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ASUS P9X79-E WS Motherboard Review

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  • Intel® LGA 2011 platform/Intel® X79 chipset
  • Quad Channel-8 DIMM
  • Best Graphics Performance with 4-Way GeForce® SLI™ and CrossFireX™ x16 links
  • Intelligent PSU Detection with ASUS Dr.Power
  • Better networking with new dual server-grade Intel® I210 Ethernet
  • High speed storage and data transfers with ASUS SSD Caching II


Supported CPUs Intel® Socket 2011 Core™ i7 Processors
Intel® Socket 2011 for Xeon® E5-1600/E5-1600 v2 processors
Intel® Socket 2011 for Xeon® E5-2600/E5-2600 v2 processors
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Chipset Intel X79
Memory 8 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory *1
Quad Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology
Expansion Slots 7 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (single x16 or dual x16/x16 or triple x16/x16/x16 or quad x16/x16/x16/x16 or seven x16/x8/x8/x8/x16/x8/x8, black+blue)
Storage Intel® X79 chipset : 
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), white
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Marvell® PCIe 9230 controller : 
4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), white
Support Raid 0, 1, 10
ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller : 
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
Support port multiplier support
LAN Intel® I210, 2 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Audio Realtek® ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
– Absolute Pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
– DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
– Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
IEEE 1394 VIA® 6315N controller
1 x IEEE 1394a port(s)
USB Ports ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
4 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® X79 chipset :
13 x USB 2.0 port(s) (10 at back panel, black, 3 at mid-board)
Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s
2 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.0 (blue)
10 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
8 x Audio jack(s)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
Form Factor CEB Form Factor
12 inch x 10.5 inch ( 30.48 cm x 26.67 cm )


Packaging and Accessories

AsusP9X79 (1)
AsusP9X79 (2)
AsusP9X79 (12)

The P9X79-E WS comes in a pretty standard motherboard box. The front, back, and inside flap list the specs and key features along with large pictures of the board itself.
Aside from the motherboard itself ASUS includes a 4,3, and 2 way SLI bridge, rear serial expansion port, rear expansion USB/firewire card, 6 SATA cables, and a driver CD.

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