Summary: I have always purchased ASUS motherboards. I have been building computers for almost 30 years. The first board that showed up was DOA. Sent it back for a second board. It fired up alright but as soon as I tried to update the bios it died too. ASUS sent me a 3rd board. It started up fine but I am afraid to update the bios in case it also dies. When it's running, it is a nice machine.
Summary: Although price for the x79 chipset motherboards are still pricey, installing was quite easy without much problem. The LGA2011 socket is different to work with. There are too locks, one on each side to lock the CPU. CPU of course is bigger too. Mounting the heatsink is also different. The mounting holes for the backplate are close to the locks pin, you may have to unscrew the screw for the backplate in order to free the locks pin to unlock the CPU.
Pros: Not much pros, many features are not included for this board
Cons: Spend more money for the pro or deluxe, Still expensive
Summary: You would think Asus will always produce winning boards for particular budgets. Moving from X58 (Gigabyte UD5) to X79 was proving a tricky choice as I run Xfire and OCZ Revodrive so I need innovative PCIE layouts. The Gigabyte had this.
I thought the Asus would too, but not quite. With the Gigabyte I could utilise after-market coolers (3 slots each) in my 800D for the Xfire install and have plenty of space between for cooling AND of course the Revodrive.