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Motherboard ASUS X99-PRO: review and testing

Motherboard ASUS X99-PRO is a high-level solution on the company ASUS. At the time of testing it is positioned as a slightly simplified opion of the top-end ASUS X99-DELUXE. Also the arsenal of the Taiwanese company has a version of the ASUS X99-A. Let us compare new item with the neighbor on the product line:

 

ASUS X99-A

ASUS X99-PRO

ASUS X99-DELUXE

USB 3.0

external/internal

6/4

6/4

10/4

USB 2.0

external/internal

4/4

4/4

2/4

RAM

8 x DIMM

Up to 64 GB

8 x DIMM

Up to 64 GB

8 x DIMM

Up to 64 GB

PCIe 3.0 x16

3

3

5

PCIe 2.0 x16

1 (in mode х4)

1 (in mode х4)

1 (in mode х4)

PCIe x1

2

2

No

PCI

No

No

No

Distribution scheme of 40lines   PCIe 3.0

х16

х16+х16

х16+х16+х8

х16

х16+х16

х16+х16+х8

х16

х16+х16

х16+х16+х8

х16+х8+х8+х8

х8+х8+х8+х8+х8

SATA 6 Gb/s

8

8

8

SATA Express

1

1

2

eSATA

No

No

No

M.2

1

1 + 1 (on complete board)

1 + 1 (on complete board)

Thunderbolt 

No

No

No

LAN

1

1

2

AUdio

Realtek ALC1150

Realtek ALC1150

Realtek ALC1150

Wi-Fi

No

Yes

867 Mb/s

Yes

1300 Mb/s

Bluetooth

No

Yes

Yes

Power supply phases

8

8

8

Format

ATX

ATX

ATX

ASUS X99-A and the flagship ASUS X99-DELUXE. In contrast to the more affordable models it offers wireless interface module Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but not as fast as for ASUS X99-DELUXE. We also note the possibility of installing two drives with interface M.2, where one slot is soldered on the PCB surface, and the second as the older model is supplied in the form of complete expansion board HYPER M.2 x4.

As for the expansion slots PCI Express 3.0, if you need the ability to install four graphics cards, your choice is top model, whereas for the more familiar scenarios with one or two graphics cards are ideal are more affordable solutions.

However, let us examine in more details the capabilities of new item without making premature conclusions. 

 

ASUS X99-PRO

The specs:

Producer

ASUS

Model

X99-PRO (rev 1.0)

Chipset

Intel X99

CPU socket

Socket LGA2011-v3

CPUs supported

Intel Core i7 Extreme of family Intel Haswell-E

Memory frequency

2133 / 2400* / 2666* / 2800* / 3000* / 3200* / 3300* MHz

(*OC)

Memory support

8 x DDR4 DIMM- slots with support of memory up to 64 GB

Expansion slots

3 x PCI Express 3.0 / 2.0 x16

40 lines

28 lines

х16

х16+х16

х16+х16+х8

х16

х16+х8

Х16+х8+х4

1 х PCI Express 2.0 x16 (in mode х4)

2 х PCI Express 2.0 x4

Disk subsystem

Intel X99 chipset supports:

1 х M.2 x4 PCIe 3.0 (M.2 2242, M.2 2260, M.2 2280, M.2 22110)

8 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x SATA Express (compatible with 2 x SATA 6 Gb/s)

RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

LAN

1 x Intel WGI218V (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2,4 / 5 ГГц)

Max data rate up to 867 Mb/s

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 4.0

Sound subsystem

Codec Realtek ALC1150

8-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power connectors

1 х 24-pin ATX main power connector

1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power ATX12V

Fans

2 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

4 x system fan connector (4-pin)

Cooling

Aluminum radiator on the chipset connected by heat pipe with additional radiator

Aluminum radiators on elements of power subsystem

External I/O

1 х PS/2 (mouse or keyboard connection)

1 x LAN (RJ45)

6 x USB 3.0

4 x USB 2.0

5 x audio jacks

1 х optical S/PDIF Out

2 х socket for combined antenna Wi-Fi и Bluetooth

1 x button «USB BIOS Flashback»

Internal I/O

2 x USB 2.0, each with support of two USB 2.0

2 x USB 3.0 each with support of two USB 3.0 (19-pin)

8 x SATA 6 Gb/s

1 x SATA Express, compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/s

1 х M.2 x4 PCIe 3.0

1 х socket TPM

1 x socket COM

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x S/PDIF Out

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 х button «MemOK!»

1 x button «Power»

1 x button «Reboot»

1 x button «CMOS reset»

1 x diagnostic LED-indicator

1 х module TB_HEADER

1 х thermal sensor socket

1 x switch «TPU»

1 x switch «EPU»

1 х switch «EZ XMP»

1 x socket DRCT

1 x CPU/DRAM Overvoltage

BIOS

AMI UEFI BIOS

128 Мb

PnP, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty description booklet

Disc with driver and utilities  

1 х set ASUS Q-Connectors

6 x SATA cables

1 x bridge 2-Way NVIDIA SLI

1 х combined antenna Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

1 x plate HYPER M.2 x4

1 х interface panel plug

Form-factor, dimensions

ATX

305 х 244 mm

Producer website

ASUS
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available at support page

Packaging and content

ASUS X99-PRO

Motherboard ASUS X99-PRO is shipped in the usual cardboard box, decorated in dark colors. The basic graphic elements are the image of the front of the model and corporate logo of design Dual Intelligent Processors 5 with 5-Way Optimization. Additionally, you can pay attention to the name of the manufacturer, support of technologies NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX, as well as the use of audio technologies DTS Connect and DTS UltraPC II.

ASUS X99-PRO

The reverse side has a brief specification. Here is also a detailed description of the key features and benefits of the device:

  • Dual Intelligent Processors 5 with 5-Way Optimization - motherboard is equipped with two smart chips: energy processor (Energy Processing Unit - EPU) and TurboV-processor (TurboV Processing Unit - TPU). The fifth generation of the chips work with a digital power system DIGI+ VRM and technologies Fan Xpert 3 and TurboAPP, that lets you fine-optimization of the system depending on the current needs of the user.  
  • О.С. Socket - a proprietary feature of ASUS Motherboard on chipset Intel X99. In contrast to the standard CPU socket Socket LGA2011-v3, ASUS O.C. Socket has a large number of contact legs. As we know, the new processors Intel Haswell-E have more contact areas than the legs in the slot. In conjunction with this brand UEFI BIOS provides a more stable voltage to the CPU and memory under heavy load during acceleration, and accordingly, to achieve better results.
  • TurboLAN - using the bundled software you can monitor the network activity of your PC in real time, as well as set each program the priority access to network resources.
  • TurboAPP - allows you to select the required level of performance for each individual application. Firmware ASUS AI Suite 3 allows you to customize not only performance, but also to choose your audio profile of each application, as well as configure the prioritization of network traffic.
  • Crystal Sound 2 - pre-installed audio codec Realtek ALC1150, which uses a special amplifier TI R4580I, offers the support of eight-channel sound. In order to avoid interference caused by electromagnetic interference, a special screening technology Audio Shielding is applied. To ensure maximum audio quality there are Japanese audio capacitors of company Nichicon. In addition, the left and right audio channels are formed on different layers of the PCB that accompanies minimize crosstalk. Also here is the support of the technologies DTS CONNECT Users and DTS Ultra PC II, as well as the presence of the port S/PDIF out on the interface panel.
  • Wi-Fi Go! – integrated dual band wireless module Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 can reach the speed up to 1300 Mb/s. This will allow you to connect to wireless networks and use the PC as an access point for other multimedia devices. Additionally here is a support of the PC control using a smart phone, transfer files between PC and portable devices, synchronization of information between the various cloud storage, as well as the function Media Streamer (play multimedia files over the wireless network.) In this case the support of two frequency bands (2.4 and 5 GHz) allows you to use the first for web browsing, and the second - to download HD-quality video.

 

ASUS X99-PRO

ASUS X99-PRO

ASUS X99-PRO

In  box with the ASUS X99-PRO we found a very nice set of accessories:

  • CD with drivers and utilities;
  • user guide;
  • six SATA cables;
  • set ASUS Q-Connectors;
  • bridge 2-Way NVIDIA SLI;
  • combined antenna Wi-Fi and Bluetooth;
  • plate HYPER M.2 x4;
  • interface panel plug.

Design and features of the board 

ASUS X99-PRO

New product is made in black PCB of format ATX (305 x 244 mm). Traditionally models of Intel X99 chipset in the design has dominated bright shades that perfectly match with dark PCB. Separately note the original design element in the form of guard on the left side of the PCB.

ASUS X99-PRO

An additional design element is a strip with LED-backlit of yellow color, which will appeal to owners of cases with a transparent lid and modding fans.

Speaking about the layout and ease of building of the system, it is worth noting a very dense arrangement of ports and connectors on the bottom of the motherboard, but this is not a disadvantage, but merely points to its high functionality.

ASUS X99-PRO

Looking at the back side of the PCB, you can pay attention to the usual base plate of CPU socket, and that the radiators are securely fastened with screws. Special mention is a small, low-profile heatsink, located directly under the elements of the power subsystem processor for more efficient cooling, and a number of chips too large to fit on the front side of the board. 

ASUS X99-PRO

At the bottom of the board there are the following connectors: front panel audio leading-in socket, S/PDIF out, COM and TPM ports, module TB_HEADER (to realize interface Thunderbolt), , power and reboot buttons, diagnostic LED-indicator, one of four sockets for connection of case fan, as well as front panel leading-in socket.

Also here are three leading-in sockets for USB activation: two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0. Total number of USB 2.0 sockets is eight: four internal and four on the interface panel. As for USB 3.0 their number is ten: four and internal and six are external. All internal and one external ports are implemented by the chipset, while five additional connectors on the interface panel work thanks to two controllers: ASMedia ASM1042AE and ASMedia ASM1074.

ASUS X99-PRO

Special attention is given to three small switches: «EZ_XMP», «TPU» and «EPU». The first is used for activation of XMP-profiles of RAM. The second has three positions: “Off”, “1” (automatic overclocking system by increasing the multiplier) and "2" (automatic overclocking by increasing the FSB frequency and CPU multiplier). The last tumbler has only two positions and is responsible for the activation of the power saving function (EPU).

ASUS X99-PRO

ASUS X99-PRO

The capability of disk subsystem organization is performed by  socket M.2 х4 PCIe 3.0 with vertical orientation and maximum carrying capacity 32 Gb/s (SSD-drives of format M.2 2242, 2260, 2280 и 22110 are supported), eight ports SATA 6 Gb/s, as well as two SATA Express which are compatible with two SATA 6 Gb/s. Here is the support of SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. Also here is a complete plate HYPER M.2 x4 used for installation of another SSD-drive (formats .2 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110) with carrying capacity up to 32 Gb/s are supported. 

ASUS X99-PRO

ASUS X99-PRO is equipped with eight DIMM-slots for memory modules of standard DDR4, which for convenience are equipped with latches on one side only. RAM can handle a maximum of four-channel mode. To implement one of the multi-channel mode, the module must be installed according one of the following schemes.

ASUS X99-PRO

Modules operating at frequencies of 2133 MHz in the nominal mode and up to 3300 MHz overclocking are supported. The maximum amount of memory can be up to 64 GB, which is enough for any tasks.

Additionally we note the module for connection of panel with ports USB 3.0 on the right side of the plate and a button «MemOK!» on the right side of the PCB which allows you to automatically pick up the necessary parameters of the memory for the successful launch of the system.

 

ASUS X99-PRO

ASUS X99-PRO

Cooling system of the product consists of four aluminum radiators: one is connected to a heat pipe with an additional cooling in the central portion of the board, performs removal of heat from the chipset Intel X99, while the other two cover elements of the power subsystem processor.

In the process of testing the following temperature indices were fixed:

  • radiator for chipset cooling – 35.8°C;
  • top radiator for cooling the elements of power subsystem – 44.2°C;
  • bottom radiator for cooling the elements of power subsystem – 34.6°C;

The results can be described as good, which gives hope for higher overclocking potential.

ASUS X99-PRO

ASUS X99-PRO

Processor power supply is performed via 8-phase scheme for computational cores and additional joints. Converter is based on a digital PWM controller ASP1257. All power components of CPU have high reliability level: solid capacitors and chokes with ferrite core are used. Basic 24-pin and additional 8-pin connectors are use for power feeding.

ASUS X99-PRO

To extend motherboard functionality the user has six slots:

  1. PCI Express 3.0 x16 («PCIE_X16_1», mode х16);
  2. PCI Express 2.0 x1 («PCIE_X1_1»);
  3. PCI Express 2.0 x16 («PCIE_X16_2», mode х1 or х4);
  4. PCI Express 3.0 x16 («PCIE_X16_3», mode х16 or х8);
  5. PCI Express 2.0 x1 («PCIE_X1_2»);
  6. PCI Express 3.0 x16 («PCIE_X16_4», mode х8 or х4).

To install the graphics cards the user has a 3 slots PCI Express 3.0 x16, which are connected to the processor and share 40 or 28 lines of standard PCI Express 3.0 (depending of installed CPU module). The lines can be allocated to one of the following schemes.

ASUS X99-PRO

In turn slots PCI Express 2.0 x16 and PCI Express 2.0 x1 can be used for other expansion cards.

Due to the lack of free chipset lines, as well as the presence of a large number of controllers on the motherboard, there are a number of restrictions on the simultaneous use of ports and connectors:

  • One of slot PCI Express 3.0 x16 (Scheme «PCIE_X16_4») shares the bandwidth with interface M.2 x4 PCIe 3.0, which means that their simultaneous operation is not possible.
  • Expansion slot PCI Express 2.0 x16 (Scheme «PCIE_X16_2») shares the bandwidth with slot PCI Express 2.0 x1 (Scheme «PCIE_X1_1») and two USB 3.0 ports on the interface panel (Scheme «USB3_E56»). By default, both slots operate in mode x1, wherein the USB 3.0 ports are active. If desired, you can disable ports USB 3.0, thereby increasing the bandwidth of PCI Express 2.0 x16 to mode x4.
  • Connector PCI Express 2.0 x1 (Scheme «PCIE_X1_2») shares bandwidth with integrated Wi-Fi.

ASUS X99-PRO

Multi I/O capabilities are based on NUVOTON NCT6791D chip which controls the operation of the system fans, ports COM и PS/2, as well as provides the monitors.

ASUS X99-PRO

ASUS X99-PRO

Operation of five USB 3.0 ports on the interface panel is implemented by means of the chip ASMedia ASM1042AE and controller ASMedia ASM1074.

ASUS X99-PRO

To support network connections there is a GB LAN-controller Intel WGI218V. Network resource allocation and traffic prioritization can perform the utility TurboLAN.

ASUS X99-PRO

Sound subsystem is based on HAD codec of 8-channel sound Realtek ALC1150 that supports 2/4/5.1/7.1 sound systems and has several proprietary features (concept Crystal Sound 2). It presupposes the existence of special audio capacitor amplifier TI R4580I and Japanese audio capacitors to improve the quality of the reproduced sound. The area of the PCB with the sound path is shielded by a protective strip. Moreover, the left and right audio channels are on separate layers of the PCB.

ASUS X99-PRO

Interface panel of model contains the following ports: 

  • 1 х PS/2 (for mouse or keyboard connection);
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45);
  • 6 x USB 3.0;
  • 4 x USB 2.0;
  • 5 x audio jacks;
  • 1 х optical S/PDIF Out;
  • 2 х sockets for combined antenna Wi-Fi and Bluetooth;
  • 1 x button «USB BIOS Flashback».

Besides the main advantage of a complete module with support for Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.0, an interface panel has ten USB ports and a convenient connecting of multichannel speakers. Also note the button «USB BIOS Flashback» designed for updating the BIOS firmware from the flash drive.

ASUS X99-PRO

ASUS X99-PRO

The capabilities of organizing the cooling system inside the body at ASUS X99-PRO are very nice. There are six 4-pin fan connectors, two of which are used for the cooling system of CPU, while the other four are designed for system fans.


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