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ASUS Unveils Innovative X79 Motherboards
By Joy Hou - on 14 Nov 2011, 4:01pm

X79 Motherboards with Leading Digital Power Design

Optimized models deliver the latest PC technology to a complete cross-section of usage scenarios and needs

SINGAPORE - ASUS has just released a wide range of new X79 motherboards that cover several diverse series. All feature the new Intel X79 Express Chipset, with support for the 2nd generation Core i7 processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket. The complete lineup includes P9X79 Series motherboards with total performance tuning and control, the enthusiast-centric ROG Rampage IV Extreme, the ultra-reliable TUF SABERTOOTH X79, and the P9X79 Work Station Series with NVIDIA 4-way SLI and AMD CrossFireX. All motherboards feature ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 3 technology with New DIGI+ Power Control providing three digital voltage controllers onboard, one for the CPU and two for DRAM. This results in better performance, greater stability, and enhanced overclocking. All of the new boards ship with multi-GPU support, PCI Express 3.0, and up to 64GB quad-channel DDR3.

P9X79 Series: ideal choice for unmatched power tuning and user-friendly innovation

ASUS engineers and designers have sought to ensure absolutely precise control be made available to users through meticulous power, system, and BIOS tuning for the best-optimized computing experience. With New DIGI+ Power Control, new memory voltage modulation options allow users to make the most of DDR3 speed, with performance boosting through VCCSA load line calibration. DRAM current capability increases by about 30%, so overclocking the memory further than ever becomes easy.An 8-DIMM design supports up to 64GB of quad-channel memory to make full use of 64-bit applications. Extra memory helps with intensive data, image, and video processing. Users can also set up large RAM disks to accelerate read speeds and system performance. ASUS SSD Caching is much more user-friendly compared to similar technologies, with one-click speedup functionality. This exclusive feature combines solid state drive speeds with mechanical hard drive capacities, leading to up to three times faster storage performance.

UEFI BIOS has won media acclaim for its intuitive and easy GUI interaction. The latest version has been upgraded with the F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey, the F3 system info shortcut, and DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect), which diagnoses memory issues and offers advanced POST troubleshooting. USB BIOS Flashback enables true plug and play BIOS flashing with any USB storage device. It works even without powering up the PC, using only standby power, and with no CPU or memory installed. BT GO 3.0! consists of an onboard Bluetooth v3.0 +HS module that offers wireless 802.11n support, adding instant access point detection and setup for Wi-Fi everywhere. The included antenna has an elegant design, plus easy mounting with a magnet attachment. The suite includes several special functions, allowing users to sync and transfer files between PC and mobile devices, and even use smartphones to overclock their PC. Also, USB 3.0 Boost adds new UASP support to accelerate USB 3.0 performance by up to 170%, in addition to automatic detection of USB 3.0 device protocol.

ROG Rampage IV Extreme: setting new overclocking world records

The Rampage IV Extreme supports 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX in new PCI Express 3.0, designed to empower overclockers. It comes loaded with overclocking features well-suited to competitive benchmarking. Exclusive ROG X-Socket unlocks easy transition to LGA 2011 from LGA 1366, as CPU coolers and LN2 containers can be used as-is with the new board. OC Key is an ROG-designed device that connects to the DVI port of any graphics card to display performance and overclocking info on the screen independent of system resources. Users can make changes with no additional software, and without slowing their PC down. For enhanced and modified cooling, ROG has developed Subzero Sense, which detects cooling system temperatures as low as -193 degrees celsius. This eliminates the need to buy a digital thermometer, saving users considerable cost. ROG Extreme Engine Digi+ II and 10K Black Metallic Capacitors ensure the long lasting and high endurance power delivery demanded by gamers and competitive overclockers. The Rampage IV Extreme comes bundled with hit game Battlefield 3 from EA and DICE, which uses the Frostbite 2 engine to showcase the latest in DirectX 11 technology and graphics effects.

TUF SABERTOOTH X79: military-grade reliability

The new TUF SABERTOOTH X79 ships with an intelligent thermal design, military grade-tested TUF components, and exclusive cooling features for enhanced system stability. New generation TUF Thermal Armor with dual fans expands cooling and precise airflow for more effective heat dissipation, improving system reliability and performance. TUF Thermal Radar monitors real time temps in critical parts, automatically adjusting fan speeds to maintain high stability and prevent overheating. It consists of 12 sensors, giving users the ability to monitor each one individually. It automatically calculates ideal fan speeds based on different parameters selected by users, keeping components cooler and longer lasting. Military-grade TUF components include capacitors, chokes, and MOSFETs. Their heat and stress tolerance allows ASUS to offer an exclusive 5-year warranty on the SABERTOOTH X79. Additionally, the new model includes New DIGI+ Power Control digital power delivery and conversion, giving it the same precision and performance offered by the P9X79 Series.

P9X79 WS: superior multi-GPU expandability

Upgraded potential and enhanced features suit the needs of professional users, beginning with NVIDIA 4-way SLI and AMD CrossFireX. For better online connectivity, the board ships with dual hardware-accelerated Intel LAN, which reduces CPU utilization for netcode processing by up to 71%. The P9X79 Work Station supports both Intel Core i7 processors and the workstation-specific Xeon family, and maintains compatibility with multiple memory, operating system, and RAID card types. A three-colored LED indicates the board’s overclocking status without entering the BIOS, while ASUS SSD Caching and USB BIOS Flashback are included. The model also comes with the new ASUS ARS warranty service*.

*ARS service currently available in select Eurozone markets. ASUS plans to expand this offering to other regions in due course.

  P9X79 Series TUF Series ROG Series P9X79 Work Station Series
Model P9X79 DELUXE P9X79 PRO P9X79 SABERTOOTH X79 Rampage IV Extreme P9X79 WS
Chipset Intel X79 Express Chipset
Processors Intel Core i7 processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket with support for Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
Memory Quad--channel. DDR3 8-DIMM, 2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066MHz Quad-channel DDR3, 8-DIMM 1866/1600/1333/1066MHz Quad-channel DDR3, 8-DIMM 2400(OC/2133(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066MHz Quad-channel DDR3, 8-DIMM, 2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066MHz
PCIe 3.0 x16 slots 3 (blue and grey, single @x16; dual @x16/x16; triple @x16/x8/x8);1 (grey, single @x8 2 (blue, single @x16; dual @x16/x16);

1 (grey, single @x8)

2 (beige, single @x16; dual @x16/x16);

1 (brown, single @x8)

4 x (red, single@x16;dual@x16/x16;triple@x16/x8/16;quad@x16/x8/x8/x8);1(grey@x8) 4 (blue and black, single@x16;dual@x16/x16;triple@x8/x8/x16;quad@ x8/x8/x8/x8);2(grey, single@x4
Multi-GPU 3-way SLI/AMD CrossFireX SLI/ AMD CrossFireX 4-way SLI/AMD CrossFireX


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