Test System Configuration
CPU Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E): 3.60 GHz, 15 MB Cache, LGA 2011, Turbo Boost enabled
CPU Cooler Swiftech Apogee GTX, MCP 655b, Triple Fan Radiator Kit
RAM G.Skill F3-17600CL9Q-16GBXLD 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) DDR3-2200
Benchmarked at 4 x 4 GB DDR3-1600 CAS 9 defaults
Though we had a reasonably broad selection of candidates, firmware issues left us considering only the two products that came closest to our expectations. Asus’ P9X79 WS had the best performance, best overclocking, lowest power consumption, and greatest number of expansion slots. Meanwhile its P9X79 Deluxe followed closely behind the WS version, but added a bunch of lifestyle-oriented features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a greater number of USB 3.0 rear-panel ports (even though several ports share bandwidth). The added features are surely worth a little more than the miniscule differences in performance. And yet both boards are priced the same.
When reviewing the WS board we really had to put ourselves in the perspective of what kind of user ASUS has in mind here, and with the major amounts of work computers do these days, there is a very large market for it. One area we do not think is aware of this board would be some of the users we see now days who do rendering from their home and also like to smash on the newest games out there. With its stability, compatibility, and its ability to overclock with some of the best out there, this board could be a viable option for anyone looking for a high-performance board with server level features.
All is very good with this board but there were some things we saw which we feel could be improved on, such as the omission of eSATA natively on the back panel. While it does include an eSATA bracket, we also know that there could be even a single eSATA port on the rear panel since many of the rear slots could easily be filled with multiple compute cards or graphics processors. We do understand that there are some sacrifices that must be made especially when talking about adding yet another controller plus to ensure server level stability and compatibility..
Also, onboard WiFi and/or Bluetooth is something we would like to see, but we know the dual Intel network controllers are more ideal than onboard WiFi.
We really tried to see what we could come up with that we would find ourselves wanting with this board but they just flat out run and they run well. We also found some more performance when overclocking which makes this board just that much better. This board has most of the capability of the ROG counterparts, albeit with a little more complicated tuning.
Support for up to 64GB of system memory with an 8-DIMM design on ASUS X79 motherboards provides the capacity for users to make full use of modern 64-bit software, ideal for rendering detailed images or manipulating large files without the bottlenecks of conventional storage. It also allows users to set up big RAM disks and speed up frequently accessed programs, minimizing the impact of storage transfer delays while maximizing user benefit.
In the fields of digital electronics and computer hardware, multi-channel memory architecture is a technology that increases the transfer speed of data between the DRAM memory and the chipset memory controller by adding more channels of communication between them. Theoretically this multiplies the data rate by exactly the number of channels present. Dual-channel memory employs two channels which theoretically doubles the data transfer rate. The technique goes back as far as the 1960s having been used in IBM System/360 Model 91 and in CDC 6600.
Modern higher-end chipsets like the Intel i7-9x series and various Xeon chipsets support triple-channel memory. In March 2010 AMD released Socket G34 and Magny-Cours Opteron 6100 series processors which support quad-channel memory. In 2006 Intel released chipsets that support quad-channel memory for their LGA771 platform and later in 2011 for their LGA2011 platform. Microcomputer chipsets with even more channels were designed: for example, the chipset in the AlphaStation 600 (1995) supported eight-channel memory, but the backplane of the machine limited operation to four channels.
DDR3 Quadruple-channel architecture is used in the AMD G34 platform and the Intel LGA 2011 platform (e.g., Intel X79). AMD processors which are used on the C32 platform instead use dual-channel DDR3 memory. Intel processors which are used on the LGA 1155 platform (e.g., Intel Z68) instead use dual-channel DDR3 memory.
The architecture can only be used when all four, or a multiple of four, memory modules are identical in capacity and speed, and are placed in quad-channel slots. When two memory modules are installed, the architecture will operate in dual-channel architecture mode. When three memory modules are installed, the architecture will operate in triple-channel architecture mode.
tommytee wrote: SATA of course over IDE
tommytee wrote:super thanks for that,
Starting off with 32gb with the intention of adding in another 32gb, I'd be better off to go with 4x8bg and fill the first 4 channels, so that if I wanted to add more ram at a later date I would fill remaining 4 with identical to the first 4 slots, rather than fill all 8 slots with 4gb in each,
SATA of course over IDE
Hammer_Time wrote:Yes, exactly! BTW, if you really want to speed up your video/photo apps, you could use a large RAMdrive , that really makes them sing...at risk of losing your data of course if power is ever interrupted...
Hammer_Time wrote:to say the least... ramdrives are impressive but the data is always at risk of course...
mhudon wrote:Professionally, I favor both Samsung 840 Pro and Plextor M5 Pro Extreme for their performance, reliability and availability. Intel drives are great, but Intel makes enough money selling expensive CPU's, I prefer supporting diversity.
Best SSDs For The Money: October 2013
By Christopher Ryan
OCTOBER 28, 2013
One Of The Fastest Ever
The 256 GB Samsung 840 Pro is fast. Unreasonably, face-meltingly fast, even. It once rose indisputably above all other performance-oriented SATA 6Gb/s-capable SSDs packing MLC flash. Now, OCZ's Vector and SanDisk's Extreme II are in the same ballpark. Prior to those newcomers, the only drive that could stand up to Samsung's 840 Pro was Plextor’s excellent M5 Pro. In measures of overall performance, though, there are few faster than the Pro from South Korea. As such, Samsung has a deserved reputation as the enthusiast’s choice when fast is all that counts.
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