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This review is from: ASUS X99-DELUXE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: My 5960x is running at 4.3 GHz and I feel like it will go higher no problem. I will try to go higher whenever I need some more speed.
SLI is working great.
There are plenty of fan headers, and I have lots of fans. However, I’m currently using my fan controller, but if it breaks, I can just use the motherboard!
I really like that the motherboard comes with a wireless adapter with Bluetooth, it saved me from having to install one in the PCI-E slots. I have had pretty reliable connections with it. I also like that the antenna is magnetic so I can stick it to my case.
I haven’t had any Blue Screen of Deaths! (I have had some issues, but no crashes after Windows is loaded)
The Realtek HD Audio Manager lets me adjust the pitch of the sound output, which is really fun to do. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that that was included in the audio manager
Cons: Before I updated the EUFI BIOS, I couldn’t use a keyboard or mouse in the EUFI unless I cleared the CMOS. After updating the BIOS, the keyboard and mouse worked in there fine.
However, sometimes Windows will not detect the keyboard (Corsair K70) on startup and I have to switch USB ports, and if I switch either the mouse or keyboard from one port to another, when the system is powered down, Windows has to search for device drivers to get the keyboard and mouse working.
I couldn’t get the XMP profiles to work with my Corsair LPX 2800 memory, but I was able to manually set it
When the computer is booting up, the ASUS logo is scrambled now. It looked fine after many boots, but now it looks scrambled. Re-flashing the BIOS again would probably fix it, but I haven’t tried it.
I have a ROG PCI-E SSD installed in the bottom slot and it is hitting my USB 3.0 motherboard header and making the card bend up toward the fan on my secondary GTX 770. It is working though.
Other Thoughts: I plugged my Corsair H80i water pump into the motherboard’s internal USB 3.0 port instead of the USB 2.0 header by using an adapter, but it doesn’t work in USB 3.0. I had to plug it into a USB 2.0 port for Corsair Link to recognize it. I just leave it unplugged now that I have programmed it.
Overall, I like the performance and features of this board. I’m hoping for another BIOS or driver update to fix my remaining USB issues. The BIOS update helped my keyboard and mouse detection issues in the EUFI, and made this board useable. I saw a lot of hype for this board and was sort of let down by the issues, but I’m hopeful that I will eventually get them straightened out.
Windows 7 64bit
X99-DELUXE BIOS version 0801
Corsair LPX 2800 4x4GB
2x SLI GTX 770
ROG RAIDR Express 240GB SSD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD
ASUS BC-08B1ST BD-ROM
AFT USB 3.0 card reader
Corsair K70 keyboard
Logitech M-UAE96 mouse
Pros: This fan has decent airflow and is quiet at full RPM. The fan blades have a clear frosted look, which refracts the red LEDs. The LEDs are a true red color, and they are a medium-high brightness at full RPM. This fan works well for a top exhaust fan (see other thoughts)
Cons: The fan is slightly audible compared to some hydraulic bearing fans, but worked much better as a top exhaust fan in my experience (see other thoughts)
Other Thoughts: I replaced a Cougar hydraulic bearing fan with this one because it would make a rattling noise when operated above ~60% full RPM. The hydraulic bearing fan had a tendency to get a oscillation motion inside its housing when it was oriented as a top exhaust fan. I moved the Cougar fan in front of my hard drive bay and it no longer rattles in that orientation. I'm glad that I don't have to hear my top exhaust fan rattling anymore!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have two of these 6-feet cables and they look nice and work perfectly.
Cons: none - no problems
Other Thoughts: I have a USB 3.0 card reader attached to these cables. I went with 6ft cables so I can rout them around the back of my motherboard tray. 3ft cables would have worked fine though if I routed them in front of the motherboard.READ FULL REVIEW