Asus X99 DeLuxe II motherboard review

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Asus X99 DeLuxe II
Moar power - moar features!

We test and review the new Asus X99 DeLuxe II motherboard, you can pair it with Haswell-E and Broadwell-E series processors and get your gaming groove on to 10-cores processors. Yes ASUS hits back in all black and white, but not just that as this X99 motherboard is simply LOADED with features and options that will impress. The Asus X99 DeLuxe II motherboard has it all, and then some more. The perfect infrastructure for an uber-enthusiast class PC perhaps ?

This X99 motherboard can house the Intel Core i7-5960X and other Haswell-E chips as well as the new Broadwell-E processors. Both are based on socket LGA2011-V3 infrastructure with DDR4 quad channel memory. DDR4 memory allows for lower voltage memory modules, this memory defaults towards 2,133 MHz at 1.2 Volts. However the memory controller is quad-channel compatible. As a result with overclocked memory at roughly 3 GHz, you can reach 70 maybe 80 GB/sec on your memory bandwidth, which are insane numbers. In this article we'll have a chat about a X99 motherboard in terms of the chipset and then will throw a decent photo-shoot and a benchmark suite at the products and get an indication what performance is like with the new 10-core Intel Core i7-6950 and X99 Platform.

The Asus X99 DeLuxe II falls within the new signature series X99 motherboards and have been refreshed with new features and of course some RGB LED lighting options. The new boards with on-board RGB lighting and a 4-pin LED-strip header to create illumination effects. You will spot U.2 and M.2 slots to tap into 32Gbps of PCIe bandwidth, 3x3 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C. X99-Deluxe II also includes ASUS ThunderboltEX 3, a quick-to-fit expansion card for transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps.

This ASUS motherboard will come with nice PC options like 8+4-pin EPS connectors, a proper VRM design (8 phases) for the processor and 2+2 for memory, four PCI-Express x16 slots. There is an extra shield that covers the rear-panel I/O on-board, and audio is shielded as well. The board comes with two gigabit Ethernet controllers from Intel and triple band AC WIFI. Storage wise you will get eight SATA 6 Gb/s and of course an M.2 slot (PCIe x4 linked for maximum bandwidth) and two U2 slots. There are many overclocking features inside the BIOS and to top things off, a diagnostic POST LED display. It doesn't stop there though, you get USB 3.1 (Gen2) connectors as well including Type-A and Type-C and Aura LED features. Do you need fast connections? Well, the board offers a wide variety of 10 Gbps USB 3.1 ports (Type-A and Type-C), as stated Dual Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi with a 3×3 antenna, CMOS / BIOS set buttons. 

Have a peek below at the motherboard and then lets fire up an extensive review and overview of what ASUS has to offer with the Asus X99 DeLuxe II motherboard. Next page please.


  

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