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This review is from: ASUS X99-DELUXE LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: As others mentioned, pleasurable BIOS. Has loads of options most of which I'll probably never need, but nice to have in any event. Mobo has 12 SATA ports, which I really like. Booted up right away (after I plugged the power connectors in all the way into my PSU). BIOS was 4xx, upgraded to 801 from a usb stick without a problem. Mostly a breeze to run this board, see cons.
Cons: Took me a while to investigate, eventually discovered that fast boot was causing my Windows boot up to fail. Also had a problem with a usb port ignoring mouse input, but that may have been related to fast boot as well, since I moved the mouse and disabled fast boot I have had no problems so not positive which to blame for the mouse issue. Hopefully fast boot is just a bios issue that will be fixed.
Other Thoughts: Since disabling fast boot, I have had 0 issues with the board and 100% stability. One egg off for the fast boot error, but otherwise it seems like a great board, hope it serves me as well as my old x79 Asus P9X79 WS which was rock solid.
Asus x99 Deluxe
EVGA GTX 780 Classified
16GBs Crucial 4x4GBs 2133 RAM
256GB Samsung 840 Pro.
2x 2TB HDDs.
CM Nepton 280L (cpu temps are 30c idle - 61c load).
Corsair 1000 HXi
Corsair 730T (excellent case, but not 100% compatible with Nepton 280L, had to mount the fans underneath the cooler blowing air out, instead of on top blowing air in as I wished because of lack of 140M x2 holes).
Pros: - Butter smooth gaming in BF3 and Highly modded Skyrim (only games I play) at Max settings, not a hint of stutter or corruption.
- Low temps. 35c Idle with one monitor. 50c with both monitors on, playing Blu-ray movie. My GTX 580 with one monitor would idle at 56c, and just turning on the second monitor would send the GTX 580 to 75c.
- Whisper quiet at idle and full load.
- UEFI Video ROM; allows you to disable CSM and get full SecureBoot (if your OS, OS install type, and other devices permit, which mine do.)
- Two Bios' makes for easy recovery from bad rom update.
- 3GBs of RAM, easily handled more high graphical mods for Skyrim than I could imagine with my GTX 580 with it's 1.5GBs.
- Got a good sample I believe, 85.9% ASIC, 1162Mhz Boost out of the box. No coil whine (tested in unigine heaven 4.0, not even the loading/exit screens made a sound.)
- Ready for BF4!
Cons: - Got one corrupted screen on a UAC prompt in Windows 2012 Server Standard. I believe it to be a driver issue, I pressed escape and it went back to normal and hasn't done anything else wrong. Using the new 326.80 Beta drivers, and they probably have kinks that need to be worked out.
Other Thoughts: Great card if you have the money, Titan performance for $300 less (unless you need the high end Titan stuff like double precision or 6GBs of RAM.)
Had an 'issue' where after I disabled CSM to get full SecureBoot, my display would not show anything after start-up until the Windows log-in screen. I figured out that disabling CSM causes the system to send the BIOS/POST screen to my secondary monitor which is connected via HDMI which I usually have turned off, instead of to my DVI connected main monitor. No biggie, just confused me for a second. I kind of wish this was a selectable setting somewhere, but like I said, no biggie.
CPU: 3930K @ 4.0Ghz
Mobo: Asus P9X79 WS
RAM: 4x4GBs Corsair 1600mhz
SSD: Intel 520 120GB
HDDs: 14TBs in 6 HDDs.
PSU: Corsair 750TX
Monitor: Dell 2209WA - 1680x1050 @ 75Hz. Plan to upgrade this next month to something much higher res.
Vid Card: EVGA GTX 780 Classified; of course.
Pros: Board worked good from first boot. Intel NICs are a plus, lots of USB 2 ports, great for multi-GPU which I may go when Nvidia 600 series arrives. Board in general, and drivers in Win 7 x64 are stable. Board is good for fun and business.
Cons: One con, is that I can't get my fan (Gelid nanoflux) on my H80 to run at less than 1200 RPM on Chassis fan controller #1. Even if I set it to 600 or 500 RPM in bios, it stays at 1200 RPM and is kinda noisy, but tolerable. I've seen other people with this problem so it's probably a bios issue. Another thing, which isn't much of a con, is that it came with an old bios (402 - latest is 802), but that's easily fixed.
Other Thoughts: There's no way to descibe the nervousness you have when you do all the work to hook up a new system, then hit the power button and it comes alive. It's truly great, as is this board.
Asus P9X79 WS
16GBs of Corsair Vengeance ram 1600mhz
EVGA GTX 580
Corsair H80 + Gelid Nanoflux fan
500GB HDD for OS, 2x2TB WD GP HDDs for Media
Lite On 12x Blu-ray writer