The latest and upcoming X79 Deluxe motherboard from ASUS has been unveiled, featuring improved components and support for the upcoming Ivy Bridge-E processors. While Ivy Bridge-E is supported and backwards compatible with the LGA 2011 socketed motherboards that released with Sandy Bridge-E processors, users are still required to update their BIOS to add support.
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ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard For Ivy Bridge-E Unveiled
But backwards compatibility doesn't means that manufacturer's won't release new motherboards at all. We have already seen EVGA's X79 Dark motherboard and now ASUS's X79 Deluxe which is a update over the P9X79 Deluxe that launched last year. The ASUS X79 Deluxe motherboard features a gold and black color theme that is similar to ASUS's Z87 Legacy lineup, infact ASUS's Z87 Legacy lineup was the first to adopt the new color theme marking as an end to their Blue and Black design.
Ivy Bridge-E featuring some new updates such as adoption of PCI-e 3.0, native SATA 6 GBps and the new SSD OC tools would provide overclocking with some good set of benefits of the new platform. The ASUS X79 Deluxe has 8 DDR3 DIMM slots featuring Quad Channel memory support of 128 GB capacity at rated speeds of 1866 MHz and 2400 MHz O.C+. The LGA 2011 socket would be able to support both Ivy Bridge-E and Sandy Bridge-E processors while a strong DIGI+ VRM with the latest Dual Intelligent Processors 4 design would offer overclockers amazing overclock potential. Power would be provided through a single 8-Pin connector along with the 24-Pin ATX power connector.
The VRM and PCH are situated beneath two seperate heatsink sections interconnected with heatpipe offering passive cooling. For storage, the motherboard offers upto 12 SATA 6 GB/s ports with SSD Caching feature on the go, improving loading performance and faster access times with users running SSDs. Expansion slots include four PCI-e 3.0 x16 and two PCI-e 3.0 x1 ports, The PCI-e x16 ports offer both SLI and CrossFireX functionalties. ASUS also delivers with the board their ASUS Wi-FI Go, USB BIOS Flashback, USB 3.0 Boost, Gigabit Ethernet LAN and few overclock switches. There are no words on prices but more details are expected around 11th September when Ivy Bridge-E officially launches worldwide.