Product on Review: X99-DELUXE II
Manufacturer & Sponsor: ASUS
Street Price: £359.99 GBP / $420 USD
The Intel X99 has been pushed into the shadows with the release of the Intel Z170 chipset, but with news of an upcoming processor release from Intel certain brands have decided to revive the once cutting-edge LGA2011 platform by releasing new motherboards which are able to tap into new features.
One such board to receive a revival is the X99-Deluxe II. Based on the original X99-Deluxe, the Deluxe II carries with it a subtle aesthetics facelift but has had an overhaul to the fundamental features. Not only is Deluxe II capable of hosting the next-generation of processors, but there is also support for USB 3.1, and a large dose of storage – which includes SATA, SATA Express, M.2 and U.2. ASUS has also fine-tuned key areas so that gamers can take advantage of x16/x16 modes for multi-GPU configurations.
So, on paper this board is mightily impressive – let’s waste no further time and jump into our review!
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