Intel i7 5960X Review with ASUS X99 Deluxe

ASUS X99 Deluxe Up Close

Intel Core i7-5960X Review

ASUS X99 Deluxe Up Close

The motherboard we'll be using to test the Intel Core i7-5960X is the ASUS X99 Deluxe. Finally a motherboard with ice white heatsinks. It has taken a long time for motherboard manufacturers to catch up to the rest of the world. As you can see from the one on the right, the amount of circuitry on modern motherboards is almost moving to a level beyond the space available. With the eight DIMMs it's astounding how much extra room the additional four take up. We're used to it with the original X79s, but the extra hardware supported on the X99's really squeezes the PCB to capacity.

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The X99 Deluxe includes the ASUS OC socket, which we'll look at in detail in the Rampage V Extreme review, but it's still a nice surprise to find it included in a non-ROG model. Don't underestimate the importance of that and definitely check out the Rampage V Extreme review whilst you're here. With 8 DIM slots, 4 full PCI Express slots, alongside the increased amount of SATA ports and boss audio solution, the X99 Deluxe truly earns its Deluxe moniker.

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Because different CPUs in the latest Haswell E refresh come with different amounts of PCI Express lanes onboard, 40 in the top model and 28 in some of the other ones in the range, then the 2x/3x switch is important to enable the Deluxe to dedicate the maximum possible lanes to the slots you're actually using.

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There are more additional elements than we could possible in a review that is, ostensibly at least, about the i7-5960X. However, two that we particularly like are the addon card that provides x4 PCI Express support for the M2 drives, ensuring that both your current drive and any future ones that move from the PCI Express 2.0 x2 to PCI Express 3.0 x4 are supported. 

The other cool addon is the fan controller, which allows you far greater flexibility in both the amount, and placement, of your system fans. This has benefits both to extreme overclockers, and to the average user who just wants to route their cables neatly.

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Most Recent Comments

29-08-2014, 15:50:13

It's like Christmas! *^* Yay!Quote

29-08-2014, 15:52:15

I keep looking at the benchmarks and having to tell myself I don't need one.
I really want it :/Quote

29-08-2014, 16:24:10

Gah, I don't think I'll bother with X99. I don't need 12 threads, and while affording it is a non-issue, I just can't justify spending nearly €1000 on a motherboard, CPU and 16GB of DDR4.

Performance on the other hand, particularly a workstation, there's no beating it. Although it's a pity the turbo frequencies are as low as they are though. The two 8-core Xeon E5-2687V2's that are in my workstation at work turbo up to 4GHz. No way Intel is going to sacrifice their huge margin Xeon business though. Quote

29-08-2014, 16:36:23

Everyone wants it but doesn't that pricey premium

I'd buy one second hand if i could at the right priceQuote

29-08-2014, 16:50:06

Great review.

Wow Tomb Raider really benefits from the extra cores, Wish they would of done like they did with the last gen though, 4930K had the same cores as the extreme version.

Not out of my price range but it would be wasted on me due to only gaming with 1 GPU and not needing a gazillion gigs of ram Quote

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