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Asus’ X79 Motherboards lineup Revealed and Features explained

  1. Introduction
  2. x79 Sabertooth TUF Series
  3. Asus Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Extreme
  4. P9X79/P9X79 Pro/P9X79 Deluxe

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Legendary extreme overclocker and Asus’ RnD specialist Shamino did a wrap on this one! This one says for sure: Hardcore is Back!

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Presentation started by first explaining Republic of Gamer’s segmentation. It goes without saying, Republic of Gamers purely focuses on extreme overclockers and Gamers.

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I’ve been showed the Extreme series board and thus this is going to more than quench extreme overclocker’s thirst.

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The board comes with 8 DIMM slots and USB BIOS flashback like the X79 Sabertooth. The board supports 4 way SLI/CrossfireX and 8 DIMM slots, 4x USB 3.0 on the rear I/O and 4x USB 3.0 via the header and the usual OC Zone features.

What will knock your socks off are the following features:

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The X-Socket is the first feature that was showcased. In a nutshell, the mounting holes for LGA 2011 socket is not as same as LGA 1366 sockets, but this board uses the LGA 1366 mounting holes and hence this way you do not need to invest on an extra kit for your existing after market heatsink or the LN2 pot.

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Extreme Engine Digi+ II are set of components that uses higher grade components and giving you precise control over the board. There are 4 digital controllers for CPU and Memory with finer frequency interval from 300 to 1100KHz, better Power Block MOSFETs that are more than 90% efficient at 15A and Black metallic chokes that are rated 50A. The board uses Japanese capacitors with better low endurance and 5times longer lifespan.

Subzero sense is a very nice feature to see on a board made for extreme overclockers.

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SubZero Sense lets you to connect 2 K- type Thermocouple to monitor temperatures via the Bios, TurboV Evo and the OC Key (you’ll know about that when you read the stuff below), even on system standby. During the demonstration done by Shamino, the SubZero Sense had a quicker temperature display compared to the thermometer. The measuring temperature ranges from -200 degrees Celsius to +1350 degrees Celsius.

VGA Hotwire feature lets you to do easier over-voltage mods for the GPU.

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There are 3 onboard headers for VGA over-volt modding: PLL, VMem and VCore. You connect the headers on the board and solder the other end on the GPU’s medication spots. After that, you can over-volt your VGA via the UEFI, Turbo V Evo and the OC Key.

And speaking of the OC Key…

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The OC Key is an exclusive add-on for Extreme Series. I and other Media guys weren’t allowed to take photos for demonstration of the OC Key but this allows Real time monitoring and hardware-level tweaking via OSD display, similar to the OSD display for the monitor.

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OC Key has an iROG chip that does not have a sleep mode and collects the report from iROG chip on the board, that collects relevant information and controls from VGA Hotwire and Subzero Sense feature mentioned above. Another good feature is that the OC Key is the possibility to upgrade its firmware, this way chances are high you could get newer features. Also, its not necessary for the OC Key to be attached on the GPU. As long as the DVI cable is attached to the key, the OSD display can be seen. This is a very good option, especially if you want to keep in eye on voltages and temperature on the screen without the extra sets of multimeters. You can increase of decrease the opacity, alongwith change the size of the display- and also making it to be displayed on a second monitor.

A feature on the UEFI Bios is present to detect which PCIE slots are occupied and running on which mode (x8/x16).

What 1 feature that this board doesn’t have is the Asus SSD Caching.
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They also did an interesting slide: Battlefield 3 edition ROG motherboard. Nothing was talked about this… yet.


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  1. Great coverage Sorcerer nice to see things from a enthusiast's perspective rather than regurgitated press releases that some other sites put up as articles Asus have always appealed to the enthusiast in our hearts with there products especially more so with ROG lineup but in the Indian context we have consider their less than great service although i am hearing things are starting to become better

  2. Nice post!! Thanks for sharing the information about Asus’ X79 Motherboards.

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