• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Slots: LGA2011-v3
  • CPU: Intel X99
  • RAM Slots: 8
  • RAM Type: DDR4
  • Ports: 1x PS/2 combo, 1x LAN, 1x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 4x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, 5x audio jack, 1x ASUS WiFi GO! module
  • Pros:
  • Fan Xpert 4
  • SafeSlot
  • BIOS
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 (Home): 4,041 points
  • PCMark 8 (Creative): 4,621 points
  • PCMark 8 (Work): 3,533 points

Giving The Gaming Edge

With the announcement of Intel’s latest Broadwell-E family of processors, life has once again sprung up for the enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a brand new motherboard that supports the brand new processor, ASUS has just the thing for you with its new ASUS STRIX X99 Gaming motherboard.

The motherboard is chock filled with everything you would need on a motherboard, we really can’t find anything that we could complain about. It supports up to 8 DIMM’s of DDR4 memory with a maximum of 128GB. The motherboard also supports frequencies of 2133MHz up to 3333MHz when overclocked. While it terms of storage the STRIX X99 Gaming comes with eight SATA 6Gb/s ports, one SATA Express port, a U.2 port, and an M.2 socket, giving users the ability to have plenty of storage hardware on their computer.

The motherboard supports both 3-way and 2-way Crossfire or SLI, it wouldn’t be a complete gaming motherboard if it didn’t support multiple graphic cards would it? Speaking of graphic cards, its first PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot sports ASUS’ SafeSlot technology for stronger durability of the slot when inserting heavier graphic cards.

A feature that we also liked on this motherboard was Fan Xpert 4, which gave us a lot of control over our cooling system. The motherboard is capable of connecting a decent amount of fans, not to mention dedicated pump fan connecters as well for a water-cooling pump. The BIOS that’s used by the STRIX X99 Gaming is one of the best when it comes to user-friendliness, with both EZ Mode for rookies to use or an Advanced mode for the more veteran of enthusiasts.

And if you’re looking to bling out your computer, the STRIX X99 Gaming comes with ‘‘Aura”. You can customise your favourite LED effects, and we especially liked the “Music Effect” which had the colours we set pulsing to the music we played. You could always get ASUS’ Aura RGB Strip but if you have a standard 5050 RGB LED strip leftover or decided it was good enough, the RGB-strip header supports it as well.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ASUS STRIX X99 Gaming should be on your shortlist if you’re preparing yourself for Broadwell-E, you can’t go wrong with all those features on the motherboard.

(previously published in issue July 2016)

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