ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe
Refined and forward-looking.
Let’s get one thing clear from the get-go — the ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe is an expensive board. Sitting towards the top of the price scale, it justifies its positioning through implementing a broad set of unique and industry standard features.
Perhaps the most notable inclusion that separates this ‘ board from the rest is the presence of an 802.11ad WiGig-spec WLAN card powered by Qualcomm’s Atheros QCA9008-TBD1 chip, with backwards compatibility for 802.11ac and 802.11n. The usage case for 802.11ad is still being refined within the market as products begin to implement the standard. For those buyers looking to invest in a platform with the intention of a long system lifecycle, this could be an attractive offering if you foresee short-throw 4.6Gbps wireless in your computing and connectivity future. Paired with dual Gigabit Ethernet, this motherboard is bound to interest networking enthusiasts.
Performance-wise, the X299-Deluxe was middle of the pack overall, with notable first-place positions in the Far Cry maximum FPS and total frames rendered results. We believe conservative stock platform boost tuning was the reason behind this motherboard not securing additional performance victories. Certainly, the BIOS was refined and ready for additional user input to eke out further performance.
Sporting clean aesthetics with a sharp, angular styling across heatsinks and I/O covers, alongside honed RGB implementation, it makes for a visually pleasant offering, too.