4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 11, 2015 11:01 AM by JFFulcrum

    What is my X99 board exactly?

    jamieboo

      Hello there

       

      I built my nice new X99 5820K machine recently.

      The exact board I chose is an AsRock X99 Extreme6.

      I just want to know how exactly I should search for relevant downloads for it at the Intel Download Centre. I choose Desktop Boards in the dropdown box, but then I'm slightly confused by the next options to choose from: 7 Series, 8 Series etc. Even after pouring over google and wiki for a while I can't find out is X99 goes by another name when considering chipset downloads etc.

      So can someone tell me what 'Series' is my X99 board? If I want to search for downloads for it on the Intel Download site, what search terms should I use?

       

      By the way, I've obviously already tried the AsRock page and all the downloads there are over a year old.

      Also, the Intel Driver Update Utility NEVER finds anything!

       

      So yeah! Help welcome!

       

      Thanks.

        • 1. Re: What is my X99 board exactly?
          JFFulcrum

          The `Desktop Boards` section of Intel downloads is for Intel-branded boards. For chipset software choose `Software` - `Chipset Software`, then needen item, For onboard Intel I218V NIC select `Ethernet Components` - `Ethernet Controllers`, then Ethernet Connection I218V

          • 2. Re: What is my X99 board exactly?
            N.Scott.Pearson

            Yea, "Desktop Boards" refers to Intel's Desktop Board products; it is not for boards from other vendors.

             

            If your board is from AsRock, then you should be getting your drivers from AsRock. They are the only entity that will do interop testing of all drivers necessary for the components used on your board (from other vendors as well as from Intel). By "interop", I mean verifying that the driver packages and drivers work well together. If AsRock is not posting updated drivers, you should be complaining to them. If they don't respond, well, pick a different motherboard vendor next time (if everyone did this, they will eventually get the message and provide better support).

             

            Since Intel never released a X99 board of their own, there is not going to be any one place that you can go to to get a set of drivers (well, other than the AsRock site). As JFFulcrum pointed out, you can search for and download Intel LAN and Chipset drivers directly. Indirectly, you can also locate updated ME and RST drivers through the download pages for the NUC and 8 Series desktop board products (though these may not be optimal for your particular board). You will have to hit Qualcomm's site for the drivers for the second LAN port and Realtek's site for the driver for their audio codec.

             

            ...S

            • 3. Re: What is my X99 board exactly?
              jamieboo

              Ah, I did not know that!

              Thanks so much for the simple and straightforward answers JFFulcrum and N.Scott.Pearson.

              I'd asked this question on several forums and was finding it surprisingly hard to get an answer!

               

              So is the Intel Driver Update Utility similarly designed for Intel-branded boards? That would explain why it NEVER finds updates!

              • 4. Re: What is my X99 board exactly?
                JFFulcrum

                Intel works closely with Microsoft, so chipset drivers are integrated into Windows OS. The only chipset not supported by built-in drivers of Windows 10 is Z170. So no need to use Intel Driver Update Utility on older systems.