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ASUS X99-E WS (Intel X99) Workstation Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Nov 11, 2014 3:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: ASUS

Power Consumption

 

We have upgraded our power testing equipment, and now use a Yokogawa WT310 power meter for testing. The Yokogawa WT310 feeds its data through a USB cable to another machine where we can capture the test results.

 

To test total system power use, we used AIDA64 Stability test to load the CPU, and then recorded the results. We also now add in the power use for a server from off state, to hitting the power button to turn it on, and take it all the way to the desktop. This gives us data on power consumption during the boot up process.

 

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The X99-E WS uses ~125 watts at idle on the desktop; it peaks out at ~325 watts under full load. The power use is slightly higher than regular workstation motherboards because we have the extra NVIDIA Quadro K5000 installed on our motherboard.

 

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With the X99-E WS, we see only peak power use of ~225 watts during the boot up process. The system then settles down to ~125 watts after the boot up is completed.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

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Back in April, we took a look at the ASUS Z97-WS Workstation (Intel Z97) Motherboard Review, which we found to be a very powerful workstation motherboard.

 

Now with the release of Intel's Haswell E5-2600 v3 Socket 2011-R3 processors, we can really step up the computing power of single socket motherboards like the ASUS X99-E WS. The X99-E WS motherboard is a feature packed system that can handle Four-Way GPUs and processors with up to 18 cores. This motherboard is about as high-end as you can get for single socket systems, but what really sets it apart is that it also overclocks, and would be a perfect fit for a processor like a 5960x.

 

The built-in features for overclocking CPUs and DDR4 memory can really increase the system's performance to high levels, and can be done with just a few clicks in the BIOS. You may not be able to get super high-end overclocks with this feature, but what you do get is easy to use, and enhances performance a great deal. With these features in the BIOS, ASUS has made overclocking something that just about everyone can do, no matter how knowledgeable they are in overclocking.

 

In the lab, we set up the Z97-WS with a 4770K, and hit the auto-overclocking feature in the BIOS. This achieved a 4.5GHz overclock that has been stable under all conditions for many months now, and we expect the X99-E WS will perform the same. This alone provides a great deal of value to system builders who can build up a system, and OC is easy and safe for end users. If you are skilled in overclocking, the BIOS provides all the tools to achieve higher overclocks to squeeze out every bit of performance you can get.

 

Besides the Four-Way GPUs, and overclocked processor and RAM, the X99-E WS also doubles up on the storage capabilities when compared to the Z97-WS motherboard. With all the computing power the X99-E WS provides, having plenty of storage to work on large files is necessary. The X99-E WS provides that with a huge array of SATA ports that can create large storage pools using RAIDs 0, 1, 5, and 10, and the SATA Express ports provide high speed storage abilities.

 

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We have used several ASUS workstation class motherboards in the lab now, and we feel that ASUS has become the gold standard for BIOS's and features. ASUS has developed its version of the UEFI BIOS that has advanced capabilities such as auto overclocking features, Five-Way Optimization with CPU Performance Boost, Energy Efficiency, Fan Xpert 3, Digital Power Control, and Turbo App, which shows how serious ASUS is in not only making motherboards, but also designing features to match users' needs and requirements.

 

We find the X99-E WS retail package to be about as complete as you can get; you get everything you will need, and then some. Sure, you will end up paying a little more for these extra accessories, but we feel that it is nice to not have to go looking for extra cables when purchasing a motherboard. Motherboards should just come with everything you need, and the X99-E WS does.

 

Not only is the X99-E WS a premium workstation motherboard, but it would also make a higher-end gaming system that is more than capable of running demanding games.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the ASUS X99-E WS Workstation Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The ASUS X99-E WS retails for $519.00 at Amazon.

 

Canada: The ASUS X99-E WS retails for CDN$739.21 at Amazon Canada.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance99%
Quality including Design and Build99%
General Features99%
Bundle and Packaging99%
Value for Money98%
Overall TweakTown Rating99%

The Bottom Line: ASUS' X99-E WS has set the standard for features and performance for workstation motherboards. The UEFI BIOS is second to none with ease of use and features that include many performance enhancements built right in that are useful and easy to use.

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