Tuesday, March 3rd 2015

ASRock Announces X99 WS-E Socket LGA2011v3 Motherboard

ASRock announced its latest high-end socket LGA2011v3 motherboard for enthusiast PC/workstation builds, the X99 WS-E. Built in the EATX form-factor, this board is driven by Intel X99 Express chipset, and can run the company's Core i7 "Haswell-E" HEDT, and Xeon E5-2600 series "Haswell-EP" processors, out of the box. The board draws power from a 24-pin ATX, an 8-pin EPS, and two optional 4-pin Molex connectors. It offers a 12-phase CPU VRM, and a 4-phase memory VRM. The CPU socket is wired to eight DDR4 DIMM slots, which can seat up to 128 GB of quad-channel memory.

Expansion slots include seven PCI-Express 3.0 x16. The board features two PLX PEX-8747 bridge chips, which take in two x16 links from the CPU, and turn them into a total of four Gen 3.0 x16 slots that run at x16 bandwidth all the time. A third PCIe 3.0 x8 slot from the CPU is directly wired out. Both these PEX-8747 chips have bypass slots, so if you have just two VGA cards and want direct paths between them and the CPU, you can have it your way. Storage includes a total of 10 SATA 6 Gb/s ports driven by the PCH, from which two convert to a single SATA-Express connector, two additional 6 Gb/s ports from a Marvell-made controller, and an M.2 (physical PCIe 2.0 x4) slot.
Other connectivity includes two gigabit Ethernet connections, driven by Intel I210AT controllers that support teaming, eight USB 3.0 ports (four at the rear panel, and four by headers), one eSATA 6 Gb/s, and ASRock Purity 2 onboard audio (Realtek ALC1150 CODEC with 115 dBA SNR, Ti Burr-Brown NE5532 headphones amplifier, Nichicon audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, EMI shielding, and PCB ground-layer isolation). The board's VRM uses 60A solid chokes, dual-N MOSFETs, and 12K hours rated solid-state capacitors. Other features include dual-BIOS (manual switching between the two EEPROMs), POST LED display, and a feature-rich UEFI setup program. ASRock didn't announce pricing.
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13 Comments on ASRock Announces X99 WS-E Socket LGA2011v3 Motherboard

#1
micropage7
looks pretty nice i like that
edit: just saw the usb port near the cpu socket, if you use big heatsink it would be difficult to use that
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btarunr
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micropage7 said:
looks pretty nice i like that
edit: just saw the usb port near the cpu socket, if you use big heatsink it would be difficult to use that
It's for tiny/stubby hardware license USB keys.
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#3
micropage7
btarunr said:
It's for tiny/stubby hardware license USB keys.
yeah, nice feature but its better if they place it somewhere that has more room
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
micropage7 said:
yeah, nice feature but its better if they place it somewhere that has more room
This is a workstation motherboard, and will likely be running software that's worth tens of thousands, or even millions of dollars per license (think ocean mapping, VLSI design auto-path, oil prospecting, financial markets AI, etc.), which come with physical USB license stubs. You're better off having your million-dollar license stub hidden behind a CPU heatsink.
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#5
thekaidis
Didn't they announce this a while ago? And didn't it have a pair of 10GbE ports?
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#6
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
I have a feeling that little chipset fan is going to whine...
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cadaveca
My name is Dave
newtekie1 said:
I have a feeling that little chipset fan is going to whine...
Not on my sample. Review soon.
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
cadaveca said:
Not on my sample. Review soon.
Good to know! I just always worry when I see little fans like that. :toast:.

thekaidis said:
Didn't they announce this a while ago? And didn't it have a pair of 10GbE ports?
Yes, they announced the X99 WS-E/10G, this is the same board with the 10Gb/s ports removed, and I would assume cheaper because of it.
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#10
thekaidis
newtekie1 said:
Good to know! I just always worry when I see little fans like that. :toast:.



Yes, they announced the X99 WS-E/10G, this is the same board with the 10Gb/s ports removed, and I would assume cheaper because of it.
Yeah now that I look at it again it's even got the solder points for the 10Gb ports on the board, just empty.
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#11
Batou1986
I thought we had moved away from the days of chipset fans, since there isnt a technology on earth that can make them quiet aside from dieing in 6 months.
Despite any other features I would avoid this board for that reason alone.
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#12
micropage7
newtekie1 said:
I have a feeling that little chipset fan is going to whine...
yep, i prefer ultra wide passive heatsink than small fan
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#13
Chloe Price
The chipset cooler seems to be semi-passive.
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