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ASUS X99-Deluxe II Motherboard Review (Page 2)

By Steven Bassiri on Sep 29, 2016 11:40 am CDT - 3 mins, 30 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASUS

Packaging and Overview

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The X99-Deluxe II's box displays the motherboard and some of its main selling points. The motherboard and accessories are packaged individually and protected from the elements in anti-static bags.

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Accessories include 8x SATA6Gb/s cables, a 3T3R dual-band Wi-Fi antenna, RGB extension cable, CPU installation tool, 2-way/3-way SLI bridge, onboard M.2 bracket, Q-connector, Q-shield, User manual, support DVD, fan extension card, fan extension cable, fan extension card screw package, thermistor cable, hyper M.2 x4 mini card, M.2 screw package, Thunderbolt EX 3 card, miniDP to DP cable, and a ThunderboltEX 3 cable.

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The ASUS X99-Deluxe II has six 4-pin PWM/DC mode headers (circled in blue and red) with auto-sensing of the fan mode type. There is also a fan extension card header that will communicate with the included fan extension card to add three extra headers. All fan headers, even those from the extension card, can be controlled through the UEFI or ASUS's Windows software. The header circled in red is a high amperage header, the one circled in yellow is the fan extension card header, and the one circled in green is an external temperature sensor input. You can select between multiple temperature sources to reference for the fan cooling curves.

A very sleek white and silver aesthetic matched with a black PCB and RGB LEDs makes the X99-Deluxe II surprisingly color neutral since you can match it with any color theme. The backside of the PCB does have a fair amount of controllers and other SMD components, so be careful when handling the motherboard.

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The IO panel on the X99-Deluxe II features a BIOS FlashBack button, two 1Gbit Intel LAN ports, four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, three USB 3.1 type-A ports, one USB 3.1 type-C port, three Wi-Fi antenna sockets, and 7.1 gold plated audio outputs with S/PDIF TOSLINK.

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The X99-Deluxe II doesn't have a straightforward PCI-E layout, so I have included a chart from the manual to help you visualize which slots you will lose if you install other devices. The good news here is that ASUS has provided adequate resources to determine PCI-E bandwidth allotment in the form of charts and with a switch that will illuminate the best slots of GPU placement. While the motherboard does have a lot of PCI-E x16 slots, not all of them will operate at x16, and maximum multi-GPU configuration is 3-way SLI/CrossFireX.

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There are 10 SATA 6Gb/s ports; four are part of two SATA Express ports. Eight of these ports are right angled, and two are straight. There is one U.2 port angled 90 degrees, and the second is angled straight up. The first M.2 slot is straight as well, and there is an included bracket to allow you to install your M.2 drive into the straight slot. You can also install a second M.2 device through the Hyper M.2 mini card.

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The two straight SATA 6Gb/s ports are located behind the right angled U.2 port. The slot selector switch to illuminate the proper slots for 2-way and 3-way GPU configurations is located adjacent the XMP switch. Below it is the CPU OV header, a DRCT header, front panel headers, a ThunderBolt header, and a USB 2.0 header.

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The two USB 3.0 headers are located near the USB 2.0 header. An RGB LED strip header is located to the left of the two USB 3.0 headers. I have included another chart from the manual illustrating how some of the USB ports and PCI-E slots share bandwidth; there are more diagrams in the manual as well.

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A MemOK! button is located in the upper right-hand corner of the motherboard. At the bottom edge of the motherboard is a POST code header, Power Button, Reset Button, and a Clear CMOS button.

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The CMOS battery is located to the right of the center heat sink attached to the PCH for extra cooling.

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The heat sinks all make excellent contact with the motherboard and are held down by screws.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records under his belt. He brings that knowledge and experience to TweakTown.

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