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

  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2133(OC)
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ASUS does it again with the ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 motherboard. The domicile for the latest and revolutionary Intel new flagship CPU in LGA 2011 packaging, the ASUS P9X79 PRO comes with the industry leading specifications and a wealth of ASUS innovative technology making it an ideal foundation for your new dream system. The world's first Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with New DIGI+ Power Control allows precise DRAM tuning and CPU voltage control for better platform stability and ample overclocking margin. Support for up to 4-channel, 64GB of system memory with an 8-DIMM design maximizes the memory bandwidth to match the amazing CPU processing capability.

USB BIOS Flashback enables true plug and play UEFI flashing with any USB storage device. ASUS USB 3.0 Boost adds new UASP support to accelerate USB 3.0 performance by almost three times over standard protocols with supported devices. Along with 3-Way SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX support in combination with PCIe 3.0 capabilities, ASUS SSD Caching, Fan Xpert+ for customizable speeds with independent fan control and more, the P9X79 Pro is the ideal choice for unmatched features and user-friendly innovations.

  • newegg Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with New DIGI+ Power Control The world’s first Dual Intelligent Processors from ASUS pioneered twin onboard chips - TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) and EPU (Energy Processing Unit). Third generation Dual Intelligent Processors with New DIGI+ Power Control include three digital voltage controllers, allowing ultra-precise DRAM tuning in addition to ultra-precise CPU voltage control. This evolution of innovative and industry-leading ASUS technology provides super-accurate voltage tuning for better efficiency, stability and performance.
  • newegg 8 DIMM in Quad Channel Design - X79 Done Right Support for up to 64GB of system memory with an 8-DIMM in 4-channel configuration 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.
  • newegg ASUS SSD Caching 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.
  • newegg BT GO! Onboard Bluetooth wireless design enables smart connectivity to Bluetooth devices with no additional adapter. ASUS BT GO! includes seven special functions so users can sync and transfer files between PC and mobile devices, and use them as a remote control to play music and even overclock their PC. All are fully accessible through the exclusive user friendly ASUS interface.
  • newegg Power eSATA 6Gb/s Ready and Complete USB 3.0 Integration with USB 3.0 Boost In addition to the standard SATA 6Gbps ports, powered eSATA 6Gb/s that combines data and power connectivity are also provided. Users enjoy 2X faster transfer rates, and can use external SATA 6Gb/s devices with no additional power adapters. ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel - 6 USB 3.0 ports in total. A new ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology which supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard, is introduced. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0 transfer speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.
  • newegg 3-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.

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


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2 out of 5 eggsDon't purchase

Pros: Good Overclocking abilities
4 x SATAIII ports
Onboard Bluetooth
ESATA port
Lots of USB3
Lots of PCIe slots
No old keyboard/mouse port (they're unnecessary now)
Looks Nice

Worked good for about 8-9 months

Cons: The bluetooth isn't compatible with Windows 8!!! What the...

Once I filled the mobo with PCIe devices, things started going wrong. USB 3 slots would randomly drop out, leaving me thinking one of my USB devices had broken.. until I realized nothing in that slot would work.

Then, PCIe devices would also stop working, as though they were not installed. I hooked up an ASUS Radeon HD 7870, Radeon HD 5450, Firewire card, USB 3 card, and a UAD Quad card. With all of these loaded... one of the above would not work. Which one didn't work seemed to be random, but sort of based on the order that I filled the slots... some how.

This happened for about a month, and then one evening I went to turn on my motherboard and it wouldn't post. I opened the computer case and the red light was showing at the VGA LED indicator. Clearly... there's an issue with the PCI slots.

I spoke to customer service, and they confirmed this board has a faulty PCIe controller!

I tried to RMA... that was a bit of a nightmare. I did it via the online chat... and it took 4-5 separate tries to actually get anything accomplished. The first rep said they'd set up an RMA for me.. it didn't happen. I try again, the 2nd rep finally does setup the RMA for me, they said the RMA system was down when the 1st rep tried. I get the email, and notice ASUS requires a credit card hold for the MSRP of the mobo before they send a replacement. I don't have space on my card... so I reached back out to a 3rd rep to ask if this can be waived.. and they couldn't discuss it with me because their RMA system was down.. again. I finally spoke to a 4th rep a week later and they told me the replacement board is no longer even an option.. and they'd have to do a repair RMA instead, and they have no other choices... but they won't require a credit card from me. I've heard horror stories about their RMA repairs.. so I'm very nervous and worried they'll return it broken. But we'll have to see.

So.. instead of waiting for the RMA process, I purchased another mobo in the meantime. I grabbed an MSI x79a GD45 Plus. it's better than this mobo in every way. SATA III feels faster. My programs & Win 8 run more stable. Data gets transferred faster. Clean overclock.. literally no stability issues. All of my PCIe devices work as intended. Couldn't be happrier with the switch.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I apologize for the issues you have had thus far. When you have the time, please contact me through email as I may have a solution in this matter. Thank you, and have a great day. 3616234.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Anita M.
  • 3/23/2014 5:08:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Build:
- APEVIA X-DREAMER4 Series X-DREAMER4-GN Black / Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79
- Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz Processor
- EVGA 04G-P4-2647-KR GeForce GT 640 4GB Video Crd
- Thermaltake NiC F4 (CLP0606) 120mm CPU Cooler (Would not select this product for this case again)
- CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3(This was on special, would go with 4X4 with this motherboard otherwise)
-Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM
-Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS
-ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
:-) Basically plug and play build, no initial post or boot issues.

Cons: Nothing bad to say.

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  • Syed H.
  • 1/19/2014 12:27:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS P9X79 Pro

Pros: Excellent for over clocking, very stable board
8 DIMM slots
Water cooling blocks available for Northbridge and VRMs.
Great board for custom cooing setup
Accepts 2011 Intel CPUs
Excellent BIOS

Cons: If you want to go Haswell route then no use getting this board.
Really for this chipset I cannot say i have any complaints with this board

Other Thoughts: Needs USB BIOS flash before it will accept Intel 4930 processors. BIOS flashback needs USB stick formatted to FAT 32 full format and may need to rename BIOS file using BIOS rename utility.
I have really enjoyed building my first water cooling system with this board, it has been a pleasure to work with.

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  • Jason K.
  • 1/15/2014 5:53:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsfirst ever rma

Pros: looks nice, has the features i wanted. good cooling layout.

Cons: for new processors, you must completed the usb bios flashback. the instructions are very easy and the processes is very simple, except for the fact that it didn't work on my board. i verified 100x times the file was named correctly, i used the re-name tool from asus, and tried 8 different usb sticks to re flash the bios, nothing worked. nothing. all i got was a steady blue light indicating a problem.

so now im doing my first ever rma and who knows what the new board will do when i get it.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I am sorry that you are having issues updating the BIOS of 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. Your reference number for this case is 3359656.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Spencer M.
  • 1/7/2014 6:33:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNIGHTMARE!

Pros: Very fast.

Cons: The first one I got was dead on arrival. I RMA'd and after waiting a very long time received a 2nd board. This one booted fine and worked for about 45 days before it crashed. It will no longer boot. I do NOT want to RMA for a 3rd of this same board. This is ridiculous. DO NOT BUY THIS!

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, and your computer components list. 3359711

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Andrew F.
  • 12/19/2013 3:39:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFool proof & Future proof

Pros: Easiest BIOS Flash Fliping EVER!
Good layout

Cons: Expensive, but I knew that.

Other Thoughts: Easiest BIOS Flash ever. Not a board for folks that don't like to read or do any research. YOU MUST-MUST change the BIOS file name to P9X79PRO.CAP. That's P9X79PRO.CAP Other that that, insert a flash drive, press the button w/power to the board and watch the light flash. Even for an ID 10 T case like myself.

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  • Bradford T.
  • 12/5/2013 10:59:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Works as designed
Easy overclocking
BIOS Flash Great

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I run a 3930K overclocked at 4.7 at 1.40V with 16GB (4x4) corsair dominator 2133 memory. This board has been flawless and I just installed a GTX 780 ti without a hiccup. I was running SLI 580's no problem as well. I don't write reviews but figured it was time I gave back to the community.

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  • Josh W.
  • 11/25/2013 6:19:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGarbage

Pros: I wouldn't know, this board never booted even once.

Cons: This board was D.O.A.

Other Thoughts: This board is trash and would never post even once.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I would be happy to help if I can. You may have an outdated BIOS, and I would recommend updating the BIOS of the motherboard by using the USB BIOS Flashback feature. For complete instructions, please visit http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/usb_bios_flashback_guide/

If the issue persists, please let me know through email, and I will be able to help further. Your reference number for this case is 3188795.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • BRUCE W.
  • 11/19/2013 11:26:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIt takes a lot of patience

Pros: When it works, it works extremely well.

Cons: Out of 5 total boards installed, 2 were DOA. RMA'd one, it was bad. Replaced the other outright, it was bad. One completely refused to accept any BIOS flash update.

Other Thoughts: If ASUS is the best manufacturer out there it really doesn't say much for the industry. Ivy Bridge-E users BEWARE!! WARNING - This board WILL NOT WORK (POST) until you flash the BIOS (good luck with that).

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I am sorry that you had issues updating the BIOS of the motherboard. If the motherboard has an earlier BIOS installed, as you know already, you can update it using the USB BIOS Flashback port. For your reference, we have a how-to guide online that could help you with future BIOS updates, which includes the file name needed for the system to read the USB drive. Also to see what CPU is supported for this model and what BIOS is needed to run it, please see our CPU support list on our website. Below I included both links. Should you have any other issues with the system, please let me know, and I will be happy to help. Your reference number for this case is 3164200.

USB BIOS Flashback Instructions:
http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/usb_bios_flashback_guide/

CPU Support List for the P9X79_PRO:
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P9X79_PRO/#support_Download

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?.

Kind Regards,

Mark
Asus Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Michael L.
  • 11/12/2013 9:44:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTitle is wrong -- NOT ready for new processors

Pros: Just started working

Cons: Title says ready for new processors, but the fact is that it is not ready for new processors. The BIOS was too old to support the new processor and after 1 RMA b/c the board didn't do anything and a few headaches, I flashed the bios and it started to work.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Mike,

This is rather disappointing and I am sincerely sorry for this inconvenience.

Usually our motherboards have the latest or near the latest BIOS installed. In the case the motherboard has an earlier BIOS installed (that doesn't support your CPU), as you know already, you can update the BIOS using the USB BIOS Flashback port. For your reference, we have a how-to guide online that could help you with future BIOS updates. Below I included the link. Should you have any other issues with the system, please let me know, and I will be happy to help. Your reference number for this case is 3150365.

http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/usb_bios_flashback_guide/

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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