ASUS X99-Deluxe LGA2011-v3 Motherboard & Intel X99 Chipset Review

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ASUS X99-Deluxe Intel X99 Motherboard

ASUS X99-Deluxe Motherboard Layout

It’s finally here, the day we’ve been waiting for! Intel has now officially launched the latest LGA2011 platform on the new Intel X99 chipset! That’s not all though, they are also launching the Intel Core i7-5960X, Intel Core i7-5930K, and the Intel Core i7-5820K! While all that is exciting, right now I have the pleasure of showcasing the first of the Intel X99 motherboards to come across my bench, the ASUS X99-Deluxe! The ASUS X99-Deluxe is currently the lowest cost Intel X99 motherboard from ASUS at only $399! ASUS is also launching their Republic of Gamers Rampage 5 Extreme which will hit the shelves at $499 and the X99-E WS motherboard will cost $519.

One of the key features on the ASUS X99-Deluxe is the Dual Intelligent Processors 5 that ASUS is implementing with this series of motherboards. The DIP5 is a 5-way optimization that is capable of tweaking the entire system. The DIP5 consists of the TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and the Turbo App. Each of the various pieces of the puzzle will work together optimizing their particular piece of the system.

Within the advanced menu for the 5-way optimization are a handful of new options. From within the advanced menu you now have the ability to overclock the processor from it’s default ratio and even tweak the CPU Vcore. When you’re done adjusting those new options you can load up a AVX stress testing routine to see if the system is stable.The Fan Xpert 3 can set the fans to quiet, performance, all depending on what you want

ASUS X99-Deluxe UEFI BIOS

Earlier in the year ASUS unveiled a shiny new look to their UEFI BIOS, and that new look and features has made its way into the new Intel X99 motherboards. The ASUS UEFI BIOS has been my favorite since the initial UEFI launch with the Intel P67 platform way back when, and ASUS has only improved on it!

ASUS X99-Deluxe DDR4 Memory 3000MHz

The Intel X99 platform is the first to run the latest DDR4 memory modules, and while it’s not clear what frequency kits will be hitting the market right off the bat, overclocking looks promising. Above ASUS is showing off a kit of Corsair DDR4-2133 CMV4GX4M1A2133C15 running at an impressive 3000MHz! That’s a memory kit running at 867MHz faster than the JEDEC setting!

Intel X99 Block Diagram

The block diagram for the Intel X99 chipset shows off how the system works. Coming directly off of the processor we have the four memory channels (hence quad-channel). Each of the channels is rated for up to 2133MHz, but each of the boards will be supporting various speeds through memory dividers and XMP profiles. The ASUS X99-Deluxe states that it will support up to 3000MHz (O.C.).  The Intel Core i7 processor is rated for up to 40 PCIe lanes, all of which are PCIe Gen 3. Though there are also eight PCIe lanes from the X99 chipset that are PCIe Gen 2.0. The Intel X99 chipset supports a total of 14 high speed USB ports. Of the 14 available USB ports, six of them are SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and eight of them are USB 2.0. We can also see above that the Intel chipset has direct lines for both the Intel Integrated gigabit ethernet, as well as the audio codec.

ASUS X99-Deluxe Intel X99 Motherboard Specifications
CPU
  • New Intel Core i7 Processors on LGA 2011-v3 Socket
DRAM
  • 8 x DIMM, max. 64GB, DDR4 3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)*/2666(O.C.)* /2400(O.C.)*/2133 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory
  • XMP 1.3 Supported
Optimize
System
  • DIP 5 (5-Way Optimization – DIGI+ Power Control)
  • DIP 5 (5-Way Optimization – TPU)
  • Turbo APP
  • Turbo LAN
  • USB 3.0 Boost
  • Direct Key connector
  • HW Fast Boot Support
Network
  • Intel I218-V
  • Intel I211-AT
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • 3T3R Dual BandWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi GO! & Wi-Fi Engine
Expansion
Slots
  • PCIex16 (Dark Gray@x16)
  • PCIex16 (Black@x16/x8)
  • PCIex16 (Black@x8)
  • PCIex4(Black@X4/x1)
BIOS
  • USB BIOS Flashback with USB BIOS FlashbackWizard
  • EZFlash2
  • AI Suite III (EZ Update)
  • Crash Free BIOS 3
  • New UEFI EZ mode featuring friendly graphics user interface and Wizards
  • All fan available to tune with DC and PWM mode
  • Wizard for Simple OC and RAID
  • New user friendly interface for My Favorites & Shortcuts
  • Boot Logo Size Adjustment
  • SATA Port Renaming
  • F12 BIOS Print
Power
Solution
  • Digital 8 Phase Power Design with Asus CPU Power Utility & FIVR Control
  • 2+2 Phase Digital Power Design with Asus DRAM Power Utility
  • 9 Steps Load-Line Calibration
  • Real-time adjustment
  • Anti-Surge Protection
  • ESD Protection
  • DRAM Protection
  • DIP 5 (5-Way Optimization) with EPU switch
Mass
Storage
  • 12 (4 grey via native PCH controller1, 4 black via native PCH controller2, 2 via SATA Express PCH native, 2 via SATA Express ASM106SE )
  • 1x PCIE GEN3 X4M Key socket 3, supports type from 2242 to 2280
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 via IRST 13
  • 2TB+ RAID
  • 14 USB 3.0 (4 front via PCH native, 10 rear via ASM1042AE and ASM1074 USB 3.0 Hub)
  • 6 USB 2.0 (4 mid; 2 rear via native PCH)
Bundled
Software
  • Ai Suite 3
  • Wi-Fi GO! (Wi-Fi Engine)
  • Media Streamer
  • Home Cloud Server
  • Turbo APP
  • Turbo LAN
  • Crystal Sound 2
Bundled
Hardware
  • Wireless Charger
  • NFC Express Station
Crystal
Sound 2
Audio
  • ALC1150
  • Left /Right Channel Track Separation
  • New Audio Preset
  • Shielding design
  • EMI Protection Covering
  • Audio AMP
  • Nichicon Audio Capacitors
Debug
Tools
  • MemOK!
  • ASUS DRAM SPD Information
  • Q-LED
  • 5 Way Optimization (TPU)
  • 2 Step TPU Switch
  • BIOS based OC Tuner
  • Ai Tweaker
  • GPU Tweak
  • O.C Profile
  • C.P.R.
  • Power / Reset / CLRTC / MemOK! / USB BIOS Flashback / DirectKey Onboard Buttons
  • TPU / EPU / SLI,GFX / EZ XMP / 5-pin Thunderbolt Header / 5-pin EXT_FAN connector Onboard Switch / Header
Thermal
Design
  • Aesthetic Streamline IO cover and Heat pipe
  • 6 x Fan connectors: 2 x CPU / 4 x Chassis; 3x extension fan connectors via Fan Extension Card
  • PWM/DC Auto Switching Mode support for CPU Fan
  • Q-Fan
  • FAN Xpert 3
Other
Features
  • MyLogo2
  • ASUS HyperM.2 X 4
  • Ai Charger+
  • USB Charger+
  • ASUS Q-Connector
  • ASUS Q-Slot
  • Asus Q-Shield
  • ASUS Q-DIMM

Now that you have the specifications above memorized, let’s move to the next page where we can take a look at the retail packaging and bundle that accompanies the ASUS X99-Deluxe!

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  • Daniel Kiefer

    Hallo zusammen,
    Ob passt mit mein CPU Intel Core i7 4820K sockel 2011 mit Asus X99 Deluxe???
    Bitte melden bei mir,ob passen richtig mit CPU mit Asus X99 Deluxe,voraus danke

    Mfg

  • Bootable M.2 AHCI/NVMe

    Has anyone tried to boot from PCIe M.2 drive with AHCI controllers (like XP941)? And what about PCIe M.2 drive with NVMe controllers (like SP951, engineering samples)? Without the ability to boot from X99 deluxe M.2 slot is useless :(

  • Jimbo

    Did you have any issues with the UEFI changing your settings on reboots? I’ve been messing with it for a few hours and keep finding that I’ll boot back up and BLKC will be set to 125, when I specifically left it at 100.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      ASUS is working on some new UEFI versions and you’ll likely see 0801 or newer coming out next week. ASUS has implemented a number of 100MHz strap patches for most all memory speeds. We have a beta build here internally that is looking pretty good.

  • http://www.socialjustice.ws gerwingr

    OH Boy, so these are the facts eh ? ” i am Canadian :) ” well, i am using a MSI big bang with i960′s ” over clocked to 4.0 Ghz. ” reading these results, i am going out and buying a AMD 285 video card, and sticking with my add in cards for sata 3, and appreciate that my ” used stuff ” costs only 20 percent of what this is new. Now for those of you who do not have a system, you might want this good stuff, but do look at what a x58 platform ” hopped up ” can bring to your table. after all , it is a desk top, and over kill , for internet, skype, and 99 percent of all programs, say, for blotted new games. ” but good video card is key to this ” good review, thanks, i have been waiting for a review. and i for one am going to stick to my MSI big bang. ” i spent 500 in total ” and will just get a new video card, .

    • Papizach Akbar

      ur cpu might bcome the bottleneck if u playin ultra/max setting with 1080p display, hence, tweak ur system is ‘justified’. OO, im surprise ur bing bang have been used for internet, skype,… its a gaming or workstation class board.