ASUS X99 Deluxe Review

👤by Richard Weatherstone Comments 📅27-09-14
Packaging And Accessories



It’s interesting to contrast the X99-Deluxe’s packaging exterior with that of the recently reviewed MSI X99S Gaming 9. Whilst the latter puts branding front and centre, hiding away the motherboard, the X9-Deluxe emphasises the sexiness of the electronics on display, showing that it’s not just another cookie-cutter mainstream design.
The colour scheme matches that of the board inside, focussing on black and white with a hint of gold trim (as seen on the capacitor tops). Other manufacturers have tended to choose an almost dolly-mixture-esq combination of colours, so it’s nice to see ASUS have confidence in their chosen livery.
As we always like to see, fundamental compatibility information is clearly displayed on the front. Also mentioned are the dts-audio support, sure to be of interest considering that this is the fully-featured model.



The bottom is very much the ‘business end’ of the X99-Deluxe’s packaging; ASUS have made this side extremely dense with detailed information on the motherboards’ feature set. Included are the much trumped OC Socket and 5-Way Optimisation, whilst M.2 X4 and Wireless LAN compatibility via an adaptor are also not hidden away.

For many just picking up the product on a shelf there could be some information overload, but anyone without easy access to the Internet when they’re purchasing will find almost every scrap of information they need.

Accessories



Comprehensive is certainly the word when it comes to the X99-Deluxe’s accessory bundle. In addition to the necessities – the ASUS I/O shield, M.2 bracket (with black PCB!) and user manual – ASUS have also included enough SATA cables for 8 discrete drives, an SLI bridge for multiple NVIDIA GPU systems, and a driver/utility disc set.

But that’s not all. The Deluxe model has an integrated wireless networking module which is augmented by ASUS 3T3R dual band Wi-Fi antenna antennas that’s compliant with all common 802.11 standards including ac. Fan control is aided by a fan extension card and 5-pin to 5-pin cable, adding three 4-pin PWM headers with sensor-based monitoring through software. And of course Thermistor cables are also included for temperature monitoring.

Deluxe? We’d say so. The full accessory list is below:

- User's manual
- ASUS Q-Shield
- 8 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
- 1 x ASUS 2-Way/3-Way SLI bridge
- 1 x M.2 X4 bracket
- 1 x ASUS 3T3R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
- 1 x Fan Extension Card (3 x 4-pin fan out)
- 1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
- 1 x 5-pin to 5-pin cable
- 1 x Thermistor cable(s)
Support Disc:
- Drivers, ASUS Utilities, EZ Update, Anti-virus software (OEM version)



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