Our Final Thoughts
ASUS has set its sights on engaging its enthusiasts customers with the new IVY-E CPU refresh as Intel simply did not deliver with a new chipset and features like they did on Z77 for mainstream Ivy.
ASUS packed a load of performance improvements and usable real world features that can improve user experience but also add real world value and functionality to an otherwise aging platform. This may not be what we were all hoping for when Ivy-E Landed but I think ASUS is making the best of a mediocre situation by offering some boards specially tuned for the new CPU.
Features such as the new WiFi AC and a multitude of new high-speed connectivity make this feel like more of a performance upgrade than what other board partners have chosen to do which is simply a BIOS update on the aging boards.
The SSD Caching II technology allows linking multiple SSDs to accelerate a single larger HDD means super fast performance to match the new Ivy-E performance.
The price premium for these new boards versus what you’re getting means that if you are an existing X79 owner it may not be enough of a benefit to ditch your old board just for the new features but if you are jumping from previous gen such as X58 or the like then I would say it’s not a bad idea to consider this board as the price tag is shaved quite a bit from the Black Edition we looked at recently since it does not carry some of the crazy feature set that the Black edition does.
If you’re looking for a solid 2 way or 3 Way capable 2011 board the X79-Deluxe is ready and waiting with huge amounts of cool and useful features and it makes for a combo that is truly tough to beat at the price point, features set and optimizations it offers.