X79: Features Comparison Overview of 25 motherboards


Published by Marc Büchel on 22.11.11
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Meanwhile all the big motherboard manufacturers have either released or at least launched their latest X79 motherboards. Within this article we focus on the different features and attributes which split into three separate categories. The goal is to provide an overview regarding all the different products that are available by now.




Internal Connectors

First of all we talk about the internal connectors you find on the X79 motherboards. In this case we find PCI-Express and PCI slots as well as SATA-III and USB3.0 ports. Furthermore we tell you how many PCI-Express lanes support the individual PCI-Express slot. We also mention the chips the manufacturer put on their boards regarding SATA-III and USB3.0.

Motherboard PCI-E x16 PCI-E x1 PCI SLI PCI-E Lanes DIMM-Slots SATA-III USB3.0
ASRock Extreme 3 3 1 2 3 way x16/x16/x8 4 1, ASM1061 2, 2 x EJ168A
ASRock Extreme 4-M 3 0 1 3 way x16/x8/x16 4 1, ASM1061 2, ASM1042
ASRock Extreme 4 3 2 2 3 way x16/x16/x8 4 3, 2 x ASM1061 2, ASM1042
ASRock Extreme 7 5 0 1 4 way x8/x8/x8/x8/x8 6 5, 3 x Marvell 4, ASM1042 + Ti
ASRock Extreme 9 5 1 0 4 way x8/x8/x8/x8/x8 8 6, 3 x Marvell 4, ASM1042 + Ti
ASUS P9X79 3 2 1 3 way x16/x16/x8 8 1, ASM1061 0
ASUS P9X79 Pro 4 2 0 4 way x16/x8/x8/x8 8 2, Marvell 9128 2, ASM + VIA
ASUS P9X79 Deluxe 4 2 0 4 way x16/x8/x8/x8 8 2, Marvell 9128 2, ASM + VIA
ASUS P9X79 WS 6 0 0 4 way x8/x8/x4/x8/x4/x8 8 2, Marvell 9128 2, ASM
ASUS Sabertooth X79 3 2 1 3 way x16/x16/x8 8 3, ASM1061 + 9128 2, ASM
ASUS Rampage IV Formula 4 2 0 4 way x16/x8/x8/x8 4 2, ASM1061 2, ASM
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme 5 1 0 4 way x8/x8/x8/x8/x8 8 2, ASM1061 4, ASM
EVGA X79 SLI 3 2 0 3 way x16/x16/x8 4 0 0
EVGA X79 FTW 5 1 0 4 way x16/x16/x8/x8/x8 4 2, Marvell 9182 2, VLI VL800-Q8
EVGA X79 Classified 5 1 0 4 way x16/x16/x8/x8/x8 4 2, Marvell 9182 2, VLI VL800-Q8
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 4 2 1 4 way x16/x8/x8/x8 4 4, 2 x Marvell 9172 2, 2 x FL1009
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 3 2 1 3 way x16/x16/x8 8 4, 2 x Marvell 9172 2, 2 x FL1009
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7 4 3 0 4 way x16/x8/x8/x8 4 4, 2 x Marvell 9172 2, 2 x FL1009
Gigabyte G1.Assassin2 3 2 1 3 way x16/x16/x8 4 4, 2 x Marvell 9172 2, 2 x FL1009
Intel DX79SI 3 2 1 3 way x16/x8/x8 8 0 2, 4 x NEC720200
MSI X79MA-GD45 2 2 0 2 way x16/x16 4 0 2, 4 x NEC720200
MSI X79A-GD45 3 4 0 3 way x16/x16/x8 4 0 2, 4 x NEC720200
MSI X79A-GD65 5 1 0 4 way x16/x1/x8/x1/x8 4 2, ASM1061 2, 4 x NEC720200
MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) 5 1 0 4 way x16/x1/x8/x1/x8 8 2, ASM1061 2, 4 x NEC720200
MSI Big Bang Xpower X2 7 0 0 N/A N/A 8 4, 2 x ASM1061 4, 4 x NEC720200



Page 1 - Internal Connectors
Page 2 - External Connectors
Page 3 - Features


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