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ASUS P9X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs OC Control, Stable, good features 12/22/2012

This review is from: ASUS P9X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Effective cooling - No heat issues whatsoever. Motherboard temps normally idle at around 33c. DIGI+ Power Control works well, allowing for granular control of voltage.

Powerful overclocking. - I usually run @ 3800 MHz, nothing major. Other than encoding jobs, I don't really have anything that taxes available resources, so I don't push the overclocking. Resources are available, if you want to take advantage.

Stable - After the BIOS update, system worked just fine. OCing RAM stability was an issue for a short while, but ASUS pushed out another BIOS update soon after MB release, which resolved this issue. Since then everything has been 100% stable even under Prime95 stress testing.

Good features - More USB ports than I will ever need in this lifetime. Powered eSATA is handy. ASUS AI Suite is a little awkward, but it works.

ASUS P9x79
Intel Core i7 3930K @ 3.8 GHz
ZALMAN CNPS11X
Mushkin Redline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 2133
Seagate Barracuda ST350041 500GB HD
Mushkin Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 120GB SSD
EVGA 03G-P3-1584-AR GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Cons: MB BIOS may require an out-of-box update, depending on what revision you receive. As of ver. 0906, my system has been tested stable.

Other Thoughts: The Marvell Controller, limited by the fact that it shares bandwidth with one PCIe lane, loses when compared with the board's Intel x79 controller. If you're using mechanical drives, or the ASUS SSD caching solution, or ignoring the Marvel controller entirely, this won't be an issue.

If you're planning to update your BIOS to the latest release, PLEASE READ ASUS' INSTRUCTIONS PROPERLY. The BIOS structure was modified for full Windows 8 compatibility. I used the BIOS flashback method for the BIOS conversion, no hangups no problems.

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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Working fine for me. Definitely improving my access times.

Configured as a secondary disk cache for a 500GB mechanical disk, using ASUS SSD caching software.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I've never tried using this as a primary OS drive so I can't comment on it's independent performance.

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Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 993996
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: High quality parts. In my 5+ years of buying Mushkin equipment, I have never been disappointed. Every stick of RAM I've used just works. Any problems I've experience have been due to some other hardware.

These sticks can be overclocked. I did so early on when setting up my new system. I didn't keep track of how far I pushed, but it's possible.

Excellent costumer support. Mushkin employs knowledgeable staff, who aren't script readers / unable to think outside the box.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Because of early BIOS revisions (ASUS P9x79) having poor RAM compatibility, system halts occurred early on. After updating to BIOS revision 0906, everything in relation to RAM has been rock solid.

Currently @ default rating of 2133 9-11-10-28

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Date Joined: 07/29/02

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