The X79 is a favorite platform here in the Ninjalane Labs, we use it on our video card test benches and always have a system ready for multi GPU overclocking when multithreaded performance is important.
You do software updates to get the most from favourite programs right? Updating a motherboard BIOS can in a timely manner is also critical. The guide to Flashing a Motherboard BIOS spells out the often complicated steps in plain english. PCSTATS Tips