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Asus X79-Deluxe Preview: X79 Meets 2013

With the launch of ‘future Intel Core i7 49xx/48xx product family’ processors just around the corner, Asus has taken the opportunity to refresh members of its X79 line of motherboards. Get ready to feast your eyes on some exclusive pictures of Asus’ refreshed X79-Deluxe motherboard before the upcoming launch.

Not content with simply providing a basic BIOS update, Asus has put extra effort into making sure that its X79 motherboards are compatible with, and optimised for, ‘future Intel Core i7 49xx/48xx product family’ processors.

As you’ll see by browsing through our exclusive pictures of Asus’ soon-to-be-released X79-Deluxe, it’s not just under-the-hood tweaks that have been applied, either.

Without further ado, let’s gorge upon some teaser pictures shortly before our full, in-depth review of the motherboard, as well as that of ‘future Intel Core i7 49xx/48xx product family’ processors, goes live.

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Matching it up with the company’s 8 series motherboards, Asus has given the X79-Deluxe a makeover. Out with the blue – in with the gold. While feedback across the internet has shown that the Z87 boards’ gold colour schemes have been greeted with mixed emotions, Asus seems to have toned the brightness down a little for the X79-Deluxe. The appearance also seems slightly more balanced with increased black tints to offset the bright gold heatsinks.

The power delivery system’s control functions have received tweaks to offer enhanced support for ‘future Intel Core i7 49xx/48xx product family’ processors.

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The X79-Deluxe is largely identical to its highly-regarded predecessor – the P9X79 Deluxe – which isn’t a bad thing. Another of the main improvements comes from the updated Wi-Fi Go! which now features support for Bluetooth 4.0 and wireless 802.11ac.

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Eagle-eyed readers will notice that an additional four SATA ports have been added to the refreshed X79-Deluxe. Asus’ SSD Caching II is supported by the additional ports, allowing up to three SSDs to cache a single HDD, for example.

Asus also tells us that some of the under-the-hood tweaks include CPU and DRAM overclocking performance optimised for use with ‘future Intel Core i7 49xx/48xx product family’ processors.

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We can’t speak for the performance of ‘future Intel Core i7 49xx/48xx product family’ processors yet, but the X79-Deluxe showed off its overclocking potential by taking our retail 3930K chip to 5.0GHz with satisfying settings. We won’t claim 100% stability with this brief test, but our full review will outline the overclocking potential of Asus’ X79-Deluxe.

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If you would like a closer look at the Asus X79-Deluxe motherboard, be sure to check out the high-resolution pictures (above).

KitGuru says: If our brief preview of Asus’ refreshed X79-Deluxe motherboard has whet your appetite, be sure to check out our full, in-depth review of the motherboard when being used with a ‘future Intel Core i7 49xx/48xx product family’ processor, which is soon to go live.

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