...these considerations make the £275 asking price of the X99-Deluxe board an understandable outlay in the larger scheme of things.
Asus has made a number of improvements in the transition of Deluxe boards between the X79 and X99 generations. Now equipped with a better BIOS, more features, and with a company-specific socket that promises class-leading overclocking, the Taiwanese giant sets a good standard for others to follow.
The X99 platform is expensive. 16GB of memory sets you back over £170, the motherboards certainly aren't cheap, and Intel has raised the price of the entry-level chip to $389 (£300). These considerations make the £275 asking price of the X99-Deluxe board an understandable outlay in the larger scheme of things.
You should only be contemplating the X99 platform if huge CPU performance is needed. Backing up that platform requires a quality motherboard. Asus, with the X99-Deluxe, has a very solid offering whose enhanced feature-set complements the high-end platform well.
Well-rounded feature set
Great colour scheme
SATA Express support
The price, potentially
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