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ASUS X99 Deluxe (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 5, 2014 6:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ASUS

Close up with the ASUS X99 Deluxe




After pulling the X99 Deluxe out of the box for the first time, we were instantly taken back by the white highlights that ASUS has opted for. The highlights look truly awesome against the black board. Paired with a white case that has a window, you could create a stunning looking PC with a black and white color theme. This really is a great looking board, and the second one we've recently looked at, the ROG Maximus VII Formula, also caught our attention for all the right reasons. Still, let's move in a bit closer, and see just what we're dealing with here today.




Taking a look at the expansion slots, you can see that ASUS offers five PCIe x16 slots, and a single PCIe x4 slot. As for the PCIe x16 slots, it's going to purely depend on the CPU you have, since Intel offers both a 40 Lane, and 28 Lane CPU. If you're using the former, your options are x16, x16/x16, x16/x16/x8, x8/x8/x16/x8, or x8/x8/x8/x8/x8. If you're using a 28 Lane CPU, then your options are 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 at x16, x16/x8, or x8/x8/x8 with two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots running at x1.




Moving to the bottom of the board, we've actually got a fair bit going on here. Some of the highlights on the left hand side include the power and reset button, along with a clear CMOS button, and a LED debug reader between them. Here we can also see the header for our fan extension hub. We've also got a pair of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 headers, our main front panel header, and a couple of toggle switches for CrossFire / SLI, along with XMP, EPU, and TPU.




Turning the corner, you can see we've got an absolute ton of SATA ports offered here. We've got two SATA Express ports, and eight SATA III ports that all run off the X99 chipset, while another four SATA III ports run off the ASMedia controller. We've also got a pair of CPU fan headers floating around here.






As we head to the top half of the board, we get a closer look at those two SATA III ports, which sit alongside a M.2 x4 connector. While you might feel a little uncomfortable with your expensive new M.2 driving just popping out the motherboard, this is where the M.2 bracket that was mentioned in the bundle comes into use. Next to that, you can see we've got our main 24-Pin ATX power connector, along with our MemOK! button. Also, just around the corner you can see our 8-Pin CPU connector.




Moving around to the CPU area, we get a better look at the white highlights ASUS has used, and we have to admit, we continue to be extremely impressed with what they're offering. Each side of the CPU sees four DIMM slots, with each slot bringing us to a total of eight; this offers us support for up to 64 GB of DDR4 ranging from 2133MHz DDR, all the way up to 3200MHz DDR via overclocking.




Finishing our look up at the motherboard, you can see an absolute sea of blue. Starting from the left, we have a BIOS reset button, and next to that we've got total of ten USB 3.0 ports that run off the ASMedia controller. Sitting on top of these ports, we have two USB 2.0 ports, and two Gigabit networking ports; both of these ports run off Intel chips -one the I218V, and the other the I211-AT.


Heading over to the far right hand side, we've got three points for our wireless antenna, and finally we finish off with five auxiliary ports, and an optical out port, which all run off the Realtek ALC1150 JD Audio Codec that features Crystal Sound 2.

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