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Asus X99-A Motherboard Review

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Asus ships the X99-A in standard packaging for the company’s ‘channel’ series boards. A graphic of the board is found on the front side, in addition to a clear advert for the 5-way optimization.

The rear of the box outlines the specifications in detail and also shows off more of the features unique to Asus, such as OC Socket.

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Given the X99-A motherboard’s price tag, it comes as no surprise to see a simplistic bundle. Asus includes four SATA cables (despite the board’s ten ports), the rear IO shield, an ugly brown SLI ribbon, and the ever-convenient Q-connectors for USB and front panel headers.

I would have liked to see a black SLI ribbon included as it would have added basically nothing in terms of cost, but brings aesthetic benefits with it.

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The standard affair of manual and driver CD is supplied. Asus also includes a small case badge and a far larger sticker.

While the Asus manual is clear and well-written, I would like to see a block diagram of the board configuration included. Gigabyte and MSI notably include this with their board manuals, and given the X99 enthusiast market, its inclusion would be deemed relevant.

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