ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E Gaming Review


  • Author: MAC
  • Date: September 27, 2017

Feature Testing: AURA SYNC

As you would expect on any gaming-oriented motherboard in 2017, the STRIX X299-E has onboard RGB LED lighting. Thankfully, at least for those who despise this new ‘feature’, it is an incredibly tame implementation when compared to some competing disco balls…err, motherboards. The lightning is in only two locations, but ASUS have included three RGB LED headers for those who actually do like to brighten up their systems.

AURA SYNC is what ASUS calls their particular feature, and what it brings to the table is the ability to synchronize all AURA SYNC compatible components together, be it a graphics card, keyboard, or mouse. Basically, using the AURA lighting control utility – which you can see below – you can have all of the RGB LEDs that are integrated into those parts display the exact same colour or all just have matching lightning effects.

On the X299-E, the RGB LEDs are integrated into the rear I/O shroud and the weird decorative piece in the middle of the board, and they can be controlled using the AURA lightning control utility. The lights can be adjusted to any number of different colours and customized to create cool lighting effects. The presets can cause the LEDs to change shades to indicate CPU temperature, pulsate with the beat of your music, cycle through all the colours, fade in and out, flash on and off, or just statically display one colour.

There are also three RGB Headers, two of which can power any 12V/2A 5050RGB LED lighting strip, and have it fully powered by the motherboard and controlled by the AURA app. One is near the CPU fan headers and the other is near the bottom-left corner of the motherboard near the front panel header. The third header is a 5V variant and it can power WS2812B RGB LED strips with a maximum amperage rating of 3A and a maximum of 60 individual LEDs.


These are the only two areas of the motherboard with any lighting, and at default settings they simply automatically go through all available colours. The MOSFET lighting in particular is pretty neat since it can great a sort of rainbow effect as its multiple LEDs change each display a different color. Overall, the effect isn’t huge, but it pretty nice.

Overall, thanks to the fantastic AURA utility and its endless selection of colours and effects you can create some very nice visuals that can add a bit of flair to your build. Check it out below:

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