Wednesday, March 4th 2009

Seven PCI-Express Slot X58 ASUS Motherboard Shown at CeBIT

Yes, you read the title correctly, on their stand at CeBIT, ASUS has a motherboard on show featuring seven full length PCI-Express slots. Four operate at full x16 speed, whilst the remaining three are at 8x speed. This has been achieved through the use of Intel's X58 chipset and the addition of two NVIDIA NF200 chips. Dubbed the P6T7 WS Supercomputer, it has been said to be the, "best choice for intensive parallel computing demand." Although no details yet on availability or pricing, the board is confirmed to support up to 24 GB RAM through six DDR3 slots, six SATA ports, two SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) and two eSATA ports and the usual 7.1 onboard sound and gigabit ethernet. The featured shot shows the board "naked" so to speak but due to this, you can see how ASUS have crammed the northbridge, southbridge and two NVIDIA chips into the bottom right corner of the board. This has given the space for the seven PCI-E slots, though it will require some sort of low profile cooling solution so as not to obstruct the installation of any graphics cards.


Sources: TechConnect , Computerbase
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80 Comments on Seven PCI-Express Slot X58 ASUS Motherboard Shown at CeBIT

#2
afw
Hmmmm

Similar to P6T6 WS revolution ...... :wtf::wtf::wtf:
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#3
alexp999
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by: afw
Similar to P6T6 WS revolution ...... :wtf::wtf::wtf:
Ahh, but that only (lol) has 6 PCi-E slots.
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#5
eidairaman1
nice in all but spacing is still crap, ya it be good for single slot cards but what about Dual slot Monsters?
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#6
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
by: eidairaman1
nice in all but spacing is still crap, ya it be good for single slot cards but what about Dual slot Monsters?
who needs dual slot monsters when you can have SEVEN single slot cards? imagine 7 4850s!
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#7
RevengE
Like I said in the Folding Thread HOLY SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! How much does this Bad boy Run?
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#9
RevengE
by: Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Its inevitable. PCI is going to ditched ^^
Its a Folders Dream Motherboard. :D
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#10
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
this board would be the only reason i'd go i7.
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#11
AlCabone
two Nvidia chips? What are those for?
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#13
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
by: AlCabone
two Nvidia chips? What are those for?
pci-express controllers.
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#14
alexp999
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by: AlCabone
two Nvidia chips? What are those for?
X58 can only give two x16 PCI-E ports, so the NVIDIA chips supply the rest.
Its what is used on officially supporting SLI X58 mobos, to support TRI-SLI. Two from X58, one from NF200.
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#15
legends84
man.. can all those slot supports gpu cards.. need a big psu though
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#16
alexp999
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by: legends84
man.. can all those slot supports gpu cards.. need a big psu though
Would this do it? :p

COOLMAX CUQ-1350B 1350W

But in all seriousness, it would really depend on what cards you put in. Not like you can fit seven GTX295s
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#17
eidairaman1
if all have enough lanes of bandwidth (8 is the minimum for Fastest Graphics cards) On the 295 bit, you wouldnt be able to utilize all the slots with dual slot cards because the slots are spaced single slot.
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#18
TreadR
I don't think water cooled cards should have problems with single slot solutions... BTW, does nVidia support more than 3 cards in the drivers to make sense?
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#19
silkstone
Looks like Fits will be dipping into his savings soon ;)
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#20
Jizzler
Sure you can - flexible PCIe x16 adapters. Will need to rig up a mounting system for 7 dual-slot cards, but I've seen mods in the gallery that were more involved. Having the slots in the first place is the hard part :D


As for the board itself - I now have two choices when I upgrade, the P6T6 and the P6T7! Besides the awesome amount of PCIe (which means no PCI thankfully), there's no IDE, floppy, and the backplane looks pretty good.
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#21
CarolinaKSU
by: silkstone
Looks like Fits will be dipping into his savings soon ;)
I wonder if this is is big announcement! :D

Seriously though, as others have said this is a folder's dream motherboard.. 7 9800GT's would make for a F@H monster I'm sure
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#22
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
O man... 7 cards for folding would be epic.
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#23
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
This motherboard is almost pointless.

I could see though why they used full slot pci-e though. Even smaller pci-e connectors can use these and if you needed a bigger slot for a sound card or whatever this can accomodate it.
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#25
Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
I'm sorry, but this gets to the point of being ridiculous. Other than someone who is creating a serious folding farm, who can really benefit from this? I'm not sure that we will ever see a game that will utilize anywhere near this kind of power.
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