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ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard Review “Ground Up Redesign For Ivy-E”

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.

 

The Pro’s: Cons
  • Intel Gigabit LAN
  • High end Audio codec
  • Strong Digital VRM design
  • Extensive IO connectivity
  • Excellent UEFI with new cool features
  • Newly designed software
  • completely solid state caps
  • multi stage TPU
  • 4 Way Optimization for effortless configuration
  • WiFiGO! for easy home network and sharing setup
  • WiFi AC for super fast wireless connectivity
  • 3 Way SLi/CFX Compatible
  • Color choice is a give/take for some users
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 ...

Review Overview

Performance - 9.5
Value - 9
Quality - 9.5
Features - 9
Innovation - 9.5

9.3

Summary : The X79 Deluxe aims to breathe new life into the aging enthusiasts platform and with its optimizations and feature set it really makes a difference!

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  • poweroverwhelming

    I have to say that the reason I went for a z87 rog board, is cause the colors were beautiful on the board and it was in my price range. It was good timing also cause the gold asus bards are fugly as hell. What were they thinking with that super ugly gold fake looking color. I was actually thinking of going back to ripoff gigabyte that never sent me my 20 dollar rebate those scammers. MSi was also in the stars but to many complaints on quality.

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