Asus Prime X299-Deluxe Motherboard Review: Page 4 of 10

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Posted by Heath Coop on Monday, June 26, 2017 - 8:00am

A Closer Look

The Prime X299-Deluxe is part of Asus’s Prime line-up of motherboards. Asus has chosen to give series names to each of its motherboard lines, with Prime being Asus’ mainstream motherboard line.

The white with silver highlight cosmetic design looks clean and easy on the eye. The Prime X299-Deluxe’s appearance is very similar to the Prime Z270-A we reviewed a short time ago, has a bit more sculptured and angular look.

The back panel of the Prime X299-Deluxe offers plenty of connection options. There are four USB 3.1 ports, consisting of three Type-A and one Type-C. There are four USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0 ports as well. Five audio jacks and an Optical S/PDIF out port provide options for audio. The RJ-45 port is driven the I219-V Intel chipset while the other is driven by the I211-AT Intel chipset. The antenna jacks are for the Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac+ WiGig 802.11ad and Bluetooth v4.1.

The lower rear of the motherboard contains few connectors and headers; including analog front panel audio, power button, reset button, Q-Code LED readout, clear CMOS button, and MemOK button.

The lower front of the motherboard contains most of the rest of front panel connections. Here we find a USB 3.0, a USB 2.0, a 4-pin fan header, and the front panel. There are also a 5-pin external fan connector, 4-pin RGB header, and the EZ XMP switch.

Also located here is the lower M.2 socket hidden under the southbridge heatsink. This socket support 2242/2260/2280 PCI-E storage drives along with Intel’s Optane and Rapid Storage technologies.

The lower front of the motherboard contains 6 SATA 6.0 connectors. A U.2 header, and a second USB 3.0 header. There is no support for SATA Express.

The upper front of the motherboard has the diagnostic LED’s, the 24 pin power connector, a USB 3.1 front panel header, a vertical M.2 header, and a 4-pin fan connector. The eight DDR4 DIMM slots support quad channel memory at speeds up to 4000 MHz.

The Intel LGA 2066 socket. Things are a bit snug around the CPU socket, which is not uncommon with modern motherboards.

The upper section of the Prime X299-Deluxe contains 8-pin and 4-pin power connections to ensure no matter the CPU or overclock there is ample current delivery. A second 4-pin RGB header and two fan headers are located here as well.

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