Tuesday, January 10th 2012

ASUS Dual-Socket LGA2011 Motherboard Pictured

At CES, ASUS showed off its latest workstation motherboard designed for 2P socket LGA2011 Sandy Bridge-EP eight-core processors, the Z9PE-D8-WS. By the looks of it, it might not be having the voltage-delivery muscle of EVGA's SR3, but it is filled to the brim with connectivity. Each socket is powered by a 14-phase Digi+ II VRM, there are numerous other power domains. The board draws power from a 24-pin ATX connector, two 8-pin EPS connectors, and a 4-pin Molex.

The sockets are each wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, giving this board the ability to hold up to 256 GB of RAM. There are seven PCI-Express 3.0 x16 expansion slots, from which four (blue) are x16 capable, and three (black) x8 capable. There are as many as 10 SATA ports, of which six appear to be 6 Gb/s capable. In terms of connectivity, an ASpeed AST2300 provides basic display and management over IP functions; there are two gigabit Ethernet interfaces driven by Intel-made controllers, two USB 3.0 ports, 8-channel HD audio, and a number of USB 2.0 ports. ASUS demonstrated this board by running two 2P capable unknown processors, three latest NVIDIA Tesla GPU compute cards, and an ASUS-made graphics card. Unlike with EVGA SR3, which is technically a workstation motherboard designed for enthusiasts, the Z9PE-D8-WS is intentioned to be a workstation motherboard only.

Source: VR-Zone
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42 Comments on ASUS Dual-Socket LGA2011 Motherboard Pictured

#1
Lionheart
Chucks Norris Motherboard has arrived ^_^
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#2
jalex3
Needs more ram....:shadedshu
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#4
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: Aceman.au
For servers I'm guessing.
Workstation. That's what "WS" in the name means.
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#6
Aceman.au
by: DanTheBanjoman
Workstation. That's what "WS" in the name means.
Hmmm... Ok
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#7
hhumas
First time heard the term Nvidia Tesla ..........
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#8
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
think about the crunching cabability of the machine built on this beast!
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#9
Drone
The board draws power from a 24-pin ATX connector, two 8-pin EPS connectors, and a 4-pin Molex.
I bet you need to own a power plant to feed this.
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#10
random
I am curious, would this mean that the CPU's will share the workload? or is it more for the purpose of virtual machines?
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#11
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Aceman.au
Hmmm... Ok
Also note the very final sentence in the original post.
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#12
Flanker
reminds me of the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS, not exactly a good memory....
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#13
Aceman.au
by: Frick
Also note the very final sentence in the original post.
I didn't notice that... This thing will be overkill
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#15
Prima.Vera
So in the end, what's the difference between a Workstation and a High End PC?? ;)
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#16
lilhasselhoffer
256 GB of RAM?

256GB/8 slots = 32 GB/slot. To my knowledge, the highest available RAM density available to most consumers is 8 GB/stick. Supposedly Samsung has 32 GB/stick, but that stuff seems to be available in only extremely limited quantities (not mentioning the king's ransom eight sticks of it would require).

Oh well, if you're already dropping 2 grand on a set of processors, ~800 on the mobo (assumed, but only a ballpark guess), and enough on other components (PSU, drives, etc...) to make a dozen high end consumer PCs the cost of a 32 GB stick seems reasonable...
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#17
kinc
ASUS Representative
Its also going to support overclocking to the degree that the Sandy Bridge-EP CPUs allow. And not be locked like a traditional Dual-Socket board intended for the professional segment of high-end PCs.
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#18
Mussels
Moderprator
by: jalex3
Needs more ram....:shadedshu
what, 32GB isnt enough?
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#19
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: lilhasselhoffer
256 GB of RAM?

256GB/8 slots = 32 GB/slot. To my knowledge, the highest available RAM density available to most consumers is 8 GB/stick. Supposedly Samsung has 32 GB/stick, but that stuff seems to be available in only extremely limited quantities (not mentioning the king's ransom eight sticks of it would require).
Availability and pricing doesn't change anything to support.
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#20
Sir B. Fannybottom
by: jalex3
Needs more ram....:shadedshu
I'm guessing theres only 8 slots because that's all they could fit on there lol
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#21
pantherx12
by: jalex3
Needs more ram....:shadedshu
Not meant for regular consumer though is it.

Pop a few 8/16 or 32gb sticks and your away :toast:
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#22
Yukikaze
by: random
I am curious, would this mean that the CPU's will share the workload? or is it more for the purpose of virtual machines?
If you run a single OS on it, then it will see the total amount of cores available to it and thus share the workload.
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#23
Super XP
by: Yukikaze
If you run a single OS on it, then it will see the total amount of cores available to it and thus share the workload.
Well, that's a good thing right :)
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#24
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: jalex3
Needs more ram....:shadedshu
256 GB isn't enough?
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#25
vziera
what are those coolers? btw I'm still not tempted enough to upgrade, is it normal?
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