Summary: Final Thoughts
It has actually been quite some time since I have reviewed an ASUS motherboard. The last one I reviewed was a P67 board, so it has been a while. I have reviewed many other boards and when I received the P9X79 Pro I once again realized why so many people choose ASUS over other motherboard manufacturers. The quality, addons, and useful software really make ASUS boards stand out.
Pros: DIGI+ Power Control, UEFI BIOS, AI Suite II Software, Easy Overclocking, USB BIOS Flashback for easy BIOS updating, Support for up to 4 graphics cards
Excerpt: Intel released its new generation high-end processors late last year under the codename Sandy Bridge-E. The new platform has now been around for a few months and we have tested a total of 16 motherboards with Intel X79 chipsets.
Conclusion: Asus like always has an excellent implementation of X79 chipset at a price point that does not break the bank. It is hard to fault the board, but if one were to nitpick an extra Gigabit Ethernet port together with slightly better PCI-e x16 slot layout would come to mind. Apart from these minor quibbles the X79Pro is an excellent board with excellent performance. Asus EFI stands among the best in business and the easiest to setup.
Excerpt: Today we're checking out the ASUS P9X79 Pro which is a board we actually previewed the other week alongside the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe which we've also just looked at . The P9X79 Pro we're looking at today is the last board that we previewed prior to the launch of the X79 chipset from Intel.
Conclusion: When it comes to latest technologies, new chipsets and CPU architectures, ASUS is always ahead of the game in the motherboard industry. Once again they have proven that they can deliver on time and still push the envelope in providing users with the features and essential components a true enthusiast x79 platform should have. The ASUS DIGI+ VRM design has come long ways throughout the past years and has advanced to even control the DRAM.
Pros: Excellent Overclocking without any stability issuesDIGI+ Power Control for CPU and DRAM, UEFI BIOS, ASUS SSD Caching, BT GO! (Bluetooth), USB BIOS Flashback, AI Suite II
Cons: Fan Xtreme+Even though Price is fair, it would always be nice to see a lower overall cost.
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 8+2+2+2 power phase digital voltage, MemOK! Increases memory compatibility for bootup, Integrated Bluetooth 2.1 wireless module, 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, Four back panel SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, Supports 2/3/4-card...
Cons: High priced enthusiast-level motherboard solution, Does not use new highly-conductive Polymerized capacitors, Expanded DIMM socket banks may obstruct larger heatsinks, Fewer digital VRMs compared to ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard
Excerpt: So which comes first? The chicken or the egg? We can’t have a review of the ASUS P9X79 Pro Intel X79 motherboard without a new Intel Sandy Bridge-E processor, can we? Of course we can’t launch the new Intel X79 Express chipset without a review of the LGA2011 processor! So, while Nate has been working hard on the processor review of the Intel Core i7 3960X which he has so eloquently put together for us here , we will be taking a look at one of the first Intel X79...
Summary: If you have read any of my previous reviews you will know that there is always a story behind it. Today’s story is about Performance and the benefits any user will obtain by combining the correct components. Performance users should not be considered enthusiasts, the only requirement is the desire of the user or the demand of the task the user requires. ASUS understands the needs of performance users and offers motherboards in segments based on the users needs.
Pros: DDR3 Support up to 2400 (O.C.), ASUS DIP3, 8+2+2+2 DIGI+ Power Control, ASUS BT GO!, ASUS SSD Caching, ASUS Disk Unlocker (2.2TB + Drives), Dual USB 3.0 with ASUS USB Boost, Power e-SATA 6G/s, Intel Gigabit LAN, MemOK!, CrossFireX & 3-Way SLI Support, EPU/TPU Switch, USB BIOS Flashback, ASUS AI Suite II Software, Excellent Overclocking Capabilities, Intuitive UEFI BIOS Layout, LED POST Code Readout Display
Conclusion: Unatoč tome što je X79 sama po sebi skupa platforma, kako po pitanju ploče, a pogotovo po pitanju procesora, cijene u Hrvatskoj su više od prosjeka, ukoliko pogledamo cijene u susjednim zemljama. Najjeftinija X79 matična ploča u našim dućanima košta oko 1600kn (Asrock X79 Extreme 3 i MSI X79-GD45), dok je najjeftinija Asusica P9X79 "vanilla" oko 2000kn. Njezina cijena je oko 1600kn u srpskim dućanima, dok je u njemačkim webshopovima oko 215€ – dakle više manje ista.
Pros: Layout, bundle, kvaliteta izrade, Intel mrežni kontroler, SSD Caching i USB FlashBack tehnologije, overclocking potencijal, hlađenje, tipke za paljenje, reset i pražnjenje CMOS-a, debug display, opremljen BIOS.
Cons: Za sad još nedostupna u Hrvatskoj, ne podržava LGA1366 hladnjake, nema FireWire.