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ASUS P9X79 Motherboard Roundup

Posted January 20, 2012 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards







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by Jake
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As we’ve seen, ASUS has brought us three very nice motherboards in their X79 lineup for the new Sandy Bridge-E processors. From the Pro to the workstation, each of these three boards is well designed and offer feature rich cutting edge technology.

What’s interesting here is that ASUS has taken features that were previously only found on their high-end boards and made them standard now as you seen while we went over the P9X79 Pro motherboard. As the boards increase in price, additional features are found, but nothing is truly left wanting at any pricing level.

The new Digi+ VRM power control which is now in the 7th generation works wonderfully with the fast-changing clocks of the Sandy Bridge-E processors, as power is available as soon as the load is applied. The EPU feature is particularly good for those who really need to maximize their power consumption and the TPU feature for a simple overclock tweak.

Two things really blew us away about these motherboards, however, above all else. The first is the UEFI BIOS, an utterly groundbreaking innovation that has been decades in the making, or at least decades overdue. The graphical interface and nuanced settings can finally match the hardware they seek to harness, and users will find this new BIOS reach a whole new level of ease of use. Obviously ASUS has put quite a bit of time and effort into polishing the interface and it really shows; this BIOS is the best we’ve seen amongst various motherboard manufacturers.

The other thing that is perhaps the most impressive feature of all is the TPU bundle, Auto Tuning with TurboEVO, and good old fashioned overclocking ability from within the BIOS. Regardless of which method you choose, the simple fact remains that this overclocking ability is outstanding. The reason why it’s so critical here is because the Sandy Bridge-E chips have essentially changed the rules in the overclocking game.

What this means is that the maximum overclock can be achieved in a matter of minutes, taking out the guesswork of overclocking. Finding the right combination of voltages, settings, and speeds is no longer necessary. Just a couple quick clicks of a mouse and you’ve got the maximum boost your new Sandy Bridge-E CPU will allow. Couple this with the EFI BIOS and we’re left thinking that ASUS might just put a stranglehold on the X79 market; their features and performance are that impressive. The bar here set by ASUS is very, very high.

While we love every board in this lineup, there are nuances that set them apart, in functionality and price. We’ve made a summary chart below which shows our rating for each individual motherboard.


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ASUS P9X79 Deluxe

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