If you’ve been thinking about building a new Ivy Bridge system, you’ve no doubt been drowning yourself in X79 reviews over the past few weeks. If you fit that description, Intel has one more board that should catch the attention of anyone who plans to build a high end rig. The DX79SR Extreme edition will be positioned above the DX79SI and DX79TO, and will carry a price tag and feature set to match.
The big improvement over the DX79SI comes in the way of additional USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports. Two additional USB 3.0 ports on the back, and the addition of Marvell 88SE9128 controller finally make this board competitive with many of the third party offerings from Gigabyte, MSI, Asus, and others. In total, the DX79SR offers four SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports, four SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports, and six USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear, and header pins for two more front). Intel also claims they will be tossing in a USB add-on module which will enable 802.11 b/g/n wireless, along with Bluetooth 3.0 support. If you are a big fan of Intel SWAG it’s also worth noting that they are tossing in a mouse pad, and thermal probe at no extra charge.
The DX79SR will sell for US $299, with the DX79SI and DX79TO dropping $50 off the price at each step respectively. We haven’t seen very much feedback yet on how these boards perform when it comes to overclocking, however you should expect it to be pretty basic. If you fancy yourself a tweaker of BIOS’s, then you’ll probably be better off looking at a third party board. If on the other hand you would like to match up your new processor with the purest Intel experience possible, they’ve got a pretty competitive lineup these days.