Asus P9X79 PRO S2011 Intel X79 DDR3 ATX

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NEW! Asus P9X79 PRO, Intel X79 Motherboard, ATX, Intel® Socket 2011 for 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition.

At the very top end of motherboard performance, the P9X79 series from ASUS brings you complete power, enhanced with unmatched flexibility and boundless tuning possibilities. These new boards launch with the world's first digital power controls for both the CPU and memory, thanks to exclusive ASUS New DIGI+ Power Control Technology. They further put power right in your hand via UEFI BIOS, the most detailed and accessible BIOS ever, allowing you to tune your system to its full performance potential. While user-friendly from the ground-up, the P9X79 Series ships with the latest features, including exclusive ASUS SSD caching for one-click performance boosting through the benefits of solid state drive technology. You also get USB BIOS Flashback for the easiest ever BIOS modification - all it takes is a USB stick and one button press! Sign up for total power and performance insight with the new ASUS P9X79 Series.

The world's first Dual Intelligent Processors from ASUS pioneered twin on board chips - TPU (TurboV Processing Unit) and EPU (Energy Processing Unit). Third generation Dual Intelligent Processors with New DIGI+ Power Control include two digital voltage regulator modules (VRMs). An all-new digital controller now allows ultra-precise DRAM tuning. EPU provides system energy saving and real time power management. TPU delivers a second micro-processor to free CPU resources as well as easy O.C. and an instant performance boost through an on-board switch or the easy O.C. tool, TurboV EVO.

ASUS Unique Selling Points

  • ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 3 with New DIGI+ Power Control:
  • CPU Power: Industry leading Digital 8+2 Phase Power Design and CPU Power Utility
  • DRAM Power: Industry leading Digital 2+2 Phase Power Design and DRAM Power Utility
  • ASUS EPU and EPU switch: Automatically provides the most appropriate power usage to save power and money.
  • ASUS TPU with Auto Tuning and TurboV with Switch: Providing simple steps to easy overclocking.
  • ASUS BT GO!: Bluetooth on-board for easy Folder Sync, BT Transfer, Shot & Send, BT to Net, Music Player, Personal Manager, BT Turbo Remote
  • ASUS EFI BIOS(EZ Mode):The most flexible and easy to use Bios.
  • ASUS SSD Caching: 3x Faster storage performance with one click
  • USB 3.0 Boost: Make USB 3.0 speeds faster than ever (UASP Mode)
  • Front Panel USB 3.0 Support: Support for cases with front USB 3.0
  • MemOK!: Quickly ensures memory boot compatibility with failsafe settings.
  • AI Suite II: One stop access to all Asus features.
  • Ai Charger: Faster USB charging speed.
  • Fanless Design: Silent Heat-sink solution
  • Fan Xpert+: Smart thermal control via fan speed detection.
  • ASUS Q-Code: Allows easy fault diagnosis
  • ASUS Q-Shield: Extra Secure I/O Shield
  • ASUS Q-Slot: Easy access expansion slots.
  • ASUS Q-DIMM: Easy access dimm slots.
  • ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED):
  • ASUS Q-Connector: Easy access front panel connector
  • USB BIOS Flashback: Flash your Bios in 1 easy step, no CPU or RAM required.
  • ASUS O.C. Profile: Easily store multiple overclock profiles.
  • CrashFree BIOS 3: Restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk
  • EZ Flash 2: Easily update your systems bios firmware.
  • MyLogo 2: Update your own windows boot screen.
  • Percision Tweaker 2: Advanced overclocking tools.
  • Multi-language BIOS: easily change Bios to your language.

Asus Overclocking Features

Precision Tweaker 2

  • vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.005V increment
  • vTTCPU: Adjustable I/O voltage at 0.00625V increment
  • vCCSA: 255-step system agent voltage control
  • vDRAM Bus: 160-step Memory voltage control
  • vPCH: 96-step Chipset voltage control
  • vCPU_PLL: 48-step CPU & PCH PLL voltage control

SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)

  • BCLK/PEG frequency tuning from 80MHz up to 300MHz at 0.1MHz increment

Overclocking Protection

  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Key specification

  • Form Factor: ATX, 12"x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.4cm)
  • CPU: Intel® Socket 2011 for 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition, Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Chipset: Intel® X79 Express Chipset
  • Memory: 8 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz, ECC, Non-ECC, un-buffered Quad channel Memory
  • Expansion Slots: 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (dual@x16/x16; triple@x16/x8/x8), 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (PCIe x16_3@x8 speed), 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
  • Multi-GPU: Supports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ and AMD® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
  • Storage 1: Intel® X79 Express Chipset: 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports with RAID 0,1,5 and 10 support, 4 x SATA 3Gb/s ports with RAID 0,1,5 and 10 support
  • Storage 2: Marvell® 9128 SATA controller: 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
  • Storage 3: ASMedia® 1061 SATA controller: 2 x Power eSATA 6Gb/s ports
  • LAN: Intel® 82579V Gigabit LAN controller
  • Audio: Realtek® ALC 898 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC Supports 192kHz/ 24bit BD Lossless Sound
  • USB: 3 x ASMedia USB 3.0 controllers: 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at mid-board for front panel support: 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports at back panel with 1 additional VIA SuperSpeed USB
  • USB: Intel®X79 Express Chipset: 12 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)
  • IEEE 1394: None
  • BT & WiFi: Bluetooth V2.1+EDR with ASUS BT GO! Utility, NO WIFI
  • Bios Features: 64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • Manageability: WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE

*This motherboard is ready to support PCIe 3.0 SPEC

Back Panel I/O Ports

  • 1 x Bluetooth module
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Output port
  • 1 x LAN (RJ-45) port
  • 2 x Power eSATA 6G ports
  • 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (blue)
  • 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 x USB BIOS Flashback button
  • 8-channel Audio I/O

Internal I/O Connectors

  • 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 connector support additional 2 USB ports (19-pin)
  • 3 x USB 2.0/1/1 connectors support additional 6 USB ports
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)
  • 1 x CPU Opt Fan connectors (4-pin)
  • 4 x Chassis Fan connectors (4-pin)
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector(AAFP)
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 1 x Clear CMOS button
  • 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
  • 1 x System Panel (Q-Connector)
  • 1 x MemOK! Button
  • 1 x EPU switch
  • 1 x TPU switch
  • 1 x PWR button
  • 1 x Reset button

In The Box

  • 4 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s cables
  • 2 x Serial ATA 3Gb/s cables
  • 1 x ASUS 3-Way SLI bridge connector
  • 1 x ASUS SLI bridge connector
  • 2 in 1 Q-connector
  • I/O Shield
  • User's manual
  • Drivers
  • ASUS Utilities
  • ASUS Update
  • Anti-virus software (OEM version)



Product Description
ASUS P9X79 PRO - motherboard - ATX - LGA2011 Socket - X79
Product Type
Motherboard - ATX
Chipset Type
Intel X79 Express
Processor Socket
1 x LGA2011 Socket
Compatible Processors
Core i7
Max RAM Size
64 GB
RAM Supported
8 DIMM slots - DDR3, non-ECC, unbuffered
Storage Ports
2 x SATA-600 (RAID), 2 x SATA-600, 4 x SATA-300 (RAID), 2 x powered eSATA-600
USB / FireWire Ports
4 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0 + (2 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0 via headers)
HD Audio (8-channel)
Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet
Microsoft Certification
Compatible with Windows 7
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years warranty



Product Type
Motherboard - ATX
Chipset Type
Intel X79 Express
Processor Socket
LGA2011 Socket
Max Processors Qty
Compatible Processors
Core i7

Supported RAM

Max Size
64 GB
Bus Clock
1600 MHz, 1333 MHz, 1066 MHz, 1866 MHz
PC3-12800, PC3-10600, PC3-8500, PC3-15000
Supported RAM Integrity Check
Registered or Buffered
Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP), quad channel memory architecture


HD Audio (8-channel)
Audio Codec
Realtek ALC898
Compliant Standards
DTS Connect, High Definition Audio, DTS UltraPC II


Network Controller
Intel 82579V
Network Interfaces
Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Slots
1 x CPU , 8 x DIMM 240-pin , 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 , 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 , 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
Storage Interfaces
SATA-300 -connectors: 4 x 7pin Serial ATA - 4 devices - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5 , SATA-600 -connectors: 2 x 7pin Serial ATA - 2 devices - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5 , Marvell 88SE9128: SATA-600 -connectors: 2 x 7pin Serial ATA - 2 devices , ASMedia ASM1061: SATA-600 -connectors: 2 x 11pin eSATAp - 2 devices
1 x TOSLINK , 6 x USB 2.0 , 4 x USB 3.0 , 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) , 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack , 1 x microphone - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (side surround) - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (rear) - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (center/subwoofer) - mini-jack
Internal Interfaces
1 x SPDIF out , 6 x USB 2.0 , 1 x USB 3.0 - header , 1 x audio
Power Connectors
24-pin main power connector, 8-pin ATX12V connector


BIOS Features
DMI 2.0 support, WfM 2.0 support, Multilingual BIOS, ASUS MyLogo2, ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS O.C. Profile, ACPI 2.0a support, SMBIOS 2.6 support, USB BIOS Flashback, UEFI BIOS
Sleep / Wake Up
Wake on LAN (WOL), wake on ring (WOR)
Hardware Features
Jack retasking, MemOK!, ASUS Q-Design, ASUS EZ DIY, CrashFree BIOS 3, ASUS Q-Connector, audio jack detect technology, ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit), ASUS Q-Shield, NVIDIA 3-way SLI Technology Support, Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) support, ASUS TurboV, ASUS BT GO!, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, ASUS TPU (TurboV Processing Unit), ASUS DIGI+ VRM, ASUS SSD Caching, Dual Intelligent Processors 3, ASUS 8 + 2 Phase CPU Power Design, ASUS 2 + 2 Phase DRAM Power Design, ASUS BT Turbo Remote, Fanless Design Heat-pipe, ASUS Fan Xpert+, ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology, AMD Quad CrossFireX technology support


Included Accessories
I/O back plate
Cables Included
6 x Serial ATA cable , 1 x 3-way SLI bridge , 1 x SLI bridge
Software Included
Drivers & Utilities, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS Auto Tuning, ASUS AI Suite II, ASUS AI Charger
Compatible with Windows 7
"Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.
Compliant Standards
Plug and Play, ACPI 2.0a
30.5 cm
24.4 cm

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support
Limited warranty - 3 years

Customer reviews

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4* Teething problems!
Reviewed by Anthony C on 02/10/2012
I bought mine at the end of January and had loads of trouble. Some of it turned out to be PSU related, but even after that was sorted I still found some weird issues. The PC was unstable and Asus's technical support were pathetic. I updated the BIOS and it improved significantly however, so it may just have been how it left the factory. The uEFI BIOS is nice to use, but not entirely trouble-free. I had a lot of problems installing Windows 7 originally and after installing it often never booted. Lots of tweaking was necessary and once I'd got it working it's been a dream ever since. Something weird is that if the PC reboots (ie crashes) the keyboard sometimes needs to be disconnected and reconnected. Not sure if this is the board or the keyboard, but never had the problem on my old board with this keyboard. Overall it's a very nicely featured board with lots of expansion and, luckily for me, those heat pipes work OK still when the board is on its side in a Silverstone Raven RV01 case
3* Be Aware!
Reviewed by Anonymous on 24/07/2013
When I decided to build a new PC, I wanted a proven motherboard manufacturer and a board that was technologically new enough to last for some years. After reading a number of very positive reviews I picked the Asus P9X79 PRO. It had a problems right from the start. The Bluetooth system seemed very erratic and when I tried to update the BIOS, I found that the BIOS flashback USB port didn't work. I sent it back to BT who replaced it after confirming the problem. The new board BIOS update worked OK, but I still had problems with the Bluetooth (mainly with my mouse) and I gave up and used a cable mouse. After about 7 months the onboard audio failed. Again, returned to BT who have just processed it and are sending me a new one. BT have been good as usual, but I wish I had maybe picked a different board and maybe one that isn't quite so cutting edge.
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