Conclusion: Asus has once again taken the basic platform of a chipset and made it something special. This is a top performing board that is just loaded with amazing features that are sure enhance the user’s experience with this board. There is a reason these boards are set at such prices. They deliver exactly what you’d expect them to and then just a little bit more.
Excerpt: I recently came to the conclusion that my aging core Intel i7-970 ‘Gulftown’ based computer system needed to be updated to something that is a bit newer. While my LGA1366 socket based system was able to handle most of the tasks I was performing on it, or with it, it still lacked some of the capabilities that the newer based platforms had; for instance, native SATA III (SATA 6Gb/s) connectivity, lower voltage usage, more USB 3.0 ports, front USB 3.0 headers, the UEFI BIOS...
Summary: In the end, The P9X79 Deluxe gives you just about everything an enthusiast would truly want: SLI, tri-SLI, CrossFire X, PCIe 3.0, tons of overclocking features, lots of USB 3.0 ports, and truly fast performance (albeit only in comparison to the limited number of X79 boards we’ve seen so far). Now if only it had more SATA 6Gb/s ports and the price wasn’t so painful.
Pros: Tons of USB 3.0 ports; well laid out; fast.
Cons: Painful pricing; needs more SATA 6Gb/s ports.
Summary: The ASUS P9X79 Deluxe really did impress us every step of the way during our testing period. It clocked exceptionally well, both for the CPU and the memory, offered many options not seen elsewhere, and ultimately, those options are what helped us push things further than on the other products we have tested. There were a few issues that we noticed, but nothing that stood out as critical to the board's overall functionality, except one.
Pros: Packed with added features and options not seen on some other products in the same price range., Clean, color-themed and traditional layout., Fully functional UEFI BIOS, including mouse support and support for 3 TB+ drives., VRM capable of 300W, over double Intel CPU TDPs., Exceptional included software package for maximizing performance, Overclocks higher than any other TPU-tested Intel X79 Express product, Very low power consumption both under load and when idle.
Cons: Lack of an included accessory to make use of the USB 3.0 front panel header, Crossfire limited by slot configuration, as the lack of an included extended Crossfire bridge means that the majority of AMD GPU users will be confined to a x16/x8 PCIe lane assignment unless a separate bridge is purchased, BIOS may be confusing and overwhelming to some, due to the extensive number of options offered, USB 3.0 performance with tested hardware is underwhelming
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: UEFI Graphical User Interface BIOS replacement, Supports 64GB quad-channel DDR3 up to 2400MHz, DIGI, Power Control 16+4+2+2 power phase digital voltage, MemOK! Increases memory compatibility for bootup, Bluetooth 3.0 HS module with IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support, USB BIOS Flashback enabled firmware update without CPU/RAM/VGA/HDD, Four total SATA 6Gb/s storage channels, USB 3.0 Boost introduces USB Attached SCSI (UAS) protocol, Six back panel SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports,...
Cons: High priced enthusiast-level motherboard solution, Does not use new highly-conductive Polymerized capacitors, Expanded DIMM socket banks may obstruct larger heatsinks
Excerpt: If you're going down the path of building an absolute beast of a system between now and Christmas, the chances are you're going to be looking at the X79 chipset and the new LGA 2011 CPUs from Intel. At launch we've seen so many motherboards from companies that offer so many different features and hit us at so many different price points.
Conclusion: Asus backs the board with a three-year warranty, and support is available via phone, e-mail, and chat seven days a week. Unless you absolutely need a PCI slot for some legacy board that can’t be replaced by a PCIe equivalent, it’s hard to find a reason not to recommend the P9X79 as the core of a Sandy Bridge-E setup.
Pros: Loads of USB 3.0 and SATA connectors, Excellent, easy-to-use GUI BIOS and utilities, Six PCI Express slots
Summary: The ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboard performs to expectations. Not a ton of variance from the previous generation, however it makes up for it with more features.
The ASUS P9X79 Deluxe is the most feature rich motherboard in the Performance Mainstream segment of ASUS’s line of X79, LGA 2011 motherboards.
Pros: Performance Tuning required more tweaks than expected, Two Center PCI-e slots are very close together requiring a single slot cooling solution, Could use two extra SATA 6G Ports using SSD Caching leaves only two, DDR3 Support up to 2400 (O.C.), ASUS DIP3, 16+4+2+2 DIGI+ Power Control, ASUS BT GO!, Bluetooth v3.0 +HS, ASUS SSD Caching, ASUS Disk Unlocker (2.2TB + Drives), USB 3.0 via ASMedia controller, 3-Way SLI & CrossFireX Capable, Intel Gigabit LAN, MemOK!, Front a...
Cons: Performance Tuning required more tweaks than expected, Two Center PCI-e slots are very close together requiring a single slot cooling solution, Could use two extra SATA 6G Ports using SSD Caching leaves only two
Intel i7 3960X EE / Asus P9X79 Deluxe / 32GB Corsair Vengeance (1600mhz) Review
14 November 2011
Excerpt: Intel launch their X79 platform today and we have several reviews ready for your enjoyment, focusing on various aspects of the technology and associated performance with partnering hardware. In this article we are going to be testing the Intel i7 3960x with the new Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard with a fully loaded array of 32GB 1600mhz memory, courtesy of Corsair.
Excerpt: Beim P9X79 Deluxe handelt es sich um ein sehr gut ausgestattetes Desktop-Mainboard, basierend auf Intels brandneuem X79-Chipsatz. Das durchaus interessante Bundle rund um dieses Board zielt auf eine breite Käuferschicht und bietet sich dem ambitionierten Endkunden an. Ebenfalls verfügt dieses Board über zahlreiche, interessante Features sowie auch qualitativ hochwertige Bauteile.