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ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI CEB Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS

  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2133(OC)
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The ASUS Workstation Series is the ideal foundation for a powerful PC. It delivers awesome power, dependable performance and unmatched multiple I/O scalability for the most demanding tasks and future upgrades. The ASUS Workstation Series intelligently reduces operating noise and dissipates heat through advanced and environmentally friendly methods to accommodate user needs. ASUS Workstation Series motherboards also bring you ultimate reliability and quality through our 24 x 24 initiative, which means 24-hour non-stop operation and a 24-month life cycle supply guarantee so you don't change computers so often. Instead, let the ASUS Workstation Series improve the quality of your work and life.

ASUS Workstation Exclusive Features

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Best Performance for Four-Way SLI™ and Quad CrossFireX™

The Best Graphics Performance You've Ever Experienced
Based on extensive benchmarking, the four-way SLI™ offered by the P9X79 WS works up to 30% faster than standard three-way SLI™ and up to 100% faster compared to two-way SLI™, giving professional and power users more graphics performance on demand. Using PCI Express 3.0 x16 links, the four GPUs can reach their full potential, perfect for both intense gaming and commercial uses such as mechanical and architectural design, interior design, aeronautics, plus audio and video production.

 
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Built-In Dual Intel Server-Class Gigabit LAN

Dual Intel® Hardware-Accelerated LAN
For more reliable networking, the P9X79 WS features built-in dual Intel® Gigabit LAN. This leads to lower 71% CPU utilization, increasing throughput to achieve outstanding performance as well as better support for diverse operating systems.

 
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Three-Color LED

Instant O.C Status Checking with Three-Color LED
At a glance workstation overclocking status with easy to understand color coding. Red means overclocked, blue means normal, while green denotes power saving mode. This is an essential and convenient tool to let users know more about overclocking conditions without entering the BIOS.

 
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Server-Level Compatibility

Server-Level Compatibility with RAID Card and LAN Card
The P9X79 WS provides complete compatibility with RAID and LAN cards. Users enjoy a wider selection of devices and higher reliability. As a workstation motherboard that puts an emphasis on system integration, the P9X79 WS offers the benefit of greater confidence and convenience.

New DIGI+ Power Control

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New DIGI+ Power Control

All-New Digital Power Control for both CPU and DRAM
ASUS X79 motherboards include New DIGI+ Power Control with three digital voltage controllers, including all-new DRAM controllers that offers ultra-precise memory tuning in addition to ultra-precise CPU voltage control. This evolution of innovative, industry-leading ASUS technology provides the best in class control for better efficiency, stability and performance.

Best in Class Power Efficiency and Stability
Two critical components work perfectly together to match digital power signal (SVID) requests from the CPU, with ultra-fast sensing and response to efficiently deliver the right level of power on demand. Accurate power reduces wasteful voltage imprecision, and provides more a stable CPU and memory setup.

 
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Increased CPU and DRAM Overclocking Range

With programmable digital controllers onboard, users can adjust CPU and DRAM voltage and VRM switching frequencies for various overclocking scenarios. New DRAM tuning possibilities make the most of DDR3 memory for better performance with VCCSA load line calibration and 30% more DRAM current capacity. Dual digital voltage controllers provide two separate outputs for AB and CD memory channels respectively. Thanks to a slew of power options teamed with an extensive and intuitive UEFI BIOS, overclocking very large memory setups is no more difficult than mainstream motherboards.

*VCCSA (system agent voltage) relates to the CPU DRAM controller. ASUS power control now provides more VCCSA options to facilitate extreme DRAM overclocking.

 
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Support for up to 64GB of system memory with an 8-DIMM design on ASUS X79 motherboards provides the capacity for users to make full use of modern 64-bit software, ideal for rendering detailed images or manipulating large files without the bottlenecks of conventional storage. It also allows users to set up big RAM disks and speed up frequently accessed programs, minimizing the impact of storage transfer delays while maximizing user benefit.

ASUS Exclusive Features

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ASUS SSD Caching

3X Faster Performance at a Click
SSD Caching from ASUS is easier than ever. At 3X faster, this feature boosts system performance by using an installed SSD with no capacity limitations as a cache for frequently accessed data. Harness a combination of SSD-like performance and response and hard drive capacity with just one click, no rebooting needed and instant activation for complete ease of use, and even prevent data loss with included backup functionality.

 
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UEFI BIOS

ASUS UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes, providing a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only controls. It also natively supports fully-utilized hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit operating systems.

ASUS Exclusive Interface
EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed info. Users can choose system performance settings and drag and drop boot priorities. Advanced Mode for performance enthusiasts includes detailed DRAM settings via a dedicated memory info page for complete insight.

New upgrade! Quick and easy info for enhanced system control!

  • F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey for sharing UEFI setup info and troubleshooting
  • New F3 Shortcut for most accessed info
  • ASUS DRAM Serial Presence Detect (SPD) Information for accessing memory info, detecting faulty DIMMs and helping with difficult POST situations

 


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USB BIOS Flashback

Easy, Worry-Free USB BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback offers the most convenient way to flash the BIOS ever! It allows overclockers to try new UEFI BIOS versions easily, without even entering their existing BIOS or operating system. It even works without key components such as the CPU and memory installed. Just plug in any USB storage and push the dedicated button for three seconds. The UEFI BIOS is automatically flashed using ATX standby power. Worry-free updating for the ultimate convenience!

 
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USB 3.0 Boost

Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP
New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard. With USB 3.0 Boost, USB device transmission speed is significantly increased by up to 170%, adding to already impressively fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds. USB 3.0 Boost provides a user-friendly graphical interface, which instantly accelerates transfer speeds for USB 3.0 peripherals with exclusive ASUS device auto-detect settings.

 
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Fan Xpert+

Customizable Speeds with Independent Fan Control
Hardware-level ASUS Fan Xpert+ allows users to independently adjust both CPU and case fan speeds with multiple dedicated controllers based on different ambient temperatures, climate conditions and system loads. Built-in profiles offer flexible automatic and manual fan speed controls to achieve a quiet and cool computing environment.

 
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AI Suite II

One-Stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features
With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package with an elegant design theme. It allows users to supervise overclocking, energy management, fan speeds, voltage, and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and easy to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.

Latest Transfer Technology

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PCIe 3.0 Ready

The latest PCI Express bus standard delivers improved encoding for twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. Total bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32GBps, double the 16GBps of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecedented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. It's a must-have feature for PC users aiming to improve and optimize graphics performance, as well as have the latest, most future-proof technology.

*This motherboard is ready to support PCIe 3.0 SPEC. Functions will be available when using PCIe 3.0-compliant devices. Please refer to www.asus.com for updated details.

ASUS Crystal Sound

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DTS Connect

Expand Your PC Audio Experience
To get the most out of your audio entertainment across all formats and quality levels, DTS Connect combines two enabling technologies. DTS Neo:PC™ upmixes stereo sources (CDs, MP3s, WMAs, internet radio) into as many as 7.1 channels of incredible surround sound. Consumers can then connect their PC to a home theater system.DTS Interactive is capable of performing multi-channel encoding of DTS bitstreams on personal computers, and sending encoded bitstreams out of a digital audio connection (such as S/PDIF or HDMI) designed to deliver audio to an external decoder.

 
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DTS UltraPC II

DTS UltraPC II delivers exceptional 7.1-surround through the most popular PC audio setups - your existing stereo speakers or headphones. In addition to virtual surround, it upgrades original sound to new levels with Audio Restoration, recreating the dynamic range of audio files. Symmetry mode improves the balance of perceived loudness across different input sources and Enhance boosts audio quality through high and low frequency equalization. With these technologies, users experience better home theater audio with ease.

CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features

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DTS Connect

Expand Your PC Audio Experience
To get the most out of your audio entertainment across all formats and quality levels, DTS Connect combines two enabling technologies. DTS Neo:PC™ upmixes stereo sources (CDs, MP3s, WMAs, internet radio) into as many as 7.1 channels of incredible surround sound. Consumers can then connect their PC to a home theater system.DTS Interactive is capable of performing multi-channel encoding of DTS bitstreams on personal computers, and sending encoded bitstreams out of a digital audio connection (such as S/PDIF or HDMI) designed to deliver audio to an external decoder.

 
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2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Family for the LGA 2011 Socket

This motherboard supports the latest 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to quad-channel (8 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 40 PCI Express 3.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.

 
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Intel® X79 Express Chipset

The Intel® X79 Express Chipset is the latest single-chipset design that supports the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket. It improves performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing for increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the X79 comes with two SATA 6Gbps and four SATA 3Gbps ports for faster data retrieval, doubling the bandwidth of current bus systems.

 
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Three-Way SLI™ and Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Support

Both SLI and CrossfireX architectures work flawlessly on new ASUS X79 boards, with PCI Express slots designed to accommodate the power of up to four current graphics cards. Whether for professional graphics work, heavy duty multimedia or dedicated gaming, more than ample graphics power can be applied whenever needed.

What's in the Box

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Ryan V.
  • 7/15/2014 9:56:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid

Pros: If your reading this then you probably already know what this board offers. Easy overclock. Stable performance, easy to set up. As it should be for this level of product. Recognized all 64Gb of HyperX Beast 64GB KHX21C11T3FK8/64X no issues. Very happy with this setup. I have had some quirky issues with some other Asus WS boards, compatibility with Array Controllers specifically; and was hesitant to purchase Asus again, but this one has been grinding away. So Far So Good.

Cons: I got nothin.

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  • Thomas R.
  • 6/14/2014 5:01:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThis is a Good Board

Pros: In a previous post, I titled the post, "Do Not Buy this Board." Well, after owning this board for a while I have to say that it is an excellent motherboard. It has never BSOD'd or froze or anything bad. I run Windows XP, Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), and FreeBSD on the machine. Even though I get a lot of 'No Driver Attached' messages on FreeBSD, it still runs great, and virtual machines under freebsd still run great. I also game on it.

Cons: The reason that I said do not buy this board was the fact that the SSD caching does not work correctly. I bought an SSD for the machine: wasted money. Then Asus has videos on you tube bragging about the SSD caching along with the marketing graphics on the box too. Asus bent over backwards to help, but I was upset about the SSD caching not working. It still does not work correctly. It always forgets the the SSD cache has been enabled after a complete power down. I was also upset that Asus will not put a seal on their motheboard packages. I got a bent pin with the motherboard from Newegg. Newegg did exchange the board. Either Asus or Newegg has some employees that might do that.

Other Thoughts: With a Xeon CPU and ECC memory, this board never crashes. Runs great. How may motherboard seals could you buy with the two or three boards that I exchanged? SSD caching still does not work and will never work.

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  • David C.
  • 6/9/2014 7:32:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011

Pros: good board

Cons: I have 64 gb ram only post 48 memory test shows all memory is good bios just do not post

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

If you have not done so already, try updating the BIOS of the motherboard. The latest BIOS file can be found on our support site. If the problem persists, please let me know through email. 3764101.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • James h.
  • 6/1/2014 8:12:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate

Pros: Just an update after about 2 years with this board.
After I got all the little issues ironed out this board has been rock solid.
Gaming, photoshop, surfing.. what ever I'm doing it just does it. Never a blue screen or hiccup.
Just flashed the BIOS last week for the first time in over a year and it went flawless.
Like the new BIOS a lot. Easy to navigate.
Resumes from sleep in less than one second.
Easy to OC. Setup RAM in XMP and it just works.
My first ASUS board and I'm happy with it and ASUS parts.

Cons: No cons to talk about.
Works perfectly at this time.

Other Thoughts: i7 3630K OC to 4.2ghz
32G RAM (G Skill 2133)
2x GTX680
2x Intell 520 SSD
1x WD Black 2TB
watercooled using fan header to control PWM pump.
Works great.

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  • Phillip B.
  • 5/1/2014 12:22:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsno problems at all.

Pros: I built a new PC from scratch around Christmas. Started with a pile of new hardware and ended up with a beast. Booted easily, installed all drivers and updates no problem. It's been 5 months and no hiccups at all.

Cons: Lots of buttons and special do dads that I still don't really understand? lol

Other Thoughts: The EZ BIOS updater is... easy! While checking compatablity of my hardware, I found that to support my CPU the BIOS needed updating. I also read most of the owners manual, trying to figure out the correct way to build this machine. And making sure I didn't touch something that would kill it... So many options.

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  • Shuai L.
  • 4/17/2014 10:35:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice motherboard!

Pros: Great board with tons of features. I brought this board and built an 3D rendering workstation for my girlfriend, this board is great with Intel Xeon and ECC memory combination. Great performance with very low running temperature. Lots of I/O connectivity, dual Intel server grade NIC provides with maximum network efficiency. 10 times better than similar product from other vendor! Highly recommended!

Cons: If you don't disable USB 3.0 legacy support in your BIOS setting it could cause some type of USB 3.0 devices crash your Windows (BSOD) for some reason. Once legacy support been disabled for USB3.0 everything works nicely!

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  • Keith B.
  • 4/8/2014 11:59:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect - But not after some struggles

Pros: This board has everything you will ever need. Period. Unless you need the extra PCI-E slots, there's really no reason to get the -E version. I didn't think it would fit into my older Lian Li case, but it's just ever so slightly larger than the AMD board I was replacing. Installing the CPU, RAM and everything else was a breeze. I love how with the Corsair H100i, you don't have to install a back plate, just screw it directly into the 2011 bracket and you're done. The board does take a few seconds to post, during which time it is flashing all sorts of Q codes at you. At first this concerned me, but once it went to "A0" and "AA" you're golden. It accepted all 64gigs of Mushkin RAM and all I had to do was enable the XMP profile and it automatically clocked the RAM at its advertised 2133Mhz speed. It also bumped the processor up from the stock 3.4Ghz to 3.8Ghz.

Cons: There is one major con that can happen if you're unlucky and get older stock. The BIOS - You need version 4306 to run the Ivybridge-E processors (which nowadays most everybody will be). I got a board that had been sitting in a warehouse and had the ancient 0802 BIOS on it. So I did what the ASUS support sites told me to do and started the process to flash the BIOS with the BIOS flashback utility. It never would work. Everything I did it just seemed to laugh at me. I called support, the guy walked me through the exact same steps... Nothing. Finally he said we could either RMA the board or they could ship me a new BIOS chip. I opted for the BIOS chip since I didn't want to take everything apart. Next day, I remove the old and put in the new chip. Same symptoms. It turned out they sent me the wrong one. Ok, fine, stuff happens, they're small chips that are hard to read. They send me another one for free. Next day, I install the new chip. The board doesn't even power on. I call support, they decide it be best if we RMA the board. I send it in. I get it back a week later. The board still does not power on. Not even using the onboard power button. No motherboard lights come on when I plug in the 24-pin power. At this point I'm kinda mad, I've got a $570 processor and $1000 worth of RAM just sitting here and it's been a month since I bought the board and I haven't even seen it post. I call support, they run around and ask everyone what to do. Finally I demand that I just get a brand new board. They agree. I send it in, they overnight me a brand new board. Check the bios and it is the newest (at the time) 4505 BIOS. I install the CPU and RAM and a dinky video card and it POST's!

Long story short... If you get an older board with an ancient BIOS, you may have a long road ahead of you. But it is completely worth it in the end.

The only good thing about this Con is that ASUS did make everything right in the end. At no point did they say that they were not going to honor the warranty. They even refunded me the $40 for the new BIOS chip and the overnight shipping I paid for. So ASUS warranty service is amazing.

Other Thoughts: If you've stuck around after the con's section then Congratulations!

Don't let the whole BIOS thing keep you from buying this board.

I'm not using this PC for anything that it should actually be used for. I'm not running any workstation software, video editing, and I'm playing a game every once in a while.

I basically have a 6core/12thread, 64 Gigs of RAM email and internet machine.

But - Everything it does, it does very quickly. I'm very glad that I went with this system.

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  • David F.
  • 4/1/2014 4:45:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsCan only use 5 of the 6 slots

Pros: My board shipped with the latest BIOS
Workstation quality board
On-board power and reset

Cons: Can only use 5 of the 6 PCIe slots. Adding a card in the 6th slot causes a d4 q-code. This is a PCI resource allocation error. The board loops with this error. I've disabled all non-essential devices and tried setting the GEN speed to 1 and 2. Nothing works. I needed all 6 slots but right now I cannot find a solution to the problem.

Other Thoughts: My build:
N82E16813131798 - ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011
N82E16819116939 - Intel Core i7-4930K Ivy Bridge-E
N82E16820104364 - HyperX Beast 16GB

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

If you have not tried this already, please make sure to update the BIOS of the motherboard. You can find the BIOS update by visiting the website below. Shoud you have any questions or need assistance, please contact me through email at cl-mark@asus.com. 3616226.

Website: https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P9X79_WS/

Thank you,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • BRAD W.
  • 3/24/2014 10:39:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsPowerful but Problems

Pros: All the bells and whistles you would ever want. Overclocking ability

Cons: Bad Marvell Ports, Blue screen when installing drivers. 2 min post time if any device is plugged in. Sent it back twice and came back twice without fixing the problem.

Other Thoughts: This board is very good if it was working properly. I don't like Asus Product support. It falls short, sending it back twice without a fix is not acceptable.

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  • Thomas R.
  • 1/8/2014 8:59:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Buy This Board

Pros: None

Cons: The first board that I got from Newegg had a bent CPU pin. It came here like that. From what I have read, Newegg often blames the end user for that condition and you get stuck with a bad motherboard. So, I rma it to newegg and they do send me another motherboard, but this time the motherboard does not work correctly as the marvell sata ports will not remember that you have enabled ssd caching. So since newegg delayed me for quite a while because they said that a hard drive had been shipped (it was not) then it was more than 30 days and they would not rma it again for me. (I'll never order from newegg again; anything big anyway). So I ship it to asus and got it back today. Asus did not even touch the motherboard. it came back in exaclty the same state as before with the exact same problem. I guess they were just too lazy to see if the marvell ports were working correctly that it would remember to save the ssd caching state. That must just take too long to check that for a customer. I mean you have to wait for it to initialize and that takes too much time I guess. Too much trouble; why do that when we already got his money right!

Other Thoughts: I WILL NEVER EVER BUY FROM ASUS AGAIN! I don't even know if I will ship it back again for another rma. I don't think they can handle it. They already got my money so what do i matter? I am just glad that I did not buy Asus video cards (sli). It has been two full months and I still don't have a working computer.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the motherboard. At your earliest convenience, please contact me through email, and we can discuss this case further. Within the email, please include the serial number of the motherboard, any troubleshooting steps tried, OS, and your computer components list. 3359694

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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