Excerpt: Let’s be frank: If you’re even thinking about buying into Intel’s deliciously fast LGA2011 platform this early, you are an enthusiast—Enthusiast with a capital-freaking-E, since you can’t even look at LGA2011 without buying a $550 chip. So if you’re jumping in, you might as well use both feet. Asus’s P9X79 Deluxe certainly fits that bill, delivering cool features and a stout price tag: This X79-based board will set you back a cool $400.
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
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
Intel i7 3960X EE / Asus P9X79 Deluxe / 32GB Corsair Vengeance (1600mhz) Review
14 November 2011
Excerpt: 5 Flares 5 Flares × 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.