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ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard review and performance testing

The hero of present review is motherboard ASUS X79-E WS designed to work with family of Intel Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E processors. It offers the opportunities to organize graphics subsystem because in addition to the 40 PCI Express lines it provides an additional 24 lines implemented through two chip-commutators PLX PEX 8747. As a result you will have the ability to install four graphics cards operating according the scheme x16 + x16 + x16 + x16.

In addition to the above mentioned features, the new product from ASUS has a whole series of advantages which will be discussed below.

ASUS X79-E WS 

The specs:

Producer

ASUS

Model

X79-E WS (rev 1.0)

Chipset

Intel X79 Express

SPU socket

Socket LGA2011

Supported CPUs

Intel Core i7 Extreme of family Intel Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E

Memory frequency

2400(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 МГц

Memory support

8 x DDR3 DIMM-slots with the support of memory up to 64GB (4-channel operation mode)

 

Expansion slots

7 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (CPU)

 

х16

х16+х16

x16+x16+x16

x16+x16+x16+x16

x16+x8+x8+x8+x16+x8+x8

Disk subsystem

Intel X79 Express chipset supports:

2 x SATA 6 GB/s

4 x SATA 3 GB/s

Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10

Marvell 88SE9230 controller supports:

4 x SATA 6 GB/s

Support RAID 0, 1, 10

ASMedia ASM1061 controller supports:

2 x eSATA 6 GB/s

LAN

2 x Intel WG1210AT (10/100/1000 MB/s)

Audio subsystem

Realtek ALC1150 codec

8-channel sound

S/PDIF Out

Power connectors

24-pin ATX main power connector

4-pin ATX12V power connector

4-pin ATX12V power connector

Fans

2 x CPU fan connector (4-pin)

4 x system fan connector (4-pin)

Cooling

Four nickel plating radiators interconnected by heat pipes

External I/O

1 х PS/2 (for mouse and keyboard)

2 x LAN (RJ45)

2 x USB 3.0

10 x USB 2.0

2 x eSATA

1 x Optical S/PDIF out

6 x audio ports

1 х USB BIOS Flashback

Internal I/O

1 x USB 3.0 each with support of two USB 3.0 (19-pin)

1 x USB 2.0 each with support of two USB 2.0

1 х USB 2.0 (А type)

4 x SATA 6 GB/s

6 x SATA 3 GB/s

1 х TPM socket

1 х COM socket

1 х IEEE 1394a socket

1 x connector of audio output to front panel

1 x S/PDIF out

1 x set of front panel connectors

1 x CMOS  jumper

1 х MemOK!

1 x power button

1 x reboot button

1 x POST-code indicator

1 х TPU switch

1 х EPU switch

1 х DR_POWER switch

BIOS

64 MB UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0а

Multi-language

Packaging

User’s manual

Warranty description booklet

Driver and utility disc

1 х set of ASUS Q-Connectors

5 x SATA cables with direct connectors

5 x SATA cables with Г-shape connectors

1 х 2-Way NVIDIA SLI bridge

1 х 3-Way NVIDIA SLI bridge

1 х 4-Way NVIDIA SLI bridge

1 х removable panel with COM port

1 х removable panel with IEEE 1394a port and two USB 2.0

1 х faceplate of interface panel

Form factor,

Dimensions

CEB

304,8 х 266,7 mm

Producer website

ASUS
Updated versions of BIOS and drives are available on support page

Packaging and content

ASUS X79-E WS 

The motherboard is shipped in a rather large box with a flip top lid. Traditionally packing materials and the quality of printing are at the highest level. On the front side, besides the name of the manufacturer and model of the device there is a series of icons and symbols of supported technologies and advantages.

ASUS X79-E WS 

Looking at the back side the user can examine the schematic representation of the test pattern, the configuration of its interface panel and brief specification.

ASUS X79-E WS 

All the most interesting information is under the lid where the description of all the key advantages of ASUS X79-E WS is focused:

  • USB 3.0 Boost – the support of UASP protocol is used to speed up the operation of USB 3.0 interface.
  • USB BIOS Flashback - provides update of firmware BIOS from a flash drive by pressing the appropriate button on the PCB.
  • Fan Xpert + - intelligent fan control system allowing the computer to achieve effective cooling with minimal noise level.
  • AI Suite III – together with motherboard there is proprietary software used for fine-tuning of several parameters settings without entering the BIOS.
  • 8-DIMM Design - the product is equipped with eight DIMM-slots supporting up to 64 GB of RAM in 4-channel operation mode.
  • Fanless Thermal Design – high-end passive cooling system which due to the presence of copper heat pipes provides excellent cooling of all key elements of the motherboard.
  • Extra 4 SATA 6 GB /s ports - in addition to two SATA 6 Gb/s implemented by the chipset, the motherboard provides four additional connectors operating through a exterior controller Marvell 88SE9230.
  • 7 PCIE Gen3 x16 slots there are seven expansion slots PCI Express 3.0 x16.
  • Dual Intel LAN - two network ports that are implemented using Intel controller provide high-speed data transmission with minimal delay.
  • 4-WAY SLI On Demand the product supports up to four graphics cards with support of NVIDIA SLI technology and distribution lines PCI Express 3.0 as follows: x16 / x16 + x16 / x16 + x16 + x16 / x16 + x16 + x16 + x16
  • ASUS Dr.Power is a combination of hardware (switch and LED-indicator are on the motherboard) and software tools for the detection and indication of problems related with the power supply. It also allows you to monitor accuracy level and automatically generates error messages warning of possible system shutdown.
  • NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFireX - device supports appropriate technologies of AMD and NVIDIA for more opportunities for the organization of the graphics subsystem.
  • ASUS WorkStation Care - motherboard has an extended three-year warranty.
  • ECC UDIMM - ASUS X79-E WS supports the installation of traditional non-ECC-modules and more reliable server solution with ECC-correction.
  • Multiple Caching – allows to speed up computer disk subsystem by using the SSD as a cache for the primary hard drive.

Also here is a support of audio technologies DTS Connect and DTS UltraPC II.

ASUS X79-E WS 

ASUS X79-E WS 

In the box you’ll find the most necessary accessories. Scope of supply includes:

  • User’s manual
  • Warranty description booklet
  • Driver and utility disc
  • 1 х set of ASUS Q-Connectors
  • 10 x SATA cables
  • 2-Way NVIDIA SLI bridge
  • 3-Way NVIDIA SLI bridge
  • 4-Way NVIDIA SLI bridge
  • removable panel with COM port
  • removable panel with IEEE 1394a port and two USB 2.0
  • faceplate of interface panel

Design and features   

 ASUS X79-E WS  

The product is made on matte black PCB of server CEB format (304,8 x 266,7 mm). Primary its design is attractive by a very large radiator which is hidden by chipset. However, in this case it is also responsible for cooling of two chip-switches PLX PEX 8747. Overall, the cooling system has a pleasant design. Functional capabilities also should also be high since the heat pipes and radiators are covered with a layer of nickel which prevents against oxidation of copper.

Despite a very tight layout of on-board items you want face with the problems regarding the building of system based on ASUS X79-E WS as all ports and connectors are located on the edges of the board, SATA interfaces are soldered parallel to the PCB, and DIMM-slots include a latch only from one side.

ASUS X79-E WS 

The reverse side of the PCB has fixing screws of four radiators, standard base plate of CPU socket as well as a small profile radiator, which is responsible for cooling the power components of the power subsystem processor.

ASUS X79-E WS 

At the bottom of the board there are the following connectors: front panel audio leading-in sockets, S/PDIF out, IEEE 1394a, COM and TPM ports, indicator of POST-codes, “TPU” switcher (used for automatic overclocking), CMOS jumper, 1 of 4 sockets for system fan , as well as front panel leading-in socket. Also here are: a USB leading-in socket and USB 2.0, socket made of “A” type. Total number of USB 2.0 sockets is thirteen: three are internal and ten on the interface panel.

ASUS X79-E WS

On the right side, in addition to the switch “EPU” which is responsible for the activation of a power saving mode and a connector for the system fan there is a block of removable panel with two USB 3.0 ports. Totally ASUS X79-E WS can boast by four USB 3.0 ports: two internal and two on the interface panel. Since Intel X79 Express chipset does not support this standard all connectors are implemented by the controller ASMedia ASM1042.

ASUS X79-E WS

Upper right corner of the PCB is used for a number of very interesting elements, namely: the power, reboot and MemOK! Buttons (allows you to automatically pick up the necessary parameters of the memory for a successful start of the system), as well as DR_POWER switch. It is responsible for the activation ASUS Dr.Power function allowing continuously monitoring the supply voltage. Additionally, it signals when problems are detected in the power supply.

ASUS X79-E WS 

The lower right corner of the board includes ten SATA ports (four SATA 3 GB/s and six SATA 6 GB/s). The operation six of them (four SATA 3 GB/s and two SATA 6 GB/s) is provided by Intel X79 Express chipset. There is a support of SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. Operation of  four additional SATA 6 GB/s ports is provided by Marvell 88SE9230.

ASUS X79-E WS

Model ASUS X79-E WS is equipped with eight DIMM-slots for memory modules of standard DDR3, which are equipped with latches on one side only. RAM can operate in quad mode. For its implementation the modules must be installed as follows.

ASUS X79-E WS

Memory plates operating at frequencies from 1066 MHz to 1866 in nominal mode and up to 2400 MHz overclocking are supported. Maximum memory capacity is 64 GB which is enough for any tasks.

ASUS X79-E WS

ASUS X79-E WS

ASUS X79-E WS

ASUS X79-E WS

Cooling system of the product is a fairly complex scheme which includes four radiators, two copper heatpipes and one low-profile cooler on the back of the PCB. This system cools not only the chipset and field-effect transistors but also two PLX PEX 8747 chip-switches.

In the process of testing the following temperature indices were fixed:

• radiator for chipset cooling - 43,5°C;

• radiator for cooling of processor elements power - 42,1°C.

The received results are characterized as good.

ASUS X79-E WS

ASUS X79-E WS

Processor power supply is performed via 10-phase scheme for computational cores and additional joints. Additional 4 cores are given for two groups of DIMM slots. Converter is based on a digital PWM controller ASP1000C with integrated DIGI+ power consumption subsystem control. All power components of CPU have high reliability level: solid capacitors and chokes with ferrite core are used. Basic 24-pin and additional 8-pin connectors are use for power feeding.   

ASUS X79-E WS

To extend motherboard functionality the user has 7 CI Express 3.0 x16. They are all connected to the processor via the previously mentioned two chip-switches PLX PEX 8747 that in total gives sixty four lines instead of the standard forty. Taking into account the support of AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI technologies the lines are distributed under the following schemes:

  • х16;
  • х16+х16;
  • х16+х16+х16;
  • х16+х16+х16+х16.

If you decide to use all seven slots by various expansion cards they will work under the scheme x16 + x8 + x8 + x8 + x16 + x8 + x8.

Separately note that in the case of installing a couple of three-slot graphics accelerators, for example, ASUS Radeon R9 280X MATRIX PLATINUM, you have one slot running at x8 mode for free access.

ASUS X79-E WS

Multi I/O capabilities are based on NUVOTON NCT6776F chip which controls the operation of the system fans, COM and PS/2 ports, as well as provides the monitors.

ASUS X79-E WS 

To support network connections there are two GB LAN-controller Intel WG1210AT.

ASUS X79-E WS

The operation of four SATA 6 GB/s ports is realized by Marvell 88SE9230 controller.

ASUS X79-E WS

Two ports eSATA 6Gb/s located on the interface board are operated due to t ASMedia ASM1061 controller.

ASUS X79-E WS

The operation of four USB3.0 ports is provided by ASMedia ASM1042 chip. 

ASUS X79-E WS

IEEE1394 interface is realized by VIA VT6315N controller.

ASUS X79-E WS

Sound subsystem is based on HAD codec of 8-channel sound Realtek ALC1150 that supports 2/4/5.1/7.1 sound systems.

ASUS X79-E WS

Interface panel of ASUS X79-E WS model contains the following ports:

  • 1 х PS/2 (for mouse and keyboard)
  • 2 x LAN (RJ45)
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 10 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x eSATA
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
  • 6 x audio ports
  • 1 х USB BIOS Flashback

This configuration can be considered as the best, because it has not only a large number of USB ports including two USB 3.0, but also two eSATA, the ability of convenient the BIOS firmware and wide opportunities to connect the various acoustics. Also you should not forget about the availability of two remote panels with COM, IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0 ports.

ASUS X79-E WS

ASUS X79-E WS

Cooling capabilities inside ASUS X79-E WS case are very good. There are six 4-pin fan connectors, two of which are used for the cooling CPU system, while the other four are for system blades.

UEFI BIOS

ASUS X79-E WS

Motherboard ASUS A78M-A uses a modern pre-loader with UEFI basis. To provide the setting is possible using the mouse. Temperature and CPU voltage monitoring is displayed on UEFI BIOS main screen. Also in this section you can view the version BIOS, processor model and the capacity of installed RAM.

ASUS X79-E WS

All overclocking settings can be found in “Ai Tweaker” section.

ASUS X79-E WS 

Frequency multiplier allows to set module connection speed within 800-3200MHz, although the information in specification indicates about the module support with a speed from 1066 to 2400MHz.


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