the above mentioned Intel X299 chipset motherboards will not let you down. They have got the power, features and are very reliable. If you have any queries or doubts then feel free to ask me by leaving a comment below.

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