Critical to the operation of a high-end system is its motherboard. The ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe in a high-end part using Intel’s new LGA 2066 socket. Features worthy of note include 802.11ad (WiGig) WiFi, an onboard OLED display, and a smart method for cooling M.2 SSDs.
ASUS has changed its styling slightly with the X299 Prime series motherboards. The white is still present, albeit in more of a sharp design for the rear IO cover, while the grey heatsinks of the VRM and chipset are evidently low-profile. RGB lighting is present and one of the most unique features is the onboard – LiveDash – OLED display.
Power delivery comes in the form of an 8-phase system and 8+4-pin connectors to feed hungry Skylake-X CPUs. There’s support for up to 128GB RAM, triple-card SLI and CrossFire, and dual onboard M.2 SSDs. Significant networking capability is built around the inclusion of dual Intel GbE NICs, 2T2R 802.11ac WiFi, and the new 60GHz 802.11ad (WiGig) high-speed WiFi.
Can the ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe prove itself as a premium option for Intel’s HEDT consumers?
Specs (taken from the ASUS product page):
- 5-Way Optimization: One-click, system-wide tuning, delivering optimized overclocks and intelligent cooling for CPU or GPU-intensive tasks.
- Industry-leading cooling options: Comprehensive controls for fans and water pumps, via Fan Xpert 4 software or the acclaimed ASUS UEFI.
- Next-gen connectivity: Supreme flexibility with 2×2 802.11ad Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt 3, U.2, M.2 and front USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector.
- M.2 heatsink: Ultra-efficient heatsink reduces M.2 SSD temperatures by up to 20°C for unthrottled transfer speeds and enhanced reliability.
- LiveDash: A customizable onboard display that shows system temperature, CPU frequency, fan speeds or even your own logo.
- Aura Sync and addressable-LED header: Controllable onboard RGB lighting and addressable-LED-strip header, easily synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable hardware.