We can’t very well look at the i7-5960X from Intel and not do a motherboard review along with it right? As the first of what I  expect to be a list of X99 motherboards I will be covering, I wanted to use the X99 Deluxe first because Asus boards are always reliable and the software is perfect for keeping an eye on things when benchmarking the CPU. Asus went with a simpler name than on previous generations with the X99 Deluxe and they also went a little ham and changed up a lot with the new design. Let’s see what all changed, beyond the new white styling.


Product Name: Asus X99 Deluxe

Review Sample Provided by: Asus

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes



CPU Support

New Intel Core i7 Processores on LGA 2011-v3 Socket


Intel X99 Express Chipset


8xDIMM, max 64GB, DDR4 up to 3000MHz

DIP Version

5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5

CPU Power

DIGI+ VRM 8-phase design

DRAM Power

DIGI+ DRAM 4-phase design

PCIe x16 Slots


PCIe x4/x1 Slots

1 PCIe x4


3-Way/Quad GPU SLI &CFX bandwitch up to 16/16/8

Gbit LAN

Dual Intel LANs

Wireless Connection

3T3R Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 and 5GHz – Bluetooth 4.0


Realtek 1150 8-Cn HD (High quality 112dB SNR stereo playback output), DTS Connect/DTS UltraPC2


12 SATA 3 (4 shared with SATAe)
2 SATA Express
1 M.2x4


14 USB 3.0 (4 front panel); 6 USB 2.0


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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35515 29 Aug 2014 16:26
We couldn't very well review a CPU without a motherboard right? Well I took a look at the Asus X99 Deluxe that I also used for testing the 5960X.

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