Introduction of the ASUS X99 Deluxe
While we would've loved to have been further into our pile of X99 motherboards, the combination of new RAM hitting us alongside AMD's release of a new mid-range video card means we've been extremely busy here the past few weeks. However, over the next few weeks, you're going to see a number of DDR4 RAM kits, and X99 based motherboards, along with a couple of R9 285 2GB cards that we've received from partners.
Along with these products, we also hope that we can check out the other two Haswell-E based processors that launched alongside the very expensive i7 5960X EE. For now, though, it's all about another X99 motherboard that had me saying "wow" as soon as it was unboxed.
Today we're checking out the first ASUS X99 motherboard to come through our doors, the ASUS X99 Deluxe. This was a highly discussed motherboard leading up to the launch of Haswell-E, as companies said it was one of the most mature motherboards coming to the market. Today we're really looking forward to seeing if such praise rings true. ASUS has implemented some really cool features on this board, so let's not delay! Let's dive in closer to see exactly what's offered in the ASUS X99.
Package - What comes inside the box
Looking at the front of the box, we get a really good idea of just what the motherboard looks like, as it takes up majority of the box. We'll cover the motherboard itself in more detail on the next page, though. As for the rest of the box front, you can see we've got the ASUS logo, model, mention of 5-Way Optimization, and the standard array of logos across the bottom.
Opening up the box, you can see we've got a ton of information across the top regarding to some of the main features that are being offered. The first bit explains the 5-Way Optimization feature, which brings a CPU performance boost, all-around energy efficiency, precise digital power, comprehensive cooling control, and turbo performance.
Below that information we have mention of Wi-Fi GO!, which allows total control and Media Streamer support, making your PC a digital hub. On the right hand side, you can see mention of Turbo App, which gives you the ability to overclock your CPU, and prioritize game data across your network. We've also got Crystal Sound 2 to improve audio, and we finish off with Turbo LAN via a Dual Gigabit Ethernet setup.
With the box now open, we move to the bottom, which gives us our first look at the motherboard. Due to the anti-static back, though, we can't see too much. Turning the box over gives us another look at the motherboard, along with the main specifications. The right side gives us a brief run down on 5-Way Optimization. Below that, we have a bit on the new ASUS O.C. Socket, which is one of the bigger features being discussed. With a number of extra pins on the socket, ASUS says the new socket is specifically engineered to provide the ultimate performance with stable voltage to your CPU, maximum bandwidth for both your CPU and DDR4, and just the most extreme performance overall.
We're really looking forward to seeing just what kind of performance we're able to get out of this board. Looking to the right of the board, you can see via the CPU and DRAM boost, you can get an extra 60% and 12.5% boost respectively. Across the bottom of the box, we have some information on the fan extension hub, HYPER M.2 X4 Card, and Wi-Fi technology. We'll cover this in greater detail soon, as we're now opening the box and diving into the bundle.
Opening up the box, you can see a pretty standard affair in terms of the bundle. We've got the normal paperwork included, along with a driver CD, and a quick installation guide. We've got a cool looking ASUS O.C. Adrenaline sticker, and below that you can see our rear I/O plate. Across the bottom, you can see eight SATA III cables are included in the bundle.
Moving into the rest of the bundle, you can see a few new items that we haven't seen before. Starting from the right, the wireless antenna, 3-Way SLI Bridge, and EZ Connectors are all regular occurrences. Next to all of that, we've got a M.2 bracket, and we'll show you where this fits into the motherboard on the next page. Next to the M.2 bracket, we've got a cable and a fan extension hub, which go hand in hand.
We saw this on the back of the box, and it's designed for people who require even more fan headers than what's offered on the board. It's a cool little addition to the motherboard, and while not for everyone, some people are going to appreciate an extension hub that can be located closer to their water cooling setter, especially in larger case.
One of the big extras included in the bundle is the addition of the Hyper M.2 x4 card. Using the card in a PCIe x4 slot, you can add a M.2 x4 drive for some serious storage performance. Overall, ASUS has put together quite a nice bundle. Now, let's see what the board offers.
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United States: The ASUS X99 Deluxe retails for $398.99 at Amazon.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Motherboard Details]
- Page 3 [BIOS Images and Information]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 5 [CPU & System Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [USB 2.0, USB 3.0 & SSD Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [Memory & Gaming Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [Temperature & Power Testing]
- Page 9 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]