Going with the Conventional - the P9X79 Series
ASUS P9X79 Series
The last of the boards featured at the seminar come from the ASUS' P9X79 series. It comprises the Deluxe, Pro and Basic boards. These boards can be considered the 'vanilla flavoring' from the delicious offerings found at the seminar but their features are definitely not plain vanilla!
Good Things Come in Pairs
The boards feature Digi+ power controllers for both the CPU and DRAM. With separate power controllers, such a feature translates to better performance especially when overclocking the system. This feature is also applicable to the X79 ROG and TUF series covered earlier too.
Bluetooth v3.0 Module and its Wired Coupling
The Deluxe board comes with a Bluetooth v3.0 + HS module and this module has to be mounted and secured to the board manually. After securing it with a screw, attach the antenna connector of the Wi-Fi Moving Antenna to the connecting jack of the Bluetooth module. Push hard to hear a click as the full insertion of the antenna connector will require some pressure.
The boards featured at the seminar were enough to whet our appetites as we wait in eager anticipation for the appropriate processors to test the boards. The market segmentation of these boards were clearly marked by ASUS, with the sweet cherry offering of the Extreme Ramage IV that is targeted at overclockers and extreme system tweakers. ASUS has done the ROG lineage proud by featuring the OC Key which by itself is a commendable piece of hardware innovation. The Rampage IV has overclocking and monitoring features that would likely leave its competitors in its wake.
The new TUF Sabertooth X79 offers reliability and stability as expected of this series and ASUS' confidence in delivering the board's promises is sealed by a 5-year hardware warranty. Its TUF Thermal Armor is designed to cool its key electrical components while they boost the military grade manufacturing specifications. Bringing up the rear are the boards from the P9X79 series, the boards may not share the features of the Rampage nor the Sabertooth, the P9X79 series stands its grounds with high performance with its ASUS SSD caching and Digi+ power controllers for stable overclocking for the rest of the mainstream enthusiasts.
These offerings shared at the seminar were indeed an attestation to the engineering spirit of ASUS. We awed at the ASUS Mars II and we are duly impressed with their new X79 motherboards too. Do watch this space as we await the arrival of the Sandy Bridge-E processors to complete these masterpieces.