Joined on 09/29/09
What you've come to expect from G.Skill
Pros: Great performing RAM out of the box, recognized instantly by my ASUS X299 Prime Deluxe Motherboard. The individual LEDs on each module look great, and the AURA sync compatibility really highlights the versatility of these modules in your lighting scheme. The overclock was recognized instantly, and with little configuration I was up and running with some of the fastest RAM currently available.
Cons: I'm sure I'm not the first to say this, but these modules are expensive. In part, you're paying for the RGB, as you can get similarly performing modules for less. The price of RAM is also a bit inflated as of this writing due to the higher than normal demand.
Overall Review: The black and RBG nature of these modules make them look great in any case with any color scheme. I stayed loyal to G.Skill because they replaced modules that ran 24/7 for eight years without incident. Nothing I do is critical enough to justify paying for ECC RAM, but I still feel like there is something to be said for modules that can maintain that longevity over nearly a decade. As I intend to do a lot more virtualization in the future, the 64 GB kit will provide all the memory I will need for quite a while.
The next level
Pros: Great board, very well made and all features working. Haven't tested the U.2 connector but all else works. Built in LED lighting looks great. AURA Sync works wonderfully, but components will run the default settings until the Windows app takes control. BIOS/UEFI interface looks great, settings are organized well. The included fan header expansion chip is a wonderful addition for people with larger cases or more fans than the average user. It also allows for a more customized cable management scheme as you can port your fan leads to the space behind your motherboard if you want. The heat sink for the primary M.2 drive is a great consideration, and keeps the temperatures of the drive well within the acceptable range. The automatic overclock settings work very well, and you can customize your overclock to a level I've never experienced if you so choose. Fan and pump settings are highly customizeable, allowing you to set your own temperature and fan speed curves based on your needs. I haven't gotten into this extensively, but I anticipate it being a wonderful feature as I strive for a quiet system. The included SLI bridges are a nice touch. Though I only have one GPU, it makes me feel like ASUS is not trying to nickel and dime you to death.
Cons: So far, I have not been able to put my 2 M.2 NVME drives in RAID 0 when plugged directly into the two M.2 ports on the motherboard. ASUS support confirmed that at this time that is impossible without getting a PCIe card. Realistically, each drive is fast enough on its own, and the speed gained using the drives in RAID 0 on the chipset is not significant, and certainly not double the performance of each of those drives, but I still feel like it's a feature that should work out of the box.
Overall Review: This is not a cheap board, but if you are looking to get the most out of the X299 platform, this is likely the way to go. The dual ethernet ports are helpful if you are trying to run a server in the background, pass one through to a virtual machine, or take advantage of link aggregation. I won't likely use the next-gen ad wifi, but the forward thinking is still appreciated. As long as ASUS continues to support this board with updates, I think it will remain the best option for many.