A month has passed since the relatively uneventful launch of the Socket 2011 based Sandy Bridge-E and X79 Patsberg platform. We gave our Editor's Choice award to the madcap enthusiast oriented ASUS Rampage IV Extreme for its outstanding engineering and overclocking ability, which is a tad expensive for most buyers. Fret not though, because if you're not into setting world records, then the ASUS P9X79 Pro we have here today is the next best thing.
We have previously did a preview of the P9X79 Pro and its more feature-filled Deluxe brother. Still we'll take a quick look again…
Don't we just love the ASUS boxes? They never fail to use hyperactivity-inducing colours and graphics
Back of box
The Board – Despite being an entry level model, the P9X79 Pro retains the full 8-dimm memory slot configuration that the platform can support. We particularly liked the large heatpipe coolers over the VRMs and X79 PCH, which can get toasty during full load.
Accessories and Manual
Supports Intel LGA2011 Processors
8 x DIMM, Max. 64GB
Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology, nVidia SLI Technology
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16
Intel X79 chipset :
Intel 82579V Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Realtek® ALC898 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
USB 3.0 – 6( 2 front, 4 rear) via 2x ASMedia USB 3.0 controller + 1x VIA USB 3.0 Hub
ATX Form Factor