Thursday, April 30th 2009

ASUS P6T7 SuperComputer Packs Two nForce 200 Chips, Graphics Expansion Galore

There is a new X58 "SuperComputer" motherboard, this time not from ASRock, but from ASUS. The company is ready with a new LGA-1366 single-socket workstation motherboard that concentrates quite heavily on its PCI-Express expansion slots. THe motherboard packs seven full-length PCI-Express slots. To support these, ASUS used a clever design: two 16-lane PCI-Express channels from the X58 northbridge provide connectivity to an NVIDIA nForce 200 (BR-03) chip each. Each of these chips in turn broadcast the connection to two PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots (blue slots). The blue slots with a neighbouring black slot further have PCI-E switching logic that can divert 8 lanes to the black PCI-E x16 slots, when populated. As a result, it has seven slots worked out in all. The board supports ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI.

A large heatsink cools the lower cluster of chips that include the board's ICH10R southbridge, and the two nForce 200 chips. Heatpipes distribute heat to an elaborate array of heatsinks over the northbridge and the board's VRM areas. The board features six DDR3 memory slots for supporting up to 24 GB of memory. Storage is care of the southbridge and an additional controller to provide extra internal SATA ports along with the eSATA connectivity. 8-channel audio, and two gigabit Ethernet controllers, and an ASUS-exclusive system diagnostics card make for the rest of the equation. The P6T7 SuperComputer is yet to hit stores.


Source: TechConnect Magazine
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36 Comments on ASUS P6T7 SuperComputer Packs Two nForce 200 Chips, Graphics Expansion Galore

#2
sapetto
This mobo is INSANE! :rockout:
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#3
iStink
Does this mean eight video cards can be ran together or is that still something the drivers need to catch up to?
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#4
newtekie1
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by: h3llb3nd4
in SLi?
can it run Crysis?
SLi only supports up to 4 GPU's, and you can only do that by using dual-GPU cards. Using single GPU cards, SLi only supports up to 3 GPU's.

And my single GTX285 runs Crysis.

by: iStink
Does this mean eight video cards can be ran together or is that still something the drivers need to catch up to?
The nVidia drivers support up to 8 GPU's independantly. So you couldn't run 8 GTX295's giving 16 GPU's, as the drivers only support 8.
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#5
btarunr
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by: h3llb3nd4
can it run Crysis?
Depends on the graphics card installed. If you have a GeForce 7300GT installed, forget Crysis.

This board should interest hardcore F@H enthusiasts who will probably use seven GTX 285 cards with waterblocks (assuming the fittings allow such a thing). Otherwise, workstation users can have multiple display-heads with as many as seven single-slot graphics cards.
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#6
Salsoolo
eight or seven slots? i only see seven slots in the pics.
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#8
h3llb3nd4
Lulz I meant :can the on board GPUs run crysis:laugh:(ps I know it cant)
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#9
OnionMan
by: h3llb3nd4
Lulz I meant :can the on board GPUs run crysis:laugh:(ps I know it cant)
The joke probably should have been ' what no IGP?? No thanks then..'

My joke is 'no pci slots? where do I plug in my Mx440 Crysis killer???'


--I like the way it looks but of course most of us have no reason for all of that.. Sure looks cool tho.. Will this be able handle 7 'SINGLE SLOT' GPUs for folding then??
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#10
lemonadesoda
+1. I would rather have 6 PCIe x16 slots with ONE PCI, rather than 7 PCIe slots.
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#12
newtekie1
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by: h3llb3nd4
Lulz I meant :can the on board GPUs run crysis:laugh:(ps I know it cant)
There are no onboard GPUs.
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#13
mechtech
And when it is out on the market it will probly be about $500.00 cnd w/o my 13% sales tax lol but hey 7 pcie slots lol
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#14
ShinyG
I'll take the Quad Crossfire-X and Triple SLI at the same time, thank you!
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#16
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
where are you guys getting 8?

its 7. clearly 7.

i've known about this board for months now.

cant wait to get one.
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#17
Jizzler
I'm sold.

Glad I went with an intermediate P45/Q8200 upgrade instead of trying to squeezing a P6T6, DDR3, and an i7 into my budget. Now I absolutely know what I'm saving up for :D
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#18
Duffman
by: lemonadesoda
+1. I would rather have 6 PCIe x16 slots with ONE PCI, rather than 7 PCIe slots.
+1 on that one. No place for my PCI sound card...
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#19
Jizzler
No! :D

All you PCI users have hundreds of boards to choose from, there's only 3 all-PCIe boards that I know of (including the P6T7, and excluding boards with a single slot).
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#20
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
by: Jizzler
No! :D

All you PCI users have hundreds of boards to choose from, there's only 3 all-PCIe boards that I know of (including the P6T7, and excluding boards with a single slot).
+100

if you have a pci card this is obviously NOT for you. i DO believe they have pci-e sound cards these days. get modern...
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#21
erocker
by: Fitseries3
+100

get modern...
...or just use what works for you.
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#22
DeathTyrant
I've got the Asus P6T6 WS Revolution, which has just the one NF200 and six PCI-Express slots. This looks like my board on HGH and Steroids lol.
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#23
RevengE
Wow, amazing board. I wonder how much it will go for?
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#24
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
its looking like $439 from my source.
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