We are getting to see at least one or two upcoming Intel X99 based motherboards every day from different manufacturers. We’ve seen overclocking and gaming motherboards from GIGAYBYE, ASRock and MSI so far but today, ASRock has gone in slightly different direction with their reveal of their X99 WS which, as the name suggests, is designed for workstation applications. The ASRock X99 WS comes loaded with workstation features and it has the black and blue color theme which used to be synonyms with ASUS motherboards in past.
ASRock X99 WS workstation motherboard:
ASRock has not revealed their complete X99-based lineup yet but the X99 WS is probably their one and only workstation-centric motherboard for the upcoming HEDT platform. As the other similar boards, the X99 WS comes with the new LGA 2011-3 socket and eight DDR4 memory slots for quad-channel operation. It seems to have a 12 phase power delivery system for the CPU which gets its power from an 8-pin EPS power connector.
In terms of PCI expansion, the ASRock X99 WS comes with six PCIe 3.0 x16 slots which support up to 4-way GPU configurations. There are also two 4-pin molex power connectors present near the expansion slots to provide preliminary power to the slots in case all of their are populated. Furthermore, there is an Ultra M.2 slot present as well.
For storage connectivity, the X99 WS comes equipped with ten SATA III ports, unfortunately there are no SATA Express ports like the other X99 motherboards. There SATA ports are also accompanied by a number of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports and headers. It also comes with dual BIOS, debug LED and on-board power and reset buttons. Other unique features include dual gigabyte Ethernet LAN by Intel and ASRock’s Purity Sound 2 with Realtek ALC 1150 audio codec.
As mentioned earlier, the ASRock X99 WS has adopted the black and blue theme. It has a total of four heatsinks which are installed in sets of two and are connected together with heatpipes.
ASRock has not revealed the price of the X99 WS motherboard yet but this motherboard, along with all other X99 motherboards and the Haswell-E processors will be launched on August 29, 2014. There are also some reports suggesting that the new processors might be launched one week after the motherboards.