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ASUS P9X79-E WS LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI CEB Intel Motherboard

The Most Scalable 4-Way x16 Links Graphic Power

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  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011),Xeon E5-1600 (LGA2011),Xeon E5-2600 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2133(OC)
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P8Z77 WS Workstation Essentials for Your Business

The ASUS Workstation Series is the ideal foundation for a powerful PC. It delivers awesome power, dependable performance and unmatched multiple I/O scalability for the most demanding tasks and future upgrades. The ASUS Workstation Series intelligently reduces operating noise and dissipates heat through advanced and environmentally friendly methods to accommodate user needs. ASUS Workstation Series motherboards also bring you ultimate reliability and quality through our 24x24 initiative, which means 24-hour non-stop operation and a 24-month life cycle supply guarantee so you don't change computers so often.Instead, let the ASUS Workstation Series improve the quality of your work and life.

ASUS Workstation Exclusive Features

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Best Performance for Four-Way SLI™ and CrossFireX™

PCI-E Gen3 x16 Links Four-Way Graphics Power
Native PCI-Express 3.0 x16 links four-way GeForce® SLI™ and CrossFireX™ offer the fastest and most reliable graphics performance ever. It's ideal for professional use in mechanical, architectural, interior design, aeronautics, audio and video design applications. Additionally, this ample graphics power can easily run even the most demanding PC games in full detail for enhanced entertainment.


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ASUS Dr. Power

Detect, diagnose, and Monitor Power Supply Health
LED messages clearly indicate any relevant power issues in the event your system fails to boot. Additionally, power supply health auto-detection helps prevent sudden system shutdown and provides warnings should power delivery be insufficient.


P8Z77 WS

Built-in Dual Intel Server-Class Gigabit LAN

The latest Server Class Built-in Dual Intel® I210 Gigabit LAN
For more reliable networking, the P9X79-E WS features the latest server class built-in dual Intel® Gigabit LAN. This leads to lower CPU utilization and temperature, achieving outstanding performance as well as better support for diverse operating systems.


P8Z77 WS

Seven PCIe x16 Slots

Ultimate Expansion Capability with Seven PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots
ASUS P9X79-E WS is built in seven PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots to offer Ultimate expansion capability. Users can install up to four double deck cards or seven single cards to meet different needs.


P8Z77 WS Fanless Thermal Design

High Conductivity for Better Heat Removal Efficiency
Copper heatpipes effectively direct heat generated by CPUs and chipsets to heatsinks with improved thermal transfer. The fanless cooling design on the P9X79-E WS lasts longer, ensures 0dB quiet operation, and leads to enhanced reliability.

P8Z77 WS ECC UDIMM

Diverse Memory Types
The P9X79-E WS supports robust server-grade DDR3 ECC unbuffered memory modules and more mainstream and readily available DDR3 non-ECC unbuffered memory. By supporting different memory types, the P9X79-E WS affords a wide range of workstation builds for every budget and need.


ASUS Exclusive Features

P8Z77 WS All-New Digital Power Control for Both CPU and DRAM

ASUS X79 motherboards include New DIGI+ Power Control with two digital voltage regulator modules (VRMs), including an all-new DRAM controller that allows ultra-precise memory tuning in addition to CPU voltage control. This evolution of innovative, industry-leading ASUS technology provides super-accurate voltages for better efficiency, stability and performance.

Best in Class Power Efficiency and Stability

Two critical components work perfectly together to match digital power signal (SVID) requests from the CPU, with ultra-fast sensing and response to efficiently deliver the right level of power on demand. Accurate power reduces wasteful imprecision, and provides more stable CPU Vcore voltages.

P8Z77 WS Increased CPU and DRAM Overclocking Range

With programmable digital controllers onboard, users can adjust CPU and DRAM voltage and switching frequencies for various overclocking scenarios, including new VCCSA* Load Line Calibration for increased relative voltage range, controllable VCCSA* Current Capability, and accurate tuning input through UEFI BIOS. This proprietary design, with its precise yet flexible power adjustments, increases overclocking headroom to push performance to its full potential.

*VCCSA (system agent voltage) includes a DRAM controller. Now ASUS CPU power provides more options for VCCSA to facilitate extreme DRAM overclocking.

P8Z77 WS ASUS SSD Caching II

Multiple SSD Caching, Instant Upgraded Speed
SSD Caching II has been upgraded with a multiple caching function, adding four extra SATA 6Gbps onboard. This feature offers performance upgrades by using multiple installed SSDs with no capacity limitations as a cache for frequently accessed data. It also allows user to choose the combination that suits their needs. For example, you can choose three SSDs matched with one HDD or two SSDs with two HDDs. Harness a combination of SSD-like performance and response and hard drive capacity with a single click, without the need to reboot for instant activation and complete ease of use. As an added bonus, it can even prevent data loss with the included backup function, so you can rest easy knowing your data is secure.
P8Z77 WS USB BIOS Flashback

Easy, Worry-Free USB BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback offers the most convenient way to flash the BIOS ever! It allows overclockers to try new UEFI BIOS versions easily, without even entering their existing BIOS or operating system. It even works without key components such as the CPU and memory installed. Just plug in any USB storage and push the dedicated button for three seconds. The UEFI BIOS is automatically flashed using ATX standby power. Worry-free updating for the ultimate convenience!

P8Z77 WS USB 3.0 Boost

Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP
New ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), the latest USB 3.0 standard. With USB 3.0 Boost, USB device transmission speed is significantly increased by up to 170%, adding to already impressively fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds. USB 3.0 Boost provides a user-friendly graphical interface, which instantly accelerates transfer speeds for USB 3.0 peripherals with exclusive ASUS device auto-detect settings.
P8Z77 WS Fan Xpert+

Customizable Speeds with Independent Fan Control
Hardware-level ASUS Fan Xpert+ allows users to independently adjust both CPU and case fan speeds with multiple dedicated controllers based on different ambient temperatures, climate conditions and system loads. Built-in profiles offer flexible automatic and manual fan speed controls to achieve a quiet and cool computing environment.
P8Z77 WS UEFI BIOS

Full-Scale Performance Tuning with Easy BIOS Interface
ASUS UEFI BIOS offers the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS designed with selectable modes, providing a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only controls. It also natively supports fully-utilized hard drives larger than 2.2TB in 64-bit operating systems.
P8Z77 WS ASUS Exclusive Interface

EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed info. Users can choose system performance settings and drag and drop boot priorities. Advanced Mode for performance enthusiasts includes detailed DRAM settings via a dedicated memory info page for complete insight.

New upgrade! Quick and easy info for enhanced system control.
  • F12 BIOS snapshot hotkey for sharing UEFI setup info and troubleshooting
  • New F3 Shortcut for most accessed info
  • ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) Information for accessing memory info, detecting faulty DIMMs and helping with difficult POST situations


P8Z77 WS AI Suite II

One-Stop Access to Innovative ASUS Features
With its user-friendly interface, ASUS AI Suite II consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package with an elegant design theme. It allows users to supervise overclocking, energy management, fan speeds, voltage, and sensor readings. This all-in-one software offers diverse and easy to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.


Latest Transfer Technology

P8Z77 WS PCIe 3.0 Ready

The latest PCI Express bus standard delivers improved encoding for twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. Total bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32Gbps, double the 16Gbps of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecedented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. It's a must-have feature for PC users aiming to improve and optimize graphics performance, as well as have the latest, most future-proof technology.

*This motherboard is ready to support PCIe 3.0 SPEC. Functions will be available when using PCIe 3.0-compliant devices. Please refer to www.asus.com for updated details.

ASUS Crystal Sound

P8Z77 WS DTS Connect

Expand Your PC Audio Experience
To get the most out of your audio entertainment across all formats and quality levels, DTS Connect combines two enabling technologies. DTS Neo:PC™ upmixes stereo sources (CDs, MP3s, WMAs, internet radio) into as many as 7.1 channels of incredible surround sound. Consumers can then connect their PC to a home theater system.DTS Interactive is capable of performing multi-channel encoding of DTS bitstreams on personal computers, and sending encoded bitstreams out of a digital audio connection (such as S/PDIF or HDMI) designed to deliver audio to an external decoder.


P8Z77 WS DTS UltraPC II

DTS UltraPC II delivers exceptional 7.1 surround through the most popular PC audio setups - your existing stereo speakers or headphones. In addition to virtual surround, it upgrades original sound to new levels with Audio Restoration, recreating the dynamic range of audio files. Symmetry mode improves the balance of perceived loudness across different input sources and Enhance boosts audio quality through high and low frequency equalization. With these technologies, users experience better home theater audio with ease.

CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features

P8Z77 WS 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Family for the LGA 2011 Socket

This motherboard supports the latest 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to quad-channel (8 DIMMs) DDR3 memory and 40 PCI Express 3.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.


P8Z77 WS Intel® X79 Express Chipset

The Intel® X79 Express Chipset is the latest single-chipset design that supports the 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket. It improves performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing for increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the X79 comes with two SATA 6Gbps and four SATA 3Gbps ports for faster data retrieval, doubling the bandwidth of current bus systems.


P8Z77 WS Four-Way SLI™ and 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.


P8Z77 WS Diverse Coprocessors and GPU Accelerators Support

The P9X79-E WS supports up to seven PCI-E Gen 3 x16 slots for high expandability, compatible with versatile expansion cards, especially in supporting up-to-date Intel® Xeon Phi™ 3100 Coprocessor series (active fan SKU only) and NVIDIA Tesla K20C of GPU accelerators.


What's in the Box

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Learn more about the ASUS P9X79-E WS

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
P9X79-E WS

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 2011
CPU Type
Core i7 (LGA2011),Xeon E5-1600 (LGA2011),Xeon E5-2600 (LGA2011)

Chipsets

Chipset
Intel X79

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
8×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066
Maximum Memory Supported
64GB
Channel Supported
Quad Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x16/x16 or x16/x16/x16/x16, blue) *
3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode, black)

Storage Devices

SATA 3Gb/s
4
SATA 6Gb/s
6 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), white
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10

4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), white
Support Raid 0, 1, 10

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Intel I210
Max LAN Speed
Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
USB 1.1/2.0
10 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)
eSATA
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
2 x USB 3.0 + 2 x USB 2.0
1 x Vertical USB 2.0
Onboard 1394
1 x 1394a
Other Connectors
1 x TPM connector(s)
1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 8-pin EATX 12 V Power connector
1 x 6-pin EATX 12 V_1 Power connector(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x parallel port connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector(s)
1 x MemOK! button(s)
1 x TPU switch(es)
1 x EPU switch(es)
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
1 x Dr.Power switch

Physical Spec

Form Factor
SSI CEB
Dimensions
12" x 10"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
Intel LGA 2011 platform/Intel X79 chipset

Quad Channel-8 DIMM

Best Graphics Performance with 4-Way GeForce SLI and CrossFireX x16 link

Intelligent PSU Detection with ASUS Dr.Power

Better networking with new dual server-grade Intel I210 Ethernet

High speed storage and data transfers with ASUS SSD Caching II

ASUS Xtreme Design
ASUS TPU
ASUS EPU

Industry leading Digital 8 + 2 Phase CPU Power Design
Industry leading Digital 2 + 2 Phase DRAM Power Design
CPU Power Utility
DRAM Power Utility

ASUS Q-Design

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution

ASUS EZ DIY

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


Customer Reviews of the ASUS P9X79-E WS

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  • N/A
  • 3/8/2014 3:26:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome board

Pros: Extremely capable board. Does 100% of what I could possibly ask of a board. The feature set is there, the quality is there. Can't ask for more.

Cons: n/a

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  • Bigbillyt
  • 2/14/2014 9:39:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board - Not Sure Why All the Negative Reviews

Pros: 1. Easy out of the box setup
2. Great processor support
3. ECC DIMM support
4. True Quad PICIE 16x slots
5. Great UEFI BIOS
6. Easy BIOS flash from the BIOS

Cons: 1. Poor RAID support with built in SATA

If I run a RAID set I will use a LSI RAID controller anyway.

My only problem was when I went to flash the BIOS I was mislead by the negative reports of how difficult it was to flash along with Asus's own poor documentation. The auto flash button did not work for me either.

Other Thoughts: I have had this board up and running for over 7 months. I was not an Asus fan when I purchased it but it was the only board that met all my requirements at the time. I guess you could say I am a convert now to Asus. It was easy to setup with my hexa-core i7 processor, 4 8gb sticks of RAM and Samsung EVO 256gb SSD. It has been running great ever since with Win 8 and now 8.1.

I was fooled into thinking that updating the BIOS was a problem by negative reviews and Asus's own poor documentation. All I had to do was put the .cap file on a memory stick and go into the BIOS and choose to flash it from the EZ-Flash utility (advanced mode) in the BIOS interface itself. I did rename the file to P9X79EWS.cap but I don't know if that was even necessary as I had performed this step based on negative reviews prior to finding the simple way to perform the flash. BIOS flashed without incident and showed the progress on reboot. All is well and the BIOS flash, combined with turning off all the IPV6 settings for the TOE NIC, fixed my issues with Win 8 and sleep mode.

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  • fly2low
  • 1/23/2014 7:26:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdisappointed

Pros: looks good
good spec sheet

Cons: ordered first board through another vendor, could not get it up and running despite multiple calls to Asus support. returned that board, and ordered the same through Newegg. could not get this one running either - and yes I do know the silly hoops you have to jump through to get the BIOS updated.

Other Thoughts: If you get a message from Asus support to leave your number and they will call you back, you should not hold your breath while waiting.
Tried to give this zero eggs because of the Asus support, but had to give it 1

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 message, please include the serial number of the motherboard, any troubleshooting steps tried, and your computer parts list. 3455517.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • LesGensMentales
  • 1/19/2014 10:23:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat board, could be better.

Pros: - Support for up to Quad SLI
- Support for up to 64 GB of DDR3 Memory
- LGA2011
- Easy to configure BIOS even when using advanced mode
- Board now ships from what I can tell with IvyBridge-E compatible BIOS

Cons: - Everything is packed a bit too close together, wasted 100$ on a Phanteks CPU heatsink and fan set that couldn't fit with my Ram.

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  • N/A
  • 1/13/2014 12:47:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY THIS BOARD!

Pros: Asus customer service was pretty good, so thankfully I was able to get ahold of techs when I needed.

Cons: All the negative comments I read on here from multiple other users indicating problems with the bios, DOA boards ect were real. I made the mistake of buying this board before reading the reviews, but thankfully I did read reviews so I knew to update the bios, which was at least a four hour process, very painful.

I bought this board for WS capabilities but ultimately realized it makes more sense to either go full on ws or full on consumer parts. the idea of making a hybrid is a bad idea.

After a ridiculous 12 hour build time I got it to boot windows 8 but ultimately RMA'd and got a different board due to an illusive fan speed error at POST and cpu idle temps of 60+c and BSOD issues. Some of these could have been related to the cpu cooler, which I will reviewing separately, but the mobo never quite seemed to work right either. Fan speed error = defective mobo imo.

Other Thoughts: I wish there was a no egg option. this bad product didn't even deserve a single egg.

The other comment I want to add is against the rules of this websites admin, so I won't put it, but maybe if this ends up getting posted, some folks will be able to read between the lines to figure out what I want to say...

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

Thank you for your review. I am sorry that the motherboard did not meet your expectations. The BIOS update should be a fairly simple process. Below I have included our BIOS update how-to guide for your reference. Regarding the fan speed errors, it is possible the CPU of the motherboard was at 60c, which would make sense if the CPU cooler was faulty. That said, I am glad that your RMA process went as planned. Please let me know if you have any questions about ASUS. We are here to help. 3359683

USB BIOS Flashback how-to guide: http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/usb_bios_flashback_guide/

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • Dialdin
  • 11/29/2013 6:44:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasiest OC Yet, Stable, Cool, Fast

Pros: - One click of Asus tuner software got my new 6 core I7 with GSkill Ram to 4.2 GHz. Ran Prime 95 for 3 days with zero errors
- Looks great
- Board runs even at full load for hours... never hit 40C
- Lots of tweaking capability in the BIOS
- Easy minimal hardware required BIOS flash from USB drive
- Dual LAN load balancing works great
- 64 GB of DDR3 is very nice
- Can use 3 dual slot graphics cards and still have room for a 2 8 channel SATA 6 raid cards
- Well laid-out board

Cons: As mentioned by other reviewers, the naming convention of the BIOS file downloads is just stupid.

It is bad enough that the BIOS file has to be named EXACTLY how ASUS wants it named but WHY on earth would they require the end user to re-name a download right from the ASUS website... that is just dumb.

Fortunately I read the directions first so I didn't have a huge issue with this other than the fact that the P9X79-E WS is only listed on the commercial site.

Other Thoughts: Not shipping with the latest and greatest BIOS is understandable because of inventory management issues and release dates but requiring users to jump through so many poorly documented hoops and re-name update files is SO OLD-SCHOOL for such a high end board.

ASUS is lucky I really like this board or it would be one star for the plain fact that somebody made a bad choice in setting up this update scheme and/or how they name their own files on their webiste vs. how they need to be named for use.

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  • goodorbad
  • 11/25/2013 6:08:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsYou have to be kidding me!!

Pros: Not known yet. Have 64 gigs of memory to install and 4 780 water cooled cards. Hopefully the MB claims will be met.

Cons: support
selling a high dollar product that works...out of the box please..

Other Thoughts: I just wanted to add to RFK's review which helped keep me from RMAing the board again or buying a new one. I could not get the usb BIOS FLASHBACK to update the bios to support the 4960 CPU. Diagnostic light on MB showed a bad CPU. RMA'd the board and then the CPU before reading below post and figuring it out. So with a replacement CPU and MB I was able to get a post.
I had to change the downloaded bios name from 9X79-E-WS-ASUS-1301.CAP to P9X79EWS.CAP
I tried to do it with the P9X79WS.CAP name, but had to add the E to make it flash.
One other point I would like to make is the use of a USB 2.0 instead of a USB 3.0.
2.0 lets you format in FAT32, NTFS, and exFAT.
The 3.0 USB will only let me format NTFS and exFAT under window 7 OS. I could not get the USB 3.0 drive to work. According to ASUS website, the USB drive must be formated in FAT 16 or 32.
As RFK stated, change the friggin BIOS file name. Or better yet, ship these $500 MBs to work(out of the box) with the $1k processors that they are supposed to support.
A little common sense goes a long way.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

Thank you for providing your valuable feedback on our motherboard. To help improve our customer support, I will make sure to notate this experience and make sure to pass this information along. Moreover, I am very sorry that it took so long to find a resolution to this case.

If the motherboard has an earlier BIOS installed, as you know already, you can update it using the USB BIOS Flashback port. For your reference, we have a how-to guide online that could help you with future BIOS updates. Also to see what CPU is supported for this model and what BIOS is needed to run it, please see our CPU support list on our website. Below, I included both links. Should you have any other issues with the system, please let me know, and I will be happy to help. Your reference number for this case is 3203863.

USB BIOS Flashback Instructions:
http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/usb_bios_flashback_guide/

CPU Support List for the P9X79-E WS:
https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P9X79E_WS/#support

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • RFK
  • 11/22/2013 12:15:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBios update needed

Pros: It did finally post after renaming downloaded bios unzipped file from P9X79-E-WS-ASUS-1301.CAP to P9X79WS.CAP to flash drive. Hopefully educated tech support gentleman Ned (case # 3171902) as to what a non posting board meant (diagnostic display 00). ASUS could fix this by renaming downloadable files so users do not need to struggle and figure it out. How is this support, here's the file guess what it needs to be named?

Cons: Enthusiastic but ignorant technical support, asked me several times what I saw on my screen when I had explained the board was not posting, continued to ask even after he had asked me to remove video card and memory..

Other Thoughts: How does something get sent out with a "New chip ready" stamp with a year old bios? Poorly done..

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

Thank you for providing your valuable feedback on our motherboard. To help improve our customer support, I will make sure to notate this experience and make sure to pass this information along. Moreover, I am very sorry that it took so long to find a resolution to this case.

If the motherboard has an earlier BIOS installed, as you know already, you can update it using the USB BIOS Flashback port. For your reference, we have a how-to guide online that could help you with future BIOS updates, which includes the file name needed for the system to read the USB drive. Also to see what CPU is supported for this model and what BIOS is needed to run it, please see our CPU support list on our website. Below I included both links. Should you have any other issues with the system, please let me know, and I will be happy to help. Your reference number for this case is 3180670.

USB BIOS Flashback Instructions:
http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/usb_bios_flashback_guide/

CPU Support List for the P9X79-E:
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P9X79E_WS/#support_Download

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • RFK
  • 11/22/2013 12:03:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPoor Bios support

Pros: Do not know yet, finally got it past 00 code..

Cons: ASUS customer support has failed..

Other Thoughts: Update website to actually give accurate information of consumer available downloads and instructions

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I am very sorry that you had issues with the motherboard. I am glad, however, you got your system up and running. To provide better feedback, what exactly was the problem with the motherboard? Also, what was the solution? At your earliest convenience, please let me know through email. Your reference number for this case is 3180691. Thank you.

Regards,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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  • artisan002
  • 11/20/2013 3:09:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsMostly Good; Very Noteworthy Flaws

Pros: * PCIe slots are independently and collectively 16x. Allows full use of video card gangs.
* E5-1600 and 2600 processors supported along with common desktop chips.
* Above average range of supported RAM.
* RAM capability... Supports quad-channel; up to 64GB; above average range of supported spseeds
* Connectivity... Lots of USB 2 and a fair number of USB 3 ports; Two eSATA ports; Two server grade ethernet ports; PS/2 port as well.

Cons: * RAID... Implementation is only virtualized; incorrectly documented; no RAID 10, despite promising otherwise; Turns all SATA ports to RAID.
* Secure Boot... No deactivation, just "Other OS" mode. Switching from "UEFI Windows" to "Other OS" will break RAID.
* Uncommon form factor... SSICEB; not a lot of computer cases support this.

Other Thoughts: For $500+, this should be a better motherboard. Now, understand, it is good. Just not $500 good; at all. I notice they've revised the description, taking out the part where it had a built-in SSD cache. That was a misnomer. More accurately it has, built into the design of the board, the ability to use an SSD as a cache. RAID is a wasted option on this board. It reads great on the box and on the description page. But, once you have the board in possession, you'll find a single sentence in rather small print that says, "Due to chipset limitation, when set any of SATA ports to RAID mode, all SATA ports run at RAID mode together." This is important, considering there are no PATA or IDE ports on the board. So, set this board to RAID and forget about your optical drives, unless you want to try using USB headers. Experience says you can set up RAID and then go back into the EFI settings and switch the SATA ports back to AHCI mode; but, at that point, you're taking your data into your own hands to gamble with. Furthermore, it's not actual RAID. It's -virtual- RAID. Plus, despite what the owner's manual says, the one little BIOS option for RAID does -not- allow RAID 10. And I bought it specifically for that purpose! That is also strange. The system used UEFI for everything except RAID. There, they still held onto BIOS. But, RAID is the only thing BIOS is there for -- and it's doing a bad job of it!
Now for an odd problem with Secure Boot. I dislike the fact that Secure Boot can't be outright turned off; instead, you can only switch from "Windows UEFI" to "Other OS". Documentation is not clear about this area. Plus, the board defaults to Windwos UEFI. If you happen to change even momentarily to Easy Mode, it will select Windows UEFI. Being a Linux user as much as Windows, this is a real problem. Considering that if you have Windows installed and then change from Windows UEFI to Other OS, it will break the install. In my case switching it somehow caused the second drive in my 4 drive RAID group to drop out, thus rendering the rest of the RAID group offline and all data unreachable. There is no ability to reincorporate the drive back into the RAID group, either. The only option is to delete the RAID and put then all back together in a group again. This escapade may have just destroyed a series of music projects, one of which has been 10 years in the making. There is no logical explanation for how the Secure Boot system should be able to compromise a RAID array. But, that was the only change that happened. This can be just a classic user mistake. But, it's end effect is absurd.

So, beware. The board is good. But, it's flaws are very distinct.

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