|Intel DX79SI LGA2011 Desktop Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 14 November 2011|
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Intel DX79SI LGA2011 Motherboard Review
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Intel Corporation.
It's that time again: a new Intel processor line, along with the requisite new chipset and new motherboards. Intel's "Sandy Bridge Extreme" line of processors requires the massive new LGA2011 socket, which in turn is supported by the new X79 chipset. Intel provided a prototype of their top-end DX79SI motherboard with a Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge E processor for us to test, and Benchmark Reviews will put it through its paces in this review.
Intel's LGA1155 Sandy Bridge processors already set new standards in price/performance; in fact, the top-end Core i7-2600K and 2700K CPUs already challenge the X58-based Core i7-980X and 990X in many benchmarks. Really, how much better could the Sandy Bridge Extreme be? Considering that you have to buy a new motherboard to use it and more memory to get the most out of it, it had better be pretty good!
Intel has not previously been known for its enthusiast motherboards, which often lacked features and performance when compared with the best third party boards. They're actively working to change this perception, and the DX79SI is their latest salvo. Let's take a look at its features and performance!
Intel DX79SI Specifications
Specifications supplied by Intel.
This is the first motherboard Benchmark Reviews has seen that officially supports the new PCI Express 3.0 standard. The new standard offers significantly improved bandwidth and is backwards-compatible with the 2.0 standard we've used for many years, which is a good thing as there are currently no PCI-E 3.0 cards available that I know of!
Let's take a look at the new X79 Express chipset in the next section.