This $500 Motherboard Solved ALL of my PC problems


This is going to sound a little silly, but
I this $500 motherboard actually solved most of the issues I was having with my Intel X299
workstation. Today we’ll be talking about the ASUS X299
WS SAGE motherboard and why it was a worthy upgrade for my workstation rig, right after
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was a significant dent in my wallet. Easy peasy. When I got my Intel Core i9-7980XE processor
from Intel, it came with a Gigabyte Aorus Gaming 7 X299 motherboard. I’ve only used one or two Gigabyte motherboards
in the past and didn’t particularly like them, but I didn’t see much problem with
it. And to be fair to Gigabyte – this motherboard
would, generally, be fine if someone was building a X299 gaming rig. But I quickly ran into some limitations with
it. I had two major issues with the Gigabyte gaming
motherboard, along with the obnoxious coil whine it developed over the past year. Firstly, I kept seemingly bottlenecking my
PCIe bandwidth. The 7980XE has 44 lanes, and I was trying
to use all of them, and it wasn’t working out. My 10 gigabit NIC seemingly got bottlenecked
at times, my NVMe storage drives had VERY poor performance – we’re talking 200MB/s
on an Intel 750 Series drive on a good day, and sometimes capture cards would act up. Plus, I just didn’t have enough slots in
the first place. Secondly, the USB chipset on this motherboard
seemed to be weak. I ran into similar issues moving from my AMD
FX build on the glorious ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard, which had lots of ports
and could handle all of my USB devices to my X99 build with the ASUS X99-A II. My hub kept disconnecting, devices disconnected
or lost power, etc. I eventually found a slimmed down configuration
that worked, and then that setup ran into USB issues on my X299 Aorus gaming 7. There were few on-board ports so I HAD to
rely on a hub, plugging in new devices would frequently disconnect all devices, and sometimes
USB devices would randomly lose connection. Both of these are… me. I build powerhouse workstations and put them
to serious work. I use a lot of expansion cards and a lot of
USB devices. And I’d expect an HEDT platform like X99
and X299 to support such a workflow. Turns out it can. I researched for a while and finally splurged
and spend a whopping 500 bucks on my first real “workstation” board. The ASUS X299 WS SAGE. I’ve heard nothing but good things about
ASUS’s WS line of boards and this one seemed to be perfect. It ticked all of my boxes – more PCIe slots,
seemingly better handling of PCIe lanes and bandwidth, 2 M.2 slots, 8 RAM slots, a front
panel USB 3.1 Gen 2 type C header, RGB – though that didn’t work out – and LOTS of USB 2.0
and 3.0 ports, along with a 3.1 Gen 2 Type A port and Type C port on the back IO. And a nice clean audio chipset. Installing it was a tight fit, and I later
learned that somehow upon my first insertion of my USB 3.0 front panel connector I bent
one of the header pins on the board and then later broke it off trying to fix it, so that
sucks, but it worked! It’s got some very uncomfortable fan header
placement, with one being bent up by my GPU, and I didn’t have another CableMod sleeved
PCIe power cable to run to the power header on the board. Also, the addition of that extra PCIe slot
at the top makes everything else a tight fit. The RAM slots are right on top of the GPU,
which meant I couldn’t install the custom backplate I had ordered, but that’s fine
– it went in my gaming rig. Also, the IO shield is spaced far enough away
from the IO that some USB C cables struggle to stay plugged in the back, which kind of
sucks. And my originally-Gigabyte-chosen 5-pin RGB
strip no longer works with the motherboard and I cannot find an adapter. So it’s not perfect, BUT the important part
is those juicy PCIe lanes and USB ports. I’ve had none of those issues with USB on
this board, and I actually get to plug in MORE stuff again, which is fantastic. I was, eventually, able to optimize my fan
curve to keep things nice and cool, get a RAM overclock stable the first try that the
gaming motherboard flat out would not post with, and I can overclock my 7980XE to hell
and back, only limited by cooling that little oven. And PCIe lanes are good, too. I keep my GTX 1080ti, a 10 gigabit NIC, Intel
750 Series NVMe SSD, and a 4K60 capture card in the rig at most times, and I still have
slots available. I will be adding in a USB 3.0 card that gives
me a replacement front header soon, too. My Intel 750 SSD is now back up to full speed. My M.2 drives haven’t really improved performance
much – but that’s because they’re both ran through the chipset with a single 4x speed
link – that seems to be how all Intel chipsets are at the moment, from what I’ve been able
to glean from watching Wendell’s motherboard coverage over at Level1Techs. I wound up giving myself way more headache
trying to do a cooler swap as I’ll show in a future video, but otherwise, this $500
motherboard has basically solved all of my problems with my X299 rig. The only thing left would be to delid my 7980XE,
which I don’t think I’m going to be doing anytime soon. If you want to buy this motherboard, or the
recently-released new version of it with less USB ports but 10 gigabit NICs onboard, affiliate
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31 thoughts on “This $500 Motherboard Solved ALL of my PC problems

  1. you could try to get in touch with other tech channels like GamersNexus, they delidded quite a few and would maybe be willing to help you with it

  2. I too did upgrade to a $500 motherboard. Except it was older x79 one, Asus p9x79ws-e. Also, i got it for $60 used because the owner knew it had a "burnt chip" on it but i researched it and found out it was a fuse for the 1394 header, so it would not affect anything else on the board at all.It runs fantastically with my Xeon E5-1650v2 at 4.5ghz! Weeeeeeee lol.
    My experience with x299 though…the EVGA x299 FTW-K is pretty awesome, though x299 in general has questionable VRM cooling unfortunately and the FTW-K VRM thermals at a 4.5ghz OC on a 7900X with an AVX offset of 0. That was fun lol. X299 DARK has the best VRM cooling setup for the most part, but it was damn good to hear you were able to OC your 7980XE with this board! Glad to hear its all working good, rock on.

  3. Great vid… Do you think you could do another video on why you hate when ppl use letter boxing in their videos to look more cinematic? I know you have made a couple but I don't think enough ppl are getting it yet and probably could use a bit more of your persuasive intellect to bring them up to speed.

  4. asus for the win, only had 1 dead ish mobo from them and I had a replacement in less then a week.

    not saying other brands are bad but unless there is a massive price difference I stick with asus

  5. I was actually was having a lot of issues with my ASUS motherboard and replacing it with a Gigabyte one solved all my issues 😆

  6. I've been using the ASUS Z97-WS motherboard for about three years now and have had very little issue with it. I have experienced USB drops but I just reconfigure where they are plugged in and away I go again. Haven't had that issue for a while now so I have no idea what caused it. I also learned to not use any of the ASUS bloatware that ASUS supplies for their motherboards.

  7. Love the black backdrop and lighting behind you, will you make a video/tutorial on how to replicate the same effect?

  8. First of all I love the Asus WS motherboards. But I was wondering if you could get more out of the m2 using a pci-e card adapter. Though honestly have not tried one. But if I saw the diagram correctly you have tons of x8 and x16 lines. If that x.2 vertical slot just 2 pci lanes? Anyway just thinking out loud. I hate how all mfg. go in and out of this. You read all the specs and thing. Oh yea I'm going to get some speed to find out the chipset, processor, ram, and something else ran into some limitation (bottleneck) along the way due to being split out resources.

  9. Regarding the LED strips, I've had good luck with the ones from Silverstone. I bought them off Amazon, they work well on a Asus Z370 Prime motherboard.

  10. Don't you love it when you read the M.2 rating and one is rated for 30,000 mbs and the other is 10,000 but you then find out only one can ever run at full speed at a time and it has to be a larger drive and be pretty much empty.

  11. these USB3 PCI-E cards actually work….have 2 in home pc's and 4 at work(2 in 2 separate workstations)….only thing is getting devices plugged in can be a pain sometimes since there is very little wiggle room with the opening in the back of the case vs usb width.

  12. Building a pc just really isn’t as hard as you seem to be making it.. although you also may just be getting terrible luck. You seem to be an intelligent dude, and a great content creator, so I would assume you should be fine building something as simple as this rig, but hey ya never know what may go wrong I suppose!

  13. I always have issues if I don't use the included drivers on disc, come to find the reason maybe cause of lazy code writers not including all the coding on downloads that are available on the original driver disc.

  14. asus better, because i been using gigabyte and msi mobo but not sacificed when it comes to overclocking and things are not perfect . asrock and asus i can say they both good. now i using asus mobo never got any problem , it just great in everything.

  15. This is the vid I've been looking for. Question in storage, if one wanted on a 44 lane cpu populate all 8 Sata III ports and use both m.2 drive slots on the motherboard, would that be possible? Or would some Sata ports shutdown like on lower end boards. Also, do you still use the nvida p400 in this build?

  16. does the hyper m.2 run on this board? can one boot from that board using asus hyper m.2? it would then allow sli with hyper m.2

  17. Hellow, witch ram do you put? MHZ? 128gb? do you really find a good power in vidéo editing like adobe premiere pro cc? thank you.

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