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I have had this board for just over 4 months now and I am VERY pleased. NO glitches, faults or anything weird happening so far at all. I am always scared about buying a new motherboard as some can just be quite finicky sometimes lol
Running my memory at the 2400mhz X.M.P. profile provided and I have my 5960x running at 4.2ghz @ only 1.081v!!! It will do 4.6ghz @ 1.223v perfectly fine too.
I can even get 4.7-4.8ghz @ 1.3v but don't care to stress test or run it that high. Runs fine in windows and have ran some benchmarks perfectly fine.
Super board at a very decent price. It ouzes quality build. Does everything one could ask for and then some. For a "basic" ASUS model it stacks up amazingly well against the alternative models from ASUS.
Also one of the best laid out boards I have ever worked with. No more struggling with thight spaces and impossible cable angles. In addition ASUS UEFI BIOS is a great tool for any power user.
Booted up first time, but had initial problems recognising all my 8x4 memory sticks (Ballistix Sports DDR4 2400 as recommended by Crucial). Also slight problems with stability at first. All gone after I updated the BIOS and got updated drivers installed. Using Win 7 and made a clean install. Altogether a very painless installation. And rock solid ever since I closed the case after a few hours.
It's a very fast board with the right processor and I doubt many people will need more than this board offers. Especially since the significant price difference to the DELUXE model can be used much better to buy a better graphics card or processor or SSD.
So what do you get even when saving 150$ compared to the Deluxe board?
First and fotremost you get exactly the same core abilities: Same processor choice, Memory choice and size (8 slots up to 64 gb - w/XMP) Same dedicated M2 socket 3, Same SLI and Crossfire techs
Differences include: - 3 PCIe 3.0/2.0 40 lane expansion slots instead of 5 - 1x2 Express SATA ports instead of 2x2 - 1 Giga-lan slot instead of 2 - No integrated Wi-Fi/Bluetooth - 10 USB 3 ports instead of 14
Finally there are a few extras in the Deluxe package so you get 8 SATA 6gb/s cables instead of 4 and a Fan Extension Card.
Most users will never notice the differences above. Just make sure to check before you decide.
Bottom line is that you should carefully consider what you get by choosing the Deluxe or ROG models. Normally, ASUS makes the difference between basic and Deluxe/ROG models noticeable and I end up with a Deluxe or ROG version. Not so with this board.
Final thoughts: X99 is the way to go for any future proof high end PC. However, you bleed when buying DDR4 RAM. A new PC can easily end up on the wrong side of 1.000$. Boot time is very fast with a SSD but it crawls past the boot screen - relatively speaking. Make sure your CPU fan will work with this LGA 2011 and LGA 2011-v3 fan mounts are NOT identical.
i7-5820 8x4 Crucial DDR4 2400 BLS4C4G4G240FSA 1x Samsung 1TB SSD Pro 840-Evo 4x WD Black 4 TB Noctua NH-U12S 850W Power (550W is easily enough even with a (single) ridiculous graphics card ___
Edit NOV 29, 2014: Its important to format the boot drive as a GPT disk (not MBR). Otherwise the UEFI boot menu may overlook your boot drive if you have several hard drives attached. This must be considered a BIOS bug and I hope it will be solved soon by an ASUS revision. meanwhile I can see may complaints on the net (mostly regarding the PRO and DELUXE boards - but its the same for all of them) where people do not understand why their board does not boot up as expected but goes into the boot menu instead.
I was ready to upgrade to the newest hardware and this motherboard helped me do it. I added the Samsung SM951 M.2 drive with 32GB of DDR4 memory. The ASUS software is great to manage and monitor all aspects of my system quickly and without having to reboot back to BIOS. I've had my system up and running as my main development computer for Audio/Video editing, web development, and app development. I've only had 1 unexpected reboot (which I believe was a power outage overnight). I currently have a single M.2 SSD on my system, but I love the ability to add another when I need to add additional storage in the future without losing any throughput by reverting back to a SATA drive.
My system is super quiet and very powerful. My full PC Specs: Fractal Design Define R5 http://amzn.to/1V5e0oE Samsung SM951 M.2 http://amzn.to/1gCOUxB NZXT Kraken X61 http://amzn.to/1O7uUNY Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB http://amzn.to/1HyW5NY Intel Core i7-5820K Haswell-E 6-Core 3.3GHz CPU http://amzn.to/1V5en2s Corsair HX1000i 1,000 Watt PSU http://amzn.to/1Lm0XdQ XFX Radeon R9 290A http://amzn.to/1McCgCp Asus X99A/USB 3.1 Motherboard http://amzn.to/1M7KrPj
I was looking to upgrade to the X99 platform and a six-core i7-5820k CPU and this board seemed to have just about everything I wanted -- and nothing I didn't want. I mainly wanted more cores because I do lots of multithreaded work such as video encoding. Coming from a Sandy Bridge motherboard with an i5-2500k overclocked on air to a modest 4.3Ghz, I was also hoping to overclock my new i7 to similar levels of single-threaded performance. With ASUS' AI software, I was able to do so very easily, almost automatically (and amazingly, without raising the processor voltage. I think I got lucky on my cpu sample!) The improvement has been quite noticeable; not only do my encodes take less than half of the time (it's great watching 6 cores + 6 virtual cores peg out at 100%!) but there's also no perceptible slowdown or stuttering on office/web tasks while the encoding is going on, as there was with the 4-core i5.
The system has been rock-solid stable; I don't know if it has anything to do with ASUS' proprietary "OC Socket" (Socket 2011-3 with some extra pins supposedly related to voltage regulation), but I chose ASUS for that feature figuring that it couldn't hurt. I've built any number of systems over the past 20 years or so, and I'm pretty sure this was the first time I've plugged everything in, flipped the power switch, and the system came online with no problems. BIOS options are extensive.
On real caveat is that you (may) need to pay attention to which PCIe slots to use. In the beginning of the manual, there is a guide to which slots are shared with which other integrated features. (E.g., if you install an M.2 SSD in the dedicated M.2 slot, it disables the last PCIe slot, and one of the middle PCIe slots shares bandwidth with one of the USB 3.0 controllers - although that setting can be changed.) Probably not a big deal unless you have two or three video cards installed; not being a big gamer, I have only one.
I have two additional eSATA controller cards installed, but left out my Xonar sound card, as the onboard sound was actually good enough for once that I didn't feel the need for it. All in all, there are a ton of features on the motherboard and ASUS did a stellar job making it all fit. The only thing I miss is integrated Bluetooth, but that is easily remedied with a USB dongle.
For those who might have been wondering, the large Noctua NH-D15 cooler fits fine in the horizontal configuration on this motherboard with enough clearance for a video card in the first PCIe x16 slot. In the vertical configuration -- which I prefer, given my top case-exhaust -- I simply had to rearrange the cooler fans so that they were pulling air up through the fins instead of pushing it from the bottom. In a case with good ventilation and a 21°C (70°F) room, I'm seeing a steady 58-59°C (138°F) maximum cpu temperature @ 4.3Ghz at 100% load across all cores. One exceptionally interesting thing to me was that the system draws 5-10% LESS power when idle than my previous setup, according to my UPS unit; after reading many reviews about the "power hungry" X99 platform, I was expecting to see a significant increase. Can't say I was unhappy about that outcome.