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ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS, workstation board with support for dual Socket LGA 2011 CPUs

ASUS teases their dual Socket LGA 2011 motherboard, flashes the Z9PE-D8 WS
By Anthony Garreffa from Jan 10, 2012 @ 19:11 CST

CES 2011: CES is a time where technology porn is at its highest. ASUS stepped up their game by showing off their ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS motherboard which supports the soon-to-be-released Intel Sandy Bridge-EP Xeon E5 platform.

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As you can see in the above shot, the board looks insanely hot, sporting no less than seven PCIe slots, and eight DIMM slots. It also has ten SATA ports, and of course, dual Socket LGA 2011 support. The board is powered by a single 24-pin ATX power connector backed up by dual 8-pin connectors.

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Considering how feature-packed the board is already, it's surprising that on the rear panel we only see two USB 3.0 connectors. On top of using Intel PHYs and Realtek audio, there's an ASPEED AST2300 2D VGA controller and also provides management over IP. Also spotted on the board is a swappable LOTES 'X-Socket' which is also used on the X79 ROG boards and CHiL PWMs.

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Below is a shot of the board being used in a fully assembled system, but powered down, boo. The shot below that shows off some hot as hell NVIDIA Tesla C2050 GPUs, showing off support for 4-way GPUs or more if you're able to source some single-slot cards.

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NEWS SOURCES:Vr-zone.com


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