...this ATX platform touts eye-catching looks, RGB LEDs, a comprehensive BIOS and forward-looking storage options that include USB 3.1, M.2 and U.2.
Motherboard manufacturers are always on the lookout for new features that may entice customers, but more often than not there are outside factors that bring in the punters. A new generation of CPUs always helps, and nothing generates excitement quite like Intel's first deca-core consumer chip, the mighty Core i7-6950X.
The 20-thread beastie is going to be on the shopping lists of deep-pocketed enthusiasts, and if it's a new build you're planning, there are a wave of refreshed X99 motherboards arriving in tandem.
Gunning for ultra-high-end gamers, Asus presents the ROG Strix X99 Gaming. Priced at around £270 and introduced as a modern alternative to X99 of old, this ATX platform touts eye-catching looks, RGB LEDs, a comprehensive BIOS and forward-looking storage options that include USB 3.1, M.2 and U.2.
The Aura lighting software is still rough around the edges, and just the one PCIe SafeSlot feels stingy, yet there's enough on offer here to make the ROG Strix X99 Gaming a serious contender for a premium 10-core powerhouse PC.
Solid build quality
Well-stocked feature set
USB 3.1, U.2 and M.2 as standard
Aura software needs work
Only one PCIe SafeSlot
Asus ROG Strix X99 Gaming
The Asus ROG Strix X99 Gaming motherboard is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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