ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe

Re­fined and for­ward-look­ing.

APC Australia - - Software -

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.

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