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Nov 11, 2011

Asus Unveils the P9X79 WS LGA 2011 Motherboard for Workstation PCs

When we pretty much though that we got acquainted with all the LGA 2011 motherboards that Asus want to launch a few days from now, the Taiwanese company has come out with a new image depicting the P9X79 WS, the company's second workstation board for Sandy Bridge-E processors after the Sabertooth X79.

On a first look, one would be tempted to believe that the P9X79 WS is nothing more than a slightly modified version of the P9X79 Deluxe that was revealed a short while ago.

However, when moving closer to this workstation motherboard, one gets to see that Asus made quite a few design changes starting with the cooling system, which now links all the VRM heatsinks to each other and also with the PCH heatspreader.

In addition, the expansion slot layout was also modified to feature no less than six PCI Express x16 slots, two of them working at full x16 speeds, while two other are limited at x8.

The speed of the remaining two PCIe x16 slots is not known, but the P9X79 WS is compatible with quad-GPU AMD CrossFireX and Nvidia SLI setups.

As far as storage is concerned, Asus' latest creation comes with four SATA 3Gbps ports and four SATA 6Gbps port, two of the latter being driven by a third party controller.

On the back of the P9X79 WS, Asus has installed all the usual ports and connectors including a pair of USB 3.0 ports, 7.1-channel audio with S/PDIF out, a FireWire port, and dual Gigabit Ethernet connectors driven by Intel NICs.

One of the USB 2.0 slots installed is colored white to mark the fact that this can be used for upgrading the motherboard's BIOS without a CPU, while two additional USB 3.0 ports are available through a on-board header.

Other features include a rear mounted Clear CMOS switch, support for a TPM module, and two internal COM ports.

No details regarding pricing were released yet, but SweClockers says the motherboard will arrive on November 14 together with the Sandy Bridge-E processors.


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