ASRock X79 Extreme9 vs. ASUS P9X79 WS vs. ASUS P9X79 Deluxe

In terms of basic features, all three of these boards will meet my requirements -- I'm down to the "intangibles" (or at least the tangibles which are not listed in specification sheets)...

Application is a desktop workstation primarily used for video/photo editing (photography business). Rig will be left powered on 24/7.

Again, all three of these boards look great on paper. The final decision may come down to things like longevity / MTBF, ease of vendor support, UEFI interface/updates, etc...

I've spoken to tech support for both ASRock and ASUS and tried to "pit them against one another," but even they agree for my application, any of these boards would be suitable. I've spoken to the return desk to a couple of popular vendors and asked if they have seen an unusual number of returns/issues/etc. with any of these boards, and again have found them on equal ground.

Can anyone with direct experience with these boards offer any insight as to any reason to push me one direction or another?

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  1. Yep, if the three meet your requirements, go with the cheaper/more readily available mobo.
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