• Socket: Intel 2066 Core X-Series
  • Chipset: Intel X299
  • RAM Slots: 8x DIMM
  • RAM: Max 128GB DDR4 4133(O.C.)
  • Connectivity: Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Ports: 3x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 8x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 6x USB 2.0, 8x SATA 6GB, 2x M.2
  • Others: TUF Components, Aura Sync, TUF Detective 2 Dongle
  • Size: ATX
  • Pros:
  • A very TUF board
  • Plenty of storage ports
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMARK 8 Home: 3,916 points
  • PCMARK 8 Creative: 4,447 points
  • PCMARK 8 Work: 3,263 points

Built To Be TUF-er Than Tough

The TUF X299 Mark 1 is a motherboard that sports a distinct look and is built like a tank. As usual with ASUS components, it is filled to the brim with ASUS technology and ASUS flairs.

The bottom half of the board is protected and covered with Thermal Armor, while the PCI slots are protected with ASUS SafeSlot to ensure that the slots lasts longer and stronger. You will also find a small fan on the bottom half as well, which is placed optimally to keep your M.2 module cool, along with the heatsink. Its components on the board are optimised with 20 percent more temperature tolerance and five times longer lifespan. The back of the motherboard is protected with the reinforced TUF Fortifier backplate to keep your card steady, while minimising the risk of bending and breaking.

ASUS is so sure of the motherboard’s toughness that they sent it out for rigorous testing, which includes warp and drop tests. It’s even tough enough to fit military use. Built onto the board is is a co-processor called the TUF ICe, which monitors the temperature of the board and will automatically adjust to provide more cooling. In conjunction with TUF ICe, Thermal Radar 3 software allows you to control and customise all connected fans, and with TUF Detective 2, you can even control and monitor it via smartphone using a Bluetooth dongle that was provided with each TUF X299 board. To add more extra toughness and reliability to the board, ASUS includes a TUF VGA Holder in the box to reduce the chances of your GPU bending the board and to keep it secure. The holder is capable of supporting up to 15 KG, which is more than enough for any GPU on the market.

Audio wise, it sports a Realtek S1220A Codec along with DTS HeadphoneX, which provides surround sound on headphones, as well as improving your gaming and movie experience with little hassle. All in all, if you wish to purchase a X299 board and are looking for one in the market with the best quality and reliability, then this might just be the board for you.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, a tough board that’s built to fit military standards, so if you wish to have a reliable board with 5 years of warranty, this is the one to get.

(previously published in issue September 2017)

ASUS TUF X299 Mark I