DDR4 ASUS Motherboard
Last Updated On: August 10, 2015
For those new to the computer hardware scene, Asus has been manufacturing great motherboards for years now. My first PC build was a PC with an AMD processor running at 700 some odd MHz with 512 MB of memory and a 256 MB video card running on an Asus motherboard. These boards have stood the test of time with solid releases packed full of features. As we move into the DDR4 era, the Asus boards will have no other place than leading the charge in my opinion. There is only one name worth knowing when it comes to DDR4 motherboards: Asus.
In this article, we will look at several Asus motherboards and see what features they have as well as what people are saying about them. Also, each motherboard will have a link to its Amazon.com product page so you check it out for yourself.
Asus X99-A ATX DDR Motherboard
This motherboard sports one click overclock and cooling settings. In translation, that means with one click you can instantly have Scotty boost the power your spaceship’s… err… computer’s engines and run faster than the original designers accounted for. Like all DDR4 motherboards, this board runs the X-99 chipset and supports the Haswell-E architecture.
Another great feature is the gigabit networking integrated into this board, freeing up one of your expansion slots from having to be occupied by a network card. Network cards might have been optional in the early 90’s but today, connectivity is mandatory. At gigabit speeds, you won’t be waiting for your network card to decode the packets it receives from the wire.
With 3 PCI slots, this board provides a modicum of flexibility in configuration. You won’t be running four video cards for massive video rendering, but if you need that kind of power you wouldn’t be looking at this board anyway. One or two video cards and a surround sound audio mixer are all you need to add to this board to make a rocking entertainment station. Finally, the 8 memory slots will have you reaching for the starts when you fill them all with 16GB memory modules at DDR4 speeds.
Check out this board on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-X99–DDR4-3000-Motherboard/dp/B00NC05Q2C/.
Asus ATX DDR4 3000 Motherboard
This board, like other Asus boards, have the special overclocking socket that provides more pins that standard to your processor. On paper, this means easier overclocking for your processor. On this particular board, Asus did something similar with the memory slots as well to allow for easier overclocking of the memory. One feature I find particular helpful is the fan extension card to allow for more efficient cooling. When pushing a computer’s performance, heat is the ultimate enemy and this extension card provides one more tool to combat it.
This board also features SATA express port with data transfer rates up to 10Gb/s which means data moves faster from the hard drive to the processor and memory. Combine this with a solid-state drive and you will have some real speed in your system. 8 memory slots provide a staggering 128 GB of memory when maxed out with 16 GB modules. 8 SATA ports provide a lot of options for configuring storage devices in your computer, and with those ports, you can take your PC up to nearly unheard levels of storage.
This board is an excellent middle of the road choice when looking at motherboards. It’s not a bargain bin board with bare minimal features, but it also doesn’t break the bank with a list price of $399.99 (as of this writing). Reviews on this board are largely positive with 11/16 reviews being 5 star reviews, and 4/16 reviews being 4 star reviews. This means that 15/16 reviews are 4 star or higher, which means that the product lives up to its expectations. The sole 1 star review was a result of the board arriving with broken CPU pins and needed to be returned, but when ordering computer parts online, this does happen from time to time.
Check out this board on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-DDR4-3000-Motherboard-X99-DELUXE/dp/B00MNPA9SS.
Asus Rampage V Extreme Extended ATX Motherboard
If you thought that last motherboard had a full package to offer, I am going to have to quote Bachman-Turner Overdrive and tell you that you ain’t seen nothing yet. This board rocks out integrated Wi-Fi so no patch cable, no problem! Oh, you want to use that Bluetooth speaker you have to listen to media on your computer in other rooms? No sweat, with the integrated Bluetooth adapter. If connectivity is king, then this board sits on the throne.
You need storage space you say? 14 SATA ports will provide you with plenty of connections for hard drives, optical drives, and any other SATA peripheral that you might need. Need room for expansion cards? At 5 expansion slots, this board rocks out some major flexibility in configuring it to meet your needs.
Out of the 6 reviews currently on Amazon as of this writing, 5 are 5 star reviews and 1 is a 4 star review. Some people are having some problems with the initial BIOS but report that a BIOS update corrects the issues. One feature that I particular liked was that it includes a conversion kit so that you can re-use the high-end cooler in your current build after upgrading to this motherboard. It’s not a huge detail, but definitely helps to save $100 or so when making the switch to this motherboard.
Check out this board for yourself over at Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N1QKUQO.