May 10, 2016 Written by: MasterC

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces All-New ROG Strix Motherboards

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ROG Strix has taken on a brand-new look and the time has come to debut the first motherboard in the ROG Strix Series. ROG Strix X99 Gaming is a new ATX motherboard based on the Intel X99 chipset, retrofitted with exclusive technologies to maximize the potential of the new family of Intel Core i7 processors for socket LGA 2011-v3. ROG Strix X99 Gaming delivers performance you'll notice, while the bold new design featuring customizable colors highlights the centerpiece of a system others will notice.

“Our X99 motherboards have won awards from many respected publications and editors around the world, with ASUS consistently praised as the number-one motherboard brand. We are keen to offer best-selling, easy-to-use, stable and trusted motherboards — that’s why we call them BEST. And we’re proud to introduce our all-new X99 motherboards allowing users to customize their experience and maximize performance in ways that simply aren’t possible with any other brand of motherboard.” - Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President & General Manager of Motherboard Business Unit

To maximize performance, ROG Strix X99 Gaming features the exclusive OC Socket which uses extra socket pins to tap into even more overclocking power, 5-Way Optimization for one-click overclocking and cooling, and Fan Xpert 4 for ultimate cooling and control. The eight DIMMs support up to 128GB of DDR4 memory overclocked up to 3,333MHz which is enough for virtual machines, video editing machines and virtually anything else you throw at it. Three PCIe 3.0/2.0 X16 slots are available for up to 3-way SLI or CrossFire for multi-GPU grunt, three extra PCIe 2.0 slots (two X1 and one X16) can be used for other add-in cards such as discrete audio solutions or SSDs.  

ROG Strix X99 Gaming features the aesthetics for gamers looking to personalize an illuminate gaming rig. Ten LED effects can be customized using ASUS Aura, an intuitive lighting control software for the built-in RGB LEDs and attached RGB strips (via the integrated 4-pin RGB strip header like the ones you can find on the ROG Maximus VIII Formula and Hero Alpha), allowing easy custom illumination that can be perfectly synchronized across the system or even the whole gaming desk with additional RGB strips. Included decals allow you to color-match the lighting effects in order to achieve a variety of effects.

ROG Strix X99 Gaming was created for gaming, featuring SupremeFX with remarkable 115dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and Sonic Radar II for high-end gaming audio with visual overlay. Intel Ethernet and GameFirst IV delivers smooth and uninterrupted online gaming whilst CPU overhead is reduced - leaving you with more resources to power more important things - such as the game you're playing.  

The all-new ASUS SafeSlot fortifies the PCIe slot for high-end graphics cards, the reinforced slot provides 60% better retension and 80% better shearing resistance.

ROG Strix X99 has extensive connectivity options offering exceptional data transfers with eight SATA 3.0 ports, SATA Express, M.2, U.2, USB 3.1 Type-A and C, up to eight USB 3.0 ports, and 2x2 dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MU-MIMO.

 

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Press Release

ASUS Announces All-New X99 Signature and ROG Strix Motherboards

Latest X99 motherboards packed with great aesthetics and advanced customization flexibility to achieve

extreme performance with the new Intel Core i7 processor family for socket LGA 2011-v3.

 

KEY POINTS

  • Next-gen X99 motherboards ready for the new Intel Core i7 processor family for socket LGA 2011-v3, and offering outstanding choice for gamers, creative professionals and DIYers
  • Stacked with ASUS-exclusive features and customizations, including 5-Way Optimization, Aura RGB illumination, and strengthened SafeSlot
  • ROG recruits Strix, and ROG Strix X99 Gaming offers gamers a bold design with bright colors that channels the spirit of fierce individualism

 

Taipei, Taiwan (10th May, 2016) — ASUS and Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced ASUS Signature X99-Deluxe II, X99-A II and X99-E, along with ROG Strix X99 Gaming from the latest ROG Strix Series line-up — four all-new ATX motherboards based on the Intel® X99 chipset and loaded with exclusive technologies to maximize the potential of the new Intel Core™ i7 processor family for socket LGA 2011-v3.

Commenting on the new product line-up, Joe Hsieh, ASUS Corporate Vice President & General Manager of Motherboard Business Unit said: “Our X99 motherboards have won awards from many respected publications and editors around the world, with ASUS consistently praised as the number-one motherboard brand. We are keen to offer best-selling, easy-to-use, stable and trusted motherboards — that’s why we call them BEST. And we’re proud to introduce our all-new X99 motherboards allowing users to customize their experience and maximize performance in ways that simply aren’t possible with any other brand of motherboard.”

 

Pushing boundaries: Advancing award-winning heritage for maximum performance and style

The best-selling and award-winning ASUS X99 Signature motherboard range returns to push the boundaries of PC hardware beyond the accepted limits, while adding many new features and technologies to elevate both performance and aesthetics — enabling PC-builders to create custom rigs on the finest foundations.

The new X99 Signature motherboards features include the pioneering OC Socket to drive CPU and DDR4 performance beyond all expectations, and exclusive 5-Way Optimization for one-click overclocking and cooling. With the newly upgraded Fan Xpert 4, X99 Signature motherboards elevates customized cooling to new heights, with the ability to detect PWM/DC fans on all headers, use high-amperage fans and control water-cooling pumps in both software and the media-acclaimed ASUS UEFI BIOS.

The new boards also feature ASUS Aura, with onboard RGB lighting and a 4-pin LED-strip header to create stunning illumination effects — all easily synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware.

The latest-generation X99 Signature motherboards are engineered with ASUS SafeSlot. This reinvented, strengthened PCIe slot uses a new insert-molding process to bind the slot to fortifying metal for superior 1.6X retention and 1.8X shearing resistance.

Next-generation connectivity is also a major theme of the refreshed X99 Signature series, with up to dual U.2 and M.2 slots to tap into 32Gbps of PCIe® bandwidth, 3x3 802.11ac Wi-Fi[1], and USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C. X99-Deluxe II also includes ASUS ThunderboltEX 3, a quick-to-fit expansion card for blistering transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps.

 

ROG Strix X99 Gaming: Join the Republic, release your inner rebel

ROG Strix is the newest recruit into the Republic of Gamers — and ROG Strix X99 Gaming is the first ROG Strix motherboard. ROG Strix X99 Gaming delivers premier performance, innovation, and confident dynamism to release the gamer’s inner rebel, with a bold design and bright, customizable colors that channels the spirit of fierce individualism.

ROG Strix X99 Gaming has great gaming aesthetics that enables passionate gamers to illuminate their builds with multicolor magnificence. Ten LED effects can be customized with ASUS Aura, the intuitive lighting control software for the built-in RGB LEDs and attached RGB strips via the integrated 4-pin RGB -strip header, allowing easy custom illumination that can be perfectly synchronized. Included decals allow gamers to color-match lighting effects with their case design and decoration.

ROG Strix X99 Gaming is made for gaming with SupremeFX, Sonic Radar II, Intel Ethernet, and GameFirst technologies. Shielded SupremeFX delivers flawless high-fidelity audio with a remarkable 115dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), so only the very best is heard on gaming headsets or speakers. Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to on the battlefield, while tournament-level Intel Gigabit Ethernet has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, significantly reducing the processor's workload to free up power for the game. The all-new GameFirst IV optimizes network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming — helping gamers dominate with epic speed and agility.

To maximize performance, ROG Strix X99 Gaming also has 5-Way Optimization for one-click auto tuning, including Fan Xpert 4 for ultimate cooling and control, plus OC Socket for maxed-out DDR4 and processor performance.

Gamer’s Guardian offers real-world protection for ROG Strix X99 builds, including the all-new ASUS SafeSlot and loads of brilliant defenses, highly-durable components and smart DIY features. ROG Strix X99 also delivers great data transfers, with onboard U.2, USB 3.1 Type-A and C, M.2, 2x2 Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO. Uniquely-intelligent RAMCache technology effectively caches an entire storage device to launch favorite games and apps at breakneck speeds.

 

Ultra-fast transfers: ThunderboltEX 3 add-on card drives blistering speeds of up to 40Gbps

The new ASUS Signature X99-Deluxe II, X99-A II, X99-E and ROG Strix X99 Gaming motherboards all support ThunderboltEX 3, an Intel-certified Thunderbolt 3 card that enables breathtaking bi-directional speeds up to 40Gbps — four-times faster than other PC data-transfer cables with twice the video bandwidth for the latest 60Hz 4K UHD displays. Thunderbolt 3 also supports daisy-chaining of up to six devices, and has a reversible USB Type-C connector for compatibility with the latest USB 3.1 Type-C devices. It also supports the USB Power Delivery specification for fast, high-power charging of up to 36W. ThunderboltEX 3 is included with X99-Deluxe II.

 

EZ DIY Kit: For hassle-free DIY experiences

ASUS encourages DIYers and cares deeply about giving them the very best experience when assembling their rigs. The EZ DIY Kit includes a 45-in-1 screwdriver with ergonomic, slip-resistant handles that is suitable for a wide range of fastenings. The kit also includes a retractable and pneumatic ASUS VGA holder that provides support for up to three heavy graphics cards to prevent slot damage and motherboard bending. The holder has a smooth finish and multiple height adjustments for easy installation. The EZ DIY Kit is available to purchase separately worldwide.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

SPECIFICATIONS[2]

 

 

X99-Deluxe II

X99-A II

X99-E

ROG Strix X99 Gaming

CPU

 NEW Intel® Core™ i7 processor family for socket LGA 2011-v3.

Chipset

Intel® X99 Chipset

Memory

8 x DIMM max. 128GB, 

8 x DIMM max. 128GB, 

8 x DIMM max. 128GB, 

8 x DIMM max. 128GB,

DDR4, 3333MHz (OC)

DDR4, 3333MHz (OC)

DDR4, 3200 MHz (OC)

DDR4, 3333 MHz (OC)

Expansion Slots

40-Lane CPU

4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16

1 x PCIe 2.0 x1

3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1

3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16

2 x PCIe 2.0 x1

3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16

2 x PCIe 2.0 x1

28-Lane CPU

3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1

3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1

3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16

2 x PCIe 2.0 x1

3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16

2 x PCIe 2.0 x1

Audio

Crystal Sound 3

Crystal Sound 3

Crystal Sound 3

SupremeFX

Sonic Radar II

Gbit LAN

Intel® I218-V & Intel® I211-AT

Intel® I218-V

Intel® I218-V

Intel® I218-V

SATA Express

1

1

1

1

SATA

8 x SATA 6Gbps

8 x SATA 6Gbps

8 x SATA 6Gbps

8 x SATA 6Gbps

M.2

2 (PCIe 3.0 x4;
1 by Hyper M.2 x4 Mini card)

1

1

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110

U.2 Support

2

1

-

1

Wi-Fi

3x3 dual band 2.4/5GHz  Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

-

-

2x2 dual-band 2.4/5GHz  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MU-MIMO support

USB

3 x USB 3.1 Type-A

1 x USB 3.1 Type-C

8 x USB 3.0 ports

1 x USB 3.1 Type-A

1 x USB 3.1 Type-C

8 x USB 3.0 ports

1 x USB 3.1 Type-C

8 x USB 3.0 ports

 

1 x USB 3.1 Type-A

1 x USB 3.1 Type-C

8 x USB 3.0 ports

OC Socket

Y

Y

-

Y

SafeSlot

Y

Y

Y

Y

Aura

Y

Y

Y

Y

4-pin RGB header

Y

Y

-

Y

Thunderbolt 3

ThunderboltEX 3 add-on card included

Thunderbolt-Ready

Thunderbolt-Ready

Thunderbolt-Ready

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About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.

 

[1] Selected models only

[2] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com

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