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ASUS P9X79-E WS Preview

Published by Marc Büchel on 18.06.13 (15102 reads)
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As the first motherboard manufacturer ASUS announces, that their brand new P9X79-E WS supports Intels upcoming Ivy Bridge-E processors. This X79 based motherboard comes with a long feature list. You can for example find seven PCI Express x16 slots as well as eight DIMM slots. Overall this board is quite impressive and it will be interesting to see what it's like from a layout, design and feature perspective.

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The P9X79-E WS will be ASUS' high end motherboard regarding Intels upcoming X79 chipset. Therefore we're really curious what they've done from the layout and design perspective.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 4 - Layout
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 5 - Connectors and I/O
Page 3 - Features Page 6 - Conclusion

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Published: 2013/6/20 0:31  Updated: 2013/6/24 7:13
Do you believe that this board with Bios updates would be able to go head to head with the newly released, lets call them, X89 motherboards, when Intel finally delivers on a CPU that provide not only PCIe 3.0 but also a decent number of USB 3.0 and SATA 6gb/sec ports? This motherboard is a no-brainer. I have tested it and retested it. Because it was made with the E5-1660 in mind, it is two year ahead of any other X79 board on the block. What I fear is that the new i7CPUs, such as the 4970K, will offer support for Native USB and many SATA 6gb ports, that all the motherboard manufactures are going to be pulling off the shelf (the are already there- I know that for a fact), new 2011 motherboards that are not any better than this E WS, except that it will have the "attraction" of Native USB and Native SATA 6gb, and that will pull people away from a board that is better made. Look at the Z87 compared to the Z77- what is so attractive? Gigabyte was so desperate that they put a + sign next to Ultra Durable 5! Only 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0 so still no real SLI, but they throw out the Blutooth and the 10 SATA 6 and people buy when they don't need to. MY BIG QUESTION IS THIS. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR THIS BOARD TO HAVE ASMEDIA AND MARVEL PORTS BECOME NATIVE INTEL, OR IS THIS BOARD DOOMED EVEN THOUGH IT IS THE ONLY BOARD OUT OF THE MANY I HAVE SCOURED OVER THAT IS AS CLOSE TO THE REAL "THING" PROMISED TWO YEARS AGO. IT WAS ALL HIDDEN IN FOUR LITTLE WORDS: X E O N
Published: 2013/9/4 7:47  Updated: 2013/9/4 7:47
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 Re: P9X79-E WS
Well, in my own opinion, this is one of the best X79 boards I had in my hands so far. Build quality is from another star, there are lots of features and obviously, this board is as stable as it can be.

To answer your question: No. The issue lies within the X79 chipset which doesn't offer more than 2 native SATA 6 Gbps ports. There are also no plans from Intel to release a new, lets say X89 chipset soon. So basically, HEDT users are stuck with additional Marvel and ASMedia Controllers.

Intel is taking weird descisions these days and their fooling around with a group customers who are willing to spend a lot of money over and over again. Let's hope that X99 is really about to arrive in 2014 ...
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