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Asus X99-A Motherboard Review

Rating: 8.5.

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises about Intel’s most recent iteration of the High-End Desktop (HEDT) platform has been its relative affordability from the perspective of an enthusiast’s budget. OK, DDR4 isn’t cheap, and nor are processors starting at £300. But when you consider the additional cost over an LGA 1150 Core i7-based configuration (as we delved into here), and graph it against operational results, the price vs performance rewards start showing themselves.

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What relevance does that opening section have to today’s review? Well it’s thanks to affordable, feature-filled motherboards such as the Asus X99-A that the LGA 2011-3 platform is within financial reach for a greater number of enthusiasts. Making a chip, board, and memory cost of less than £650 plausible, without skimping heavily on features, it’s easy to see why the sub-£200 X99 motherboard market is so fiercely contested.

3-way SLI support, ten SATA 6Gbps ports, a 32Gbps M.2 connector, and enhanced audio are just some of the features that Asus provides on its lowest-cost X99 solution.

Can the value-orientated X99-A prove its worth in the hotly contested sub-£200 marketplace.

Features:

  • Patent Pending OC Socket – Drive CPU and DDR4 performance beyond all expectations!
  • 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 – One click overclock and cooling, done!
  • 32Gb/s ultrafast M.2 x4
  • Crystal Sound 2 – Flawless audio that makes you part of the game!
  • Total control anytime, anywhere with Remote GO!

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