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Almost two years ago we studied and tested the motherboard ASUS X99-Deluxe . It was not only one of the first motherboards for the Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition and Core i7-5930K families of the Haswell-E family, released in late August 2014, but also an almost ideal platform for them. As we mentioned in previous articles, with the release of the new Broadwell-E processors (Intel Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition and Core i7-6900K), board makers have a good reason to update some very popular models, and to release new ones. ASUS X99-Deluxe has been upgraded, instead of which you can now buy even more perfect ASUS X99-Deluxe II .

Its features, differences from the basic model and innovations will be discussed in today's article .

Technical characteristics and recommended cost

Supported processors
Supported processors [

Intel Core i7 processors in the performance of LGA2011-v3 (Haswell-E)
Chipset Intel X99 Express
The memory subsystem 8 × DIMM DDR4 (non-ECC) unbuffered memory of up to 128 GB;
four-channel memory mode;
support for 3333 (O.C.) / 3300 (O.C.) / 3200 (O.C.) / 3000 (O.C.) / 2800 (O.C.) /
2666 (O.C.) / 2400 (O.C.) / 2133 MHz modules;
support for XMP (Extreme Memory Profile).
Connectors for expansion cards 4 x PCI Express x16 3.0 / 2.0 slots, x16, x16 / x16, x16 / x16 / x8 and x8 / x8 / x8 / x8 with a processor with 40 lines of PCI-E and x16, x16 / x8 and x8 / x8 / x8 with a processor with 28 lines of PCI-E;
1 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (x4 mode);
1 PCI Express 2.0 slot x1.
Scalability of the video subsystem NVIDIA Quad / 3-Way / 2-Way SLI Technology;
AMD Quad / 3-Way / 2-Way CrossFireX Technology.
Drive Interfaces Chipset Intel X99 Express:
10 × SATA 3, bandwidth up to 6 Gbit / s;
1 × SATA Express, up to 10 Gbps throughput (using two SATA 3);
1 × M.2 (PCI Express x4, Gen 3), up to 32 Gbps throughput (type 2242/2260/2280);
2 × U.2 (PCI Express x4, Gen 3), bandwidth up to 32 Gb / s.
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel Rapid Storage, Intel Smart Response, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug.
Networking
interface
Network controller Intel Gigabit LAN I218-V (10/100/1000 Mbit);
Intel Gigabit LAN controller I211-AT (10/100/1000 Mbps);
Support for Anti-surge LANGuard and ASUS Turbo LAN technologies.
Wireless network interface Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac;
Support for two 2.4 / 5GHz bands and ASUS Wi-Fi Go !;
Transmission speed up to 1300 Mbit / s.
Bluetooth Bluetooth V4.0.
Audio subsystem 7.1 channel Crystal Sound 3 codec with data protection support (Realtek ALC1150 audio codec);
high-quality reproduction with a signal-to-noise ratio of 112 dB and a linear input with a signal-to-noise ratio of 104 dB;
Japanese audio condensers Nichicon premium;
supports the definition of the connected device type, multi-stream playback, reassignment of the front audio panel connectors.
The interface of the USB Intel X99 Express Chipset:
4 USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports (all on the rear panel);
6 USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports (4 on the rear panel, 2 ports connected to the corresponding connectors on the board).
Controller ASMedia ASM1074:
4 USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports on the rear panel.
Controller ASMedia ASM1142:
4 USB 3.1 / 3.0 / 2.0 ports on the rear panel (3 Type-A + Type-C).
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel 1 button USB BIOS Flashback;
4 USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports;
2 LAN LAN outlets RJ-45;
4 USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports;
4 USB ports 3.1 / 3.0 / 2.0 (3 Type-A + Type-C);
1 ASUS module Wi-Fi GO! (Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac and Bluetooth v4.0);
1 optical S / P-DIF output;
5 audio connectors (Center / Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In).
Internal connectors on the motherboard 1 24-pin EATX power connector;
2 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors;
1 4-pin ATX 12V power connector;
8 SATA 3;
1 SATA Express;
1 M.2;
2 U.2;
5 4-pin connectors for case / processor fans with PWM support;
1 4-pin connector for PZM pump with PWM support;
1 High AMP fan connector;
1 connector EXT_FAN;
1 AAFP;
1 Aura RGB Strip;
2 USB 3.0 / 2.0 connectors;
2 USB 2.0 / 1.0 connectors;
1 Thunderbolt;
1 EZ XMP switch;
1 SLI / CFX switch;
1 DRCT connector;
1 button MemOK !;
1 connector for a temperature sensor;
1 CPU / DRAM OV;
1 power button;
1 reset button;
1 jumper for CMOS reset;
1 TPM connector;
1 S / P-DIF out connector;
a group of connectors for the front panel.
BIOS 128 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with a multi-lingual GUI (SD / HD / Full HD);
PnP, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 5.0;
ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified Log, F12 PrintScreen and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect).
Brand functions, technologies and exclusive features 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5

  • 5-Way Optimization tuning key consolidation TPU, EPU, DIGI + VRM, Fan Xpert 4 and Turbo Core App;

ASUS 5X Protection II:

  • ASUS LANGuard – 2.5X higher surge tolerance;
  • ASUS Overvoltage Protection – World-class circuit-protecting power design;
  • ASUS DIGI + VRM – 8 Phase digital power design;
  • ASUS DRAM Overcurrent Protection – Prevents damage from short circuits;
  • ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I / O – 3X corrosion resistance for greater durability;

ASUS Wi-Fi GO!

  • Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO !, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer;

ASUS Exclusive Features:

  • USB BIOS Flashback;
  • MemOK !;
  • AI Suite 3;
  • Ai Charger +;
  • M.2 & SATA Express;
  • Anti-Surge;
  • USB 3.1 Boost;
  • Disk Unlocker;
  • Turbo LAN;
  • Crystal Sound 3;
  • EZ XMP ASUS Exclusive Features;
  • Mobo Connect;
  • PC Cleaner;

Remote Entertainment:

  • Media Streamer;
  • HyStream;

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:

  • Stylish Design Heat-pipe solution;
  • ASUS Fan Xpert 4;

ASUS EZ DIY:

  • DirectKey;
  • Precision Tweaker 2;
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS;
  • ASUS EZ Flash 3;
  • ASUS USB BIOS Flashback;
  • ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode;
  • Multi-language BIOS;
  • Push Notice;

ASUS Q-Design:

  • ASUS Q-Shield;
  • ASUS Q-Code;
  • ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED);
  • ASUS Q-Slot;
  • ASUS Q-DIMM;
  • ASUS Q-Connector;

Special Memory O.C. Design;
Key Express .

Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7
The form factor, the dimensions (mm) ATX, 305 × 244
The warranty of the manufacturer of the manufacturer years 3
Retail Value, US Dollars 419

Packaging and the complete set

The cardboard box, in which the ASUS X99-Deluxe II motherboard is shipped, was partially spoiled by courier service – unfortunately, this sometimes happens. On the front side of the box the board itself is shown and the name of the model is indicated, and from below the main technologies and operating system are marked with icons.

The reverse side of the box is reserved for the schematic designation of the main board elements, brief specifications, lists of supported technologies and expansion options.

The face of the box reclines, revealing a view of the board itself through a transparent plastic window, as well as extended information about the components of this product. On the right, a new technology for highlighting ASUS Aura is briefly described, with which we already got acquainted earlier .

A sticker glued to one of the ends of the box will briefly tell the potential buyer about the characteristics of the product, its serial number and batch number.

Complete with the ASUS X99-Deluxe II is the richest. First of all, you can find in the box an expanded to eight pieces of SATA cables with latches, an external backlight tape cable, a USB cable, an adapter with a mini-DisplayPort on DisplayPort, a rear panel cover, a flexible connecting bridge for 3-way SLI, ASUS Q-connector for the wires of the front panel of the case, a plastic device for more convenient installation of the processor in the connector, three cables with temperature sensors, a bracket for vertical fixation of the drive with the M.2 connector and screws.

In addition to the above, the kit includes three expansion cards, which we will cover in the course of this article, as well as a Wi-Fi antenna.

The configuration and operation instructions, the CD with drivers and utilities, a separate CD with software for ThunderboltEX 3 and ASUS stickers are not forgotten.

Bonus to the card is a 15-day bonus access to the armored decker cruiser "Diana" in the game World of Warships.

Our copy of the ASUS X99-Deluxe II belongs to version 1.02, is manufactured in China and is provided with a factory three-year warranty. At the time of writing the article, the cost of this fee began at 33,500 rubles, and in foreign online stores it can be purchased at a price of about 420 US dollars, which is $ 20 more than the ASUS X99-Deluxe cost when it appeared on the market. Agree that in this price range of $ 20, the difference in price does not play any role.

# Design Features

ASUS X99-Deluxe II is made in the standard form factor ATX for this class of cards and has standard dimensions – 305 × 244 mm. Almost black color board textolite is maximum filled with elements from the front side, therefore on the opposite side, in addition to the power elements of the power circuits traditionally located there, several controllers had to be taken out.

The design of the ASUS X99-Deluxe II has undergone minimal changes. The shape of the plastic casing closing the rear panel connectors, the inscription on the sound path and the design of the chipset radiator have slightly changed.

As a result, the board began to look visually lighter and, I think, a bit more interesting outwardly. But still the differences are minimal.

The following connectors are located on the rear panel of ASUS X99-Deluxe II:

  • USB Flash BIOS button;
  • 4 USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports;
  • 2 network LAN outlets RJ-45;
  • 4 USB 2.0 / 1.1 ports;
  • 4 USB ports 3.1 / 3.0 / 2.0 (3 Type-A + Type-C);
  • ASUS Wi-Fi GO! (Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac and Bluetooth v4.0);
  • optical S / PDIF output;
  • 5 audio connectors (Center / Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In).

The cooling system of the motherboard consists of four radiators. Two of them are responsible for cooling the chipset – they are connected by a heat pipe to each other, and two are designed to lower the temperatures of the elements of the CPU power circuits and are also connected by a heat pipe.

In addition, on the chips on the back of the board installed a metal plate with a thermal padding. By removing these radiators, you can proceed to a detailed study of the ASUS X99-Deluxe II.

We will familiarize ourselves with the main components of the board and their arrangement on the PCB on the next photo.

In addition, from operating instructions you can get a detailed description and information about the location of all the elements on the board.

The ASUS X99-Deluxe II has a processor socket for the LGA2011-v3.

As you probably know, this is the proprietary ASUS O.C. Socket with an increased number of contacts, through which the processor provides a more stable power, eliminating its subsidence at high loads.

The list of supported ASUS X99-Deluxe II processors is given in in a special section on the board page where you can find both the recently released Intel Core i7-6950X and the entire line of Intel Xeon server LGA2011-v3.

The power supply system of the processor is eight-channel, using solid-state capacitors and chokes with a ferrite core.

The power management of the processor is carried out by the controller Digi + VRM ASP1257.

Board power is provided by three connectors: standard 24-pin and 8-pin are complemented by four-pin.

The latter provides power to the processor under extreme overclocking.

Established eight DIMM slots of DDR4 memory are located on both sides of the processor socket.

Like most other motherboards on the Intel X99 Express, the maximum memory capacity for the ASUS X99-Deluxe II is 128 GB. The support of modules with frequencies 3333 (O.C.) / 3300 (O.C.) / 3200 (O.C.) / 3000 (O.C.) / 2800 (O.C.) / 2666 (O.C.) / 2400 (O.C.) / 2133 MHz without error correction is declared. Of course, XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) is supported, and a list of compatible RAM modules of specific manufacturers can be found on the support page .

The four-channel power system of RAM is controlled by two Digi + ASP1250 controllers (one for each quartet of modules).

In addition to the EZ XMP switch, which uses the memory modes (frequency / timings) stitched into the modules, there is a MemOK! Button on the ASUS X99-Deluxe II, with which you can start the system after a failed start or using some exclusive modules.

There are six PCI Express slots on ASUS X99-Deluxe II, of which four PCI Express are 3.0, one is 2.0 x4 and one is 2.0 x1.

Unlike ASUS X99-Deluxe, ASUS X99-Deluxe II all PCI Express 3.0 connectors received an additional metallized shell, which makes them 1.6 times stronger for hold and 1.8 times for shift / break (technology SafeSlot).

ASUS X99-Deluxe II supports multiprocessor graphics technology AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI, but the number of video cards and their operating modes depend on the number of PCI-E-lines in the processor, which is clearly demonstrated in the instruction.

Communicators ASM1480 are responsible for the allocation of PCI-E lines which are three times larger than on ASUS ROG STRIX X99 Gaming .

The Intel X99 Express chipset contacts its heat sink via a thick thermal padding. There is no protective frame.

In total, the ASUS X99-Deluxe II has ten SATA III connectors with a throughput of up to 6 Gb / s, two of which are part of a single SATA Express with a bandwidth of up to 10 Gbps.

Six black SATA ports support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 arrays, as well as Intel Rapid Storage and Intel Smart Response, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug.

To the left of them is the first U.2 connector with a capacity of up to 32 Gbps, which reserves four PCI-E lines. Another connector of this type is located vertically in the area near the memory modules.

Next to it is a vertical M.2 connector with a bandwidth of up to 32 Gb / s and support for type 2242, 2260 and 2280 drives. In addition, there is a separate module in the package bundle that can be installed in the PCI Express slot and get the second connector M.2 (ASUS Hyper M.2 x4 board).

This expansion card allows you to install M.2 drives of types 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110.

Wired network interfaces on ASUS X99-Deluxe II are implemented by Gigabit controllers Intel WGI211AT and Intel WGI218LM . Both RJ-45 connectors have the firmware protection LANGuard, which increases the resistance to static electricity by 1.9 times, and to voltage drops – by 2.5 times.

Hardware optimization is complemented by the proprietary ASUS Turbo LAN network traffic management technology that automatically prioritizes applications for the use of network traffic and, in particular, can reduce game delays by 1.4 times. In addition to wired network interfaces, the board is equipped with wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (maximum data transfer rate of 1300 Mbit / s) and Bluetooth 4.0 supporting dual-band operation 2.4 / 5 GHz and ASUS Wi-Fi Go!.

USB ports on the board are served by both chipset capabilities and additional controllers. Chipset Intel X99 Express allowed to implement on the ASUS X99-Deluxe II 10 ports, of which four are USB 3.0, and six – USB 2.0. Ещё четыре порта USB 3.0 на задней панели добавлены за счёт контроллера ASMedia ASM1074.

К слову, на приведённом выше фото слева виден контроллер Macro, с помощью которого реализована технология ASUS Key Express, позволяющая назначать макросы функциональным клавишам F1-F10 для запуска любых приложений, включения компьютера, а также для перепрошивки BIOS.

Возвращаясь к теме USB-портов, добавим, что ASUS X99-Deluxe II получила сразу четыре высокоскоростных порта USB 3.1 (три разъёма Type-A и один Type-C). Все они размещены на задней панели и реализованы двумя контроллерами ASMedia ASM1142.

 

На плате есть ещё одна микросхема производства ASMedia Technology Inc. – ASM1184e.

Её задача – распределение линий PCI Express x1 и x4.

Продолжает тему высокоскоростных интерфейсов платы ASUS адаптер ThunderboltEX 3 с пропускной способностью до 40 Гбит/с.

Данный контроллер устанавливается  в разъём PCI Express x4 и способен обеспечивать высокоскоростной обмен данными через порты USB 3.1 Type-A и Type-C, а также mini-DisplayPort.

Переходник с mini-DisplayPort на DisplayPort идёт в комплекте с платой, чего не было у ASUS X99-Deluxe.

Звуковая подсистема на плате называется Crystal Sound 3 (ранее – Crystal Sound 2). Она практически не претерпела изменений в сравнении с предшественницей, если не считать появившегося предрегулятора питания для уменьшения помех на входе аудиосистемы. В её основе по-прежнему лежит HD-аудиокодек Realtek ALC1150.

Зона звукового тракта на плате для защиты от помех отделена от остальных компонентов изолирующей полосой, не содержащей токопроводящих слоёв, а левый и правый аудиоканалы разведены в разных слоях текстолита.

В наличии здесь и встроенный усилитель для наушников, и японские высококачественные конденсаторы Nichicon, что в совокупности позволяет достичь высококачественного воспроизведения аудиоконтента с соотношением сигнала и шума 112 дБ и 104 дБ на линейном входе.

Как и на большинстве других материнских плат ASUS, обеспечение мониторинга X99-Deluxe II возложено на контроллер Nuvoton NCT6791D-A.

На лицевой и обратной стороне платы распаяны два чипа TPU (Turbo Processing Unit).

 

Их назначение – автоматический разгон процессора и памяти посредством подбора оптимальных параметров.

На нижней кромке платы отметим кнопки включения и сброса, незаменимый индикатор POST-кодов, кнопку очистки BIOS, разъёмы для подключения внешней карты вентиляторов Fan Extension Card, подсветки, USB-портов и кабелей передней панели.

Всего непосредственно на ASUS X99-Deluxe II есть семь термодатчиков и шесть четырёхконтактных разъёмов для подключения вентиляторов (все с поддержкой ШИМ-управления). Один из этих разъёмов имеет повышенную электрическую мощность — он предназначен для подключения помпы системы жидкостного охлаждения.

Кроме того, плата комплектуется дополнительной картой Fan Extension Card, к которой можно подключить ещё три вентилятора и три термодатчика.

BIOS на ASUS X99-Deluxe II реализован микросхемой ёмкостью 128 Мбит.

Обновление или восстановление BIOS очень удобно реализовано с помощью кнопки USB BIOS Flashback на задней панели. Причём эта операция выполняется с USB-накопителя даже без установки в плату процессора и оперативной памяти.

Ещё одним, на сей раз «бонусным», отличием ASUS X99-Deluxe II от предшественницы стала фирменная система подсветки. Здесь она реализована светодиодами у замков разъёмов PCI Express, в зоне звукового тракта и под радиатором чипсета.

Цвет подсветки, её интенсивность и режим работы можно задать самостоятельно через программное обеспечение ASUS Aura. Кроме этого, через соответствующий разъём в нижней части к плате можно подключить светодиодную ленту (в комплект не входит), расширив зону подсветки в корпусе системного блока.

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