Here are key points about the ASUS X99-Deluxe II.
Many Different Configuration Options: There are so many different configuration options available on the X99-Deluxe II that you might get lost when trying to figure out which ports or devices to use. However, the X99-Deluxe II is extremely flexible. ASUS has made things a little easier with charts in the manual. If the charts aren't enough for you to know which PCI-E slots to use, ASUS has kindly added a feature to light up the PCI-E slots for optimal performance with different numbers of GPUs.
Two M.2 and two U.2: ASUS provides two U.2 ports and two M.2 slots for expansive storage options and the ability to add in multiple of the latest and greatest drives.
3x3 Wireless AC: The Broadcom 3x3 Wireless AC controller offers speeds up to 1.3Gbps, and wireless AC performance was very strong when I tested it.
Fan Control: ASUS provides many onboard fan connectors, all capable of switching between PWM and DC operation modes. They also provide one high-amperage header, an expansion card to add three more headers, and full UEFI and Windows based control of all fan headers (motherboard and extension card). To top things off, you can reference a wide variety of temperature sources.
ThunderBoltEX 3: While the X99-Deluxe II has four USB 3.1 ports onboard, ASUS decided to also include a card with Intel's Alpine Ridge Thunderbolt 3 controller. The extra card can be used for Thunderbolt 3 or even for more USB 3.1.
No 4-Way Multi-GPU: While the X99-Deluxe II has multiple PCI-E x16 slots, the motherboard doesn't support 4-way SLI or CrossFireX.
Lots of Switching: One of the X99-Deluxe II's strongest aspects, its ability to work in multiple configurations, is also one of its weak points. It's a negative only because determining which devices disable other slots or ports isn't very simple and does require you pop open the manual.
The X99-Deluxe II is a well-endowed motherboard. It has more features than just about any other X99 motherboard I have reviewed, and it is loaded to the brim with bells and whistles. The X99-Deluxe II adds a lot over the X99-Deluxe, regarding connectivity options and even aesthetics. While RGB LEDs aren't everyone's cup of tea, they do add to the unique aesthetic appeal of the product.
The X99-Deluxe II has more features than most people would dream of, and it will cost you a fair amount. Hovering around the $420 mark, the X99-Deluxe II is at the high-end in regards to budgeting. Nevertheless, you get what you pay for in the form of a high-quality motherboard loaded to the brim with features.
If you are looking for a premium motherboard with the latest and greatest in connectivity and platform features, the ASUS X99-Deluxe II should top your list.
|Performance (including Overclocking)||92%|
|Quality including Design and Build||92%|
|Bundle and Packaging||90%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: Loaded to the brim with features, connectivity, and ASUS's unique bells and whistles, the high-end X99-Deluxe II will satisfy your need for endless expansion.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X99-Deluxe II Overview]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
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