Thursday, July 13th 2017

ASUS Intros TUF X299 Mark 2 Motherboard

ASUS today rolled out its second socket LGA2066 motherboard in its extra-durable TUF (The Ultimate Force) series, the TUF X299 Mark 2. The company had shown off this board at the 2017 Computex. A slimmer variant of the TUF X299 Mark 1, the Mark 2 lacks innovations such as the add-on card reinforcement brace the company introduced with the Mark 1. It does retain most of the durability-enhancing component loadout which makes for the TUF moniker.

Built in the ATX form-factor, the TUF X299 Mark 2 draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and 4-pin ATX power connectors. It conditions power for the CPU using an 8-phase VRM made of durable, high-current chokes and driverMOSFETs. The CPU socket is wired to eight DDR4 DIMM slots, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, from which two are full x16 capable and feature reinforcement braces, and a third slot is x8 capable subject to a 44-lane CPU. An open-ended x4 slot and two x1 slots make for the rest of the expansion area.
Storage connectivity on the TUF X299 Mark 2 includes two 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, from which one is a vertical slot; and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. USB connectivity includes two USB 3.1 ports (both type-A and on the rear panel), eight USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, four by headers), and a number of USB 2.0 ports on the rear panel. You also get a legacy mouse/keyboard PS/2 port. The lone network connectivity option is a gigabit Ethernet port driven by Intel i219-V controller. The 8-channel onboard audio combines a Realtek ALC1220A CODEC (120 dBA SNR) with a headphones amp, ground-layer isolation, and audio-grade electrolytic capacitors. The board also features an RGB LED strip along its sides, along with two RGB headers, controlled by ASUS Aura Sync RGB software.

Available now, the TUF X299 Mark 2 is priced at USD $249.99.
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12 Comments on ASUS Intros TUF X299 Mark 2 Motherboard

#1
Dj-ElectriC
Not much of an ultimate force in that puny little VRM heatsink. Shame...
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#2
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
what a shame asus, no thermal armor?
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#3
Nuckles56
ASUS, what are you doing? We'll have to call these boards TLF (The Lame Force) if you keep it up
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#4
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
Nuckles56 said:
ASUS, what are you doing? We'll have to call these boards TLF (The Lame Force) if you keep it up
this line up was unique cuz thermal armor, custom PCB.... now its another crappy garbaje from asus....
shame force.....
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#5
Chaitanya
So only the WS boards get proper heatsinks for VRM? Atleast the board is minimal in terms of 3rd party controllers.
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#6
RejZoR
Sabertooth X99 was 400€+. This is not even 300€. It shows...
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#7
mcraygsx
This definitely looks like a Budget Board.
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#8
Nuckles56
mcraygsx said:
This definitely looks like a Budget Board.
What a way to sell out one of the nicer series of boards you have really
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mcraygsx
Nuckles56 said:
What a way to sell out one of the nicer series of boards you have really
I was merely pointing out the fact it does not resemble past TUF series board.
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#11
Gasaraki
These "TUF" mobo are shit. 8-Phase power and this is TUF? At least the ROG stuff has 12 phase.
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#12
Gasaraki
Gundem said:
PS/2... huh.
PS2 has no polling. I guess you are behind the times a little thinking that the PS2 port is "old tech". The PS2 is now called the "game port" on some boards.
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