ASUS X79 Motherboard Technical Seminar - Next Gen. ROG and TUF


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!

The crème de la crème of this series is the P79X79 Deluxe. It features the ubiquitous DIMM slots arrangement and the silver heatpipes for heat dissipation from the electrical components as well as the PCH. The rest of the board's features and layout are as typically expected in high-end boards.

 The P9X79 Pro is very similar to the Deluxe version with the exception of its Bluetooth support. Its on-board Buetooth module supports Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR while the Deluxe supports Bluetooth v3.0 + HS. ASUS tells us this board would be their main focus as it has the right balance of features without and overly bloated price. Take note of the lack of PCI slots though.

 

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.

The Digi+ power controllers as featured on the Deluxe board; their country of origin is the Land of Smiles, Thailand.

 

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 Bluetooth v 3.0 module is provided by AzureWave (a subsidiary of ASUS too) and branded as BT Go 3.0! by ASUS. It promises to provide both Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth connectivity to the system.

The Bluetooth v3.0 module with the Wi-Fi Ring Moving Antenna successfully connected.

The pairing of the BT module and its Wi-Fi antennae seen from another close-up perspective.

 

Conclusion

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.