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ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS Dual CPU (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Dec 11, 2014 3:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: ASUS

Specifications

 

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The main items to note are the number of PCIe slots on the Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard; there are enough to run 4-Way SLI, or 4-Way Crossfire for graphics. This is a large amount of PCIe slots for a motherboard of this size. There are also a large number of SATA and USB ports on the Z10PE-D8 WS. There are enough SATA ports to connect a large RAID, and have plenty of USB devices attached.

 

There are only 8 DIMM slots on the Z10PE-D8, which limits the amount of RAM that can be installed. If you need more RAM, you would be required to move to larger capacity DIMMs.

 

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The block diagram for this motherboard is simple; you can see that the C612 handles all of the SATA and USB functions, and also includes the audio features.

 

 

Layout

 

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Here we get our first look at the Z10PE-D8 WS workstation motherboard. ASUS uses the same color scheme on this board that we saw with the X99-WS motherboard. The gold heat sinks look especially nice. This is a great looking and well laid out motherboard.

 

The first problem we had with this board has to do with the power connectors. You can see the two eight-pin power connectors spread out here on the right side of the motherboard. With some PSUs, this is not a problem, as these connectors are on separate power cables. However, the Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W Gold that we started using has both eight-pin power connectors connected to each other on one cable. The distance between the two connectors was not enough to reach both sockets on this motherboard.

 

The next problem is the six-pin power connector is way over on the right side of the motherboard, which might present cabling issues when installed in a case. Here is the full list of connections found on the Z10PE-D8 WS:

 

  • 1x AAFP connector
  • 2x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)
  • 1x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)
  • 2x SATA Express connector: gray, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
  • 1x M.2 Socket 3
  • 1x TPM connector
  • 1x COM port(s) connector
  • 8x SATA 6Gb/s connector
  • 2x CPU Fan connector(s) (2 x 4 -pin)
  • 7x Chassis Fan connector(s) (7 x 4 -pin)
  • 1x S/PDIF out header
  • 1x Six-pin EATX 12 V_1 Power connector
  • 1x 24-pin EATX Power connector
  • 2x Eight-pin ATX 12V Power connector
  • 1x RAID key header
  • 1x VGA connector
  • 1x AUX panel header
  • 1x SMBus header
  • 1x System panel
  • 1x TPU switch
  • 1x Power-on button
  • 1x Reset button
  • 1x Clear CMOS button
  • 1x Dr.Power switch
  • 1x Serial Port header
  • 1x ASMB8-iKVM connector
  • 1x Six-pin EATX 12V_3 Power connector

 

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Here we see the PCIe slots, which are:

 

  • 4x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x16 or quad x8; light gray)
  • 2x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x16; dark gray)
  • 1x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x8; dark gray)

 

We also see the Q-Code, LED, power, and reset buttons on the far left edge, which we really like.

 

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Now we are looking at the lower left side of the motherboard.

 

Intel C612 chipset:

 

  • 4x SATA 6Gb/s ports (gray)
  • 4x SATA 6Gb/s ports (black)
  • 1x SATA Express port (gray)
  • 1x M.2 Socket 3

 

These ports support RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10.

 

ASMedia SATA Express controller:

 

  • 1x SATA Express port (black) - compatible with two SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports

 

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Here we are looking at the upper right section of the motherboard. This is where the main I/O connectors on the back panel are located, and one of the eight-pin power connectors is just below the VRM heat sink.

 

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The lower right side of the motherboard has two eight-pin power connectors for the CPU, and the main 24-pin power connectors over on the bottom edge of the motherboard. There are also two CPU Fan headers located just to the left of the RAM slots.

 

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Now we are looking at the back I/O ports. At the left, we see a PS/2 mouse/keyboard port with two USB 2.0 ports below. The next stack has the Q-Code Logger button, and below that is the USB BIOS flashback button. Next is an Optical S/PDIF out port, and then we have two USB 3.0 ports. The next stack has a Gigabit LAN port with two USB 3.0 ports below. The following stack has a Gigabit LAN port, which can also be used as a BMC management port, and the final stack has audio output connections.

 

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The Z10PE-D8 WS uses Socket 2011-3 for the CPUs. This socket is slightly different from the normal Socket 2011, so v2 CPUs will not fit this. The heat sink mounts are the same; however, some older heat sinks for Socket 2011 will work fine.

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