Asus Rog Strix X299 E Gam­ing

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The Asus ROG Strix X299-E Gam­ing is an ATX mother­board with all fea­tures you would like to ex­pect for your a gam­ing ma­chine. This sum­mer In­tel has launched it’s “Sky­lake-X” and “Kaby Lake-X” pro­ces­sors un­der their new Core X-Se­ries. And the big Mother­board gi­ant Asus al­ready in the mar­ket with sev­eral new boards fea­tures the In­tel X299 chipset re­quired to run a Core X-Se­ries CPU. The ROG Strix X299-E Gam­ing is one of those and avail­able on­line at INR 30,500.

De­sign & Fea­tures: Asus moth­er­boards gen­er­ally have black and very tough look like some ar­mour. The ROG Strix X299-E Gam­ing mother­board comes in dark color ac­cented by sharp an­gles and plenty of metal. The ROG Strix X299-E Gam­ing has sev­eral heatsinks and metal-braced PCI Ex­press slots and looks like some alien ma­chine due to RGD LEDs sit­u­ated on the board un­der the cover of the I/O-port. The LGA 2066 CPU socket is the new In­tel socket for their Core X-Se­ries pro­ces­sors and is flanked be­tween the 8 RAM slots.

The X299 chipset sup­ports up to quad-chan­nel mem­ory con­fig­u­ra­tions. In the dual-chan­nel mode, the slots ac­cept up to 64GB of DDR-4133 mem­ory. Quad-chan­nel sup­ports the max ca­pac­ity to 128GB and also sup­port DDR-4133 mod­ules.

The in­ter­est­ing thing about the ROG Strix X299-E mother­board is that it has two M.2 con­nec­tors. One of the con­nec­tors sits near the lower PCI Ex­press x16 slots and an­other one is on the right side of the RAM slots. The typ­i­cal M.2 slot near the RAM easy to ac­cess as com­pared to the slot just be­low the top PCI Ex­press slot, which can be hard to reach once the video card is in­stalled.

Ports & Ac­ces­sories: The ROG Strix X299-E Gam­ing’s rear I/O panel is clean and un­clut­tered. It fea­tures USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A port, two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, WiFi and Blue­tooth con­nec­tor, mul­ti­chan­nel au­dio ports, one USB “BIOS Flash­back” port, which lets you up­date the BIOS without even boot­ing the PC. Put a BIOS up­date on a flash drive, plug it into the BIOS Flash­back port, and press the BIOS but­ton given the top of the panel for three sec­onds to up­date the BIOS.

Asus loaded the board with seven fan con­nec­tors, in­clud­ing one for the pump fan for your CPU cooler and an­other that can han­dle a sec­ond wa­ter pump.

The ROG Strix X299-E Gam­ing ships with an RGB-light-strip ex­ten­sion ca­ble, fan holder for sup­ple­men­tal M.2-mod­ule cool­ing, four SATA ca­bles, ex­ten­sion ca­ble for the ad­dress­able LED header, slick Wi-Fi an­tenna and com­mon doc­u­men­ta­tion and stuffs.

Mar­vel­lous per­for­mance: We set up the prime mother­board us­ing an In­tel Core i7-7740X Core X-Se­ries 4.30 GHz pro­ces­sor into the LGA 2066 socket and then at­tached a Cor­sair Hy­dro H60 liq­uid cooler along 32 GB Zion DDR4 SDRAM, 4GB AMD RADEON RX 570 GPU and In­tel Op­tane 32 GB M.2 SSD.

We used the PC for more than two weeks to check its real-life per­for­mance while us­ing it for day-to-day tasks. We ran mul­ti­ple ap­pli­ca­tions in­clud­ing MS of­fice and browsed the in­ter­net. It man­aged them quite eas­ily.

To go be­yond, we ran two browsers, Chrome and Mozilla, with more than 20 tabs in each. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, we op­er­ated MS of­fice

KEY SPECS: 7th gen­er­a­tion LGA2066 socket In­tel Core X-Se­ries pro­ces­sors, Dual M.2, front panel USB 3.1, On­board 802.11AC WIFI and In­tel Op­tane Mem­ory com­pat­i­bil­ity, 5-Way Op­ti­miza­tion with Auto-Tun­ing and FanXpert 4 au­to­mat­i­cally tai­lors over­clock­ing pro­files, Pa­tent-pend­ing SafeSlot (3X) fea­ture an in­jec­tion mold­ing process, ASUS ex­clu­sive AURA Sync RGB light­ing, three ad­di­tional RGB head­ers, and 3D-print­ing mounts to cus­tom­ize your build, 8-chan­nel HD au­dio, 3x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A; 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C, Thun­der­boltEX 3 card in­cluded

PROS: Quad chan­nel Ram Mod­ule, Asus Aura Sync, In­tel Op­tane com­pat­i­bil­ity, Per­for­mance, Lots stor­age op­tion, Fea­ture rich BIOS

CONS: None and some other ap­pli­ca­tions. We were able to switch be­tween apps without any per­for­mance is­sues.

Us­ing the BIOS we did sim­ple tweaks to check over-clock­ing ca­pa­bil­ity. It was able to achieve 4.50 GHz and per­for­mance was steady. Though the over­clock­ing gen­er­ated the sig­nif­i­cant amount of heat but our liq­uid cooler han­dle it eas­ily. We in­stalled dif­fer­ent games in­clud­ing Shadow of Mor­dor, Thief, NFS etc. to check its gam­ing per­for­mance. It han­dled them eas­ily. Graph­ics and over­all per­for­mance were great. We didn’t no­tice any vis­i­ble lag in the per­for­mance dur­ing the test. More­over, we left one game run­ning at the back and played an­other one. Still, there was no de­lay in the per­for­mance. Bottomline: The ROG Strix X299-E Gam­ing lacks a U.2 con­nec­tor which can be seen in high-end moth­er­boards. But this is not a big deal when two M.2 slots are present on the mother­board. The board has plenty of other fast stor­age fea­tures, in­clud­ing the VROC sup­port and two M.2 con­nec­tors. The ROG Strix X299-E Gam­ing is tar­geted ex­clu­sively at gamers and we think it de­liv­ers a very solid foun­da­tion for a Core X-Se­ries gam­ing PC.

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