X99 Motherboard Final Thoughts
As I said in my performance review of the Intel Core i7-5960X CPU, I have a hard time figuring out the intended market. Its lower clock speeds mean that it’s slower for most of the day-to-day computing and gaming even enthusiasts would do, while its 8 cores can crunch through computationally intensive transcoding and rendering tasks like a Xeon CPU– which isn’t surprising considering that all it is is a Xeon that can use non-ECC memory and be overclocked.
ASUS’ X99-DELUXE motherboard has all the features and tweaks you’d expect of a high-end enthusiast motherboard: tri-SLI support (with a clever switch to reallocate some PCI-E lanes to m.2 use if you’re only running two graphics cards), lots and lots of overclocking features, fancy audio circuitry, a POST code display, onboard power and reset switches, and so on. Frankly the workstation-oriented ASUS X99-E WS seems to make more sense as a platform for Haswell-E, but let’s not forget that ASUS had several enthusiast boards like the Rampage IV Black Edition for the old X79/LGA2011 systems, so it’s not as if this is something new for them.
So we’re left with a conundrum: I don’t think the Haswell-E / LGA2011-V3 platform makes sense for most consumers, but I can’t really ding ASUS for making an incredible motherboard for it. I don’t think they’ll sell very many of them, but the folks that buy them will doubtless be satisfied.
In the last section I’ll present my conclusion based on the testing and features of this motherboard.