The second part of our X79 preview focuses on the P9X79 Pro. Considering that the vast majority of us haven't got the finances for something like the Rampage IV Extreme, nor the need for minute adjustments under sub-zero conditions. So the P9X79 Pro is likely to be the more popular choice.
The box is nothing if not bold, but it's the contents we're interested in. Luckily for you we're going to open the box so you aren't limited to peering through the plastic.
Rather than the black and red we're used to seeing from the Republic of Gamers branded items, this harks back to the standard ASUS colouring of blue and white. One thing that does surprise us is that there isn't a fan on this model which there was on the Rampage IV Extreme. This is probably due to the potential increased load from the higher overclocks of the Extreme when compared to the P9X79 Pro. Of course this is all supposition at the moment.
The PCI slot arrangement is slightly different to the Rampage. Flexibility is the key as one would expect on a board that will find its way into many varied systems.
Despite this being a more mainstream board the heat-sinks have still had the design treatment and look gorgeous. It's nice to see those little touches like the matching powder-blue EPS12V connector.
First Look - continued
We have plenty of SATA connectors, including one designated for SSD Cache. It looks like the Z68 Intel Rapid Storage Technology has made the leap to the X79.
It's great to see a huge amount of fan-headers available. It's something that often gets overlooked and considering how many case fans a modern gaming rig requires we're pleased the P9X79 Pro has so many.
Whilst there are is a decent amount of rear USB ports available, there are more than enough internal headers for every device you own and then some.
Covering the 8 DIMM slots, a number which we're still getting used to, are some hardware highlights so we'll leave them here for you to ponder until we can give you the full review in a couple of weeks.
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