12 SATA ports (Four 3Gb/s Ports in white and Six 6GB/s Ports in Grey supported from the X79 Patsburg-D Chipset, and 2 additional 6Gb/s Ports from another ASMedia ASM1061)

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PORT-80 Diagnostic LED, Power/Reset Buttons – features that we feel should be in all end user DIY motherboards!

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PCIe 3.0 compliant ASMedia ASM1480 switches to accomodate the plethora of host devices (the 2nd and 4th PCIe x16 slots run in x8 mode)

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CPU Socket Area. Sadly only 4 DIMM slots instead of 8 as seen in all the ASUS boards unveiled so far.

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ISL6366 – Dual 6-Phase + 1-Phase PWM Controller for VR12/IMVP

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Voltage measuring points below the 24pin ATX connector

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Solid Caps and Chokes that are used around the board

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Accessories – plenty of SATA cables of many colours!

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