Here are key points about the ASUS X99-E-10G WS.
10Gbit LAN: If you didn't already realize it, the X99-E-10G WS has two 10Gbit Intel NICs that will rock the house when it comes to high-performance networking. The 10G NICs are backward compatible, so even if you decide on upgrading your home network in the future, you can use the board now. 10Gbit ISPs have also started to pop up in certain areas, and 10G office and even home networking is becoming more common, and the X99-E-10G WS has you covered.
64 PCI-E 3.0 lanes for Slots: The Avago PEX8747 chip will take x16 or x8 of bandwidth and double it to x32 PCI-E 3.0, and the X99-E-10G WS has two of these monsters. The result is x64 PCI-E 3.0 bandwidth for the seven PCI-E x16 slots, and if you are confused about which slot to put your GPU into, ASUS provides a handy switch with individual slot illumination - LEDs finally serve a practical purpose. If you want to run four GPUs at x16, the X99-E-10G WS is the only way to go.
Excellent Component Quality: The VRM uses a top of the line digital PWM controller, eight phases of 60A power stages, with gold plated ASUS 60A high current inductors, and a mixture of tantalum and ceramic capacitors. The VRM on the X99-E-10G WS is pretty much the best you will find. To ensure high quality all around, ASUS is using 12K capacitors, which are quite rare.
BIOS and Fan Control: The UEFI on the X99-E-10G WS coupled with the six fan headers produces an excellent combination for airflow control. The UEFI is loaded with many options, but ASUS's execution of fan control is top notch and worth noting.
Almost No Switching: You might think that the X99-E-10G WS switches around a lot of bandwidth to produce all the features, but the truth is that it doesn't. The big bandwidth switching goes on between the U.2 and M.2 slot, and that is only x4 PCI-E 3.0 from the CPU. The slots do swap around x8 here and there, but that is common practice among all brands. If you use a 40 lane CPU, the only loss of features you might face is U.2 when using M.2 and vice versa, which is excellent considering the feature set.
Classy Workstation: A lot of workstation users very much dislike fancy heat sinks and RGB LEDs, but ASUS has executed their X99-E-10G to have these things but in a professional manner. The motherboard is only loaded with LEDs that are functional (at each slot), and an RGB header is provided if you decide to go that route. The heat sinks are more practical than gimmicky and offer great cooling for all the hardware onboard.
U.2 and M.2 Mutually Exclusive: With a 40-lane CPU, you have to choose between U.2 and M.2, you cannot run both at the same time. With a 28-lane CPU, you can't run either, but you still get the 10G Ethernet.
Expensive: At over $700, the ASUS X99-E-10G WS is perhaps the most expensive X99 motherboard out there.
Low on rear USB: The X99-E-10G WS only provides a few USB ports on the rear IO panel, and that is probably why ASUS includes a USB 2.0 bracket.
The X99-E-10G WS has a very specific group of users in mind, those with the need for high-performance networking coupled with superior support for graphics cards. Content creators, scientists, and even some home users who might need multiple graphics cards running at full bandwidth and a network capable of moving around huge files would find the X99-E-10G to be a perfect match. The motherboard itself is very high quality, everything from the VRMs to the repeaters for the U.2/M.2 bandwidth show ASUS's commitment to high performance.
It's no secret that the X99-E-10G WS will cost you an arm and a leg, but those who will buy the 10 core / 20 thread 6950X might have enough in their budget to splurge on a motherboard like this, at least that's probably what ASUS is thinking. I wouldn't buy this motherboard if you are only going to use a 28-lane CPU since you will lose the latest in storage connectors.
Overall, if you want the best ASUS offers regarding a consumer workstation motherboard, the X99-E-10G WS is perfect for you.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (including Overclocking)||96%|
|Quality including Design and Build||97%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||88%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||92%|
The Bottom Line: ASUS's X99-E-10G WS is loaded with the latest in 10Gbit networking and it supports four GPUs running at x16 each, but it will cost you.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X99-E-10G WS Overview]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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