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ASUS PRIME X299-DELUXE Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2066 in Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUS

Here are key points about the ASUS PRIME X299 DELUXE.

 

What's Hot

 

Wireless AD: ASUS has been the first vendor to integrated Wireless AD (WiGig) into their motherboards. The technology offers speeds up to 4.6Gbps, which is more than four times that of a wired NIC. While you might not always get that type of bandwidth, it's still a huge improvement over Wireless N and AC.

 

 

Excellent Quality: From the fact that ASUS offers three ASMedia ASM3142 for six USB 3.1 ports, to the fact they are using the best integrated VRM circuitry Infineon has to offer, ASUS did a solid job with quality on this motherboard. While it doesn't have that ROG feel theme to it, it's still up there with the highest quality X299 motherboards.

 

ThunderBolt 3.0: The X299 Deluxe is one of the only motherboards with ThunderBolt 3, albeit it comes with a card in the box. The card offers two USB 3.1 ports, one of which is a type-C port that also does ThunderBolt 3.0. ASUS provides you with everything needed to get it going. The X299 Deluxe is the second most expensive X299 board on the market, the one above it doesn't offer ThunderBolt 3.

 

Tons of Fans and Sensors: As if seven fan headers wasn't enough, ASUS throwing in its fan extension card, that adds another three fans with sensors. ASUS does provide three sensor cables for the board/extension card, and the card's sensors and headers are as addressable as those integrated into the motherboard. ASUS's fan control is top notch, and this is the latest and most advanced ASUS has to offer.

 

What's Not

 

No 4-way: Most X99 motherboards offered 4-way SLI and CrossFireX, but like some other X299 motherboards, the Deluxe doesn't offer this feature.

 

Very Complex Routing: The routing of bandwidth on the motherboard's PCI-E slots is very complex and could be extremely confusing if we didn't have the manual. How else would we know that the Wireless AD and first x1 slot share the same PCI-E lane, or that if you use an x16 lane CPU, then the second x16 slot will take x2 of PCI-E 3.0 from the USB 3.1 internal header if it is in use. Two SATA ports also share with the last PCI-E x16 slot when using x16 and x28 lane CPUs. It is a complex system, so it's best to investigate if you plan on adding in tons of hardware and devices into your slots.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

ASUS has done a fine job with the Prime X299 Deluxe. We could nitpick about only having an 8+4 pin power connector and single designer VRM heat sink, but the Deluxe isn't a ROG motherboard. It is at the core of ASUS's design philosophy and has a long legacy of catering to power users, workstation builders, and gamers alike. Quality also is top notch on this Deluxe series motherboard.

 

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It is a do-everything motherboard, with just enough of everything to make everyone happy. Digital RGB LED support, Thunderbolt 3, best in class VRM components, and Wireless AD all find a home within the X299 Deluxe. It's like the Swiss Army knife of ASUS's X299 offerings, and while it does cost a lot, it has the features to back it up.

 

If you are looking for a feature packed X299 motherboard and have a bit of change to spare, then the X299 Deluxe might be the right motherboard for you.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance90%
Quality93%
Features96%
Value85%
Overall TweakTown Rating91%

The Bottom Line: The ASUS PRIME X299 DELUXE is loaded with so many features; it's equipped to tackle pretty much anything.

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