|ASUS P9X79 WS LGA2011 Workstation Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 17 January 2012|
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Motherboard Testing Methodology
Motherboards based on the same chipset, even from different vendors, will tend to perform similarly when equipped with the same hardware (processor, memory, video card, et cetera), so vendors strive to distinguish themselves on features. And as you might expect from ASUS, this motherboard is jammed with proprietary goodies: ASUS TPU and EPU, auto-overclocking, SSD caching, fully digital power circuitry, Quick Gate, various diagnostic LEDs, and a complete suite of software and utilities to let you make the most of it. You can even overclock the CPU and tweak the power settings from within Windows, without rebooting, with the included Turbo V Evo utility.
Unfortunately, I didn't have four identical graphics cards to really give the system a workout; so you'll have to be satisfied with our standard test suite. I'll compare the ASUS P9X79 WS motherboard against some of the other X79 motherboards that Benchmark Reviews has tested previously.
I tested the P9X79 WS at both the stock clock speed of the Intel Core i7-3960X processor as well as the highest stable overclock I could achieve, which was 4.5GHz. I'll go into more detail on my overclocking experience with this board in a separate section.
Note: You'll notice the Intel DX79SI motherboard turns in consistently lower scores in most of these tests. At the time we tested this motherboard, it was only available with a beta BIOS, which probably contributed to the lower scores.
Intel X79 Express Test Platforms