Conclusion: This is the fastest platform on the market and our scores prove it. Our X58 bench did manage to score a few wins but for the most part Intel’s new X79 chipset was the clear champ. Initial costs of a new system with these parts are going to be rather high. The plus side to this is that Intel’s previous products will probably get a price reduction. Personally I wouldn’t mind upgrading to a new X58 board and processor if the prices come down enough.
Excerpt: Ahh, it's that time again. Several weeks after a product launch, when the string of products hit the channels and start to make their way into the loving arms of enthusiasts around the world. The Intel X79 chipset is the latest edition of this event, and we'll be taking a look at it today in Intel's DX79SI "Siler" motherboard. I can remember back several years when Intel motherboards were consistently written off as stable, but lackluster as best.
Summary: Overall I liked the DX79SI. I have a few issues with it however. I am disappointed Intel hasn’t stepped up their game with regard to the BIOS. What we saw here is an improvement over previous boards we’ve looked at from Intel. Certainly improvement should be commended, but the bar for BIOS and Intel is pretty low. So that isn’t saying a lot.
Summary: Intel desktop processors are all but useless unless you have a motherboard to plug it into. Intel has been making its own model of enthusiast motherboards for quite some time now and honestly has very rarely hit the target. Today we are reviewing the Intel® Desktop Board DX79SI, LGA2011, Sandy Bridge E motherboard.
Intel DX79SI: Super Energy-Efficient LGA 2011 Mainboard
7 February 2012
Summary: The flagship mainboard from the microprocessor giant doesn’t strike you with unique design, specific features or functionality. However, it is phenomenally energy-efficient in its category, of course.
Conclusion: Having said that, Intel must be commended for getting out a board that over-clocks just as well as the competition and did not once bail on us during testing. It is also not the most expensive board on the market. Those users who want a stable system, and perhaps are not looking for a dual GPU desktop will find this board fitting the bill perfectly.
Conclusion: The packaging itself is appropriate, with the Extreme Series skull on the top, underneath which is a see-through packaging to admire the motherboard itself. Inside you’ll find the usual manuals and CD, along with 4x SATA cables, one 2-way and one 3-way SLI bridge and a Bluetooth/WiFi module (not included in our test board). Oh, and a slim Extreme Series mouse pad.
Excerpt: With the GTX 560 Ti 448 launch well and truly out of the way, it's time to get back into the mass of X79 boards we've got piled up around us. Today we're looking at the Intel DX79SI, a board that a lot of people may ignore. With a strong name for creating rock solid boards, though, Intel offerings continue to be quite a nice option for people who are looking for something that they want to know is backed by the company that makes the processor they're installing in it.
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: Excellent performance when paired with top-end Core i7-3960X CPU, Enthusiast features like POST code display, Start and Reset buttons, status LEDs, PWM fan headers, and Overclocking Assistant, Eight DIMM sockets, Unencumbered by legacy ports...well, except for that single PCI slot, Includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules (according to Intel)
Cons: Character-based BIOS looks primitive next to graphical competition, Beta BIOS limited overclocking, POST code display obscured by graphics card in last PCI-E slot, Only four fan headers, Not feature competitive with high end third party boards
Conclusion: Considering that this board is significantly cheaper than the other two initial X79 boards we saw, it may well be good enough if you're certain of your storage needs now and down the line—and they aren't "Extreme." Just know what you're getting, and what you're not, before dropping coin.
Pros: Very easy interface for overclocking, Supports both SLI and CrossFireX, Accepts up to 64GB of RAM
Cons: No eSATA ports, Only two internal SATA 6Gbps ports, Text-based BIOS