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ASUS P9X79 Pro Motherboard Review – The Next Best X79 Choice

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

Specifications Table




Supports Intel LGA2011 Processors


Intel X79(Patsburg)


8 x DIMM, Max. 64GB
Quad Channel Memory Architecture
* Due to OS limitation, when installing total memory of 4GB capacity or more, Windows® 32-bit operation system may only recognize less than 3GB. Install a 64-bit Windows® OS when you want to install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard.

Multi-GPU Support

Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology, nVidia SLI Technology

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 3.0 x16
2 x PCIe 3.0 x8
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1


Intel X79 chipset : 
2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports, white
4 x SATA 3Gb/s ports, blue
Support Raid 0, 1, 10, JBOD

2 x SATA 6Gb/s, white


Intel 82579V Gigabit LAN Controller(s)


Realtek® ALC898 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC 
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
– DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC 
– Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel

USB Ports

USB 3.0 – 6( 2 front, 4 rear) via 2x ASMedia USB 3.0 controller + 1x VIA USB 3.0 Hub
USB 2.0 – 12 ( 8 front ; 4 rear; 1 white port shared with USB BIOS Flashback)

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor 
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )


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