Intel X79 Motherboard Roundup

By Julio Franco
Jan 16, 2012
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  1. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,808   +642

    I was under the impression that ECS simply disregarded Intel's directive that motherboard vendors not use the four SAS ports -which are a part of the X79 chipset (Patsburg-A being identical to Patsburg-B except for the SAS not being wired up on the board), but not officially sanctioned for use by Intel due to possible erratic behaviour.


    Anyhow, nice review. I'd still look at Gigabyte's X79-UD3 personally. Fairly well appointed (strangely 4-way SLI capable as opposed to 3-way with the UD5), and seems like a handy overclocker...Would have thought Gigabyte would have taken the opportunity for some review publicity if the burning VRM woes have been corrected with the F7 UEFI
  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,652   +507

    It is a shame on Intel pushing a 2012 premium chipset at astronomical prices and without integrated USB 3.0 still.
  3. disappointing
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,489   +302

    I'm still impressed with how well the i7 2600K performs for its price.
    Overall with the new x79 platform I don't think it was spectacular as the x58 was (and still is).
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I'm disappointed Gigabyte didn't play ball and include the UD5, as I've got my eye on this model myself, especially given that most models around this spec/price range only include one pair of DDR3 slots on each side of the processor. One of the main selling points of this chipset is supposed to be the quad channel memory (and 8 DDR3 slots), seems silly not to have them featured on every board, especially since they'll be aimed at the top end of the enthusiast/professional users market.

    Despite being unable to find the ASRock Extreme 9 on these shores it would appear to offer what I'm looking for in terms of SATA ports. Will definitely be keen to see what price it appears on my shores for.
  6. Damn, and I wanted Sandy-bridge-E... not worth it... no gaming increase from 2600k to 3960X... well few frame rates but not even 2%...
  7. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,808   +642

    You'll probably find that once the C2 revision i7's hit retail, that the second wave of X79 boards wont be far behind - much like the X58 situation where the early boards got supplanted by X58A (USB3, SATA 6GB), so the next raft of entry-level boards should have a SATA/SAS fitout similar to the ECS, while the WS and enthusiast boards should have 14 ports ( 4 x 3Gb, 10 x 6Gb)

    The Asus ws board not available in the UK yet? (from a hardware RAID AIB support point of view) or ASRock's Extreme7 (oddball 6 DIMM's aside) if you need the extra connectivity+PCI-E slots and more than 32GB of RAM onboard

    Still waiting on Steve/Julio to clarify the Intel rep's statement, which seems at odds with the X79 timeline. The decision to pull SAS support was relatively late (note the two empty port spaces next to the existing SATA ports) while the X79 chipset IC's would have already been produced by this stage.
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,808   +642

  9. Well you didn't use an EVGA motherboard in your testing. I would have liked to have seen that.


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