ASUS PRIME X299-A Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅11-07-17

While the initial release from Intel and their Core-X Series has been met with mixed receptions, enthusiasts who choose to go down the Intel route for the HEDT platform would be well-advised to take a look at the PRIME-X299 A.

We really like what ASUS has done with the aesthetics on this motherboard – breaking away from the current monochrome trend will settle well with users who want to make an impact. The visual design of a configuration is often one of the fundamental elements to factor into a build and this motherboard certainly received top marks for styling.

Across PRIME-X299 A there are a good selection of features which should satisfy the needs of a variety of different users. ASUS has included supplementary features like MemOK!, LED Debug, an onboard power button and BIOS flashback. We even get a USB 3.1 header which, along with the numerous storage options will supply ample expansion for future usage.

Pitting the ASUS motherboard against similar rivals identified a strong candidate at the given price point, the PRIME X299-A offered up consistent results in a range of different tests. Performance is good, but unfortunately we weren’t quite able to smash the 5.2GHz record we achieve with a competitor – we expect future BIOS updates to rectify this and optomize the overclocking prowess shortly.

The PRIME X299-A can be purchased for £279 GBP / $309 USD and therefore positions itself in a mid-range type of position inside the X299 category. At this price point, we’re edging away from affordability compared to rival solutions – though we are reassured of a rock-solid product for the Core-X Series.

ASUS makes a significant impact with the PRIME X299-A – this motherboard is a visual masterpiece and has a bag full of bells and whistles to keep designers and power users content.

+ Truly unique appearance
+ RGB customisation & headers
+ Great overall performance
+ Arrives with USB 3.1 front header
+ Advanced features – LED Debug, MemOK!
+ Includes heatsink for M.2
+ Uses strengthened PCI Express slots
+ Decent audio solution

- Expensive
- USB 3.0/3.1 should replace USB 2.0 ports

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