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ASUS Announces its P6T WS Professional Workstation Motherboard

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The P6T WS Professional workstation motherboard is the ideal foundation for a powerful workstation—capable of delivering powerful and dependable performance; together with unparalleled I/O scalability for the most demanding tasks and upgrades in the future. Through ASUS' innovative design, the P6T WS Professional is able to support both SLI and CrossFireX technologies in order to deliver extreme and incredible graphical processing performance. Furthermore, it is also equipped with 2 built-in SAS connectors and 2 PCI-X slots onboard to allow users the flexibility of choice in multiple storage solutions. With such diverse features; and the capability to deliver extreme power efficiency through the ASUS EPU, the P6T WS Professional is a 'thoroughbred' that delivers both performance and improvements in the quality of work.

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Onboard SAS....

I like the Onboard SAS, but I wonder how much this board will cost. Sounds very interesting to say the least.
 

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I do not see anything "workstation" or "professional" with the card:

1. There is none PRO cards that needs PCIe x16 v. 2.0 (or even v. 1.1) exist. The only cards that really need PCIe x16 v. 2.0 are Radeon HD 4850 X2 and Radeon HD 4870 X2 - but they are not professional. Any other latest ATI card will nicely suit with PCIe x8 v. 2.0. I am not sure that nVIDIA cards may really work with full PCIe v. 2.0 speed, but they are at least not better than AMD ones (beeng based on the old GPU).

2. Only two PCIe slots mean that the WS owner will have to sacrifice either graphics or storage subsystems productivity - two graphics cards would not allow to install RAID controller and vice versa (well, some outdated PCI-X might be used, but the bus has a limited throughput; the two on-board SAS is a junk - at least 4 ports are needed (I'd preffer 16).

Really, the (e)ATX form factor is an obstacle for making modern workstation motherboard that needs: 2 pairs of (x16/x8 + x8) graphisc slots (double spaced) - to support up to 4 graphics cards - as one full PCIe x16 v.2 will be enough for it, nVIDIA 200 will do as a splitter, though real v.2 switch (and to hell with nVIDIA) will be better.

Two to four PCIe x8 slots - RAID controllers, GPU co-processors, etc.

At least a couple of PCI slots and one PCIE x1 slot - additional I/O connections

Only kind of (extended) WTX may suit or see here for possible other variants