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ASUS ROG Strix X99 Gaming Review

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ASUS ROG Strix X99 Gaming Conclusion:

The ASUS ROG Strix X99 Gaming is not at the top of the product stack, but comes with a lot of value for an X99 motherboard. Hell, any ROG motherboard comes with more than its fair share of goodies when you look at the packages. This one would be no different. As an X99 motherboard, you are going to be working with the highest performance platform and highest core count in the Intel product stack. Obviously this gives you an advantage over the rest of the platforms on the markets, including AMD's new Ryzen platform. Generally performance across X99 boards is going to be similar while running the same CPU, DDR4 memory, and GPU.

Overclocking can make the difference. ASUS ROG motherboards offer both software and hardware options that all the enthusiast to get every last bit of performance from your installed components. The ASUS ROG Strix X99 Gaming was able to add another 60MHz over the 4342MHz overclock my Core i7 6950X was able to generate on the previous generation Sabertooth X99 motherboard from ASUS. A 4400MHz overclock out of a 3500MHz processor is pretty significant. Cooling a 10 core chip is a struggle even with a full on water loop. Exceptional overclocking is made possible on this board.

What sets the ROG Strix X99 Gaming apart from other motherboards is the broad swath of features that you get with the board. As a gaming-centric board, the whole of the feature set is geared toward the gaming experience. Starting with the hardware level build out on the board, you have ESD Guards to prevent inbound current spikes from damaging the board. Gamer's Guardian is a set of hardware level protections, including ASUS SafeSlot, ASUS' excellent Digi+ VRM, Q-Code diagnostic display, Supreme FX Sound, Q-Dimm slots with DRAM overvoltage protection, and the RGB LED lit PCIe Q-Slots. RGB lighting is all the rage now and ASUS is ready to support this feature set with AURA controlled RGB LED headers on board. Using AURA, you have the ability to manage attached RGB accessories.

As a gaming board, the ROG Strix X99 Gaming supports multiple GPU technologies from both NVIDIA and AMD to improve your FPS levels. Two usually are better than one in this case, now that both AMD and NVIDIA are really making great strides to eliminate the issues seen with multiple GPU configurations. ASUS' Supreme FX sound solution is getting to be the standard against which others are measured.

When you add up the whole package, it's tough to choose anything else. Pretty much the best BIOS on the market, a fully featured software suite that works, and the hardware to back it all up. For $319, it's neither the most or least expensive, but it packs a ton of value for your hard earned dollar.

 

Pros:

  • AURA
  • ROG branding
  • Performance
  • T-Topology
  • Overclocking
  • ASUS ecosystem
  • Supreme FX sound
  • BIOS
  • Connectivity

 

Cons:

  • None


 

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