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ASUS Makes Z9PE-D8 WS 2P-LGA2011 Motherboard Official


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ASUS made its workstation-grade Z9PE-D8 WS motherboard official. The board is built for 2P Xeon E5-2600 series processors in the LGA2011 package, is based on the Intel C606 "Patsburg" chipset, and is built in the 30.5 x 33 cm EEB form-factor. Each of the two sockets is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting quad-channel memory, each. Up to 256 GB of registered DDR3 memory is supported.

Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (blue), two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (electrical x8, top two black), and one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4, bottommost black). 4-way SLI and CrossFireX are supported. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s (two from the PCH, four from two Marvell 9230 chips), and eight SATA 3 Gb/s (all from the PCH). An ASPEED ASMB6 provides basic display and iKVM functions. Realtek ALC898 provides 8-channel HD audio. There are two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, driven by Intel 82574L chips. The Z9PE-D8 WS from ASUS is priced around US $630.

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Aug 3, 2010
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really nice looking board! But EEB Form Factor? Which is the same size as EATX so why not make it an EATX mobo!! Now I need a different case and I love my antec P280 I just bought.
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really nice looking board! But EEB Form Factor? Which is the same size as EATX so why not make it an EATX mobo!! Now I need a different case and I love my antec P280 I just bought.
It should fit... if you rip out the entire drive cage. Luckily it's a model with a door.

Then you'd just need to place 4-5 new screw mounts to support the edge of the board.
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14 SATA ports and no SAS wtf ASUS :confused:
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Does it have all the normal overclocking features?
Anyone know how well the Xeon E5-2600 overclocks?
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Does it have all the normal overclocking features?
Anyone know how well the Xeon E5-2600 overclocks?
It should, but not one has said for sure... rumors only.:ohwell:

The E5 procs are locked down and have bad BLCK OC potential so don't go into it think you will get to 4.2Ghz+ from what is being said by EVGA and the SR-X board.
Aug 3, 2010
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Just ordered my Z9PE-D8 WS from Newegg!! When I compared it to the SR-X it was a no brainer. 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports on the board as compared to 4 ( 2 of those being external eSATA) and ASUS SSD caching. Combine this with my RevoDrive 3 X2 and my system will fly.

I think I'll be able to shave at least 2 seconds off my MS Solitare record!! :rockout:


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its capable of OCing but the cpus arent. cpus will cost you $5000 easily. have fun at stock speed

waste of money despite being such an awesome board. not asus' fault though.
Aug 3, 2010
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With workstation or server motherboards you want stability ANYDAY over being able to over-clock the CPUs on it. These really are not systems for enthusiasts, game players or over-clockers.

So YES I will enjoy it at stock speeds! Thanks :)

and the CPUs I am looking at go up to 3.8Ghz when needed.
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I wonder what the performance impact of CrossfireX/SLI over QPI will be, considering that you can connect GPUs across CPUs.