ASUS X99-DELUXE Motherboard Preview
By David Ramsey
Full Disclosure: ASUS provided the product sample used in this article.
Intel’s LGA2011 and its aging X79 chipset have soldiered along for that segment of the market that prized core count and memory bandwidth above all. But now there’s a new LGA2011 in town: LGA2011-V3, complete with the new X99 chipset, and Benchmark Reviews has ASUS’ latest X99-based motherboard to test. Replete with features like 5-way optimization, Crystal Sound audio, on-board 802.11ac wireless, m.2 SSD support, extensive overclocking options, and unique additions like a fan extension card and multiple ways to mount m.2 SSDs, the ASUS X99-DELUXE is aimed squarely at the enthusiast for whom only the very best will do.
Of course, as it always is with anything that’s “the very best”, it’s going to cost you. Does the massive price increment over a high-end LGA1150 system make any sense? Let’s find out.