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ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

3.8 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
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  • 8 x DIMM Slots, Quad-channel DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz Support
  • Digital 8+2 Phase Power Design
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (dual@x16; triple@x16/x8/x8); 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (@x8) + 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and NVIDIA 3-Way SLI support
  • LAN featuring Intel 82579V Chipset
  • Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
  • ASUS UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) BIOS
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Product Description

P9X79 DELUXE features the Intel X79 chipset supporting the Intel LGA2011 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 Processors. 8-DIMM Design provides maximum performance and versatility of memory configuration. Dual Intelligent Processors 3 technology integrated with new DIGI+ Power Control - capable of achieving most precise adjustment, enhanced performance and stability, and O.C. capacity for CPU & RAM. Fully ready for true PCIe 3.0, built to be future-proof with PCIe 3.0 switching IC for NVIDIA SLI support and future PCIe 3.0 peripherals. ASUS SSD Caching with no SSD capacity limitation, and it is as easy as one-click away.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
RAM 64000 MB DDR3 2400;DDR3 2133;DDR3 1066;DDR3 1333;DDR3 1600
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand Name Asus
Item model number P9X79 PRO
Item Weight 4.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 14.4 x 11.9 x 3.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 14.4 x 11.9 x 3.3 inches
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM

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ASIN B0061XSBXI
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3.8 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,050 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Motherboards
Shipping Weight 4.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available November 14, 2011

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One thing I noticed right away when I took this board out of the package is how sturdy and well-built it seemed to be. I've built many computers over the last 15 years and can tell you just from a physical standpoint it's solid compared to other boards I've worked with.

I really had no problem upgrading my PC with this board whatsoever. I went from an X58 build to this X79. I added a 3930k to this board and used my existing SSDs/HDDs/DVD and 2 680s in SLI. I even was able to bring along my 12GB of RAM from my X58 build and it works great. I didn't even have to re-install Windows 7 64-bit. It recognized the change and upon first boot, Windows prompted me to restart for the changes to take place. Upon restarting, I booted into Windows and installed the latest drivers starting with the chipset drivers. Something to note is I did have to re-install my Nvidia drivers.

I took off half a star because ASUS still hasn't gotten on board with the PC case producers in that their power LED attachment (on the included power header) to the case still uses the old 'positive - blank - ground' three-pin configuration rather than the newer 'positive - ground' two-pin configuration all the case producers are using now. This is true with both the Asus X58s and X79 I've dealt with.

Also, something to note is to set the 'Legacy USB Support' setting to 'Auto' in the BIOS if you have a keyboard with USB ports on it (I use a Logitech G110). You may have to grab a keyboard from another system or an old/cheap keyboard that has no USB ports on it in order to effectively navigate the BIOS. This is the other half of the star I took off. It seems none of the motherboard makers have this set as default. As a result, your keyboard is non-functional until this is set correctly.
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First off i was not impressed with this board. It actually took me hours to get it up and running. On problem was I used a Intel Core I7 3820 Chip which is way newer than the board itself. 2 things you should consider up front. Don't waste your time with ASUS Techsupport they have no idea what the hell is going on.

No.1 you need to upgrade the bios via USB Stick. Its pretty simple follow this link [...] and you are good to go. However it took me a few hours to figure out that my USB Flash Drive didn't work even though it was formated FAT ect... If you run into the problem that it doesn't flash switch the USB Flash Drive.

No.2 the board has 2 SATA Controller one is Intel the other one is Marvell. I only use 2 Hard Drives and 1 SATA DVD Drive and got constant problems while installing Windows 7. An somewhat easy solution is to no use the Marvell SATA Ports and disable Marvell SATA Controller in the Bios of the board. That should make it easy to install Windows 7 and have a running computer System.

Lots of people say the Board is DOA ect... that is not the case the problem most people have is that they need to make a bios upgrade. So after a headache i got this Board up and running and share this information in order to save the one or other a headache as well.
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February 15, 2013
Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for your feedback.

The P9X79 PRO features USB BIOS Flashback that allows you to update BIOS using only a PSU and a USB drive (FAT or FAT32 format). This can be helpful if your CPU is newer than the motherboard and a BIOS update is necessary to support it. Please see here for instructions on how to use USB BIOS Flashback: http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/USB_BIOS_Flashback_GUIDE/.

The gray Marvell SATA6G_E1 and SATA6G_E2 ports support disk drives only. Please do not connect DVD/Blu-ray drives to these ports. Instead, use the blue Intel SATA II 3.0Gb/s ports.

You may disable the Marvell ports in UEFI if you do not use them. This should speed up the boot process. When the ports are enabled but no drives are connected to them, the "no drives detected message" can be avoided by disabling "Marvell Storage OPROM" in Onboard Devices Configuration.

If you have any questions, concerns, or need additional support, please feel free to contact me at cl-benson@asus.com. Thank you.

For support information, please visit http://support.asus.com. For service, visit http://service.asus.com. For motherboard warranty, visit http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!Motherboard%20Warranty/c1c20; Refurbished products/accessories: http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!refurbished-warranty/c16us. For RMA status, visit: http://am.eservice.asus.com/rmaweb/search/rmCustomerQueryAction.do?.

Regards,
Benson
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-benson@asus.com
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This might be the mother of all boards when it works, but I've been through two already, and waiting on a third from ASUS. Both were dead on arrival. No POST right out of the box, and I couldn't get the BIOS to update.

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Even though you will call a California number, their service is obviously outsourced. I talked to four different technicians with varying grasps of the English language. The technician who did most of the work had to have me tell him where specific parts were on the board so I/he could troubleshoot (he didn't realize there was a "clear CMOS" switch). After 45 minutes of troubleshooting, was told the board was bad.
- ASUS won't send me a new board, only a "refurbished" one. According to ASUS customer service, it will take at least 7 days before they ship the "new" board.

This has been a huge waste of my time. I should have stuck with MSI.

On the bright side, AMAZON did a great job with the RMA for the first board. I wish ASUS was as fluid.
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September 13, 2012
Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issue you had with the motherboard.

Can you tell me the CPU, memory, video card, and PSU that was installed on the motherboard?

To update BIOS using USB BIOS FLASHBACK, simply follow the instructions here: http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/USB_BIOS_Flashback_GUIDE/

Typically, replacement motherboards are not new but refurbished units. They have been tested and perform just as well as the original unit.

If you have a RMA #, please send to cl-benson@asus.com reference #C1037-4295 so that we can follow up on your case.

For support information, please visit http://support.asus.com. For service, visit http://service.asus.com. For motherboard warranty, visit http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!Motherboard%20Warranty/c1c20; Refurbished products/accessories: http://www.service.asus.com/warranty.aspx#!refurbished-warranty/c16us. For RMA status, visit: http://am.eservice.asus.com/rmaweb/search/rmCustomerQueryAction.do?.

Regards,
Benson
ASUS Customer Loyalty
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***Update After 4 Months of Daily Use***

I've changed my rating from 2 stars to 4 stars. Had I known upfront that I had to manually setup the timings then the build would have gone enormously easier. I believe that while the features are quite nice for a scientific PC, the core audience is gamers. And gamers do not need more the 8GB you get from populating a single RAM bank, for which the auto overclock feature works.

An ASUS representative contacted me a day or so after my original review went up and offered to help. He apologized for my frustration, recommended the latest BIOS update (already had it), and said he had heard of no reports of difficulties with the Marvel drive controller. Conspicuous in its absence was "we have not heard of problems with 'Safe and Sane'." The contact was professional and courteous, with no quid pro quo offered or implied for a better review. This contact reminded me of why I think highly of ASUS.

Yes, the motherboard was unreasonably painful to get up and running. Since then it has given excellent service and stability. I've overclocked it to 4.5GHz without any stability issues. Yesterday a friend asked me what motherboard to get and I recommended this one. If the "Safe and Sane" button had worked as advertised, this would probably have been my review from the beginning. The audio still does not work. I found that excessively annoying but bought an external $50 USB sound card that is actually more convenient.

For the first 6 weeks, every time there was a problem with the computer my first thought was "Motherboard." After the removing the destabilizing ASUS drivers and utilities, it has never been the motherboard. There have been near zero problems.
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Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you had with this board.

You should be able to set Control Panel > Sound > Playback > Realtek Analog device as default to have analog sound output. USB BIOS update is meant to quickly flash a BIOS without having to go through menus or in Windows. You can also update the BIOS inside UEFI itself using EZ Flash in the Advanced > Tools section. We have not heard of the Marvell SATA controllers causing stability on this board. If you haven't please try the latest BIOS on our site at http://support.asus.com.

We thank you for taking the time to write this review and letting us know. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please email me at cl-benson@asus.com reference #C1037-4471.

Regards,
Benson
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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