ASUS Strix X99 Gaming Review – Packaging and Bundle
ASUS Strix X99 Gaming Review – The Motherboard
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ASUS Strix X99 Gaming Review – Software and BIOS
Once in Windows we have a selection of tools available for us, such as one which allows us to configure our network traffic/performance or another for lighting along with a RAM Cache tool. The main software application for the board is AI Suite which allows us to monitor, maintain and tweak the system quickly and easily.
ASUS Strix X99 Gaming Review – Performance
I7-5960X/6900K, ASUS ROG Strix X99 Gaming, 4x8GB DDR4-2800(Corsair)
i7-6700K, Z170, 2x8GB DDR4-2666 (Corsair)
i7-5960X, X99, 4x8GB DDR4-2800 (Corsair)
FX-9590, 990FX, 4x8Gb DDR3-2133 (Corsair)
GTX 980 Ti OC
Corsair H100 Series Cooler
Corsair AX1500i PSU
Samsung 850 Pro SSD (SATA Testing)
Samsung 950 (M.2 Testing)
OCZ Revodrive 350 (PCIe Testing)
And Samsung T3 SSD (USB Testing)
And as an added bonus, a couple of tests using the brand new Intel Core i7-6900K Broadwell-E CPU:
ASUS Strix X99 Gaming Review – Conclusion
It would be a real surprise if we received a board from ASUS which was lacking in build quality and so it should be no shock that this enthusiast product is built to a high standard. We get enhanced audio (including two amps and dedicated audio capacitors), high-quality LAN from Intel, surge protection, enhanced CPU socket, strengthened PCIe slot, and more.
As far as design goes, all very positive. The slot layout is good, the headers positioned in a way that makes it fairly easy to create a tidy build and the port layout is good, offering all the latest/required connectivity such as USB 3.1, optical audio and GB LAN. The inclusion of Wi-Fi and good lighting effects is a nice bonus… as are some fun stickers that allow us to rebrand our fans/board. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life which are the best…
On the performance front, all very good. The Strix X99 Gaming was able to compete well with the more expensive X99 Deluxe 2 that we reviewed a few weeks ago, each winning a few tests. As that was the fastest X99 board we had tested that makes this a fairly value-packed proposition too. The Strix board also performed very well indeed with the new Broadwell-E based i7-6900K. Support for those new CPUs is great to see on launch day and even the more advanced features such as auto-overclocking worked well with them. For those who want to pair that CPU with a multi-GPU setup there are two 16x slots and one at 8x which should be more than enough for a top notch build when combined with support for DDR 4-3333+ and the latest NVMe SSDs.
Summary: Well priced, packed with features and offers excellent performance with the latest Intel CPUs. A worthy winner of our Gold Award.