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Written by Olin Coles & David Ramsey   
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboard
The Intel X79 Express Chipset
Closer Look: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Details
ASUS UEFI BIOS
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Specifications
Motherboard Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Extreme Edition Tests
PCMark Vantage Tests
CINEBENCH R11.5 Benchmarks
CPU-Dependent 3D Gaming
PassMark PerformanceTest
Media Encoding Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
SPECapc Lightwave
Blender and POV-Ray
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Conclusion

Motherboard Testing Methodology

It's always interesting for us here at Benchmark Reviews to test a new processor/chipset combination, because normally we have no idea what to expect! The marketing and advertising press materials Intel included with this processor promise unprecedented levels of performance...can these new parts really deliver?

I admit my hopes are high: the original Sandy Bridge processors raised the performance bar considerably, and their new 32nm fabrication process allowed amazing overclocks with relatively low voltages and heat production. The enthusiast chip adds two more cores, nearly double the cache, and drops the relatively unused integrated GPU. ASUS includes its usual "dozen ways to overclock" with the P9X79 Deluxe, include manual, "level up", and "automatic" overclocking from within the BIOS, and automatic and manual overclocking from within Windows using TurboV EVO, part of ASUS' AI Suite utility.

The Sandy Bridge Extreme processors add new overclocking mechanisms, like designating limits on sustained and burst-mode current draw, as well as returning old ones such as BCLK adjustments. I imagine the next few months will be busy ones for the enthusiast community as they explore the new features and capabilities of these CPUs. Unfortunately, we're limited for this review by both time and the unavailability of any high-end LGA2011 CPU coolers, so our overclocking results should be regarded as preliminary. That said, I easily achieved a solid 4.6GHz running on all cores under sustained load with only a few adjustments.

To see how this processor/chipset performs against the best AMD offers and Intel's previous top-of-the-line setups, I included the systems listed below. Each test system used the same hard drive, memory (with the exception of the AMD system), and graphics card. Note that there are two X79 Express systems: a prototype Intel DX79SI motherboard as well as the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe. Note that when I speak of how the 3960X performed compared to the other CPUs in the test, I'm speaking of the stock-clocked results on the ASUS P9X79 unless I specify otherwise.

Intel X58 Test Platform

  • Motherboard: ASUS Rampage Extreme III with BIOS 0901
  • Processor: 3.33GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) Intel Core i7-980X
  • System Memory: 3x4GB Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 DDR3-1600 (9-9-9-24)
  • Primary Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300G
  • Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon 6850

Intel P67 Test Platform

  • Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 with BIOS 1305
  • Processor: 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Intel Core i7-2600K
  • System Memory: 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 DDR3-1600 (9-9-9-24)
  • Primary Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300G
  • Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon 6850

AMD 990FX Test Platform

  • Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula with BIOS 0083
  • Processor: 3.6GHz (3.9-4.2GHz Turbo) AMD FX-8150 "Bulldozer"
  • System Memory: G. Skill F3-17066CL7D-4GBPIS DDR3-1866 (9-9-9-24)
  • Primary Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300G
  • Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon 6850

Intel X79 Express Test Platforms

  • Motherboards: ASUS P9X79 BIOS 0707 and Intel DX79SI BIOS SI0280B (beta BIOS)
  • Processor: 3.3GHz Intel Core i7-3960X
  • System Memory: 16GB (4 4GB DIMMs) Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 DDR3-1600 (9-9-9-24)
  • Primary Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300G
  • Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon 6850
  • CPU cooler: Intel High Performance Liquid Cooling System RTS2011LC

Benchmark Applications

  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
  • SiSoft Sandra Lite 2011.SPS (1780)
  • AIDA64 Extreme Edition v1.85.1600
  • Futuremark PCMark Vantage v1.0.2.0 64-Bit
    • TV and Movies
    • Gaming
    • Music
  • Maxon CINEBENCH R11.5 64-Bit
  • Street Fighter IV benchmark
  • PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0b1021
  • x264Bench HD 3.0, including AMD-supplied variants using new FX instructions
  • SPECviewperf-11:
    • Lightwave 9.6
    • Autodesk Maya 2009
    • Siemens Teamcenter Visualization Mockup
  • SPECapc LightWave 3D v9.6
  • Handbrake 0.95 video transcoding
  • Blender 3D rendering
  • POV-Ray 3D rendering



 

Comments 

 
# Move aheadodiebugs 2011-11-15 05:51
New technology is based on new hardware but benchmark seems to be stuck on software based testing. The Sata 6g and PCI-E 3.0 need to be tested.
Hardware is moving forward and the SSD will be like the change from DVD to Blue-ray. Come on benchmark, you need to show Sata 3 transfer speed and the switch from PCI-E 2.0 to 3.0, how can you leave out the two main factors of motherboards ? ATTO, Furmark, really need to be shown. The difference on Sata 3 with HDD and SSD, and PCI-E 3.0 with say two video cards against these cards on PCI-e 2.0. Motherboard testing without this kind of testing leaves questions that need answers.
I can't believe ASUS put the FAILED Marvell 9128 on the new x79, they keep up this kind of work and they will be laughed out of the MOBO market.
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# RE: Move aheadOlin Coles 2011-11-15 09:22
There are no PCI-E 3.0 devices avialable, so please kindly recommend what we're supposed to be testing with.

Additionally, we have about one hundred SATA 6Gb/s tests here:
benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=3&Itemid=60
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# RE: RE: Move aheadodiebugs 2011-11-15 18:04
Thanks Olin, I have seen a few of your reviews on Sata 3 and they were great. Will take a look at what you posted to see if they are on the new x79 with the Marvell.

Wouldn't you use a SSD PCI-E ?
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# RE: RE: Move aheadodiebugs 2011-11-15 18:16
Nice link, thanks. I just wish we could see one bench list with a few new boards LGA 2011 vs Lga 1155 with Sata 3 and PCI-E and difference's between PCI-E 2.0 and 3.0 on one page. Seeing what board has the best transfers between native and the use of the Marvell. Probably asking to much.
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# RE: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe MotherboardDavid Ramsey 2011-11-15 07:57
We have tested SATA 6g devices in a member of other reviews. And how would you suggest we test PCI-E 3.0, seeing as how there are no PCI-E 3.0 cards available?
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# RE: RE: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboardodiebugs 2011-11-15 18:06
Sorry, wasn't thinking cards, was thinking SSD PCI-E. I would think this would show real transfer speed, especially after the fights between MFG's about the 3.0 being fake.
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# RE: RE: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboardodiebugs 2011-11-15 18:23
OOPS, I see how I wrote video cards, my bad. Need to get brain and hand in sync.
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# RE: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboardron 2011-11-16 04:02
asus is a better rmanufacturer than gigabyte?

not lately from what i have seen - build quality deteriorating from what most people see in fact.Interesting to finish with an assertion about rma's - where does that figure come from?

Just another opinion on potential?
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# RE: RE: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboardodiebugs 2011-11-16 11:20
I agree two fold. When I told Asus I wanted my money back for lying and not testing the P6X58D-E and calling it true Sata 3 when its Sata 2 using the junk Marvell 9128, they said to buy the Rampage.

Then my PSU caused a short and burnt the EATX 24pin block, I ran two 6 hr burn in tests on all hardware on the mobo, all test completed fine with no hardware problems. I wanted to have Asus check it and got an RMA. The board was 7 months old.

I received an e-mail, the problem is not under warranty and the board is unrepairable, please send 175.00 for a replacement. Gave the board to a friend and its working fine.

Asus- rotten dirty thieves, last system I will ever build for anyone with Asus. I'll have them spend an extra 200.00 for a ASRock before buying an Asus. I have been buying Gigabytes, only been a few months, but so far the boards are awesome. The only thing is slow booting due to pool data, so you have to install their software to over ride it. Excellent overclock, no problems with XMP with G-skill, Patriot, Corsair. Gigabyte also seems to keep their drivers up to date better then Asus. With building systems I wish I knew as much as Olin and David, but I get by.
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# RE: RE: RE: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe MotherboardOlin Coles 2011-11-16 11:26
Speaking only for myself, I've had many more failed Gigabyte motherboards than ASUS. My personal gaming system currently uses a factory-replaced Gigabyte X58 motherboard and it works fine, but have had to also replace dozens of their products for my customers. I'm also using several ASUS motherboards for test systems and client builds, and have only ever had to replace one. Alternatively, another writer on our team has had to replace a few ASUS motherboards.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboardodiebugs 2011-11-17 11:30
Sorry about the first post, bad day, and your reviews have been great. As a whole, it seems to be board specific. I have a lot of Asus boards out with no problems and a few with minor, such as Ethernet, pci-e problems.
Seems most hardware, caps, are all close in quality. I'm just hurt that Asus shunned me, buying tons of their products, Boards, LCD, Coolers, Roms, then to be told to buy another board. They recall cars, they should recall their boards with the 9128. I generally don't fan to one company like most, I don't love Intel or AMD and try and knock the other. Everything can fail. Just disappointing how Asus treated me as a customer. Your site has been a great help and I think you people have done a good job at informing the public.
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# Issues with Marvel 9128Juan Jose Guerrero III 2011-11-27 23:38
Hello odiebugs,

I would be interested in finding out what issues you have with the 9128? As it is a controller not only we have used but also competitors. This was the first qualified SATA6G controller to come to market in addition the custom firmware support on this controller is what allows us to offer SSD caching on our X79 vs not having it at all. The validation not only performed by us but those of our partners ( like system integrators has validated the solution as being one that is functional and reliable while offering additional functionality ). For a platfrom like X58 this was additionally the only way to intially provide support for SATA6G capacble SSDs when they launched ( like the C300 ). In regards to it not being a true SATA6G controller this is incorrect as it fully supports the specification yes there is a PCI-E link limitation but this does not mean it will not offer single SSD performance for a SATA6G SSD compared to SATA3G SATA port that is part of the PCH. If you have other feedback as always we are interested in hearing it.

Regards,
JJ
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# RE: Issues with Marvel 9128odiebugs 2012-01-21 03:37
Explain how three Asus boards that have the 9128, CAN NOT achieve read write benches with ATTO, crystal, hdd tune, of over 350MB, but Gigabytes with the 9182 have benches over 500MB read, write. So no matter how they are true Sata 3 form anyone who wants to say they are, in my eye's the 9128 is garbage.
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# RE: RE: Issues with Marvel 9128TechSgt 2012-02-02 17:47
Which GIGABYTE board are you talking about? I haven't seen any Marvell 9128 SATA3 controllers pull 500MB in ATTO. The native SATA3 chipset ports seem to get there just fine but not any of my 9128 GBT boards. However, I did notice that the small 4K block data scores are only a few MB/s different from the native chipset ports this time around. That's good news for more comparable desktop performance.
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# RE: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe MotherboardPinakio 2011-11-16 13:53
Good review, of all the X79 mobos this ASUS board looks most promising. Though the X79-Pro seems to be better option @ little over 300$, since most people don't need the extra Ethernet port and the other deluxe delicacies. Gigabyte makes some very good mobos, no doubt, but among other socket-2011 releases ASUS seems to have offered more complete feature sets. But that's my personal opinion.
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# p9x79 deluxesteemans 2012-04-12 04:53
i am verry dissapointed i have the p9x79 deluxe whit an i7-3930k and
gtx 580 video card and vertex 3 240 gb but the system runs slower then my previus pc is that normal ?????????????
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# RE: p9x79 deluxeDavid Ramsey 2012-04-12 07:51
Since you don't say what your "previus" system is, there's no way to tell.
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# Need Details and FactsTechSgt 2012-04-12 09:19
Your question is not normal. :p What performance are you talking about that lays evidence that your P9X79 build is "slower" than your previous PC? What did you have before? What kinds of benchmark scores are you getting now to compare to the previous system?
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# RE: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboardsteemans 2012-04-12 13:05
my preveus bourd was intel DP35DP whit a i7-850 procesor and agilyty ssd 120 mb 8 gb ram and a hd 6780 grafichs card on it
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# RE: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboardsteemans 2012-04-13 05:42
i never took a benchmark but the system boot on the asus bourd taken ten times longer then the intel bourd
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# RE: ASUS P9X79 Deluxe MotherboardTechSgt 2012-04-13 11:01
The P35 chipset was a great step forward for Intel. The P35 platform is/was a much leaner platform in that it had much less resources, controllers and components than the P9X79. Also, keep in mind that the components in your P9X79 are probably also taking longer to initialize. There may be a couple BIOS boot screen settings that can be disabled to make it a little quicker. But your overall desktop performance should be impressively faster than your P35. - On a side note, perhaps your comment will motivate for a "quick boot" or "turbo boot" like some Z77 boards offer, except we get it in an X79B or something. :)
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# MrThose were the days 2012-04-30 05:50
Go for the B4X Intel. Plays all recent games like Super Mario and Star Gate! Have same 8MB ram PC33 and your computer goes all the way to heaven. But buy a fast cpu like P75MHZ! Not 50MHZ. You may upgrade win3 to win95 with big 50MB hard drive using 12 floppyes.
No need for water-cooling.
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