Hey folks. I got some interesting news for you today. Not entirely unexpected, Asus will be launching a WS or WorkStation version of its P9X79 motherboards which is simply called the P9X79WS and the first picture of the new board has now appeared online. This model shares some basic design elements with the Pro and Deluxe boards, but it's pretty clear that it's not intended for the same market.
ASUS may have the amazingly sexy Republic of Gaming boards, but Workstation (WS) series boards are filled to the brim with great detail and are fit for mission - critical environments. The WS - branded boards are usually based on chipsets from Intel's client product lines rather than Enterprise lines. Intel's Sandy Bridge - E 1P platform will get a similar treatment with the P9X79WS.
The board is based on an ATX form-factor, and uses the typical X79 layout. The socket LGA2011 is powered by a 10 - phase Digi+ VRM, which is cooled by a heatsink that shares its heat with a VRM heatsink cluster over the memory VRM, and one over the X79 PCH.
ASUS' P9X79WS features eight DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting SB-E's quad-channel memory, and all PCI-Express slots are long-type, and the board supports 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire X support. Storage-wise we have two SATA 6Gbps and four SATA 3Gbps from the PCH, two SATA 6Gbps from a discrete controller, and to my surprise, a lack of eSATA.
Six USB 3.0 ports are included with two on the rear panel and four provided by headers, two Gigabit Ethernet connections both from Intel-made controllers, Firewire and 8-channel HD audio.
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