ASUS X399-E Strix Gaming Review

Conclusion

ASUS X399 Strix Review

Conclusion

There have been a few touchstones in the lifespan of OC3D. Things that nearly always deliver. In terms of storage we've always found Samsung to be extremely reliable and fast. Barring the aberration of the GTX480, the flagship nVidia GPU is always good. We've never met a Roccat mouse we didn't like. All Corsair power supplies are great. Until now the other name on that list was the ASUS Strix.

Their Republic of Gamers arm is generally reliable too, but being so focussed upon performance there have been a few that have been too expensive for what they delivered. When the Strix range first appeared it sat in beneath the more premium ROG models and provided a similar level of performance at a slightly more affordable price. There is, however, no denying that the X399-E Strix Gaming misses the mark.

With the commitment to VRM cooling that ASUS applied to the Strix we took our life in our hands and overclocked our AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. We couldn't push it much further than stock, and the results just about made our efforts worthwhile with it just sitting ahead of the stock X399 motherboards we've tested. We would hesitate to suggest that there is enough of a benefit to do so at home though. There just isn't enough of a performance gap between it and the chasing pack to make the thermals worth tolerating.

What probably put the nail in the coffin of our overclocking efforts is the shabby stock performance the ASUS X399-E Strix Gaming gave. It was regularly at the foot of our graphs and usually tailed off by a not insignificant amount. Particularly poor was the single threaded results which have a massive effect on a lot of the regular things you'll do with your computer. In the end it meant that our overclocking efforts only brought performance back in line with the other stock X399s, rather than breaking off into the distance as we normally see when overclocking a CPU.

All of these issues do seem to say BIOS to us, especially the bad stock results. We know Asus are constantly optimising and tweaking things to make them better but as always we have to base our review on what we have in front of us. We could talk about the great layout of the Strix, how everything is in its right place. We could mention the usual ASUS features of the excellent SupremeFX audio, AURA Sync lighting, GameFirst LAN technology and other highlights. Its definitely worthy of being on your shortlist of possible options and if you are capable of being very hands on with the BIOS you will be able to get the best from it. We dont (in the tested state) see it as being a viable option for a basic plug and play user though unless you knowingly want to use this as an educational tool. Fingers crossed that a revision or two on the BIOS gets this where we think it should be anyways.

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18-01-2018, 09:44:19

tolagarf
I have to question Asus' motives these days. A gaming board for what is clearly meant as a workstation CPU (and small servers too I reckon), and this isn't the first of them. In fact they don't even make a workstation board for this CPU. I guess they expect only gamers to buy these CPU's, which seems strange to me.Quote

18-01-2018, 10:08:32

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by tolagarf View Post
I have to question Asus' motives these days. A gaming board for what is clearly meant as a workstation CPU (and small servers too I reckon), and this isn't the first of them. In fact they don't even make a workstation board for this CPU. I guess they expect only gamers to buy these CPU's, which seems strange to me.

I dont think they expect to sell many at all. Mainly because of TR rather than the board itself.Quote

18-01-2018, 12:10:42

AlienALX
To be honest the only thing that looks uber about that board is the cover on the IO. Then you remove it and realise there's a pittance in there. Not enough phases either.

I am finding it hard to differentiate it too much from the B350 Strix. I know it has lanes and slots etc but what good is all that if the performance stinks?

Ed. I'm sorry, HOW MUCH?!?!?!?!

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus...gbe-wifi-usb-3Quote

18-01-2018, 12:50:37

robbiec
Which Bios where you using - current available as far as I can see is 0402? Any chance that you had a Spectre microcode update applied and or MS patch? Would account for a bit of performance drop.Quote

19-01-2018, 09:31:04

sqpp
Nevermind, just realized it is AMD Quote
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