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ASRock X99 WS-E/10G (Intel X99) Motherboard Review (Page 1)

ASRock X99 WS-E/10G (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

ASRock's X99 WS-E/10G is the most expensive Intel X99 motherboard on the market. But for good reason, it comes packed with loads of features.

By Steven Bassiri on Feb 26, 2015 09:06 am CST - 1 min, 5 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ASRock


ASRock X99 WS-E/10G (Intel X99) Motherboard Review 01 |

ASRock is a well-known company who specializes in motherboard design and manufacturing, bringing to market some of the most insane motherboard designs ever seen usually designated with "Extreme11".

Today, I have one of those crazy-awesome motherboards, the X99 WS-E/10G. This thing is a monster; it carries more silicon than three other motherboards combined, it has four NICs (including two at 10Gbit speeds), twelve SATA ports, and seven PCI-E 16x slots.

This has to be the most feature packed motherboards in existence, and today I will explore the X99 WS-E/10G. Let's get started!


ASRock X99 WS-E/10G (Intel X99) Motherboard Review 02 |

This is one of the longest specification lists I have ever seen for a motherboard. While you skim it for all the good stuff like dual PLX bridges and the Intel X540 10G controller, notice the little asterisks pointing out where bandwidth is shared.

On many loaded boards everything is shared, but not on this board. Surprisingly these asterisks are not as common as you would think, only a few SATA ports share bandwidth, and that is a chipset limitation which ASRock deals with very well.


At $670 on Newegg, the X99 WS-E/10G is possibly the most expensive X99 motherboard, yet it also has more features than any X99 motherboard.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records under his belt. He brings that knowledge and experience to TweakTown.

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