ASUS has rolled out its second socket LGA2066 TUF (The Ultimate Force) series motherboard, the TUF X299 Mark 2. The Mark 2 is a slimmer variant of the TUF X299 Mark 1, but ditch the armor and some features to make it much cheaper than Mark 1. The TUF X299 Mark 2 also lacks the add-on card reinforcement that comes with the Mark 1.
The TUF X299 Mark 2 Built in the ATX form-factor and powered by a combination of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and 4-pin ATX power connectors. The board features an 8-phase VRM made of durable, high-current chokes and driver-MOSFETs. The LGA 2066 socket is wired to eight DDR4 DIMM slots, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, of which two are full x16 capable and feature reinforcement braces, and a third slot is x8 capable subject to a 44-lane CPU. An open-ended x4 slot and two x1 slots make for the rest of the expansion area.
Storage connectivity includes two 32 Gb/s M.2 slots, from which one is a vertical slot; and six SATA 6 Gb/s ports. USB connectivity consists of two USB 3.1 ports (both type-A and on the rear panel), eight USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, four by headers), and some USB 2.0 ports on the rear panel. The board also feature a legacy mouse/keyboard PS/2 port. The network connectivity provided by a gigabit Ethernet port driven by Intel i219-V controller. The 8-channel onboard audio combines a Realtek ALC1220A CODEC (120 dBA SNR) with a headphones amp, ground-layer isolation, and audio-grade electrolytic capacitors. The board also features an RGB LED strip along its sides, along with two RGB headers, controlled by ASUS Aura Sync RGB software. Asus TUF X299 Mark 2 is currently available and priced at USD $249.99 / ₹21000 in India.