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ASUS P9X79 Pro Intel X79 Motherboard Review
|Product:||ASUS P9X79 Pro Intel Socket 2011 Motherboard|
|Date:||Mon, Nov 14, 2011 - 02:00 AM|
|Written By:||Dan Stoltz -|
The Intel X79 Chipset
In order to understand the Intel X79 platform it is best to take a look at the motherboard chipset that is going to be used.
The Intel X79 Express looks familiar as it very similar to the Intel Z68 Express Chipset that is shown below. One of the main differences between the two platforms is, of course, the sockets. The Intel X79 platform only supports LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-E processors, while the Intel Z68 Express Chipset supports LGA1155 Sandy Bridge processors. The Intel Z68 Express chipset supports Dual Channel Memory architecture while the Intel X79 Express supports Quad Channel Memory Architecture. There are also a number of smaller differences as well.
The Intel X79 Express chipset supports 40 lanes PCI Express 2.0 for the Graphics, while the Intel Z68 Express supports only 16 Lanes for the Graphics. This means that while the Intel Z68 platform can run dual graphics, the Intel X79 Express Chipset will support up to five graphics cards in a 1x16, 2x8, and 2x4 configuration. One of the features that was not included on the Intel X79 platform is the Intel Smart Response Technology. We aren't terribly surprised that it isn't included; after all, if you are paying $999.00 for the Intel Core i7 3960X you will likely be using a good sized SSD for your boot drive.
Page 1 - ASUS P9X79 Pro X79 Motherboard
Page 2 - The Intel X79 Chipset
Page 3 - ASUS P9X79 Pro Intel X79 Motherboard Retail Packaging
Page 4 - ASUS P9X79 Pro Intel X79 Motherboard Layout
Page 5 - ASUS P9X79 Pro Intel X79 Motherboard System UEFI BIOS
Page 6 - The Legit Reviews Test System
Page 7 - SiSoftware Sandra 2011 SP5 Memory Bandwidth
Page 8 - Futuremark 3DMark11 Synthetic Gaming Benchmark
Page 9 - AMD CrossFire Gaming Performance
Page 10 - NVIDIA SLI Gaming Performance
Page 11 - ASUS P9X79 Pro Intel X79 Motherboard SATA III 6Gbps Performance
Page 12 - ASUS P9X79 Pro Intel X79 Motherboard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Performance
Page 13 - System Power Consumption
Page 14 - ASUS P9X79 Pro Overclocking
Page 15 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion