Sunday, April 27th 2014

ASUS Z97 WS Socket LGA1150 Workstation Motherboard Detailed

Here are some of the first pictures of the Z97 WS from ASUS, its first workstation motherboard based on Intel's new 9-series chipset. Built in the standard ATX form-factor, the board offers a boat-load of enterprise-relevant connectivity, and out of the box support for not just Core "Haswell" Refresh processors, but also Xeon processors based on the "Haswell" silicon. The board draws power from 24-pin ATX and two 8-pin EPS connectors, with an optional 6-pin PCIe power input to stabilize power supply to add-on cards. It features an 8-phase CPU VRM, with additional heatsinks to dissipate heat from the MOSFETs.

The LGA1150 socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, and a PLX PEX8747 PCI-Express gen 3.0 x48 bridge chip. This chip wires out four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, which auto-configure between x16/NC/x16/NC, x16/NC/x8/x8, and x8/x8/x8/x8, depending on how you populate the four slots. Other expansion slots include two PCIe 2.0 x1, and one PCIe 2.0 x4, wired to the PCH. Storage connectivity includes eight SATA 6 Gb/s, from which four convert to two SATA-Express ports, and one M.2 slot. Display outputs appear to include DisplayPort and HDMI. There are two gigabit Ethernet interfaces on offer, both driven by Intel-made controllers. 8-channel HD audio, several USB 3.0 ports, and legacy ports by headers, make for the rest of the connectivity. Its feature-set include Ai-Suite III, reinforced power connectors, and the ability to log system events onto USB flash drives.


Source: TweakTown
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5 Comments on ASUS Z97 WS Socket LGA1150 Workstation Motherboard Detailed

#2
The Von Matrices
The side mounted SATA express connectors are a much better idea than the vertical connectors used in their other desktop boards.

And who needs two EPS connectors for a Haswell processor?!
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BorisDG
Two led debug codes at the botton? WTF?
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Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: The Von Matrices
And who needs two EPS connectors for a Haswell processor?!
Don't forget the 6-pin PCI-E power connector for presumably the PCI-E slots and the PLX chip.
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dogchainx
by: BorisDG
Two led debug codes at the botton? WTF?
Pffft....so you can spell out BOOB, silly.
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