EVGA X99 User guide
User Guide
EVGA X99 Classified
Specs and Initial Installation
(Part 1)
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Table of Contents
Before you Begin………………………………………………………………………3
Parts Not in the kit…………………………………………………………………….4
Intentions of the kit……………………………………………………………………4
Motherboard Specifications……………………………………………………………5
Unpacking and Parts Descriptions……………………………………………………..7
Equipment……………………………………………………………………………..7
Hardware Installation…………………………………………………………………..8
Component legend………..……………………………………………………………8
PCI-E Slot Breakdown………………………………………………………………....9
Rear I/O Panel legend………………………………………………………………..10
Preparing the Motherboard…………………………………………………………...11
Installing the CPU…………………………………………………………………….11
Installing the Cooling Device……………………………………….…………...…….12
Installing System Memory (DIMMs)……………...………………….......…..………...13
Compliance Information……………………………………………………………...14
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Before You Begin…
EVGA welcomes you to the next generation of ground breaking performance, the X99
Classified. The X99 platform redefines high performance with the introduction of the
first ever quad channel DDR4 architecture fueled by Intel’s Haswell-E/Broadwell-E
CPU family for up to 128GB’s of RAM running at a maximum memory speed up to
3000MHz+ (OC), possible due to the 4 layer memory T-Routing design. Dual 8pin
power provides up to 600 watts to the CPU for ample headroom for the most aggressive
overclocks, and an Advanced 10 phase Digital VRM (IR3563B+IR3350) and a CPU
socket with 150% higher Gold content, all rested on a 8 layer Hybrid Black PCB to
provide industry leading stability for all your applications.
Also, the board is not ONLY for peak overclocking, it is also fully featured to support
any/all peripherals and functions available, Creative Core-3D audio, 4 way SLI support
without the need for PLX chips, Type2 M.2 for WLAN, Type3 M.2 for SSD modules, 2
Intel Gigabit LAN, Intel AIC with Thunderbolt support, right angle power connectors,
PCI-E disable switches and much more!
Lastly, a motherboard is only as good as its BIOS, and we have revamped our GUI
BIOS with a focus on overclocking, functionality, in a lean, straight forward package.
And you should expect nothing less from a modern enthusiast BIOS.
With the features above and many more, EVGA is going to redefine motherboard
performance.
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Parts NOT in the Kit
This kit contains all the hardware necessary to install and connect your new
EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard. However, it does NOT contain the
following items that must be purchased separately in order to make the system
fully functional and install an Operating System:
Intel Socket 2011-3 Processor
DDR4 System Memory
CPU Cooling Device
PCI Express Graphics Card
Power Supply
Hard Drive or SSD
Keyboard / Mouse
Monitor
(Optional) Optical Drive
EVGA assumes you have purchased all the necessary parts needed to allow for
proper system functionality. For a full list of supported CPUs on this
motherboard, please visit www.evga.com/support/motherboard
Intentions of the Kit
This kit provides you with the motherboard and all connecting cables necessary
to install the motherboard into a PC case.
When replacing a motherboard in a PC case, you will need to reinstall an
operating system even though the current storage drive may already have one
installed.
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Motherboard
Motherboard Specifications
Size:
EATX form factor of 12 inches x 10.375 inches (305x264mm)
Microprocessor support:
Intel Socket 2011-3 Processor
Operating Systems:
Supports Windows 8 / 7
Contains Intel X99 chipset
System Memory support:
Supports Quad channel DDR4 up to 3000MHz+ (OC).
Supports up to 128GB of DDR4 memory.
USB 2.0 Ports:
8x from Intel X99 PCH – 6x external, 2x internal
Supports hot plug
Supports wake-up from S1 and S3 mode
Supports USB 2.0 protocol up to a 480 Mbps transmission rate
USB 3.0 Ports:
6x from Intel X99 PCH – 4x external, 2x internal
Supports transfer speeds up to 5Gbps
Backwards compatible USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 support
SATA Ports:
Intel X99 PCH Controller
6x SATA 3/6G (600 MB/s) data transfer rate
- Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, AND RAID 10
- Supports hot plug
4x SATA3/6G AHCI Only
Onboard LAN:
1x Intel i217 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
1x Intel i210 Gigabit Ethernet MAC
Supports 10/100/1000 Mb/sec Ethernet
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Ethernet Teaming Supported
Onboard Audio:
Creative Core3D Quad-Core Audio Processor (CA0132)
Supports 6-channel (5.1) audio
Supports Optical Output
PCI-E 3.0 Support:
Low power consumption and power management features
Power Functions:
Supports ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
Supports S0 (normal), S1 (power on suspend), S3 (suspend to RAM), S4
(Suspend to disk - depends on OS), and S5 (soft - off)
Expansion Slots:
5x PCI-E 16x slot 2x16/8, 3x8, 4x8
1x PCI-E 4x slot
2x M.2 Ports
-M.2 Socket 1 (Slot E) shares signal distribution from USB2.0 #3 port,
please select the operational mode in BIOS setup menu
-M.2 Socket 2 (Slot M) shares signal distribution from PE5, please select
the operational mode in BIOS setup menu
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Unpacking and
Parts Descriptions
Equipment
The following accessories are included with the EVGA X99 Classified
Motherboard:
The EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard
This PCI-E motherboard contains the Intel X99 chipset.
I/O Shield
Installs in the system case to protect internal components from
dust, foreign objects, and aids in proper airflow within the
chassis.
6x SATA 6G Data Cables
Used to support the SATA protocol and each one connects a
single drive to the motherboard.
I/O Cover
This optional cover attaches to the PCB and covers the I/O
area
Installation CD
Contains drivers and software needed to setup the
motherboard.
User Manual
The user manual you are reading right now!
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Intel X99 Classified Motherboard
The EVGA X99 Classified Motherboard with the Intel X99 and PCH Chipset. Figure 1
shows the motherboard and Figure 2 shows the back panel connectors
FIGURE 1. X99 Classified Motherboard Layout
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1. CPU Socket 2011-3
13. USB 3.0 Headers
25. EVGauge
2. Intel X99 Southbridge
14. USB 2.0 Headers
26. Thunderbolt GPIO Connector
3. CPU Fan Header (1 amp PWM)
15. CMOS Reset Button
27. MCU Firmware update connector
4. DDR4 Memory DIMM Slots 1-8
16. Power Button
28. Back Panel Connectors (Figure 2)
5. 24-pin ATX power connector
17. Reset Button
29. 8 pin EPS Connector
6. Fan Headers (1 amp DC)
18. PC Speaker
30. Supplemental PCI-E 6pin Power
7. PCI-E Disable Dipswitches
19. PCI-E Slot 16x/8x
31. GPU Link
8. Intel Sata 6G RAID Ports
20. PCI-E Slot 8x
32. Probe It Header
9. Intel Sata 6G AHCI Ports
21. PCI-E Slot 4x
33. BIOS Selector Switch
10. Front Panel Connectors
22. M.2 (Type2)
34. MCU Turbo Switch
11. Debug LED / CPU Temp Monitor
23. M.2 (Type3)
35. Removable BIOS Chip
12. CMOS Battery
24. Front Panel Audio Connector
PCI-E Slot Breakdown
PCI-E Lane Distribution (40 Lane Processor)
PE1 – x16 (x8 if PE2 is used)
PE2 – x8
PE3 – x8
PE4 – x16 (x8 if PE3 is used)
PE5 – x4 (Gen 2 only, 4 lanes pulled from PCH)
PE6 – x8
PCI-E Lane Distribution (28 Lane Processor)
PE1 – x16 (x8 if PE2)
PE2 – x8
PE3 – x8 (Slot is *NOT* functional with a 28 lane processor.)
PE4 – x8
PE5 – x4 (Gen 2 only, 4 lanes pulled from PCH)
PE6 – x4
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Figure 2. Chassis Rear Panel Connectors
1. USB 2.0
4. Intel i217 NIC
2. USB 3.0
5. Intel i210 NIC
3. BIOS/CMOS Reset
6. Optical Out
7. Analog Audio Output Jacks
Analog Audio Port Breakdown
2/2.1 (Channel)
4.0/4.1 (Channel)
5.1 (6 Channel)
Dark Green
Head Phone
Head Phone
Head Phone
Light Green
Pink
Black
Orange
Front Speaker /
Front Speaker/
Front Speaker/
Speaker+Sub Out
Speaker+Sub Out
Speaker+Sub Out
Mic / Line In
Mic / Line In
Mic / Line In
Rear Speaker Out
Rear Speaker Out
Center/Voice channel
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Preparing the Motherboard
Installing the CPU
Be very careful when handling the CPU. Hold the
processor only by the edges and do not touch the
bottom of the processor.
Note:
Use extreme caution when working with
the CPU, not to damage any pins in the
CPU socket on the motherboard!
Use the following procedure to install the CPU onto the motherboard:
Unhook the left socket lever by pushing down and
towards the socket.
Unhook the right socket lever by pushing down
and towards the socket.
Gently press the left socket lever and the load
plate will lift from the socket.
Open the load plate and make sure not to
damage any of the pins inside of the socket.
Note:
After removing the CPU socket cover, it is recommended to store it in case
you ever need to transport your motherboard. If you ever remove the CPU, it
is highly recommended to reinstall the socket cover.
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Align the notches on the CPU to the notches in
the socket.
Lower the processor straight down into the
socket.
Note:
Make sure the CPU is fully seated and level
in the socket.
Lower the load plate so it is resting on the CPU.
Press the right socket lever down to lock into
place.
Carefully lock the left lever back into place.
Installing the CPU Cooling Device
There are many different cooling devices that can be used with this
motherboard. Follow the instructions that come with your cooling assembly.
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Installing System Memory (DIMMs)
Your X99 Classified has (8) 288-pin slots for DDR4 memory. These slots
support 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB DDR4 DIMMs. There must be at least one
memory slot populated to
ensure normal operation.
The Intel X99 chipset supports
quad channel memory;
supports a maximum of
128GB of DDR4 and up to
3000MHz+ (OC) in quad
channel configuration. It is
required to populate an odd
slot (1, 3, 5, 7) first. The board
will not boot if only even slots
(2, 4, 6, 8) are populated.
Use the following procedure to install DIMMs. Note that there is only one gap
near the center of the DIMM slots. This slot matches the slot on the DIMM to
ensure the component is installed properly.
Unlock a DIMM slot by pressing the module clips on both sides
outward.
Align the memory module to the DIMM slot, and insert the module
vertically into the DIMM slot, pressing straight down to seat the
module. The plastic clips at top side of the DIMM slot automatically
lock the DIMM into the connector.
Note:
The memory controller on most Haswell-E and Broadwell-E CPUs runs at a
default frequency of 2133MHz. To achieve memory speeds above 2133MHz+
may require manual setting of the memory timings, frequency and voltages
and/or overclocking of the CPU.
Refer to the memory manufacturer specifications for the recommended
memory timings. For overclocking support you can visit our forums:
http://forums.evga.com/
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Compliance Information
FCC Compliance Information
This device complies with FCC Rules Part 15. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not
cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may
cause undesired operation. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if
not installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
(1) Increase the separation between the equipment and signal source, or (2) connect the equipment to an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the signal source is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced computer
technician for help. The use of shielded cables for connection of peripheral devices to the PC systems is required to
ensure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
CE Compliance Information
Generic Radiation Interference Standard for Information Technology Equipment. (EN 55022: 2006, Class B), (EN 610003-2: 2006), (EN 61000-3-3: 1995 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2005). Warning: This is a Class B product. In a domestic environment
this product may cause radio interference in which case the user may be required to take adequate measure. Generic
Immunity Standard for Information Technology Equipment. (EN 55024: 1998 + A1: 2001 + A2: 2003).
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