Pros: Great connectivity, versatility, and with plenty of room for expansion. 3-way sli and 64 gigs of ram? For this price? Yes please.
Cons: You need to update the BIOS if you're using a CPU newer than the mobo, BEFORE YOU CAN TURN THE THING ON. It's very simple to do using a usb drive (just google 'flashing bios p9x79 LE') i only mention it because lots of folks in various online reviews seem to think that their mobo is DOA, when it just needs a bios update before it can recognize the cpu. My i7 4930K was such a cpu. The mob didn't so much as blink, but then i flashed the bios and viola! Again don't let t...
Summary: My CPU socket got damaged. When pressing down on the 1st locking lever, if it slips out of your finger before you get it locked, the CPU will bounce in the socket and damage the pins. Sent back to Newegg (waste see cons). Filled out ASUS online RMA and sent in the MB. 10 days later they sent back a different refurbished MB at no cost. I figure they could have blown me off like Newegg but instead they decided customer satisfaction was more important!
Pros: ASUS Support is customer orientated
Cons: Need to finish install. Do not send a MB with a damaged CPU socket to Newegg. You will waste 2 weeks and $17 shipping
Summary: Lacks some features of higher priced boards, but you know that going in. For a build that doesn't need all the options, or where you're trying to contain costs this board is a great option.
Pros: Very pleased with the BIOS flash ability via USB thumb drive. Out of the box the pre-loaded BIOS would not support my Ivy Bridge-E 4820K processor, but I was able to load the latest BIOS via USB with little trouble. Took a couple of tries, but it worked. It's running great with 32 GB of GSkill 1866 MHz memory as a Linux workstation running Mint Linux 15. Couldn't be happier.
Summary: For flashing this i recommend calling ASUS to have them tell you which version you currently are running for BIOS unless you want to install and possibly not have the correct version first. The one on my board was 4 versions old. He said i would possibly have to do them 1 by 1, but he had me get the one that was new enough that i could skip up to the latest. I went to the site and searched using P9X79 LE to find drivers.
Pros: I bought this to support my new Intel Core i7-4820K Ivy Bridge-E 3.7GHz processor at a low cost with a good product. The board does not come ready for ivy bridge, and you have to flash it, so keep that in mind! After you flash it the board does live up to supporting ivy bridge as it says it does in the description. The USB flashing utility is very easy to use once you locate the correct port to plugin to. I am very pleased with its performance and how cool it is stayi...
Cons: The instructions are not clear as to which USB is the one to use for flashing. The image in the book shows the internal part of the USB as white, and none on this board have that color inside them. I found the right one with trial and error. The board tells you on the back of the plate where the USB's are, which one it is, but still it is then difficult to know for sure. The correct one was the USB with the outer plate as a white rectangle (shape around the USB plugin...
Summary: As others have mentioned, the USB BIOS Flashback option is a real life saver. You can use the feature to update the BIOS WITHOUT having to go into the BIOS. You can even use the BIOS Flashback option without a CPU or memory installed. I used the brand new Intel Core i7 4820K with this board, but the BIOS shipped with this board was out of date and didn't support this new CPU. The red CPU_LED stayed lit and I couldn't even boot up into the BIOS to update it.
Pros: This is a great board for any enthusiasts that don't want to spend a lot of extra money on ASUS' other high end boards. The one feature I'm most impressed with is the USB BIOS Flashback feature (see other thoughts) because it really saved me when it came time for installation. Comes with all of ASUS' usual overclocking and tuning features. No bent pins that other users are talking about. USB 3.0 internal headers so you can connect the case's front USB 3.0 ports to the...
Cons: Only 2 SATA 6/GBs ports. For most people, this shouldn't be an issue. However, if you plan to run more than 2, you should look into a different card.
Summary: This is my build 7.9 windows experience across all ratings categories. Very little overclock settings needed to reach 4.5ghz CPU and DDR3 1600 at 800mhz. Dynatron R8 CPU Cooler with 90mm fan fabrication install.
Pros: Price, Quality Build, Stabile OC to 4.5 with ease. BIOS 3009. This mother board was made to work with Kingston XMP memory at DDR3 1600mhz with 800mhz clock.
Cons: Received this part, after over a week, and having paid for 3 day shipping. After putting it all together in a brand new build, I spent 2 hours troubleshooting, and 2 more hours on the phone with ASUS, it was determined this part was defective. Now, to RMA it, I have to pay to ship it back. So now I'm paying even more for a part that took longer than was promised, and didn't even work when it got here.