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This board really posted some amazing scores for its price range. We stressed this board with several benchmarks in order to give you the best understanding of how it will perform under similar conditions. Our test bench consists of this board, an Intel 3960x processor, 8 gigs of DDR3 1600 MHz in quad channel, an XFX HD 6950 with 1 gig of memory, and Intel’s included all-in-one liquid cooling unit for the processor. Aside from the X58 that we also used for out testing, all of our X79 boards were tested with this same hardware.
It’s important to note that this board will be coming in at approximately 380 to 400 dollars. This does put it in the upper level of X79 boards in terms of pricing. This board though does have some amazing features and did give some very impressive benchmark scores. As you can see from our results this board did beat their Sabertooth board in quite a few scores. The Sabertooth is priced as a more mainstream board so this was to be expected. What wasn’t expected is how closely this board compared to Gigabyte’s Assassin 2. That board goes for about 20 to 40 dollars more depending on the retailer. Asus has demonstrated that they not only can stack the deck in terms of features but can also deliver outstanding performance.