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ASUS X99-DELUXE Motherboard Performance Review

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X99 Motherboard Bundled Software

If you didn’t know you were dealing with an ASUS enthusiast motherboard, you’d figure it out pretty quickly after installing the software. There’s nothing specific to the X99 here: what we have is ASUS standard set of utilities as we’ve seen on previous motherboards. This isn’t a criticism, for ASUS has, in my opinion, the best set of utility software out there. Most of the functions are gathered under the umbrella of AI Suite 3, which, when invoked, will display this panel that’s familiar to anyone who’s owned a recent ASUS mobo:

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This panel provides buttons for configuring the nine major sections of AI Suite 3:

Dual Intelligent Processors lets you manually or automatically adjust the TPU and EPU performance and power-saving micro controllers.

AI Charger + provides fast charging for iPhones, iPods, and iPads

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EZ Update checks in with ASUS’ servers periodically for software updates

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USB BIOS Flashback keeps a current BIOS image on a connected USB drive (checking ASUS servers periodically for updates), available to update your system at any time.

asus_ai_suite_bios_flashbackWiFi Engine lets you configure the onboard 802.11ac system.

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Enhanced USB 3.0 performance comes in two varieties with USB 3.0 Boost: for devices that support UASP (USB Attached SCSI) protocol, and for devices that don’t. The system will automatically detect which type of device is inserted and do the right thing.

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More software in the next section…


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1 comment

  1. Chris

    At the moment, this board has some issues. It looks like the early BIOS as your review notes is not entirely stable.

    Check this out:
    http://www.legitreviews.com/intel-x99-motherboard-goes-up-in-smoke-for-reasons-unknown_150008

    Could be defects with the early revisions.

    Best to wait it out and see if there’s a revision 2.0 and/or BIOS updates to correct these issues.

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