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I have both a GA-X79S-UP5 and a P9X79 WS.

The UP5 should not even be considered if you intend to OC, at all.

I'm pretty impressed with the P9X79 WS (which I chose over the Rampage IV Extreme), but it does have a few quirks. Due to what I presume is some hidden timing/strap/skew settings I'm finding OCs at 4.4GHz or above, but below 4.6GHz are phenomenally hard to stabilize, and around ~4.5GHz rarely even boot correctly, at least with my setup. However as soon as I cross into 4.6GHz+ territory, everything becomes almost effortless again. Right now I'm running 4.375GHz as my 24/7 clocks as I need to shave off about 5-10C to make 4.6GHz viable for 24/7 use (my ambients are very warm).

Anyway, aside from this irksome clock hole, and the fact that if you turn off the ASUS "full screen logo" during POST, you cannot enter the BIOS, I'm extremely impressed with the board.

You aren't going to find anything in remotely the same league as the P9X79 WS for ~270 dollars. Even if the R4E does suit tri-fire slightly better, it's not worth a 130 dollar premium.
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Can somebody make a BIOS backup from P9X79 WS for me?
It is needed for adding full support for X79-based ASUS boards to FD44Editor.
To make BIOS backup, download this archive, unpack it to desktop and run backup.bat as administrator.
Thank you in advance.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blameless View Post

I have both a GA-X79S-UP5 and a P9X79 WS.
The UP5 should not even be considered if you intend to OC, at all.
I'm pretty impressed with the P9X79 WS (which I chose over the Rampage IV Extreme), but it does have a few quirks. Due to what I presume is some hidden timing/strap/skew settings I'm finding OCs at 4.4GHz or above, but below 4.6GHz are phenomenally hard to stabilize, and around ~4.5GHz rarely even boot correctly, at least with my setup. However as soon as I cross into 4.6GHz+ territory, everything becomes almost effortless again. Right now I'm running 4.375GHz as my 24/7 clocks as I need to shave off about 5-10C to make 4.6GHz viable for 24/7 use (my ambients are very warm).
Anyway, aside from this irksome clock hole, and the fact that if you turn off the ASUS "full screen logo" during POST, you cannot enter the BIOS, I'm extremely impressed with the board.
You aren't going to find anything in remotely the same league as the P9X79 WS for ~270 dollars. Even if the R4E does suit tri-fire slightly better, it's not worth a 130 dollar premium.

That's impressive, now I seen some reviews and heard some people and from you that OCing is a little bother some on this board. The only difference on PCIe lanes was 16/8/8 on the WS and 16/16/16(?) on the RIVE
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CodeRush View Post

Can somebody make a BIOS backup from P9X79 WS for me?
It is needed for adding full support for X79-based ASUS boards to FD44Editor.
To make BIOS backup, download this archive, unpack it to desktop and run backup.bat as administrator.
Thank you in advance.

What's the difference between a BIOS backup made with this utility and a .CAP or .ROM file downloaded from ASUS?
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That's impressive, now I seen some reviews and heard some people and from you that OCing is a little bother some on this board.

On which board, the UP5 or the PX979 WS?
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The only difference on PCIe lanes was 16/8/8 on the WS and 16/16/16(?) on the RIVE

16/8/16 on the RIVE.
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@Blameless, there are no board data in BIOS files from ASUS.com, the specific EFI module is empty in them.
FD44Editor is an utility to edit and restore that data in case of loss, but I can't add support for new data format used on P9X79 WS without having 3 or more backups.
I already have one, but without another two I can't find out, which bytes are common for all boards, and witch are individual.
I will not redistribute BIOS images or any data from them, it's needed only for FD44Editor development.
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You aren't going to find anything in remotely the same league as the P9X79 WS for ~270 dollars. Even if the R4E does suit tri-fire slightly better, it's not worth a 130 dollar premium.


An openbox RIVE comes pretty close though for a lil more.
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Over clocking seems pretty decent to me, it's the same as the p9x79 deluxe's socket I believe. I'm at 4.6 ghz on my 3930k at 1.36v rock solid stable
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Thanks for opinions, went with the P9X79 WS as it was 260 vs 380 for an open box RIVE. Quick question, Will a Corsair HX1050w be fineonce I get my 3rd 7950?
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Opened the box and found a 880G board inside... no emocon could describe the rage I felt.... Back to MC again...
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Quote:
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Thanks for opinions, went with the P9X79 WS as it was 260 vs 380 for an open box RIVE. Quick question, Will a Corsair HX1050w be fineonce I get my 3rd 7950?

Wherever yer getting an openbox RIVE for 380, its the wrong place. But anyways, good buy on the WS.

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Opened the box and found a 880G board inside... no emocon could describe the rage I felt.... Back to MC again...

Doh, it's brick and mortar, open her up before you leave the store.
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