Bringing the X79 specialists to the streets.
As the X79 platform launches around the world, last week ASUS released four motherboards catering to different segments of the X79 enthusiast market.
First off is the mainstream P9X79 motherboards coming in the regular, Workstation, Pro and Deluxe versions. Each model differs in that there are minor specification changes that add and/or remove features, increasing/decreasing the price at the same time.
Next up is the up and coming TUF series with the TUF Sabertooth X79 motherboard which has Military grade components. What makes the Sabertooth unique is its attention to temperature monitoring and control, ideal for LAN cafes and heavy usage graphic designers where keeping the components cool is a high priority.
Last, but definitely not least, is the legendary ROG Rampage IV Extreme motherboard which is aimed at the overclocking enthusiasts. While the TUF Sabertooth X79 is designed to keep the motherboard cool, the Rampage IV Extreme takes to completely different levels with components and temperature monitoring for tempeartures as low as -193ﾟC. The Rampage IV Extreme also comes with an new ‘OC Key’ which is basically a small adapter which allows you to have complete real-time control of your motherboard on a separate monitor, allowing you to tweak your overclock to perfection.
All of these motherboards come with SSD caching, a feature that Intel themselves didn’t bring with the X79 based boards. A one-click software solution has been implemented whereby using an additional SSD to cache your regular hard drives contents becomes a hassle-free experience. And then of course all of these motherboards come with the intuitive UEFI BIOS that makes overclocking a piece of cake.
The maximum expected retail price for the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe will be AED 1,840; the TUF Sabertooth for AED 1,500 and the Rampage IV Extreme for AED 2,040. Look forward to our reviews of these motherboards in the coming weeks. All of these ASUS board come with the golden 3 years warranty whereby the defective motherboard will be completely replaced with a new unit in the first year. The 2nd and 3rd year will get you a refurbished unit, but again, an immediate replacement; no repairs and waiting for weeks.