TechPowerUp reports ASUS introduced the X79-Deluxe, the company's first LGA2011 motherboard since the introduction of Intel's Ivy Bridge-E. Given that there's no new chipset for Ivy Bridge-E, the feature set isn't really refreshing but ASUS did bring over the new gold color scheme of its Z87 series. This new ATX motherboard offers 10-phase VRM to the CPU, eight DDR3 slots, four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, and a pair of PCIe 2.0 x1 slots. The price is anticipated to be around $349.99.
Storage connectivity includes eight internal SATA 6 Gb/s ports, of which just two are wired to the X79 PCH, four SATA 3 Gb/s ports, and two eSATA 6 Gb/s. Out of the eight USB 3.0 ports on this board, you get six on the rear panel, two by header. The X79 Deluxe features the latest WiFi GO! module by ASUS, which lends it 802.11 ac WLAN, and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Of the two gigabit Ethernet ports on the board, one is driven by an Intel-made controller. 8-channel HD audio, and a number of USB 2.0/1.1 ports make for the rest. Among the ASUS-exclusive features are USB BIOS Flashback, EPU, TPU II, ASUS SSD Caching, and USB 3.0 Boost.