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ASUS Technical Summit: The New X79 Boards

ASUS Technical Summit: The New X79 Boards

A few weeks ago, the fine folks at ASUS invited a gaggle of us tech newsies out to San Jose to get up close and personal with their new X79 chipset-based motherboards. In addition to setting us up with top-notch accommodations, the ASUS crew had lots for us to see, hear, and busily jot down.

After breakfast, we listened to several brief but informative presentations by various ASUS representatives on the X79 platform (and Intel’s upcoming CPUs) and all the new features on the ASUS X79-based motherboards. After that, we hit the demo floor.

ASUS had several stations set up where we could take our time getting familiar with the new products. Boy, they demoed a lot of new ones (which we mentioned in brief earlier), including the P9X79 Standard, Pro, and Deluxe; RoG Series Rampage IV Extremel TUF Series Sabertooth X79; and the P9X79 WS (worsktation board).

P9X79 Deluxe

All of the new motherboards support second-gen Intel CPUs with the 2011 socket, and they all offer quad-channel DDR3 memory via 8 DIMM slots. All of the boards have either 8 or 10 SATA ports with equal number of SATA 6Gbps and 3Gbps as well as more than enough USB ports with a healthy mix of USB 3.0 and 2.0 represented. For graphics, the entire line supports PCI-e gen 3 and SLI/CrossFire X--2-way, 3-way, or 4-way, depending on the board.

There are plenty of other features of note as well, including support for SSD caching. If you’re aware of the features of the Z68 chipset, you know about SSD caching; however, with X79, SSD caching is not actually part of the chipset. ASUS nevertheless baked it in, so you can still take advantage of that feature.

A look at the new UEFI and Fan Xpert+

Overclockers have some new options to try out. ASUS has updated its UEFI and included more granular fan controls (via ASUS Fan Xpert+) and a new version of Ai Suite. Further, ASUS included the third generation of Dual Intelligent Processors (TPU and EPU) and new Digi+ Power controls for precise RAM and CPU tuning. Fearless/foolish overclockers may also find that the BIOS Flashback feature (which allows you to update the BIOS via USB flash drive without the CPU or hard drive running) comes in handy.

Sabertooth X79

Predictably, the Sabertooth X79 has a few extra features. In addition to being built with touch components for optimal stability and reliability, the board sports TUF Thermal Armor to protect the components from overheating, TUF Thermal Radar (which is comprised of no fewer than 12 thermal sensors), and eight fan headers. In terms of looks, this board is a sight to behold with the tan and metallic green accents. Even the DIMM slots (by Corsair) match the look.

Possibly the most impressive motherboard of the bunch is the RoG Rampage IV Extreme. The thing is just packed with features, including X Socket, which is kind of a universal cooler adapter; RoG Connect; an OC Key, which lets you overclock on the fly; VGA Hotwire, for easily overclocking your graphics card; and more.

RoG Rampage IV Extreme

The new lineup of ASUS motherboards has products for every class--entry, mainstream, enthusiast, and so on--and they’re all loaded with compelling features and solid specs.
Via: ASUS | News Archive | Tags: Asus, X79
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What is "and they all over quad-channel DDR3 memory via 8 DIMM slots", or what do you mean by that, or is it just a mistake? Either way moving on as usual. Lol; did'nt they just drop the X59 chipset!, oh yeah the technology train never ever stops:)

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Thats that thing with the rampage board? The "key"?

Very nice looking boards :)

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@rapid I think that was meant to say "and they all offer quad-channel". Good thing memory is cheap.

I myself am drooling over that RoG Rampage IV board. I love Asus boards they are really nice even if they are a bit on the pricy side. Can't wait to build a new machine in May.

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All three motherboards look good... But I to wonder why the Sabertooth and the Rampage has fans while the P9X79 doesn't... I mean I get that the chipsets can run hot but I've never seen a fan on one of those boards before, does the X79 chipset run that hot when your messing around with it?

The overclocking features on both of the boards is also droolworthy. Never have I seen so many options to mess around with, I'm guessing that the overclockers who LN2 their processors and break records with it and the enthusiasts who want to get the most possible power will greatly appreciate the extra features ASUS has included... I would like to know how that VGA overclocking thing works though and if it works on other video cards besides ASUS's.

Anyway, great job ASUS... Looking forward to seeing them on store shelves soon.

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"I just went in to Newegg to check out the prices of X79 boards, and all I can say is: Jimmy McMillan "The Motherboards Prices are Too Damn High" . The ASUS P9X79 DELUXE is at $399 , so Imagine what the Rampage IV will cost. I also see that there are also other models from other manufactures under $299 and under $250, so Its good that every budget, specially in the midrange, will be covered."

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"The Motherboards Prices are Too Damn High" . The ASUS P9X79 DELUXE is at $399 , so Imagine what the Rampage IV will cost.

Just did...

Sabertooth X79: $339.99

Rampage IV Extreme: $449.99

Oddly enough, the Sabertooth is cheaper then the P9X79 Deluxe. Either the P9X79 has some extra features that the Sabertooth doesn't or it must be a pricing anomaly. Though in defense of the Rampage IV Extreme, it is a bit fair as it contains a lot of stuff, including that GPU overclocker thingy.

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