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ASUS' X99 Launch Includes Rampage V Extreme, X99-A, And X99-Deluxe

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Asus has four X99 motherboards to announce, and for now just three will be available immediately. All four motherboards feature the LGA2011-3 socket, and all of them have support for the new Haswell-E processors. The three productivity-oriented boards are the X99-Deluxe, the X99-Pro, and the X99-A, while the gaming- and overclocking-oriented board is the ROG Rampage V Extreme. No other boards were revealed at this time, although there will surely be more on the way.X99-AX99-A

The X99-Deluxe has its own distinct feature set, while the X99-Pro and the X99-A are identical to one another, with the exception being that the X99-Pro has wireless AC connectivity. All three motherboards will have eight DDR4 memory slots along with 12-phase VRM circuitry, eight phases of which are for the CPU.

X99-DeluxeX99-DeluxeThe Crystal Sound 2 takes care of the audio on the trio. Overall, what sets the X99-Deluxe apart is the more expansive connectivity, as it has more USB 3.0 ports, more SATA3 (6 Gb/s) ports, and an additional PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. It also has dual gigabit Ethernet. Regarding performance, these three boards should be mostly identical; choosing between them is a matter of figuring out which connectivity options you need and which you can live without in order to keep a bit of cash in your pocket.

The X99-Deluxe also ships with a large number of accessories, including a fan extension card for additional fan headers. There's also a Hyper M.2 x4 adapter, which can be used to install a second M.2 SSD.


Rampage V Extreme

X99-Deluxe

X99-Pro

X99-A

PCI-Express x16

5

5

4

4

Gigabit Ethernet

1

2

1

1

Wi-Fi

802.11ac, 1300 Mbps

802.11ac, 1300 Mbps

802.11ac, 867 Mbps

n/a

SATA3

12

12

10

10

SATA-Express

2

2

1

1

USB 3.0

14

14

10

10

Fan ExtensionFan ExtensionHyperM2-3DHyperM2-3DRegarding connectivity, the Rampage V Extreme quite resembles the X99-Deluxe, although it's more geared toward gamers and overclockers. It has the SupremeFX audio hardware, along with a more gamer-oriented appearance with its familiar ROG red-and-black color scheme. Included with the unit is the ROG OC Panel, which can be used to monitor and tweak the system clocks in real-time without the need for in-OS software.

The X99-Deluxe is available immediately for $399, while the Rampage V Extreme and the X99-A will be available in September for $499 and $279, respectively. The X99-Pro is expected to hit shelves in October, with no word on pricing yet.

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    universal remonster , August 29, 2014 9:40 AM
    looks like the X99-E WS has been shown also

    http://www.techpowerup.com/204636/asus-x99-e-ws-motherboard-pictured-and-priced.html
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    hardcore_player , August 29, 2014 11:18 AM
    well here we go again ..a new chipset , a new cpu, motherboard and ram on the way. looks like its going to be an exiting month for enthusiasts , gamers and system builders .
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    TheMentalist , August 29, 2014 11:20 AM
    Don't know with which motherboard(s) you get those two expansion card, but it's a nice little extra to get. Other than that, those motherboards look pretty nice.
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    ap3x , August 29, 2014 1:13 PM
    Where is the MATX Board
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    g-unit1111 , August 29, 2014 3:49 PM
    If I could afford the X99 Deluxe, it would be in my possession tomorrow. It would look amazing in my NZXT H440 :lol: 

    But I can't, sadly, at least for the time being.
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    lp231 , August 29, 2014 8:48 PM
    So far the Rampage V Extreme and X99 Deluxe have Asus's proprietary OC socket, which is different from Intel's reference socket. Not sure if all Asus X99 will have this, but here is a video explaining it as well as the difference.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxqhlDu4WIg
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    ralanahm , August 30, 2014 9:40 AM
    Are there any details on the extra pin for the OC socket?
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    ralanahm , August 30, 2014 9:43 AM
    Are there any details about what the extra pins on the OC socket do?
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    christinebcw , August 30, 2014 10:04 AM
    Quote:
    If I could afford the X99 Deluxe...
    If there's any consolation, Bleeding Edge Technology doesn't cost just money. There's the inevitable bugs, hair-pulling, teeth-gnashing and the occasional float-tests that First Generations invariably beg. Reviewers are pointing out the number of firmware updates and those delays, and re-waits for fixes-of-fixes.

    I keep thinking some of these look more like a Gen Ludendorff offensive than a product delivery.

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    laststop311 , August 30, 2014 9:48 PM
    Quote:
    Are there any details on the extra pin for the OC socket?


    Designed to break performance barriers, ASUS OC Socket utilizes extra pins to connect a proprietary circuit to contacts found on Haswell-E's land grid array (LGA). Combined with our customized UEFI, this exclusive feature enables higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower latencies and enhanced stability while overclocking, extending all the way to extreme overclocking conditions, such as Liquid Nitrogen (LN2). OC Socket is 100% compatible with new Haswell-E LGA 2011-v3 CPUs, ensuring the ideal combination of overclocking performance and compatibility.
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    laststop311 , August 30, 2014 10:11 PM
    Intel historically supplies motherboard manufacturers with detailed architecture/engineering guides that help when designing boards, which is important when accessing various voltage lines. Recent moves to fully-integrated voltage controllers has meant that such access has been curtailed, none more so than on X99, where motherboard partners are pretty much left in the dark. Intel prescribes a range of voltages and adjustments that can be made in the BIOS, mobo guys follow suit.

    Asus, however, believes the enthusiast should have unfettered access to all manner of voltage. Engineers, it says, have examined the LGA 2011-v3 CPUs in excruciating detail and deduced the role played by each of the pins on the bottom; the new chips have different pin-outs than their predecessors.

    The end result is that, fully tapping into this new pin-out, Asus' OC Socket has more pins than a standard LGA2011-v3. The extra pin-outs, located at six sections around the socket, enable all Asus X99 boards to circumvent the voltage limits imposed by Intel and provides a means by which more voltage rails can be monitored. What's more, the company says, enhanced monitoring and regulation helps when really pushing the CPU to the limit (think 1.6V-plus), minimising voltage drops and increasing overall efficiency by only allocating the exact voltage required. Intel's integrated voltages, accessed by other boards, aren't that fine-tuned, apparently.

    These pin-outs also control access to behind-the-scenes voltage and regulation of DDR4 memory. Asus goes further and says that its OC Socket, therefore, also enables X99 boards' BIOS to reduce memory voltage yet still increase DDR4 overclocking potential to levels higher than would otherwise be the case.
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    tomfreak , September 2, 2014 4:48 AM
    Sabertooth x99 mobo not found = I am disappointed
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    christinebcw , September 2, 2014 5:37 AM
    Not me. These are first-gen boards and, when games can really use the 64Gb DDR4 RAM, that's when the good boards will arrive. Solitaire and PacMan are gonna be soooo kewl.
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    wireframed , September 4, 2014 12:34 PM
    To make things even more confusing, ASUS also has an X99-S (at least in some regions), that is a mix of the -Deluxe and -A, from what I've been able to see.
    It has 2 SATA-Express, 5 PCIe 16x, 12 USB 3.0, same sound chip, but no 802.11ac, only one Gigabit and only barest essential accessories. Visually it looks almost identical to the Deluxe, with the exception of the missing ports.

    Not sure why they felt the need to have so many variations.
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    christinebcw , September 4, 2014 1:11 PM
    I'm glad there's no wasted ACxxxx WiFi - this stuff is changing like rain falling from the sky. Just don't charge me for such obsolete-able objects.
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    lp231 , September 4, 2014 1:12 PM
    There is another Asus X99 board floating around which wasn't mentioned at launch and that is the Asus X99-S. Looking at it visually they both look identical, but there are some differences, and the differences are. (All info taken from their manuals)
    Asus X99-S
    Memory: 64GB max DDR4 up to 3,200 o.c.
    1x Intel Gigabit Lan (I218-V)
    No wifi or bluetooth
    Back has 8x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0
    Comes with 3x SATA 6Gb/s cables
    A SLI bridge
    M.2 Bracket

    Asus X99 Deluxe
    Memory: 64GB max DDR4 up to 2,800 o.c.
    2x Intel Gigabit lan (I218-V and I211-AT)
    Wireless AC up to 1300Mbits/s + Bluetooth 4.0
    Back has 10x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0
    Comes with 8x SATA 6Gb/s cables
    1x 2-3 way SLI bridge
    1x WiFi+BT Antenna module
    1x M.2 x4 PCIe x4 card (optional)
    1x M.2 x4 bracket
    1x Fan Extension hub (optional)
    1x Fan Extension hub cable (optional)
    1x Thermistor cable

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/X99-S-Motherboard-Express-Channel-Socket/dp/B00N1XQ4F8
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU-022-OG&groupid=2833&catid=2512&subcat=2513
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