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ASUS Announces Z97-WS Workstation Motherboard

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ASUS today announced the Z97-WS motherboard for workstations. Based on the Intel Z97 chipset, the Z97-WS is tailored for extreme graphics processing to cater to the requirements of design industry professionals and gaming enthusiasts. It features PCIe Gen3 4-Way Graphics Power with NVIDIA GeForce SLI Technology and AMD CrossFireX on demand; as well as advanced and efficient power solutions with integrated Dr MOS MOSFET, ultra-durable 12K solid capacitors, along with exclusive ASUS ProCool power connectors and Beat Thermal Chokes.

Ideal for graphics-intensive tasks
The Z97-WS motherboard boasts PCIe Gen3 4-Way Graphics Power with NVIDIA GeForce SLI Technology and AMD CrossFireX on demand to give users flexible multi-GPU solutions for more powerful graphics processing.





This makes the Z97-WS ideal for professionals working with 3D design and modeling software, as well as other graphics-intensive simulations and rendering applications. This graphical prowess also makes the Z97-WS a viable option for gamers looking to experience the latest PC games at their maximum visual settings. In addition, the Z97-WS offers extensive expandability options with ample room for RAID cards, PCI Express-based solid state storage drives (SSDs), video capture cards, and other components.

Supreme power solutions for unmatched efficiency
The ASUS Z97-WS uses innovative design and premium components to deliver industry-leading power efficiency. Gold-coated Beat Thermal Chokes provide efficient conductivity for minimal power loss delivery; while the integrated Driver-MOSFET (Dr MOS) saves space and reduces operating temperatures.

ASUS is the world's first motherboard manufacturer to introduce 12K solid capacitors, with the Z97-WS using durable Japanese-made capacitors that are able to withstand up to 12,000 hours of temperatures as high as 105°C - far exceeding those of everyday computing. These 12K capacitors also boast lower equivalent series resistance (ESR) for increased efficiency and minimal heat generation.

The Z97-WS uses ASUS ProCool power connectors that ensure close, secure connections with the motherboard. The flush connections made by these connectors allows for lower impedance and better heat dissipation to lower operating temperatures.

Hassle-free troubleshooting
The Z97-WS motherboard features Q-Code Logger - a one-touch troubleshooter that lets users easily check system status at any time. Users can even save all Q-Code logs on a USB flash drive when the system is powered off. The motherboard also comes with ASUS Dr. Power, an exclusive ASUS utility that tracks power supply status in the background and notifies users of any impending power supply issues.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS Z97-WS is available from May 11th.
 
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Looks like the best all-round Z97 board so far (assuming the price is OK for the buyer).

The only other thing I'd have liked to see (especially given there is presumably a PLX bridge chip in there) is a PCI-e G3 x4 M.2 port like the Asrock E6 has.

Still it's always going to be a compromise and this board seems to have the least of them. ;)

Now when can I buy it and a CPU to put in it (DC)?
 
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The board will ship starting 5-14-2014, (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132126)
The Devil's Canyon 4790K is being released on 6-2-2014 or soon after.
If the 4790K reviews look good, it'll be very tempting to upgrade, even if just to enjoy a new overclocking experience. We're all bored as hell with the status quo, so I predict a record-breaking sales frenzy in June.
I actually like the Z97-Deluxe better (same price, $289) , it has more SATA ports, and I'll never run more than 2 video cards anyway.
 
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The board will ship starting 5-14-2014, (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132126)
The Devil's Canyon 4790K is being released on 6-2-2014 or soon after.
If the 4790K reviews look good, it'll be very tempting to upgrade, even if just to enjoy a new overclocking experience. We're all bored as hell with the status quo, so I predict a record-breaking sales frenzy in June.
I actually like the Z97-Deluxe better (same price, $289) , it has more SATA ports, and I'll never run more than 2 video cards anyway.
There you go, horses for courses, I just have two SSDs (or maybe a PCI-e card) for local storage and the rest is on the LAN and I already have 2 x gfx cards so the WS makes more sense for me. :)
 
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This looks like a really densely packed board.

I almost thought Asus dropped their "TB_Header" implementation for their ThunderboltEX II card with this generation of motherboards but I guess not. They just changed the five pin socket it connects to on the motherboard (which probably requires a new cable or an adaptor cable). This one is located between the PCIe x4 slot and the third PCIe x16 slot.
 
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Wow what nice looking board,I like this oh wait I LOVE THIS color scheme.Wish they would make the ROG and TUF boards with this scheme,and features.