We are now looking at some of the last few leaks related to the Haswell-E platform as its only a few hours until it gets officially released. The Haswell-E HEDT platform consists of the new LGA 2011-3 based processors, Intel X99 chipset and the all-new DDR4 memory. We’ve seen a number of leaked X99-based motherboards in the past few days and now its time for another one. BSN has just leaked a couple of pictures and some details of the ASUS X99-E WS workstation-grade motherboard. Prior to this, we’ve seen the ASRock X99 WS which is also a workstation motherboard with similar set of features.
ASUS X99-E WS workstation motherboard:
The ASUS X99-E WS is obviously based on the latest X99 chipset from Intel and features the new LGA 2011-3 socket as its center. As other motherboard from its class, this one also have eight memory slots which support up to 128GB of DDR4 memory. The new DDR4 memory will come with speeds of up to 3000 MHz with only 1.2v. The motherboard is fitted with a very reliable and efficient 12-phase VRM for CPU. The CPU gets power from a workstation-fitting combination of two 8-pin EPS power connectors. Contrary to this, ASRock X99 workstation offering comes with only one 8-pin connector for CPU.
Beating ASRock once again, the ASUS X99-E WS comes with no less than seven PCIe x16 slots; at least three of which seem to be wired for full x16 operation. There is an on-board 6-pin PCIe power connector on top of the expansion slots to provide extra power to slots when needed.
The X99-E WS also comes with beefy storage connectivity options. It has as many as eight SATA III and two SATA Express ports. It also has several USB 2.0/3.0 headers on-board but that’s not it, there are ten USB 3.0 ports on the back I/O panel. It also comes with some value added features like dual gigabit Ethernet and some other unique features like Dr. MOS, 12k hour capacitors, ProCool power connector and Crystal Sound 2. The sound area is isolated from the PCB as almost all other X99 motherboards.
The ASUS’ X99-E WS comes with one of the most sophisticated cooling systems as compared to other X99-based motherboards. It has five heatsinks with a dark grey and black theme. CPU VRM has two heatsinks which are connected by a pretty thick heatpipe. In addition to that, there are three connected heatsinks which cool down the PCH.
The X99-E WS being such a feature rich motherboard doesn’t come cheap. Reportedly, it will be sold for $519 however its already up for pre-order for as low as $499.
Source: Bright Side of News