Page 1:LGA 2011 Motherboards, Just A Little Cheaper
Page 2:ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB
Page 3:X79 Extreme6/GB UEFI
Page 4:Asus P9X79 Pro
Page 5:P9X79 Pro UEFI
Page 6:ECS X79R-AX
Page 7:X79R-AX UEFI
Page 8:Foxconn Quantumian-1
Page 9:Quantumian-1 UEFI
Page 10:Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3
Page 11:GA-X79-UD3 UEFI
Page 12:Intel DX79SI
Page 13:DX79SI UEFI
Page 14:MSI X79A-GD65 (8D)
Page 15:X79A-GD65 (8D) UEFI
Page 16:Test Settings And Benchmarks
Page 17:Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
Page 18:Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
Page 19:Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
Page 20:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 21:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 22:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 24:Which X79-Based Motherboard Is Right For You?
ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB
Performance enthusiasts often have multiple and conflicting needs, so ASRock targets the middle of that market by fitting its X79 Extreme6/GB with multiple and occasionally conflicting options. For example, on-board audio is available in addition to an included PCIe audio/network card.
Three add-on SATA, one eSATA, and internal/external FireWire ports that might be needed by video enthusiasts can be disabled by gaming enthusiasts, and the same goes for the two internal and four external USB 3.0 ports. Those features are all pretty much expected in high-end hardware though, so where’s the conflict?
Although the X79 Extreme6/GB’s Creative Core3D/Broadcom Gb Ethernet card is a huge part of its bundle, you can't use it with the motherboard’s other top feature, three-way SLI. It won’t even fit into the lone x1 slot with a double-slot graphics card installed. Instead, you have to populate an x16 slot with the little value-add. Even if we ignore the PCIe-based extra, we still have a motherboard worth $280 or so, which is priced right on that dot.
We count twelve voltage regulator phases, eight DRAM slots, and three-way SLI support with an extra space between the first and second card for improved GPU cooling, all indicating the X79 Extreme6/GB’s worth.
Persistent overclockers will love the X79 Extreme6/GB’s Port 80 diagnostics display (it even got us out of a couple jams during testing), while bench testers will value the included power and reset buttons. System integrators will find greater value in the USB 3.0 front-panel header that's placed well above the top graphics card, easily in reach.
Our only complaint is that the front-panel audio connector is shoved a little too far back along the X79 Extreme6/GB’s bottom edge, increasing the chance that a case’s front-panel cable might be too short to reach. You'll also want to choose a chassis with cable clearance behind the hard drive cage, since eight of the X79 Extreme6/GB’s nine internal ports point forward.
The X79 Extreme6/GB includes two- and three-way SLI bridges, six SATA cables, a 3.5” external-bay USB 3.0 adapter, and the PCIe x1 Game Blaster audio/network card.
- LGA 2011 Motherboards, Just A Little Cheaper
- ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB
- X79 Extreme6/GB UEFI
- Asus P9X79 Pro
- P9X79 Pro UEFI
- ECS X79R-AX
- X79R-AX UEFI
- Foxconn Quantumian-1
- Quantumian-1 UEFI
- Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3
- GA-X79-UD3 UEFI
- Intel DX79SI
- DX79SI UEFI
- MSI X79A-GD65 (8D)
- X79A-GD65 (8D) UEFI
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Which X79-Based Motherboard Is Right For You?