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A review of memory kits Crucial Ballistix Sport AT and White Sport LT DDR4-3200 2×8 GB: Micron vs Samsung

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The story of how AMD for the last couple of years have changed the market for personal computers, now you can start almost any article. And not necessarily the article should be about the processors. Great changes have also affected many other types of components. For example, memory: proposed AMD platform was heavily dependent on the quality and speed RAM, and this naturally pushed the demand for overclocking modules DDR4 SDRAM. AMD taught users relate to the selection memory with great intelligibility, and as a result high-speed memory, which previously was interested primarily enthusiasts and overclockers, is now proved to be necessary and ordinary users, because the only way the performance of processors Ryzen can be withdrawn to the fullest. Various tests show that a good memory can increase performance of AMD platform to a significant 10-15 %, and to disregard that seems unreasonable. Moreover, in the Wake of emerging interest in high-speed memory was claimed and the owners of Intel: they have overclocking modules DDR4 SDRAM allows to obtain though not as impressive, but still quite noticeable performance boost.

In light of all these changes on the fore DDR4 SDRAM chip is built on Samsung B-die. Chips of this type proved to be the most omnivorous, versatile, and productive option in absolutely any situation. Even Ryzen first generation, the controller which is characterized by catastrophic moodiness, these modules do not just work like a clock, but also provided a good acceleration of the memory subsystem, which ultimately increases the speed performance in apps and games. And with the Intel processors, these modules DDR4 SDRAM and is easy to take to the frequency, which is far beyond the spec, which also did not go unnoticed, if you look at the performance and responsiveness of the system.

It would seem that the use of memory modules with chips Samsung B-die is a versatile recipe that can be safely discharged to any enthusiast. But this recipe, alas, works only with serious reservations. The fact that the chips B-die is used in their products, particularly producers of elite overclocking memory kits, which are well understand their value. Therefore, the cost of such “right” of DDR4 SDRAM can be significantly higher than the “normal” memory. It besides is the fact that Samsung is still early in the year stopped the production of 20-nanometer chips B-die, and all those modules with them that are currently on sale, in fact, collected from the remains, which may cause additional fees. As a result, you should not surprise the situation that some 8-GB memory modules sold today for the price of 16 GB model this is a direct result of the popularity and demand for chips Samsung B-die. And it is for this reason Samsung B-die is currently able to make only some users for whom price is not the determining factor.

If to raise the question about which memory modules can offer the best ratio of price and performance, the chips based on Samsung B-die memory have to be deleted from consideration and seek alternatives. Today, the stores are relatively widely available overclocking memory modules, based on different 8-Gigabit chips from other suppliers: mainly, either for Hynix AFR, and MFR CJR, either for the chips are Micron Rev. E. the Greatest interest from this list cause chips Micron: according to General belief, they are the second most preferred option after Samsung B-die. In this review we will try to understand what exactly due to their reputation.

In order to examine the properties of the DDR4 SDRAM chips from Micron Rev. E in practice, we decided to test a couple of 16 GB kits of DDR4-3200 memory under the brand Crucial. This is the most obvious choice for two reasons. First, the brand belongs to the most Crucial Micron, so these memory modules are extremely purebred memory in which the overall design, selection of components, testing and Assembly is responsible not some third company, and the manufacturer of the silicon. Second, the Crucial modules have already gained wide popularity, for example, they have few months, are recommended in our “Computer of the month“, in addition, they often suggest the users themselves on forums and in comments to articles.

For testing were selected two sets of a pair of 8-Gigabyte class modules DDR4-3200: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT, White, and Crucial Ballistix Sport AT. These kits are among the most sold variants DDR4 memory on the Russian market (according to Yandex.Market), which demanded even stronger than any modules with chips from Samsung B-die. And according to the test results we will try to answer the question of whether the Crucial modules are a good choice for modern systems, where the use of memory chips Samsung B-die unnecessarily or impossible for economic reasons.

#Specifications sales package

WD to name their products uses are not too understandable for an unprepared buyer item. A simple example: a memory, which we took to the tests, it is easy to describe as two-component kits Crucial Ballistix Sport LT, White, and Crucial Ballistix Sport AT pair modules for 8 GB and is designed to operate in the mode DDR4-3200. But the really Crucial is file their articles – BLS2K8G4D32AESCK and BLS2K8G4D32AESTK.

In this sequence of symbols, each sign has its hidden meaning, but first and foremost you need to pay attention to the fifth, fourth and third from the end of the letter. If there is read a sequence of “AES”, then we have before us the memory modules based on the chips are Micron Rev. E.

Комплект Crucial Ballistix Sport LT White BLS2K8G4D32AESCK

Kit Crucial Ballistix Sport LT, White BLS2K8G4D32AESCK

An unusual approach is Crucial not only applies to the name of its products, but also to the formation of the model range. In contrast to the bulk of manufacturers of memory for upper level systems, Crucial not looking for high frequencies. DDR4-3200 is, in fact, the fastest memory offered by the company in the series Ballistix Sport. Higher frequencies can be found only in the family of modules Crucial Ballistix Elite, but that doesn’t mean Crucial Ballistix Sport – DDR4 weak options for those who are accustomed to using such processors exclusively from memory, which is prescribed for them by the specifications. On the contrary, although Crucial and promises nothing outstanding, the Sport modules are excellently dispersed, allowing you to reach frequencies of 25-30 % above the nominal. In other words – this is just an option for real overclockers, I consider it my duty to squeeze out of each component there are 146 % capacity.

Комплект Crucial Ballistix Sport AT BLS2K8G4D32AESTK

Kit Crucial Ballistix Sport AT BLS2K8G4D32AESTK

However, guess, and after reading what was written on the corporate website Crucial, is not so simple. It modules, Ballistix Sport LT White are described as intended “for lovers of performance, players and anyone who just wants to get better results out of their system“and Crucial Ballistix Sport AT – as modules that can “to ensure smooth performance and speed for its steady and successful execution of your game problems“. Both studied memory kit, and the Ballistix Sport LT White BLS2K8G4D32AESCK, and Ballistix Sport AT BLS2K8G4D32AESTK received identical formal characteristics:

  • Memory: a set of modules 16 GB (two modules of 8 GB).
  • Working frequency: DDR4-3200.
  • Timings: 16-18-18-36 (programmed in XMP).
  • Working voltage: 1.35 V.
  • High-performance teplonositel.
  • Support for XMP 2.0.
  • Lifetime warranty.

For both variants of memory is especially emphasized their full compatibility with the memory controller on AMD processors Ryzen.

Crucial memory comes in a rather unassuming way. The buyer has at his disposal blister Packed inside a pair of modules. No additional accessories along with memory are proposed. However, it is not surprising – it is quite usual situation.

Buy any 16 GB kits of Crucial modules at a price of about 5.5 thousand rubles, while DDR4-3200 similar volume chips built on Samsung B-die, costs for the sum of 10 thousand rubles. The difference is obvious.

#Appearance

Despite the fact that the sets of memory modules Crucial Ballistix Sport LT, White, and Crucial Ballistix Sport AT, are not products of premium class, they look quite respectable. The manufacturer does not stinted on the aluminum heat-dissipating plate, having not the simplest form and quite interesting color.

However, no RGB backlight modules, the Ballistix Sport is not provided, that is unlikely to appeal to fans to collect glowing system. However, users who prefer austere, too much. In addition, the rejection of the backlight brings an important plus – memory modules Corsair have a height of only 35 mm, which ensure their mechanical compatibility with almost any, even the most massive system CPU cooling.

The set of modules Crucial Ballistix Sport LT, White, as the name implies, is painted in rather rare for computer hardware white. Moreover, this applies not only to the heat-dissipating plates, but also printed circuit boards.

The family Ballistix Sport LT there are also varieties with different color: red (Red) and grey (Gray) color. In other words, these modules can be chosen not only on the frequency and timings, but in color.

As for the kit Crucial Ballistix Sport AT that it comes with only one version of the design gray. But this also has meaning. The fact that this series of memory modules released as part of the initiative, ASUS TUF Gaming Alliance, that is, her appearance made such that the memory modules looked harmoniously in a highly reliable motherboards ASUS The Ultimate Force, for example, TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) or TUF Z390-PLUS Gaming (WI-FI).

You notice that radiators are installed on the modules, Ballistix Sport LT and Ballistix Sport White AT a similar configuration, but somewhat different in detail. However, their design can be traced to the same motives: aggressive lines, perforation on the top face, the “digital” camouflage pattern.

#Internal structure and operation in nominal mode

The company Micron is included in the JEDEC Committee and takes an active part in the development of standard DDR4. It is not surprising that the modules Ballistix Sport LT and Ballistix Sport White AT all made “by the rules”. In fact, it is the usual standardized modules assembled as usual DDR4 memory, but with some improvements, which are automatically made from ordinary planks overclocking. First, they use the choicest chips of best quality, which have some overclocking potential. Secondly, for the organization of heat sink in these modules are used for more radiators, which are not provided standard. All this allows the manufacturer to sell these modules under the brand Crucial Ballistix and ensure for them a higher specification.

However, if you remove these modules radiators, we can discover that nothing special, they at first glance do not stand out. According to this view – familiar DDR4-memory modules, collected at the reference PCB revision A1. Moreover, the modules Ballistix Sport LT and Ballistix Sport White AT virtually the same Board, the only difference is that for white memory manufacturer painted the Board with white paint.

Ballistix Sport AT (BLS8G4D32AESCK)

Ballistix Sport LT White (BLS8G4D32AESTK)

 
Ballistix Sport LT White (BLS8G4D32AESTK)

Ballistix Sport AT (BLS8G4D32AESCK)

Otherwise, there is a difference: each of the modules BLS2K8G4D32AESCK and BLS2K8G4D32AESTK has a unilateral (ad-hoc) design, and assembled based on an array of eight vosmichastny chips. Moreover, the chips used in the kits DDR4-3200 series Crucial Ballistix Sport LT, White, and Crucial Ballistix Sport AT is also the same. This – chips Micron CT40A1G8SA-62M:E.

Ballistix Sport LT White (BLS8G4D32AESTK)

Ballistix Sport LT White (BLS8G4D32AESTK)

 
Ballistix Sport AT (BLS8G4D32AESCK)

Ballistix Sport AT (BLS8G4D32AESCK)

Formally, this type of memory has the gradation DDR4-3200 with timings 22-22-22, but there are some very important nuances. The fact that the silicon filling these chips belong to the so-called memory “E-die”, or, more fully, to the generic Revision, And E. it is really a lot of difference. Memory chips of this type are very well known to professional overclockers. They are produced on 19 nm process and is available from the beginning of last year, and since then, the based-on modules were able to establish several world records of overclocking memory, reaching frequencies above 6 GHz. That is, strips of memory that uses these chips at higher voltage and proper cooling are able to work in modes, almost twice exceeding the established specifications.

This partly is and itself is Crucial. Discussed in this article modules BLS2K8G4D32AESCK BLS2K8G4D32AESTK and even in their passport regime promises more aggressive timings than stated in the specifications used chips. According to the manufacturer, the modules must operate in the mode DDR4-3200 with the scheme delays 16-18-18-36, and this preset is saved in their XMP profile.

Ballistix Sport LT White (BLS8G4D32AESTK)

Ballistix Sport LT White (BLS8G4D32AESTK)

 
Ballistix Sport AT (BLS8G4D32AESCK)

Ballistix Sport AT (BLS8G4D32AESCK)

During automatic configuration for XMP modules BLS2K8G4D32AESCK and BLS2K8G4D32AESTK sets the voltage of 1.35 V, which is higher than the nominal 1.2 V, but nevertheless, is not harmful to their long-term operation. There is therefore nothing surprising in the fact that Crucial gives your memory a lifetime warranty.

When configuring the reporting sets of DDR4-3200 Ballistix Sport LT and Ballistix Sport White at at the XMP level of performance of the memory subsystem is roughly the following (the measurements were done on a system with AMD Ryzen 9 3900X and Intel Core i9-9900K).

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

 

Intel Core i9-9900K

Modules BLS2K8G4D32AESCK and BLS2K8G4D32AESTK differ from expensive overclocking memory not only according to the passport characteristics. It also lacks side and some useful features. And the question here is not about missing the RGB backlight that love is not everything, but about far more important things – the temperature monitoring. Modules Crucial Ballistix Sport LT and Ballistix Sport White AT he simply is not provided due to the lack of built-in temperature sensor. Therefore, to monitor the operating temperature of the memory when installed in the system, these modules will not work. And it’s not very comfortable – memory chips Micron E-die can be quite warm during operation, especially at higher supply voltage.The results, I must say, is not as high compared to the DDR4 SDRAM-based chips Samsung B-die, and this is specific to the architecture of the chips are Micron Revision E. the fact that they require a more “relaxed” delays, and this applies particularly to secondary timings, which also seriously affect the overall throughput and latency of the memory subsystem. In other words, from the point of view of performance in the nominal mode modules Crucial Ballistix Sport LT and Ballistix Sport White can not be called AT the equivalent of DDR4 memory chips Samsung B-die: but it kompensiruet their price.

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Overview motherboard ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II: third edition, revised and augmented

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At the end of last year, Intel updated the lineup of its Core-X, aimed at high-performance desktops class HEDT. The proposals of the family Cascade Lake-X is not struck the imagination of the improved performance, but only slightly increased operating frequencies and received support for further instructions AVX512VNNI. Moreover, they proved to be compatible with older motherboards that created a unique precedent in the history of Intel: socket LGA2066 now suitable for three successive generations of processors, and continues to be relevant for the fourth consecutive year. However, this does not mean that any updates to the platform with the release of new CPU did not happen.

The fact that there is a caveat. The new Core-X-design Cascade Lake-X received the support of a greater number of lines PCI Express. While their predecessors had in the best case, 44 lines, any Core-X ten-thousandth of a series already support 48 lines PCI Express 3.0. And to these additional lines before you can use the motherboard design needs to be slightly modified. In other words, despite the fact that Cascade Lake-X is able without any problems to operate in the old LGA2066 cards, fully all their possibilities can be opened only in a new, specially made with an eye on these processors.

Although Intel did not accompany the appearance of Cascade Lake X with the release of a new chipset and offers to continue to use the old X299 chipset, motherboard manufacturers have decided not to miss the chance and most of them presented an updated modification of the old platforms, converted specifically for Cascade Lake-X. These boards, of course, kept compatibility with old processors Skylake-X, but when you install them chips of the new generation got the opportunity to offer the user a slightly better performance. Today we look at one of the X299-mainboard new wave – ASUS ROG Strix X299-E II Gaming, which can be considered the third re-release of the ROG Strix X299-E Gaming, revised and expanded.

Why third when the name of the novelty is a Roman numeral “two”, you ask? The fact is that between ROG Strix X299-E Gaming and ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II there is another, “intermediate” fee ROG Strix X299-XE Gaming, with improved cooling system power scheme, which was released almost immediately after the first version, under public pressure, found that the initial fee was prone to overheating. As for the new ROG Strix X299-E II Gaming, the ASUS engineers did not just take into account all the shortcomings of the antagonist in the past, and have tried to improve the original design and high quality, as close your project to the ideal.

However, a little discouraging recommended price ROG Strix X299-E II Gaming, which is set at $499. But do not immediately dismiss this option, based on what to buy for Cascade Lake-X motherboard, for the price which can be purchased, for example, 10-core Intel Core i9-10900X, makes no sense. In fact it is not so scary, and real retail price of the ROG Strix X299-E II Gaming over the last few weeks has fallen dramatically. So now this Board is already turning out to be quite an interesting option to build a new LGA2066 system. And when it seems – need to test.

#Specifications

How would accompanying the release of processors Cascade Lake-X, ASUS has prepared two new ROG series motherboards: maximum heaped ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore and pay easier – considering today ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II. However, “easier” in this case is a very relative definition, because the features of this motherboard will suit almost any enthusiast. It has three PCIe x16 slots; three slots M. 2; two wired NICs, one of which is a 2.5 GB; supports wireless Wi-Fi network 6 and can boast more than a sufficient number of USB and SATA ports. In other words, we are talking about a feature-rich platform, which is justly attributed to the solutions for LGA2066 processors at the senior level.

However, in fairness it should be noted that, if you pay attention to the other boards in the same price category, some of them can be found on the single PCIe x16 slot more other – 5 Gigabit network controller, and the third – fangled USB ports 3.2 Gen2x2 with throughput up to 20 Gbit/s. All this on a ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II no, but it boasts four USB ports 3.2 Gen 2 on the back panel, which motherboards by other manufacturers, as a rule, half.

Get acquainted with the characteristics of the ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II in the following table.

ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II
Supported processors LGA2066 Core processors to X series 7000, 9000 and 10000
Chipset Intel X299
Memory subsystem 8 × DDR4, up to 256 GB, up to DDR4-4266, four channel
Expansion slots 2 × PCI Express 3.0 x16 (mode x16)
1 × PCI Express 3.0 x16 mode (x8/x4)
1 × PCI Express 3.0 x4
1 × PCI Express 3.0 x1
The storage interface 8 × SATA 6GB/s
2 × M. 2 (PCI-E 3.0 x4 devices format 2242/2260/2280/22110)
1 × M. 2 (PCI-E 3.0 x4/SATA devices format 2242/2260/2280/22110)
USB ports 3 × USB 3.2 Gen2 on the rear panel
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C on the rear panel
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C internal connector
2 × USB 3.2 Gen1 on the rear panel
4 × USB Gen1 3.2 internal connectors
4 × USB 2.0 rear panel
4 × USB 2.0 internal connectors
Network controllers 1 × Intel I219V (Ethernet 1 Gbps)
1 × Realtek RTL8125-CG (Ethernet 2.5 Gbit/s)
1 × Intel Dual Band Wireless AX200NGW/CNVi (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5 GHz) + Bluetooth 5.0)
Audio 1 × SupremeFX S1220A (7.1)
Interfaces on the rear panel 1 × USB Gen2 3.2 (Type-C)
3 × 3.2 Gen2 USB (Type-A)
2 × USB 3.2 Gen1
4 × USB 2.0
2 × RJ-45
5 x audio jacks are of type minijack
1 × S/PDIF (optical output)
2 × antenna connectors
button FlashBack Button
Form factor ATX (305 × 244 mm)
Price $499 (recommended)

The difference with the first version of your ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming clearly visible even in the specifications. The newest version of the Board diminished one PCIe x4, but added a third M. 2 slot and a second a 2.5 Gigabit LAN and two additional USB port 3.2 Gen2. And I must say, this is not all. Already on the image Board it is clear that in the latest version, we now use a more advanced cooling system and a more powerful power system to which it has become possible to connect directly two 8-pin power cable. All the details we’ll talk about that later.

#Packaging equipment

ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II comes in a relatively small box, clearly disproportionate to the value of this Board. However, as it will be easier to carry from the store.

The packaging has a striking black and red design. The front side is given over to large photo of the motherboard, and on the reverse is a more detailed information about the characteristics. We always pay attention to what the technology marketing Department of the manufacturer has decided to highlight the box themselves, and in the case of ROG Strix X299-E Gaming is II: support 2.5-Gigabit network and WiFi 6, three M. 2 slot is for installing drives, branded diagnostic OLED screen LiveDash and connectors for addressable led strips of the second generation.

 

The supplied ROG Strix X299-E II Gaming imagination is not amazing, although it is unlikely someone will guess to call him a miser. To the Board included:

  • the mounting for the M. 2 drive in the vertical slot;
  • four SATA cable;
  • two screws to install the M. 2 drives;
  • Wi-Fi antenna;
  • extension cable for connecting led strips with a length of 80 cm;
  • extension cable to connect addressable led strips;
  • external temperature sensor;
  • ASUS Q-Connector to connect the case buttons and indicators;
  • a set of cable ties;
  • DVD with drivers and software;
  • stickers and printing products.

It should be noted that the necessary drivers and software to motherboard ASUS continues to put on a DVD-ROM, which frankly, in modern conditions seems somehow anachronistic. However, if your system will be optical device to come to the aid of technology Armoury Crate which allows you to automatically download and install software over the Internet. It works in Windows 8 and 10 using the function of the Windows Platform Binary Table that performs automatic backup of UEFI and the startup after loading a pre-trained manufacturer service utilities.

#Design and capabilities

During the existence of the platform LGA2066 we posted about it countless articles. Therefore, to discuss in detail all possible model ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II, we will not — focus only on unique and characteristic traits, which, as it turned out, she had a lot. And to start here is directly from the CPU rasheem because, as it turns out, the new ASUS with a full range LGA2066 CPUs are not compatible. A list of suitable models for it includes CPU Core X seven thousandth, thousandth and ten-thousandth of a series design Allows Cascade Lake X or-X, but for some reason does not include Quad-core processors Kaby Lake-X (Core i7-7740X and Core i5-7640X). However, it is unlikely it will bring great inconvenience: Kaby Lake-X is a rare beast, though from sale until it finally disappeared.

The second feature of the ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II relates to the memory subsystem. Like other LGA2066-motherboard, it supports Quad channel DDR4 SDRAM, but for her, including the declared support for modules with capacity up to 32 GB. In the compatibility list lists several proven ASUS variants, in particular, fit 32-GB strap Corsair, Crucial, Micron or SK Hynix, which are based on chips production SK Hynix or Micron.

But register memory to your ASUS ROG Strix X299-E II Gaming does not work, although their application to certain boards based on X299, perhaps. It proved the engineers at ASRock, which recently added support for RDIMM in your motherboard X299 Taichi CLX.

The new processors Cascade Lake-X received 48 lines PCI Express 3.0, and it is with an eye on these processors, created a draft of ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II. In this card on the processor lines of PCI Express “hang” three PCIe x16 slot operating in modes x16, x16 and x8, and two of the three M. 2 sockets – those located on the Board flat and closed “wings” of the chipset. They only support NVMe drives, and each of them is four lines PCI Express 3.0. In this scheme of distribution lines there is no variation, everything works exactly as described above with any combination of installed cost of expansion cards and drives.

However, if the ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II will be installed the processor Skylake-generation-X with 44 lines of PCI Express, the third PCIe x16 slot will switch from the logical mode x8 in x4. In the case of installation in processor Board with 28 lines (which is a Core i7-7820X or Core i7-7800X) in mode x8 switch and the second PCIe x16 slot and the CPU will turn off the M. 2 slots.

All three of the PCIe x16 slots have a mechanical reinforcement and separated so that they could install an expansion card with a massive cooling systems.

The remaining two PCIe x4 and PCIe x1 are operating from the chipset, and the small slot shares resources with the USB connector 3.2 Gen2 to the front panel. However, the probable loss of the PCIe x1 is unlikely to upset someone because he still is under the first PCIe x16 slot will be blocked by the graphics card.

The chipset provides eight SATA connectors placed along the left edge of the Board, and the third M. 2 slot, which is to talk separately. First, this is the only M. 2 socket on the ASUS ROG Strix X299-E II Gaming, which is able to take the SATA drives in that format. Second, it is located in a rather unusual place – in front of the DIMM slots. So drives are installed in it vertically, and for their reliable fastening ASUS has included a special metal frame. Frankly, we like the idea of a vertical M. 2, because in this case the drive is easy to organize a good cooling. However, sometimes you have to meet the complaint that a vertically mounted drive mixes with cooling the memory.

Amid LGA2066-plat of past generations of ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II stands out not only by the presence of three M. 2 slots, but the increased number of USB ports. It is taken from the chipset, six 5-Gigabit ports USB 3.2 Gen 1 the developers added five more 10-Gigabit ports USB Gen 2 3.2. Four high-speed port is displayed behind the Board, and one is made in the form of internal connector and designed for connection to a connector on the front panel. In order to accommodate this amount of USB ports 3.2 Gen 2 on Board took place three additional chip ASMedia ASM3142.

With USB ports connected and one more funny solution. ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II has in its Arsenal as many as eight USB 2.0 ports, and four port not working directly from the chipset, and via MTT hub GL852G. Someone might need such a number of USB 2.0 ports is unclear. Last version of the Board Strix X299-E Gaming ports of this type was less than half.

But the main difference between ASUS ROG Strix X299-E II Gaming from the last version, with almost the same name, but without a Roman numeral two at the end, is how now made your meal plan. Last charge was eight-channel Converter processor power, now, allegedly used a 12-channel scheme, at least according to the description on the manufacturer’s website.

But to be honest, the power to consider the Board – on the basis of the six-phase PWM controller ASP1905. But each phase is assembled from pairs zaparoleny power stage Infineon IR3555M and inductances that allows you to shoot with a six-phase scheme, the currents, reaching 720 But without taking into account food processor SoC, which laid its own seventh 60-amp channel. In other words, to work with a voracious processors ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II prepared well, but the overall design of the Converter power still raises questions because of the small number of “honest” phases.

Emphasizing the fact that ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II can cope with arbitrarily powerful processors, ASUS installed on it from two 8-pin power connector, and CPU VRM placed on a pretty massive cooling system with a heat pipe and a 40 mm fan.

But no matter how impressive these radiators may look in the photo, actually nothing special in that no cooling besides that it is generally adequate for this application. That is, even when overclocking Core i9-10980XE to 4.5 GHz and under high load in Prime95 the power supply circuit does not overheat. Although its maximum temperature and reached 100 degrees, when the fan accelerates to maximum speed, overheating or throttle we have not seen.

The main working part of the system cooling the VRM is a small aluminum heatsink plate on the center of the aluminum block adjacent to the power elements through the pads. The heat pipe here is only for the more uniform distribution of heat, because the second aluminum block placed on her, hardly performs any function at all. On the Board under it are USB controllers that do not have a high dissipation, and its upper portion fully closes the plastic cover of the rear, preventing any convection. In General, why this second bar is a mystery.

It turns out that the efficiency of the cooling system is greatly facilitated by a fan, which is why it is covered from top with decorative mesh. And that’s why we suggest from this mesh right to get rid – so and the noise will be less, and temperature will be lower. Especially if to take into account the fact that with increasing temperature the VRM fan is able to accelerate up to 6000 rpm.

In practice, to assemble a system on your ASUS ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II conveniently enough, the cards are well thought out, which is hardly surprising as it is an updated version of another popular motherboard. It without problems will be any massive cooler, including the air, not a MSI Creator X299, where the developers put too little space between the first PCIe slot and CPU socket.

But it is worth considering that for those who love experiments in the open stand, ROG Strix X299-E II Gaming may not offer an exhaustive set of controls. The Board has only the power button, a set of diagnostic LEDs and POST controller. Even reset the BIOS settings is available on the old – fashioned way with jumper.

But considering the fee is not deprived of the opportunity to update the firmware (no need to start the system), allows you to connect an external temperature sensor and is able to manage a sufficient number of fans. In addition to the connectors for the two CPU fans and the fan VRM, the PCB has two connectors for the pumps (without the possibility of adjustment speed) and three connectors for case fans (with the possibility of fine adjustment of rotation speeds depending on the temperature).

Much attention is paid to the illumination. Although ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II and intended for the construction of the mighty HEDT platforms, it still relates to gaming series motherboard. However, the Board itself no special RGB-extravaganza no. Only a small illuminated acrylic panel cover the rear panel.

But the possibilities might be notklaatu whole bunch of led strips. In store for them, two sockets for a conventional three-meter RGB 5050 strips standard and two slots for addressable WS2812B strips standard with the maximum number of LEDs for 120 pieces. All lights on the Board works under the guidance of the corporate AURA and 52UA0 microcontroller 32-bit ARM processor STM32F 072CBU6. The user also seems to set all this sparkling ensemble with a special app ASUS Sync Aura.

In addition, on the Board between the CPU socket and the first PCIe x16 slot there is a small monochrome OLED display LiveDash, which can also be used in information and decoration purposes.

To control the contents of this display from ASUS provides a special utility, but by default it displays POST codes during system startup and the CPU temperature – when it is working.

In the rest of the equipment ASUS ROG Strix X299-E II Gaming is quite typical for the modern boards are high enough level. For integrated sound codec Realtek ALC1220 (according to tradition renamed S1220A), which this time works without the support of additional high quality DAC, but accompanied by two operational amplifiers which are capable to pump high-impedance headphones.

Network connections can be implemented in three ways: through wireless controller Intel wifi 6 AX200 2×2 802.11 ax or by wire through a 2.5 Gigabit controller Realtek RTL8125 or Hibiny Intel WGI219V.

Given all the above, the contents of the back of the PCB you might not be surprised.

There are four USB 2.0 ports; two USB 3.2 Gen 1; four USB ports 3.2 Gen 2, one of which has an execution of Type-C; two network RJ-45 connector; connectors for wifi antennas; five analog audio jacks; SPDIF output and the BIOS FlashBack button for offline firmware updates.

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