I've actually run into the exact same problem with my ASUS PCE-N15. The motherboard I'm using is an EVGA X79 Dark. I've had the same symptoms of the system freezing/BSODing as the operating system was loading. And I've done this on both Ubuntu and Windows 8 Pro. The wireless card doesn't appear to be defective because it works perfectly fine on my Z68 motherboard.
My conclusion is that the PCE-N15 dislike the Intel X79 chipset.