Asus P9X79 Deluxe Review

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SmilingJester

No update for the Best of the Best in over a year?

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crossnetinc

Cross Net takes care of all their computer services needs..

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LabGuy

Well I'm one of those who finally gave up waiting for the next best thing on the horizon. With RAM prices tanking and SSD which will hold my Windows 7 Ultimate, Adobe CS5.5 Master Collection and MS Office 2010 at a reasonable price it made sense to jump in at this time. I'm not a gamer so the 3930K chip was fine for my HD Video editing with room to overclock if I so desire down the road.

Here is my computer used to make this post with only a few tweaks coming down the pike.

Lien Li PC-70 (oldie but goodie)
P9X79Delux
Intel 6 Core i7-3930K Processor
(12M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
32GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
Corsair Force GT 180GB SSD SATA
Western Digital Caviar black 2tb SATA
ATI FirePro V8750 Graphics Card GB 900MHz GDDR5
Corsair HT1000 Power Supply
Pioneer BluRay 12x Burner
Other goodies, USB 3.0 front case mod, FireWire 400/800 card
XSPC liquid cooling block and AquaComputer reservoir (mon in the works)
(2) Dell 24" UltraSharp IPS Monitors (IPS is a great platform all the way around)

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aferrara50

at $400 you might as well go for the Rampage IV Extreme. It's only another $50, like chocking on a gnat after you've swallowed an elephant. IMO the only two asus boards to buy are the RIVE and the WS. Couldn't be happier with my RIVE so it would be hard to recommend anything else. So much aftermarket support it's amazing.

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TheMiddleman

More waiting for me too, I guess. Whats the point of Sata III if I can only set up two of them in a Raid array? Give me Raid on at least six of them, with the other two left over for my BD drive and CDRW drive, and I'll be happy.

And none of that 'Speeding HDD' crap, like what you pulled with my much loved Maximus II board. Make it native, without additional drivers loaded into the OS, and we're good. Otherwise, don't even freakin' bother.

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Sentinel137

It looks like another year to wait out, Till I see native SATA 6 x 6 or 8 plugs for hard drives that are able to RAID across all those plugs and native USB 3 across the back side with no 2.0 USB (old school) I'm not biting,
Yea if I was going to spend that kind of D notes I want what I pay for, At this time these x78 boards still look half baked like last years 1155 and 1156 boards, Half breaded SATA ports and USB ports with Half Breaded RAID support,,
Cheese and Bread Let not forget about that new PCI E 3.0 thats just around the corner for Quad SLI at X 16 across all the lanes not just one, where it drops down to 16x8x8x8 or some thing like that,,on the amount of cards you drop in,,

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dgrmouse

I've been watching motherboard prices soar over the last decade, but I don't have a good appreciation of what is making costs rise. It would be wonderful if some publication would do some tear-downs to show us the difference between a $70 socket 1155 board and a $400 1155. Is the extra $300 pure profit, is it tied up in licensing fees, are there so many traces that the board requires extra layers? What gives?

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dgrmouse

"Let’s be frank: If you’re even thinking about buying into Intel’s deliciously fast LGA2011 platform this early, you are an enthusiast—Enthusiast with a capital-freaking-E, since you can’t even look at LGA2011 without buying a $550 chip."

Can't we go back to calling the category "Xtreme" or "OMGZExtreme" or just plain "stupid?" An enthusiast is someone who fondly remembers learning their first programming language, not a person willing to pay a 400% premium for a 5% upgrade. Sorry, Gordon, but enthusiast has become a term used by morons to describe other morons.

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imagonex

I like Asus! They make shiny stuff with pipes and doodads on them. And, it smells nice. MMMM...fresh motherboard scent...mmmm...

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streetking

how about while youre telling us about setting up a nifty ram drive, you make a how-to article on doing so?

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dgrmouse

I must admit, I emitted an audible cheer when I got my March issue last week and noticed on the cover that it included a HOWTO on RAM Disks. Good job, Alex & Max PC. Keep up the good work.

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aferrara50

memory.dataram.com is the where I found the software for mine. Definitely crucial to have with a x79 build. It's easy to setup and the trial version lets you make a 4gb ram disk (recognized under my computer as a harddrive) and the paid version allows the sky as the limit. I leave 16gb for the system to use and allocate my other 48gb on the ram disk. Works like a charm if you leave your system up and running for long amounts of time.

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dgrmouse

I agree that this or nearly any other topic would be better than yet another press release for a motherboard that no sane person will be buying.

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livebriand

"This board also has an all-new feature that lets you use a particular USB port to update its BIOS without a processor installed."
I was wondering if someone would come up with a feature like that. I've always wondered how the motherboard manufacturers expect you to be able to use their motherboard if the bios it ships with doesn't support the newer processor you want to use.

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alexw1234

Just move all these features about $150 down in price and I might bite.

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FrancesTheMute

I was planning on upgrading to X79 from my X58, but I think I'm going to wait until Ivy Bridge comes out instead. The performance gains of X78 over Sandy Bridge weren't really enough to justify the extra expense.

Funny how financial decisions can change in just 3 years. I don't remember if X58 was a huge improvement over what the mainstream was at the time, but I didn't really care and just went for the enthusiast. Now I'm hesitant to spend that much extra.

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aferrara50

I went from a 920 to a 3960X and the improvement is huge. The 3960x at stock scores double what the 920 does on benchmarks and is a rendering beast. At 5.0ghz I'm getting rendering times 1/3 that of my 920 at 4.2.

By upgrading you are committing to a huge financial decision and the cost doesn't equal the performance. IB won't be worth buying either, only the IB-E 8 cores in Q4 of this year.

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TheMiddleman

I think in your case it's more about timing than price. What's the point in rebuilding your system now when Ivy Bridge parts are going to be dropping in 2-3 months anyway? Sandy Bridge-E is a weird sort of stop-gap, and entirely unnecessary in my book.