Thursday, September 21st 2017

ASUS Intros ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming Motherboard

ASUS today rolled out its latest socket LGA2066 motherboard under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) Strix brand, the ROG Strix X299-XE, hinting at "readiness" for 18-core i9-7980XE processors, which Intel plans to launch before the end of this year. This board is 99.999% identical to the ROG Strix X299-E Gaming, except for one difference that should make it to the "Spot the Difference" puzzle of your favorite tabloid - the VRM heatsink.

ASUS has given the X299-XE Gaming a slightly heavier CPU VRM heatsink, and has rigorously tested the VRM to not run into thermal throttling issues, especially when powering high core-count Core i9 processors. The Core X socket LGA2066 platform has already been criticized by professional overclockers as being "a VRM disaster." As we mentioned earlier, the Strix X299-XE is otherwise identical to the Strix X299-E, and it would be disappointing if ASUS attaches a premium for a few extra grams of aluminium and quality-control that should have been done for the Strix X299-E in the first place.
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14 Comments on ASUS Intros ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming Motherboard

#1
RejZoR
One would expect vertical heatsink fins arrangement considering heat always goes up. I don't get it why heatsinks aren't designed like this to utilize natural convection and enhance cooling this way. Just a slab of aluminium doesn't cool if air is kinda just stuck around it and doesn't passes through it.
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#2
EarthDog
Because not all motherboards are oriented vertically in cases perhaps? Plenty lay flat, others, though rare, have the motherboard turned.



Im also tired of hearing about the "VRM disaster" when, its not really a disaster. Even their own mobo reviewer isn't calling it one, yet the right arm is.........
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#3
lZKoce
That set-top antenna is bugging me. I had one on my Asus wifi card, and everyone around the PC was pushing it off the desk. Then I just installed regular antennas on the back, where no one sees them and problem was solved.
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#4
SAL9000
ASUS has 7 Intel x299 motherboards on their website while they have only 3 AMD x399 boards. Biased much?

I'm still waiting for a x399 workstation motherboard without any stupid RGB not just from ASUS but from any motherboard manufacturer. The roll out of x399 motherboards has been really slow.
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#5
EarthDog
You do realize, Sal, that X299 was out 2 months and change before TR was released, right? You should also realize that Gigabyte has 1 X399 board out with another on the way, while it has almost a dozen X299. Should I go on with MSI? ASRock?

Are they all biased????? :pimp:
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#6
SAL9000
EarthDog said:
You do realize, Sal, that X299 was out 2 months and change before TR was released, right? You should also realize that Gigabyte has 1 X399 board out with another on the way, while it has almost a dozen X299. Should I go on with MSI? ASRock?

Are they all biased????? :pimp:
I'm aware of it. I'm just venting a little frustration that's all
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#7
EarthDog
I'd do so without calling out ASUS as it is everyone. ;)
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#8
SAL9000
I just looked at ASUS line up. I didn't feel like going to all of the other websites of each and every motherboard company. I already knew that they have more Intel than AMD not just x399 but Ryzen also.
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#9
EarthDog
You dont have to. I already know. This is nothing new. :)

They are ALL bias following your logic. :p
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#10
SAL9000
I also realize that AMD is just now making processors that can compete with Intel, so it will take time for motherboard companies to roll out products based on the new CPU architecture. Intel has a big head start but I'm not fanboy of either AMD or Intel. I go where the performance and innovation is and right now AMD is where that is happening.
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#11
EarthDog
With respect, I do not care where your preferences may be. I am just shedding light on your original statement which singled out ASUS for no reason. Move on. :)
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#12
SAL9000
I didn't realize that singling out ASUS would be such a sore thing for you. ASUS just happened to be the first one I thought of, so take it easy dude and relax. I have an ASUS MB and it has worked very well for a long time. I don't dislike ASUS at all, they were the first one I thought of that's all.
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#13
EarthDog
I'm cool..trust me. :pimp:

Just making it clear as it didn't appear to be from your initial post (and others reading it can take it the same way) that this is the way it is. You can replace where I said ASUS with any vendor as well. I'm not defending them, just clarifying the point they aren't biased as you originally said. ;)
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