Wednesday, December 14th 2011

Intel Outs Extreme Board DX79TO, Sandy Bridge-E Platform On The Cheap

Intel's Desktop Board division didn't miss out on the Sandy Bridge-E LGA2011 platform launch, after all, it's ceremonial for Intel to launch a new generation of processors with its own branded motherboards that are fully compatible with them. While Intel had two models of LGA2011 motherboards in the pipeline, the DX79SI and DX79TO, only the former was launched in November, which made it to most platform reviewers. The DX79SI was launched at a price point of US $289 - $299 MSRP, though some retailers easily set that price above $300. The new DX79TO is designed to be a down-scaled version of the DX79SI, targeting a price range of $203 - $208, according to ARK. Naturally then, the price that's 30% lower than that of the DX79SI invites some aggressive feature-cutting.

To begin with, the DX79TO could have a slightly slimmer CPU VRM. Thankfully, it doesn't cheap out much on VRM heatsinks, with the same exact ones found on the DX79SI. The heatsink cooling the VRM area south of the socket is not linked to the PCH heatsink with a heat-pipe, like on the DX79SI. The PCH heatsink itself looks slightly slimmer, though it's not a major area of concern. The CPU socket is still wired to as many as eight DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting up to 64 GB of quad-channel DDR3 memory.

Let the cost cutting begin. First, the expansion slot area does away with the third PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x8) slot, it is reduced to a PCIe x1. The board is left with two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots wired to the CPU, one legacy PCI, and three PCIe x1. Next up, the 8-channel HD audio cluster is replaced by a 6-channel one (pray why? even $50 motherboards have 8-channel audio these days!). Optical SPDIF output is gone. The board has just one GbE connection, the DX79SI has two. Thankfully this connection is still driven by an Intel-made controller. There is just one USB 3.0 controller, which handles the two USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel. The front-panel USB 3.0 controller and its headers are blanked, so two USB 3.0 ports are all you get with this board. In all, Intel did some very aggressive cost cutting, which makes the DX79TO a board for those who'll run Sandy Bridge-E at bare-minimum stock settings. It is DX58OG, encore.Source: VR-Zone
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9 Comments on Intel Outs Extreme Board DX79TO, Sandy Bridge-E Platform On The Cheap

#1
theJesus
Seeing that $200 is considered "cheap" for a motherboard made me cry a little bit inside.
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#2
DannibusX
by: theJesus
Seeing that $200 is considered "cheap" for a motherboard made me cry a little bit inside.
$200 is cheap for an Intel board.
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btarunr
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by: DannibusX
$200 is cheap for an Intel board.
Rather, $200 is cheap for a LGA2011 board. In no time this board will fall to $189 or even $179 thanks to the crap feedback it will receive.
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DannibusX
by: btarunr
Rather, $200 is cheap for a LGA2011 board. In no time this board will plummet to $189 thanks to the crap feedback it will receive.
True enough.
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#5
DanishDevil
Inb4 this board is "featured" on every pre-built skt2011 in the known universe.
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#6
matar
No one will buy it , at least not me.
x79 motheboards is By far NO NO way near of the X58 when it was Released.
i don't see any reason to upgrade to X79 i am very happy with my X58 classified with i7-970 @4.23GHZ. :roll:
Ok when they roll out the 8-core 16-threads CPU now thats a different story...
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#7
blibba
I'm curious as to why they went with 8 RAM slots.
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#8
DanishDevil
Apparently, 8 DIMM slots is cheaper than 2 more channels of audio and an optical jack.
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#9
Delta6326
Here's a review of the Intel DX79SI and some others.

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