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Asus X99-Deluxe II or Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX?

Poll Results: Given a choice between the two, which would you choose and why?

 
  • 12% (1)
    Asus X99-Deluxe II
  • 87% (7)
    Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX
8 Total Votes  
post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
I've been researching this new build for weeks, now, and I've got it narrowed down to these two:

Asus X99-Deluxe II
Gigabyte GA-X99-Designare EX

My primary needs beyond the obvious are as follows in no particular order:

Gaming
Visual Studio development
Graphics design
Video editing
Virtualization (development testing VMs)
Windows 10/Linux dual boot

Here is the hardware that will be going into it:

i7-6850K
32GB RAM (4x8GB, 3200-3400)
GTX 1080 (eventually - GTX 670 for the moment)
Intel 750 Series 1.2TB PCIe SSD (Windows OS)
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 256GB SSD (Linux OS)
Intel 750 Series U.2 SSD (VMs)

I'm ready to order the motherboard and CPU in the next day or two. At this point I'm leaning somewhat toward the Asus, but it's really for just a couple minor reasons. First, the single integrated M.2 slot isn't buried under the GPU and "heat shield", as it is on the Gigabyte. Second, from what I've seen, I think I will like the Asus BIOS better (though I would be ok with either). That said, I do like the fact that Thunderbolt 3 is integrated on the Designare, whereas on the Deluxe II the included ThunderboltEX 3 card has to be used, taking up a precious PCIe slot. As I'm not planning on any multi-GPU setups, I've had a lot of trouble finding the right board for me - one that utilizes those 40-PCIe lanes most effectively for my needs (PCIe SSDs and other adapter cards) without disabling M.2 slots and U.2 connectors (I need at least 1, preferably 2, each of those).

To be honest, the Asus X99-E WS/USB 3.1 would have been perfect (hyper cards and U.2 adapter cards would have been fine with 7-PCIe slots at my disposal), but its lack of Thunderbolt 3 support was the deal-breaker. Had it gotten a refresh when their other X99 boards did, it would have been no contest.
post #2 of 4
Funny thing is, i have experience with both Asus and Gigabyte.... had to switch from RVE to Designare-EX, because...

in my experience, the RVE is just so inconsistent in booting, random quirks, all sorts of weird stuff.

I've tried to stick with it for almost 2 years, but then I gave up and replaced it with Designare-EX. Actually boots every time consistently, for once. And no issues with the BIOS myself on both, although.... i admit the Asus RVE is slightly easier to understand.
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen R7 1700x Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 ASUS GTX 1080 Turbo @ 2050mhz G.Skill DDR4 16GB 8GBx2 3200 mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 750 Evo 250GB Crucial m500 960GB OCZ Trion 150 960GB Samsung 960 Evo 1TB m.2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial MX300 2TB DVD drive Corsair H60 2013 edition windows 10 home 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
32inch Crossover 4K Thermaltake SMART M series 750W Powerspec G418 case Thermal 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 4910mq GTX 880m (GK104 with 8GB VRAM) 16 GB DDR3 3x Samsung 840 EVO in RAID 0 (1.31 TB total) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung M9T 2TB HDD Bluray/DVD drive Bluray/DVD drive Window 7 Home Premium 
MonitorPower
Panasonic 2880x1620 panel 180w Delta brick 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen R7 1700x Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 ASUS GTX 1080 Turbo @ 2050mhz G.Skill DDR4 16GB 8GBx2 3200 mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 750 Evo 250GB Crucial m500 960GB OCZ Trion 150 960GB Samsung 960 Evo 1TB m.2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial MX300 2TB DVD drive Corsair H60 2013 edition windows 10 home 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
32inch Crossover 4K Thermaltake SMART M series 750W Powerspec G418 case Thermal 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 4910mq GTX 880m (GK104 with 8GB VRAM) 16 GB DDR3 3x Samsung 840 EVO in RAID 0 (1.31 TB total) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung M9T 2TB HDD Bluray/DVD drive Bluray/DVD drive Window 7 Home Premium 
MonitorPower
Panasonic 2880x1620 panel 180w Delta brick 
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post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Wow, 6/6 votes for the Designare at this point. Comments would be helpful, but I think I'm leaning that way, now.
post #4 of 4
um, does your designaire work? a word of warning.

maybe its my bad luck, but I've had two Designares in a row (not kidding), first one had faulty PCI-E slots, 2nd one's memory slots all faulty except one memory slot...

And for some reason, the cheaper Phoenix exhibits none of these issues, is cheaper and only loses one U.2 port and that fancy PLX chip, which isn't needed if you have 40 lane CPU.


I'm pretty sure there is some QC issues with the x99 Designare in particular, and its not me doing it, Microcenter went through the whole thing, got replacement mobo and all that.


So.... i'm not sure really, maybe i just have really bad luck with Designare yet the cheaper Phoenix is flawless, go figure.
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen R7 1700x Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 ASUS GTX 1080 Turbo @ 2050mhz G.Skill DDR4 16GB 8GBx2 3200 mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 750 Evo 250GB Crucial m500 960GB OCZ Trion 150 960GB Samsung 960 Evo 1TB m.2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial MX300 2TB DVD drive Corsair H60 2013 edition windows 10 home 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
32inch Crossover 4K Thermaltake SMART M series 750W Powerspec G418 case Thermal 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 4910mq GTX 880m (GK104 with 8GB VRAM) 16 GB DDR3 3x Samsung 840 EVO in RAID 0 (1.31 TB total) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung M9T 2TB HDD Bluray/DVD drive Bluray/DVD drive Window 7 Home Premium 
MonitorPower
Panasonic 2880x1620 panel 180w Delta brick 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Ryzen R7 1700x Gigabyte Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 ASUS GTX 1080 Turbo @ 2050mhz G.Skill DDR4 16GB 8GBx2 3200 mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 750 Evo 250GB Crucial m500 960GB OCZ Trion 150 960GB Samsung 960 Evo 1TB m.2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial MX300 2TB DVD drive Corsair H60 2013 edition windows 10 home 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
32inch Crossover 4K Thermaltake SMART M series 750W Powerspec G418 case Thermal 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 4910mq GTX 880m (GK104 with 8GB VRAM) 16 GB DDR3 3x Samsung 840 EVO in RAID 0 (1.31 TB total) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung M9T 2TB HDD Bluray/DVD drive Bluray/DVD drive Window 7 Home Premium 
MonitorPower
Panasonic 2880x1620 panel 180w Delta brick 
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