|ASUS P9X79 WS LGA2011 Workstation Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 17 January 2012|
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ASUS P9X79 WS Conclusion
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I admit to mixed feelings about this motherboard. Its feature set lines up well with its intended audience, and it has the quality ASUS is known for, but the space limitations that affect the fourth graphics card could be a problem in real-world use. With the exception of the Rampage IV Extreme, this is the most expensive X79 motherboard ASUS makes, matching the price of the P9X79 Deluxe.
You'll see relatively little, if any, performance differences between different motherboards using the same chipset. With modern processors integrating the memory controller, PCI-E lanes, and such onto the CPU die, there are fewer opportunities for vendors to distinguish their motherboards on stock performance (although well-designed power and cooling systems can certainly help overclocking). What this means is that vendors must distinguish themselves with features, and this is especially true of enthusiast-level and professional motherboards that cost $300 and more. The ASUS P9X79 WS is marketed to a very specific demographic, and with the exception of the space issues afflicting cards in the last PCI-E slot, it's an excellent match for professional users such as video editors and scientists running Tesla clusters.
ASUS' quality is apparent in this board. All the components are high-grade and placed perfectly. The board performed flawlessly during testing, turning in the same performance as other ASUS X79 Express-based motherboards.
Functionally, the P9X79 WS disposes with consumer and enthusiast features in favor of those more likely to be used by professionals. Dual gigabit Ethernet ports, Quick Gate, and the absence of legacy PCI slots define this motherboard's intended audience. However, the lack of some of ASUS' popular consumer features makes it less attractive to most other users. Still, the board is replete with useful features you'd expect from ASUS, such as Fan Expert, Overclocking Assistant, and Turbo V Evo. These features allow the knowledgeable user to fine-tune their system so that it better fits their needs.
Cosmetically, this board is almost staid compared to the other X79 models in ASUS' lineup. But this isn't the type of motherboard you build into a windowed case, anyway; and professional users don't care.
This board is a good value, although a $379.99 (Newegg) motherboard isn't inexpensive by any measure; it's one of the cheapest X79 Express motherboards I know of that will support four dual-slot graphics cards.
If you fit the demographic ASUS is targeting with this board, I think you'll like it. All the other four-GPU X79 motherboards I know of are aimed at the enthusiast market and cost substantially more than the P9X79 Pro.
+ Rare motherboard designed specifically for professional users
- Clearance issues with graphics card in the last PCI-E slot
Final Score: 8.85 out of 10.
Quality Recognition: Benchmark Reviews Silver Tachometer Award.
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