ASUS P9X79 Pro Motherboard

ASUS P9X79 Pro Motherboard

ASUS P9X79 Pro Motherboard

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ASUS P9X79 Pro Motherboard


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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel LGA 2011 Socket
  • Intel X79 Chipset
  • Dual Intelligent Processors 3
  • DIGI+ Power Control
  • Supports 64GB RAM with 8-DIMM Design
  • ASUS SSD Caching
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  • 1Description
The ASUS P9X79 Pro Motherboard is compatible with Intel CPUs featuring the LGA 2011 socket, including the 2nd Generation Core i7 processors. The board supports SSD caching via a pair of SATA 6GB/s ports, USB 3.0, quad channel DDR3 memory, quad-GPU CrossFireX and NIVIDIA 3-Way SLI graphics cards, and many other advanced technologies.

Other advantages include the new BIOS Flashback feature; a system allowing you to write new BIOS without the need for CPU or DRAM to be installed. DIGI+ technology provides digital power delivery; which is adjustable to both memory and CPU components. 6 adjustable fan headers are included on the board, controllable by both software and BIOS implementations. Digital controllers are also included in order to increase the CPU and DRAM overclocking range and allow for better performance more easily.

The P9X79 also supports up to 64GB of system memory with an 8-DIMM design. This allows users to get the most out of their system by setting up larger RAM disks and maximizing the rate at which programs can be accessed and transferred. The exclusive SSD caching feature helps to boost system performance by using an installed SSD with unlimited capacity as a cache for frequently accessed data. The performance offered by an SSD allows for instant activation, no booting time, and data loss prevention with backup functionality.
LGA 2011 Socket
Compatible with Intel CPUs featuring the LGA socket; including the 2nd Generation Core i7 processor family.
Intel X79 Express Chipset
Utilizing serial point-to-point links, this chipset increases performance, bandwidth, and stability while supporting the 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 processor family for the LGA 2011 socket.
3-Way SLI and Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support
Designed to accommodate up to 4 graphics cards, the motherboard is compatible with both SLI and CrossFireX architectures.
DIGI+ Power Control
Digital power delivery via 3 voltage controllers, including DRAM controllers that offer precise memory tuning. Power is controlled and manipulable in order to provide the best performance and stability on demand. The digital controllers also allow for an increased overclocking range; aided by an assortment of power output option and a graphical UEFI BIOS, overclocking very large memory setups is no more difficult than mainstream motherboards.
8-DIMM Design
Offering support for up to 64GB of system memory, the 8-DIMM design allows users to make complete use of 64-bit software for rendering and manipulating large files. Users can also create large RAM disks for additional speed and for minimizing the impact of storage transfers.
ASUS SSD Caching
A 3x SSD caching feature helps to boost system performance by using an installed SSD with unlimited capacity as a cache for frequently accessed data. The performance offered by an SSD allows for instant activation, no booting time, and data loss prevention with backup functionality.
Incorporated Bluetooth wireless design provides greater functionality for Bluetooth devices and requires no additional adapter. BT GO! includes several features for users to remotely sync and transfer files between devices and even overclock your PC; all accessible through a user-friendly ASUS interface.
ASUS UEFI BIOS is the first mouse-controlled graphical BIOS interface, allowing for greater functionality than keyboard-only commands and a more user-friendly design. EZ Mode allows users to drag and drop boot priorities and includes advanced DRAM settings via a dedicated memory info page. Keyboard shortcuts are also supported for greater convenience and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) helps with troubleshooting faulty DIMMs and difficult POST situations.
USB BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback is a highly convenient way to flash the BIOS; affording overclockers the chance to try new UEFI BIOS versions easily and without entering their existing BIOS or OS. It works without key components including the CPU and memory and functions quickly after plugging in any USB storage device. It is automatically flashed using ATX standby power.
Fan Xpert+
Allowing users to independently adjust both CPU and case fan speeds, Fan Xpert+ makes use of multiple dedicated controllers to control the fans depending on ambient temperatures, climate conditions, and system loads.
USB 3.0 Boost
Supported by UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol), USB 3.0 Boost significantly increases an already fast USB transmission speed by up to 170%. ASUS software automatically increases data transfer speeds for compatible peripherals without the need for any user interaction.
AI Suite II
Featuring a user-friendly interface, the AI Suite II consolidates all ASUS features into one manageable platform. It easily allows users to oversee overclocking, energy management, fan speeds, voltage, and sensor readings from the same program.
PCIe 3.0 and Power eSATA 6GB/s Ready
Improved encoding and twice the performance of the current PCIe 2.0, PCIe 3.0 is able to achieve a maximum of 32GB/s bandwidth with an x16 link. It is also backward compatible to PCIe 1.0 and 2.0. Power eSATA 6GB/s is twice as fast as previous versions and does not require an additional power adapter, 2 extra ports are provided for greater scalability, faster data retrieval, and double the bandwidth of current bus systems.
ASUS Crystal Sound
DTS Connect and DTS UltraPC II deliver exceptional 7.1 surround sound and allow you to attain the highest fidelity from your audio.
In the Box
ASUS P9X79 Pro Motherboard
  • I/O Shield
  • 2 x SATA 3GB/s Cables
  • 4 x SATA 6GB/s Cables
  • 3-Way SLI Bridge
  • SLI Bridge
  • Q-Connector (2-in-1)
  • User's Manual
  • Support Disc (Drivers, ASUS Utilities, ASUS Update, OEM Anti-Virus Software)
  • Limited 1-Year North American Warranty (USA, Canada & Mexico)
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
  • Intel socket 2011 for 2nd generation Core i7 processors
  • Supports Intel Turbo Boost technology 2
  • Chipset
  • Intel X79
  • Memory
  • 8 x DIMM, max. 64GB, DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz on-ECC, un-buffered memory
  • Quad channel memory architecture
  • Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
  • Multi-GPU Support
  • Supports NVIDIA 3-way SLI technology
  • Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX technology
  • Expansion Slots
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x16 or x16, x8, x8)
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode)
  • 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Storage Intel X79 chipset:
  • 2 x SATA 6GB/s ports, white
  • 4 x SATA 3GB/s ports, blue
  • Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10

  • Marvell PCIe 9128 controller:
  • 2 x SATA 6GB/s ports, white

  • ASMedia ASM 1061 controller:
  • 2 x Power eSATA 6GB/s ports, green
  • LAN
  • Intel 82579V, 1 x gigabit LAN controller
  • Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR
  • ASUS BT GO! Utility
  • Audio
  • Realtek ALC898 8-channel high definition audio CODEC
  • -Supports: Jack detection, multi-streaming, front panel jack-retasking
  • -Absolute pitch 192kHz/ 24-bit true BD lossless sound
  • -Blu-ray audio layer content protection
  • - DTS ultra PC II
  • - DTS connect
  • - Optical S/PDIF out port at back panel
  • USB Port ASMedia USB 3.0 controller:
  • 6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)

  • Intel X79 chipset:
  • 12 x USB 2.0 ports (6 at back panel, black and white, 6 at mid-board)
  • Back I/O Ports
  • 1 x Bluetooth module
  • 2 x Power eSATA 6GB/s
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 6 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
  • 6 x Audio jacks
  • 1 x USB BIOS Flashback button
  • Internal I/O Ports
  • 1 x USB 3.0 connector supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports (19-pin)
  • 3 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • 4 x SATA 6GB/s connectors
  • 4 x SATA 3GB/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)
  • 4 x Chassis fan connectors (4 -pin)
  • 1 x Optional fan connector (4 -pin)
  • 1 x S/PDIF out header
  • 1 x 24-pin EATX power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
  • 1 x System panel (Q-connector)
  • 1 x MemOK! button
  • 1 x TPU switch
  • 1 x EPU switch
  • 1 x Power-on button
  • 1 x Reset button
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • BIOS
  • 64 MB flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a, multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • Special Features ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with new DIGI+ Power Control
  • -Auto tuning
  • -TurboV
  • TPU switch

  • -EPU
  • -EPU switch

  • ASUS digital power design
  • -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 BT GO!:
  • -Folder sync
  • -BT transfer
  • -Shot & send
  • -BT to net
  • -Music player
  • -Personal manager

  • ASUS BT Turbo remote:
  • -Exclusive smartphone interface supporting iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, and Symbian systems

  • ASUS exclusive features:
  • -MemOK!
  • -AI Suite II
  • -ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ mode featuring friendly GUI
  • -ASUS SSD caching
  • -USB 3.0 boost

  • ASUS quiet thermal solution
  • -Stylish fanless design and heat-pipe solution
  • -ASUS Fan Xpert+

  • -USB BIOS flashback
  • -ASUS Q-Shield
  • -ASUS O.C. profile
  • -ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • -ASUS EZ Flash 2
  • -ASUS MyLogo 2
  • -Multi-language BIOS

  • ASUS Q-Design
  • -ASUS Q-Code
  • -ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
  • -ASUS Q-Slot
  • -ASUS Q-Connector
  • Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
    Dimensions 12 x 9.6" / 30.5 x 24.4cm
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.6 x 10.7 x 3.2"

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