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Enthusiasts’ Feast – Intel X79 Motherboard Showcase

Enthusiasts’ Feast – Intel X79 Motherboard Showcase


ASRock X79 Extreme9 and ASUS P9X79 Deluxe

Let The Spectacle Begin!

Months after Intel officially released the Intel X79 chipset back in November last year, it’s good to see that the local market is now loaded with a lot of X79-based offerings from various motherboard vendors. While the X79 chipset represents Intel’s flagship desktop solution, boards that leverage on it come in different feature sets and prices that even budget-minded enthusiasts would find affordable. In this edition of showcase, let us lay our eyes on some of the X79-based boards that have entered our premises.

ASRock X79 Extreme9

ASRock’s flagship model for its X79 lineup sports a dark-colored PCB (printed circuit board), which is a common characteristic among today’s high end motherboards. The X79 Extreme9 employs golden polymer capacitors, which according to ASRock, offer longer life span than typical solid capacitors. Apart from the massive passive cooling assembly around the CPU and DIMM sockets region, the board also has an active cooler for the chipset, similar to the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme. Dubbed as ASRock X-FAN, its fan only spins once the system reaches a critical temperature when handling intense tasks. The X79 Extreme9 also comes with the ASRock Game Blaster add-on card. Price: PhP 16,500

ASUS P9X79 Deluxe

A quick glance at the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe, one can easily say that it is a close relative of the P9X79 PRO which we reviewed last month. The main colors of the P9X79 Deluxe are black and blue, which make it appear milder than the ROG-branded Rampage IV Extreme. While the P9X79 Deluxe is a few notches below the latter in terms of features, it comes with a full complement of eight DIMM sockets that can support up to 64GB. The board also integrates an extensive heatsink assembly that helps in keeping the area around the CPU socket and the chipset cool. Price: PhP 20,850