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ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS

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  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2133(OC)

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ASUS does it again with the ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 motherboard. The domicile for the latest and revolutionary Intel new flagship CPU in LGA 2011 packaging, the ASUS P9X79 PRO comes with the industry leading specifications and a wealth of ASUS innovative technology making it an ideal foundation for your new dream system. The world's first Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with New DIGI+ Power Control allows precise DRAM tuning and CPU voltage control for better platform stability and ample overclocking margin. Support for up to 4-channel, 64GB of system memory with an 8-DIMM design maximizes the memory bandwidth to match the amazing CPU processing capability.

USB BIOS Flashback enables true plug and play UEFI flashing with any USB storage device. ASUS USB 3.0 Boost adds new UASP support to accelerate USB 3.0 performance by almost three times over standard protocols with supported devices. Along with 3-Way SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX support in combination with PCIe 3.0 capabilities, ASUS SSD Caching, Fan Xpert+ for customizable speeds with independent fan control and more, the P9X79 Pro is the ideal choice for unmatched features and user-friendly innovations.

  • newegg Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with New DIGI+ Power Control The world’s first Dual Intelligent Processors from ASUS pioneered twin onboard chips - TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) and EPU (Energy Processing Unit). Third generation Dual Intelligent Processors with New DIGI+ Power Control include three digital voltage controllers, allowing ultra-precise DRAM tuning in addition to ultra-precise CPU voltage control. This evolution of innovative and industry-leading ASUS technology provides super-accurate voltage tuning for better efficiency, stability and performance.
  • newegg 8 DIMM in Quad Channel Design - X79 Done Right Support for up to 64GB of system memory with an 8-DIMM in 4-channel configuration on ASUS X79 motherboards provides the capacity for users to make full use of modern 64-bit software, ideal for rendering detailed images or manipulating large files without the bottlenecks of conventional storage. It also allows users to set up big RAM disks and speed up frequently accessed programs, minimizing the impact of storage transfer delays while maximizing user benefit.
  • newegg ASUS SSD Caching SSD Caching from ASUS is easier than ever. At 3X faster, this feature boosts system performance by using an installed SSD with no capacity limitations as a cache for frequently accessed data. Harness a combination of SSD-like performance and response and hard drive capacity with just one click, no rebooting needed and instant activation for complete ease of use, and even prevent data loss with included backup functionality.
  • newegg BT GO! Onboard Bluetooth wireless design enables smart connectivity to Bluetooth devices with no additional adapter. ASUS BT GO! includes seven special functions so users can sync and transfer files between PC and mobile devices, and use them as a remote control to play music and even overclock their PC. All are fully accessible through the exclusive user friendly ASUS interface.
  • newegg Power eSATA 6Gb/s Ready and Complete USB 3.0 Integration with USB 3.0 Boost In addition to the standard SATA 6Gbps ports, powered eSATA 6Gb/s that combines data and power connectivity are also provided. Users enjoy 2X faster transfer rates, and can use external SATA 6Gb/s devices with no additional power adapters. ASUS facilitates strategic USB 3.0 accessibility for both the front and rear panel - 6 USB 3.0 ports in total. A new ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology which supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard, is introduced. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to an already impressive fast USB 3.0 transfer speed. ASUS software automatically accelerates data speeds for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without the need for any user interaction.
  • newegg 3-Way SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support Both SLI and CrossfireX architectures work flawlessly on new ASUS X79 boards, with PCI Express slots designed to accommodate the power of up to four current graphics cards. Whether for professional graphics work, heavy duty multimedia or dedicated gaming, more than ample graphics power can be applied whenever needed.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Philip B.
  • 4/9/2016 8:27:31 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsit's a great board

Pros: Great BIOS, lots of ports. Great documentation, like all ASUS motherboards.

I've been using ASUS boards for maybe 20 years now, and I'm a happy repeat customer.

Cons: Can't think of anything.

Other Thoughts: I would abso-freakin-lutely recommend the ASUS brand to everyone. it's worth the slight premium over the bargain brands.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/2/2016 9:41:29 PM

1 out of 5 eggsGreat board, Customer support would have to improve tremendously just to be poor.

Pros: Great features. I bought it because it got great reviews, supported the latest Intel i7 processor (at the time) and would take up to 64 GB of SRAM. The BIOS flashing feature looked neat, too.I was able to overclock relatively slow memory to 1866 MHZ and get a SRAM User Experience Index (UEI) for it of 7.9. My next upgrade will be to replace my SRAM with 2400 MHz DDR3 to see if I can overclock the CPU enough to get the UEI to move from 7.8 to 7.9. It was 7.8 at 3.2GHz, and is still there at 3.8 GHz.

Cons: I was under the impression when I bought the MB that all I needed to do was plug a SSD into a slot on the MB. Turns out, you need to use the Marvel 6G SATA ports to connect to both a SSD, and an HDD, and run an application. But that's not why I gave it the low rating!

My computer froze when I was updating the BIOS. I got the continual run-a-round from ASUS Customer NO Support when I called, even though my board was well within the warranty period. There was a fluke instance where I was able to boot my computer to Windows 7, but wasn't able to repeat it.

I decided the only way to use my computer was to get a new BIOS. (When the computer crashed, it corrupted the BIOS, and corrupted the USB code, so I couldn't use my keyboard nor mouse.) I tried for
a month to get a BIOS chip from ASUS, and they were always out. I was finally able to find a source for the
BIOS overseas. When I plugged it in, and turned on the computer, went through POST, but it still wouldn't run Windows after that. It was so hosed I couldn't even reinstall Windows on the original HDD. It would get so far, and then hang - still couldn't use my mouse nor keyboard. I accidentally overwrote a VISTA installation, too. I put a blank HDD in, and was able to fully install Windows 7 on it, and had the full use of my mouse and keyboard.

I plugged the original HDD into an external drive bay, and reformatted 2 Windows partitions, and an EFI partition. I'd guess that was causing the final problem. I put the original (reformatted) HDD back in, and was able to fully reinstall Windows 7 on it, and have full use of my mouse and keyboard.

Luckily, the BIOS chip is socketed. If I would have sent the board back, they would have sent me a different board back, with someone else's unrepaired problems. But, they could have told me I'd need to get a new BIOS chip and format the EFI partition on the HDD instead of lying to me continually about my board not being covered by warranty. They ignored the BBB, and the CA Consumer Affairs Attorney, too.

I see lots of factory responses to people having problems with their MBs, but rarely do I see the original poster saying the problem was solved. The first person I was in contact with changed her email after I proved to here I had a MB that was under warranty, because she didn't want to deal with the problem.

Well, we can help Asus out. We can just stop buying their products, and then there won't be any broken items to be dealt with. And, after a while, we won't have to deal with Asus because no one wants to buy anything from them because they do not honor their warranties.

Other Thoughts: Later, I found out that high efficiency, Power Factor Correcting power supplies do not like modified sine wave UPS outputs. That's what caused my computer to freeze in the first place. I now have a Pure Sine Wave UPS feeding it, and haven't experienced a freeze up, since.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for providing us with your ASUS experience. If you haven’t already please Download UEFI version (4801) and extract the file to a fat formatted usb stick. You can find the most recent UEFI Build at our ASUS Online Help Desk: https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/P9X79_PRO/HelpDesk_Download/. Once you have the BIOS on your USB navigate in bios to the tools menu and use the EZflash utility to do the flash. Let your system update the firmware as needed. Do not power down even if your system sits with a blank screen for 10 minutes or so. When updating your UEFI please make sure to wait for the firmware to update after the board restarts following the flash. This can take a couple of minutes after the board restarts. The board should be left alone during this process. We appreciate your feedback on this matter and I will be letting the related department know about the issues you are experiencing for continuous improvements to ASUS Support. If you need a help with any technical questions or general inquiries you can reach me at cl-nestor@asus.com.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best Regards,
-Nestor
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support

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  • 12/3/2015 6:32:57 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs2 years and no issue

Pros: 1. stable
2. oc ability
3. features
4. bios has some decent out of box settings

Cons: Right now there are no cons

Other Thoughts: The board setup takes some tech knowledge especially updating the bios in the beginning but the instructions on asus site was straight forward. It was a bit of a pain but i have been building systems for a long long time.
advice...be patient and take things one at a time when you have issues.it extremly rare to get a dead board, just becareful when setting it up and make sure your not shorting anything out.

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  • 9/30/2015 1:37:06 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS

Pros: Nothing, I HATE IT!

Cons: Horrible motherboard. I am done with ASUS. They were once amazing in quality when it came to motherboards. Now, all they generate is garbage.

I bought a defected motherboard from the beginning. It just took me over 3 years to figure it out. Now my warranty is up and I am stuck with this garbage.

The USB ports stop functioning intermittently and I lose connection of my mouse and keyboard. They video card blacks out and stops being recognized by the motherboard. I bought a second video card and same thing. I liked this company so much that both video cards where also from ASUS. NEVER AGAIN!

SLI set up is a nightmare, I can't ever have it function for no longer than maybe 2-3 minutes into a game.

I guess it's time to try ASRock. It seems in the break from ASUS they took all that was quality from ASUS.

Even ASUS customer service is horrible. Do yourself a favor. Stay away from them.

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  • 4/3/2014 7:36:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsDon't purchase

Pros: Good Overclocking abilities
4 x SATAIII ports
Onboard Bluetooth
ESATA port
Lots of USB3
Lots of PCIe slots
No old keyboard/mouse port (they're unnecessary now)
Looks Nice

Worked good for about 8-9 months

Cons: The bluetooth isn't compatible with Windows 8!!! What the...

Once I filled the mobo with PCIe devices, things started going wrong. USB 3 slots would randomly drop out, leaving me thinking one of my USB devices had broken.. until I realized nothing in that slot would work.

Then, PCIe devices would also stop working, as though they were not installed. I hooked up an ASUS Radeon HD 7870, Radeon HD 5450, Firewire card, USB 3 card, and a UAD Quad card. With all of these loaded... one of the above would not work. Which one didn't work seemed to be random, but sort of based on the order that I filled the slots... some how.

This happened for about a month, and then one evening I went to turn on my motherboard and it wouldn't post. I opened the computer case and the red light was showing at the VGA LED indicator. Clearly... there's an issue with the PCI slots.

I spoke to customer service, and they confirmed this board has a faulty PCIe controller!

I tried to RMA... that was a bit of a nightmare. I did it via the online chat... and it took 4-5 separate tries to actually get anything accomplished. The first rep said they'd set up an RMA for me.. it didn't happen. I try again, the 2nd rep finally does setup the RMA for me, they said the RMA system was down when the 1st rep tried. I get the email, and notice ASUS requires a credit card hold for the MSRP of the mobo before they send a replacement. I don't have space on my card... so I reached back out to a 3rd rep to ask if this can be waived.. and they couldn't discuss it with me because their RMA system was down.. again. I finally spoke to a 4th rep a week later and they told me the replacement board is no longer even an option.. and they'd have to do a repair RMA instead, and they have no other choices... but they won't require a credit card from me. I've heard horror stories about their RMA repairs.. so I'm very nervous and worried they'll return it broken. But we'll have to see.

So.. instead of waiting for the RMA process, I purchased another mobo in the meantime. I grabbed an MSI x79a GD45 Plus. it's better than this mobo in every way. SATA III feels faster. My programs & Win 8 run more stable. Data gets transferred faster. Clean overclock.. literally no stability issues. All of my PCIe devices work as intended. Couldn't be happrier with the switch.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I apologize for the issues you have had thus far. When you have the time, please contact me through email as I may have a solution in this matter. Thank you, and have a great day. 3616234.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Anita M.
  • 3/23/2014 5:08:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Build:
- APEVIA X-DREAMER4 Series X-DREAMER4-GN Black / Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79
- Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz Processor
- EVGA 04G-P4-2647-KR GeForce GT 640 4GB Video Crd
- Thermaltake NiC F4 (CLP0606) 120mm CPU Cooler (Would not select this product for this case again)
- CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3(This was on special, would go with 4X4 with this motherboard otherwise)
-Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM
-Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-OCZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS
-ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
:-) Basically plug and play build, no initial post or boot issues.

Cons: Nothing bad to say.

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  • N/A
  • 1/19/2014 12:27:39 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS P9X79 Pro

Pros: Excellent for over clocking, very stable board
8 DIMM slots
Water cooling blocks available for Northbridge and VRMs.
Great board for custom cooing setup
Accepts 2011 Intel CPUs
Excellent BIOS

Cons: If you want to go Haswell route then no use getting this board.
Really for this chipset I cannot say i have any complaints with this board

Other Thoughts: Needs USB BIOS flash before it will accept Intel 4930 processors. BIOS flashback needs USB stick formatted to FAT 32 full format and may need to rename BIOS file using BIOS rename utility.
I have really enjoyed building my first water cooling system with this board, it has been a pleasure to work with.

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  • N/A
  • 1/15/2014 5:53:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsfirst ever rma

Pros: looks nice, has the features i wanted. good cooling layout.

Cons: for new processors, you must completed the usb bios flashback. the instructions are very easy and the processes is very simple, except for the fact that it didn't work on my board. i verified 100x times the file was named correctly, i used the re-name tool from asus, and tried 8 different usb sticks to re flash the bios, nothing worked. nothing. all i got was a steady blue light indicating a problem.

so now im doing my first ever rma and who knows what the new board will do when i get it.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I am sorry that you are having issues updating the BIOS of the motherboard. At your earliest convenience, please contact me through email, and we can discuss this case further. Within the email, please include the serial number of the motherboard. Your reference number for this case is 3359656.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • N/A
  • 1/7/2014 6:33:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNIGHTMARE!

Pros: Very fast.

Cons: The first one I got was dead on arrival. I RMA'd and after waiting a very long time received a 2nd board. This one booted fine and worked for about 45 days before it crashed. It will no longer boot. I do NOT want to RMA for a 3rd of this same board. This is ridiculous. DO NOT BUY THIS!

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the motherboard. At your earliest convenience, please contact me through email, and we can discuss this case further. Within the email, please include the serial number of the motherboard, any troubleshooting steps tried, and your computer components list. 3359711

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • N/A
  • 12/19/2013 3:39:36 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFool proof & Future proof

Pros: Easiest BIOS Flash Fliping EVER!
Good layout

Cons: Expensive, but I knew that.

Other Thoughts: Easiest BIOS Flash ever. Not a board for folks that don't like to read or do any research. YOU MUST-MUST change the BIOS file name to P9X79PRO.CAP. That's P9X79PRO.CAP Other that that, insert a flash drive, press the button w/power to the board and watch the light flash. Even for an ID 10 T case like myself.

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