Asustek Computer has quietly unveiled what could be the world’s most advanced micro-ATX motherboard. The mainboard features Intel X99 core-logic and supports multi-GPU technologies, M.2 solid-state drives, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.1 and so on. The platform is designed for workstations.
The Asus X99-M WS mainboard supports processors in LGA2011-3 form-factor, such as Intel Core i7 Extreme as well as Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 with up to 18 cores. The mainboard sports four DDR4 DIMM slots and fully supports quad-channel memory sub-system of modern high-end chips. The motherboard features three PCI Express x16 slots for graphics cards, one M.2 slot for solid-state drives, eight Serial ATA-6Gb/s ports for hard disk drives and SSDs, 7.1-channel Crystal Sound 2 audio, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.1 type-A ports, two Gigabit Ethernet ports (Intel I210-AT) and so on.
The mainboard has EATX power connectors and thus supports microprocessors with up to 140W thermal design power and even provides advanced overclocking capabilities. The X99-M WS motherboard sports eight-phase digital voltage regulator module.
The Asus X99-M WS platform will enable makers of workstations to build high-end systems with high-end processors with up to 18 cores, two graphics cards, advanced SSDs and other premium components in small form-factor.
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KitGuru Says: The Asus X99-M WS is not the smallest Intel X99 platform available. Asus and Asrock offer mini-ITX mainboards for Intel’s LGA2011 processors. However, the X99-M WS is the most advanced workstation-class micro-ATX motherboard that supports all features that Intel’s HEDT platform has to offer as well as USB 3.1. The only thing that the new mainboard lacks is type-C USB 3.1 ports, which is regrettable.