ASUS is one of the leading motherboard manufacturers in the world; focused on high-end performance motherboards, ASUS does great with Intel's high performance desktop platform. The X99 chipset is Intel's leading high performance consumer platform, and ASUS is bringing their A-game to the market with a wide selection of X99 chipset motherboards. Today, I take a look at one of their mid-range X99 motherboards, the X99-PRO. While it's a mid-range board in ASUS's lineup, compared to most other X99 motherboards, it's a high-end offering.
ASUS decided to break out of the gate quickly with X99, providing some unique features such as the ASUS OC Socket, which offers the ability to greatly improve cache overclocking, and even helps when it comes to memory overclocking. ASUS's X99 motherboards have a sleek white theme which is much different than previous color themes, yet at the same time is very chic.
The X99-PRO has a lot of features one would expect from an X99 motherboard, including M.2 (with 4x PCI-E 3.0), SATA Express, a bunch of USB 3.0 ports, AC WIFI/BT 4.0, and an interesting PCI-E layout. The board supports 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX with both 40 and 28 lane CPUs when you don't use the M.2 slot.
The ASUS X99-PRO is currently $315 on Newegg, which puts it in the mid to high range when it comes to Intel X99-based motherboard prices.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and the X99-PRO]
- Page 3 [X99-PRO Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 5 [Test Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [Temperature and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]