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The Hardware Show : plate – Motherboard ASUS ROG STRIX X299E – GAMING – Review

The line card s Republic of Gamers already was well – known for the exceptional quality and the enhanced designs to make the boldest enthusiasts PCs. Among so many subseries, ASUS has been betting heavily on the Strix , focused especially on players.

This year, the manufacturer features a special board for the new Intel Extreme series chips : it is the ASUS ROG STRIX X299E – Gaming .

The main novelty is the new socket and chipset, ready for the latest CPUs. However, as the board s like we’ve tested in the past for this series of chips, this new version comes ready to work with multiple card ‘s video, Overclocking memories, quality audio chip as well as state-of-the-art connectivity features.

Taking advantage of an Intel Core i9-7900X processor, we were able to extract the full potential of the board in several scenarios that demand a lot of performance . In addition, we experience all the lighting features, which give the piece a unique and very eye-catching identity.

Specifications

Caprice in design

There’s no denying that STRIX X299E – Gaming has a well-planned visual composition. Similarly to what we saw in STRIX X99 and other parts, this new version also has the PCB ( board printed circuit) in black, with PCI-Express slots and memories in dark tones. Some elements are in silver color and there are dissipators with different formats.

Of course, part of this design is also due to features coming from the chipset and compatibility with more robust processors. The arrangement of eight memory slots is an important differential here, since it allows robust configurations and still leaves the design bold while keeping the socket centralized.

The manufacturer did a great job in the arrangement of the components, which are positioned to facilitate assembly and maintenance of the parts, but the disparity between the PCI-Express slots seem odd at first glance and may hinder the installation of three card ‘s video , But there are reasons for such a decision.

Apparently, the decision was made to include more expansion slots and allow the combination of two plate s video with different thicknesses – but it can be a little complicated for some tight enclosures. Fortunately, this differentiated layout does not interfere with the installation of the M.2 module next to the chipset.

The plastic sinks and guards distributed around the board create a very flashy ensemble. Although not all parts are made of metal, all items are strategically positioned to provide protection to key components. The highlight in this part, however, is for the chipset heatsink and slot M.2 with the ROG icon.

The ASUS ROG STRIX X299E – Gaming lighting system also needs to be mentioned. The range of LEDs next to the STRIX logo stands out, but the acrylic component with the acronym ROG is the one that most clamors for attention in the center of the plate .

The audio chip, capacitors, and amplifiers are installed to the left of the card , but this time the audio component is almost hidden. There is a shield above it to prevent possible damage to parts. The presence of the Nichicon capacitors also calls attention, being a differential already stamped of this line of plate s.

Internal connectors are installed so intel igente, making room for the handling of all components. ASUS still sends an adapter to the front panel cables of the enclosure in the product package, which makes it much easier to install the components without the need for an instruction manual.

The arrival of the X299 chipset

The ASUS ROG STRIX X299E – Gaming is a card that comes to upgrade the manufacturer’s series of products. It relies on the latest technologies, including the new chipset for Extreme processors , which means a significant leap forward over the similar device of the previous generation.

The Intel X299 already supports the new Intel Optane memory technology and is now compatible with the already established Intel Rapid Storage technology (including PCI-type components). Other than that, it stands out by Intel Management Engine Firmware technologies and Intel ExtremeTuning Utility (XTU), ideal for increasing machine performance .

This model supports up to 14 USB ports (up to 10 type 3.0 or 14 type 2.0), connectivity for up to eight SATA 3.0 devices, PCI Express component (x1, x2, x4 and x16) for up to 24 lines (although That there are specific CPUs that can use more rows). Moreover, it gives access to overclocking facilitated by the BIOS and via software.

In addition to all these changes, the chipset is communicating with the new socket LGA 2066, which already has support for faster memory and communication with board ‘s PCI-Express 3.0 in configurations up to two card s x16 and another in x8. The bus speed reaches 8 GT / s.

Despite being a very recent chipset, Intel has still maintained the fabrication of this component with 22-nanometer lithography. However, it is still small and the consumption is exemplary, with TDP of only 6 watts. Some features may be slightly different when the chipset is paired with an Intel Core i9 CPU .

Compatibility with a whole new line of processors

ASUS STRIX X299E – Gaming is a board that comes to deliver maximum performance for enthusiastic and professional gamers who need advanced features in robust tasks.

However, unlike plate are similar to the past, this new piece has compatibility with multiple CPUs targeted to consumers who seek different levels of performance . With the redesign of the Extremeseries , Intel now offers Intel Core i5, Core i7 and the new Core i9 for the LGA2066 socket.

Basically, this means that you can start your setup with an intermediate model, such as the Intel Core i5-7640K, which already has multiplier unlocked and performance superior to devices in the category. Later, when you feel the need, the advanced socket guarantees a considerable upgrade, even for 10-core models.

This plate parent comes with the TurboV Processor Unit (TPU), a unit that offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for CPU. Combined with the dedicated base-clock (BCLK) chip, this system improves overclocking control, ensuring stability and efficient results. The manufacturer promises overclocking of up to 400 MHz.

Support for overclocking DDR4 memory

Since this board features one of Intel’s most advanced chipsets , we were already confident that it would have the advanced support for overclocking components.

Well, ASUS STRIX X299E – Gaming has eight DDR4 memory slots, being able to work with up to 128 GB, that is, in an installation of eight modules of 16 GB. Thanks to the X299 chipset, the parts can operate in quad-channel mode with i9 CPUs, a configuration that delivers greater performance in tasks that use more memory bandwidth.

 

To deliver high performance to the player or professional looking to get the most out of their machine, ASUS has included support for ultra-high performance components . This plate parent accepts DDR4 memory clocked up to 4133 MHz. It noted, however, that you can also use options with lower frequencies.

SLI and CrossFire for up to three board s video

Considering the focus on games, it is quite natural for such a card to count on support for multiple video card technologies . Anyway, the installation possibilities with the latest processors, which deliver up to 44 lines of communication via PCI-Express, are surprising.

The STRIX X299E – Gaming features three PCI-Express x16 slots to install NVIDIA models in SLI or AMD in CrossFire mode . Thus, ASUS prepared this plate to rotate with up to three plate video s together, two in and in x16 x8.

As previously mentioned, the provision is a much different, but this is no impediment to the CrossFire(which works directly via bus) or even board s GTX 900 series, which were still using different bridges.

Obviously, considering the new board s GeForce GTX 1000 Pascal architecture, the consumer can only use two card s, since the graphics chips are limited to work only in this mode when in SLI.

For gamers who rely on NVIDIA technology, ASUS already ships a bridge to two- card SLI , but solutions for triple-configuration are up to the consumer. The plate more modern s AMD do not need this type of resource, so the manufacturer does not include such accessories in the package.

Incredible sound and high quality network

Just as we have seen in other board s ASUS, the brand bets again on the famous SupremeFX audio processor, which ensures high quality for games. Coupled with two amplifiers, this chip offers 7.1-channel playback and multiple stereo sound transmissions to the front panel.

The audio chip is still coated to prevent electromagnetic interference and has properties that prevent voltage changes. Another highlight here is the NICHICON capacitors, which deliver the highest quality audio. The rear panel audio connectors, which are gold-plated, also help deliver cleaner sound.

The network chip is the Intel I219-V, which ensures good online transmissions by avoiding excessive CPU consumption and providing greater TCP and UDP width. This plate parent is also compatible with wireless networks like 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2. It already comes with external antenna, which has a different format and that improves the reception of WiFi signal.

Test s performance

ASUS ROG STRIX X299E – Gaming is the first board we tested with the new chipset from Intel , which makes a little comparison with plate are similar. Moreover, until the time of publication of this review , we have not had the chance to try the new processing units and their board are compatible with AMD Threadripper platform.

Thus, in the images, we show the gain of using an Intel Core i9 CPU and this ASUS card in comparison to other models that use simpler processors. When we have access to the new processors from AMD, we will update the graphics.

Machine used in the tests s

System: Windows 10 Pro
CPU: Intel Core i9-7900X
Memory: 16 GB RAM Corsair DDR4 2.133 MHz Video
Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti
SSD 1: Intel 540 Series 480 GB
SSD 2: WD Blue 1 TB
Source: Corsair 1500i

PCMark

PCMark is focused on mixed tests , which simulate from the more traditional use of a computer, such as internet browsing, to playing movies and other tasks. We use the Creative Conventional and Home check to check machine performance .

CrystalDiskMark

The CrystalDiskMark is perfect for checking the communication work between a storage device, the plate parent and other components. The program performs read and write tests , which helps to get an idea of the motherboard’s ability to work with HDDs and SSDs.

Cinebench

Cinebench is a benchmark test that verifies the computer’s capabilities in rendering three-dimensional graphics (using OpenGL technology) as well as the processing power of the machine’s main chip.

RealBench

This ASUS benchmark performs a series of practical tests , simulating how the machine behaves on a daily basis. RealBench examines the power of the computer when editing images, encoding videos, working with OpenCL, and performing multiple tasks. The overall result indicates the machine’s capacity in points.

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Worth it?

ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E Gaming is a great plate parent who has adopted the new chipset from Intel and offers the latest in technology for the player. With a lot of new features to increase the experience during the games , this card did very well in our analysis, which is why we recommend it without a doubt!

The design is very flashy and the use of solid components prepared for extreme situations consumption and performance make this an excellent plate parent for the series Extreme from Intel , especially when it comes to the Intel Core i9, resource – intensive and uses a lot of energy .

In our searches, we find ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E Gaming for values ranging from 1,700 to 2,000 reais. The price is somewhat high obviously, but it is in line with the values practiced by the competitors. Also, we must consider that we are dealing with a board for enthusiasts, so the high value was expected.

If you plan to set up an extreme performance setup , surely this is a board that may be among your options. It is not the most robust of the segment, but meets the main needs in the games and guarantees great functionality even in situations of high consumption and overclocking. We like the results in the benchmarks and we recommend the board !