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Asus Releases P9X79-E WS Motherboard, Supports 4-Way SLI

Asus has released a new workstation class motherboard based on the X79 chipset. The P9X79-E WS Motherboard comes packed with a number of interesting features, the most notable one being the arrangement of the expansion slots. Asus' new motherboard supports up to four-way SLI or CrossfireX, with four slots that each support up to sixteen PCIe lanes. If users choose to do so, they can install up to seven single slot graphics cards.

Another interesting feature is that the P9X79-E WS carries two server grade Ethernet ports, each powered by Intel's i210 Ethernet controller.

Furthermore, the motherboard features other generous connectivity as well. It comes with four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear I/O and two on a front header), along with a handful of USB 2.0 ports, a legacy PS/2 port, a clear CMOS switch on the rear I/O, and audio that is done by 7.1 analogue audio as well as an optical TOSLINK port. Regarding storage, the motherboard features six SATA3 ports, and the included Asus SSD Caching II software can make use of SSDs as caching SSDs.

 

The motherboard will be available in late April or early May, with no word on pricing yet.

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Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • COLGeek
    That is a beast of a mobo. With proper power and cooling, you could build a rendering/folding monster, and a great space heater!
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  • bentonsl_2010
    COLGeekand a great space heater!
    I lol'd
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  • nukemaster
    I would have hoped for some more USB 3 or even thunderbolt at the back. Still looks interestingly overkill
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  • COLGeek
    Remember, Thunderbolt requires integrated video and that is not supported on Socket 2011 CPUs. Still, by now, one would expect to see the feature offered via a stand alone adapter or integrated "chipset" to enable the capability.
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  • DrShocker com
    Hummm ... Would this be a worthwhile replacement for my Rampage IV Extreme ? or could they possibly come out with a Rampage V Extreme when Ivy Bridge E is released ... I love the IV but more PCI lanes would be wonderful
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  • DrShocker com
    DrShocker comHummm ... Would this be a worthwhile replacement for my Rampage IV Extreme ? or could they possibly come out with a Rampage V Extreme when Ivy Bridge E is released ... I love the IV but more PCI lanes would be wonderful
    Rampage VI Extreme I should say ... Forgot about the Z77
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  • mapesdhs
    I have a standard P9X79 WS, which is already a very good board. If they've updated the hw
    to support SLI/CF in x16/x16/x16/x16 then that's very cool, as the existing WS is limited to
    x8/x8/x8/x8 in these modes. The slot layout is similar, though the current WS doesn't have
    the 2nd PCIe slot closest to the CPU. Must admit I did find this slightly annoying as I could
    certainly have made use of an extra slot (primary card is a 1-slot Quadro 4000), so adding
    a slot there is good.

    I'm surprised though that the new version only has 6 SATA3 ports. I would prefer to have
    at least 10, with none of them driven by an awful Marvell controller.

    Apart from that though, the WS is an excellent board. Ludicrously easy to oc a 3930K,
    even with the max 64GB RAM.

    For reference, the current version normally costs about 300 UKP, so I'd expect the
    new one to be much the same.

    NB: the board uses the CEB form factor, so if anyone's thinking of buying one,
    remember to ensure your selected case is big enough (I chose a Coolermaster HAF 932).

    Ian.

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  • cah027
    I wonder what the fastest single slot card is and what the scaling would be like with 7 of them? Toms, how about you do it and bench it ?
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  • cah027
    Single slot card.. I meant to type..
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  • nukemaster
    You can edit your post by clicking the little icons :)

    But you have to come to the forums first.

    Click me
    I fixed it for you :)
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