Here’s good news for overclockers and heavy gamers. ASUS has recently announced their X99 Series Motherboards with a new OC Socket technology that they themselves have developed. The Intel-based X99-Deluxe, the X99-Pro, and the X99-A come with ASUS’ 5-Way Optimization technology that promises to boost the power of LGA 2011-v3 Intel Core™ i7 processors.
The OC Socket is compatible with Intel’s new LGA 2011-v3, also known as the the Haswell-E processor, and includes extra pins that will better connect circuitry to its land grid array. According to ASUS, this would enable for “higher DDR4 memory frequencies, lower latencies, and enhanced stability while overclocking, extending all the way to extreme overclocking conditions, such as Liquid Nitrogen (LN2)”.
Supporting the OC Socket is ASUS’ 5-Way Optimization technology, a combination of the Energy Processing Unit (EPU), DIGI+ Voltage Regulator Module (VGM) Power Control, Turbo Processor Unit (TPU), Fan Xpert 3, and the Turbo App. These aim to improve energy and voltage control, and allow for better airflow and a more customizable system that’s sure to give you faster performance.
The flagship model X99-Deluxe is fitted with the Hyper M.2 x4 expansion card which gives transfer speeds up to 32Gbit/s even with two M.2 devices. The Fan Extension Card also provides a reliable cooling system that includes three 4-pin/3-pin fans for heavy use. Connectivity-wise, it sports IEEE 802.11ac, which is fast becoming the new standard for Wi-Fi technology with speeds that reach 1,300bit/s.
ASUS will announce prices for the X99 Series this coming October.