ASUS Motherboards are Now Intel Xeon Ready

"Leading systems manufacturer ASUS has revealed that its workstations and server motherboards are now ready to support the new Xeon 5600, Core i7-980X, and Xeon W3680 processors from Intel."

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Leading systems manufacturer ASUS has revealed that its workstations and server motherboards are now ready to support the new Xeon 5600, Core i7-980X, and Xeon W3680 processors from Intel. This includes the full range of ASUS’ enterprise-class motherboards and serverboards.

The new Xeon 5600, Xeon W3680, and the Core i7-980X processors from Intel feature 32nm architecture and are based on the LGA 1366 socket. All of these processors also carry up to six cores and have support for 12 threads and 12MB of cache.

The first ASUS server motherboards to become ready for the new processors are the 5500 IOH and the 5520 IOH chipset-based boards and server systems. The upgrade to the Xeon 5600 series will allows these boards to deliver higher performance and better energy efficiency as compared to boards running the earlier 45nm chips.

A move to the new 32nm processors will also improve the security profiles of the motherboards with the introduction of AES-NI and VT-d standards, which allow usage of built-in encryption acceleration and virtual machine isolation for improved isolation of I/O resources respectively.

ASUS has also upgraded the Z8PH-D12SE/QDR, its half-size SSI serverboard to the new processors. As a 6.3” x 16.7” compact motherboard, the Z8PH-D12SE easily fits into a 1U chassis and still delivers high-bandwidth connectivity of up to 40 Gb/sec. Also making the upgrade is the Z8PE-D18 server motherboard, which has been designed with 18 DIMM slots and 6- high-expandability slots to meet the most demanding of applications and tasks.

In the enterprise class 2U server systems, ASUS has upped the scales for its RS720-EH/RS12 motherboards. Both these boards will support two Intel Xeon 5600 series processors. Coupled with 18 DIMMS DDR3 slots for up to 144GB RAM scalability, these new dual processor motherboards have the ability to become processing powerhouses for enterprise class server applications.

Another dual processor system upgraded by ASUS is its RS720D, which provides users with 4-way, 26-core computing power in 1U. It has built-in 24 DIMM slots and can support up to 96GB x 2 memory modules, making it the perfect companion to the powerhouse that is the Xeon 5600 series processor.

On the Core i7-980 end, ASUS has prepared its X58-based workstation motherboards, including the P6T WS PRO, P6T6 WS REVOLUTION and the P6T7 WS SC boards to support both the Core i7-980X and the Xeon W3680 processors. The upgrade will allow both motherboards to perform more robustly and run more applications at the same time.
 
Existing users of all of these ASUS motherboards can also enjoy and unleash the full performance power of the new six-core Intel processors; all they need to do to achieve this is an upgrade of the BIOS of their existing motherboards.

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14-03-2010, 09:22:11

AMD_PBz
Hey all I'm having a difficult time choosing between the corsair unit and the xfx unit while the corsair unit is far superior for cable management and marginally better on efficiency it's also about $50 more than xfx which would be an absolute eyesore in my storm sniper black editon I am also open to suggestions on alternate psu options as I am currently waiting for Asus Rog 890fx mb and Thuban
Thanks again
AMD_PBz

14-03-2010, 10:05:40

tinytomlogan
In all honesty matey the Corsair is one of the best PSU's on the planet. Give the XFX a very wide berth.

14-03-2010, 10:10:12

AMD_PBz
Once again more great advice from TTL:D

14-03-2010, 11:56:58

invisibleninja06
yea, you cant really go wrong with corsairs, they're like the hummers of the power supply world, always under rated for their wattage too. Price is a factor too, i havnt looked but if the price isnt too much more you wont go wrong with the corsair.

14-03-2010, 12:33:47

ppuff
If you go Corsair then you wont have to worry about second guessing about your decision.If you want the best then get the best and don't look back.:)

14-03-2010, 13:02:26

cl0ck_ed
The hx850 has very good efficiency, better than the hx1000. Imo is THE psu to buy unless you need mega power :p

14-03-2010, 19:06:43

sprento
Guys I'm a total noob when it comes to PSU's so when it comes to buying one I usually rely on reviews posted in forums like this. However, given that everyone rates the Corsair in this example, what exactly are people looking for in a good PSU ? Other than the obvious means of tried and tested over time, what defines a great PSU ?

15-03-2010, 00:43:50

AMD_PBz
Hey for me besides various reviews, the factors I take into account are as follows: continuous power rating rather than max power rating, single 12v rail vs multi rail, warranty ie corsair for the most part has 5 & 7 year warranties, the xfx has 5, functionality of the unit case in point the Hx series have flat modular cables which to me seem as though they will be able to manage far easier than the traditional round sheathed cables and lastly asthetics the corsair being black and blue will compliment the coolermaster storm sniper black edition quite nicely.
It all depends on what your budget is and what you will be powering
hope that helps.
Cheers AMD_PBz

15-03-2010, 10:38:45

tinytomlogan

Guys I'm a total noob when it comes to PSU's so when it comes to buying one I usually rely on reviews posted in forums like this. However, given that everyone rates the Corsair in this example, what exactly are people looking for in a good PSU ? Other than the obvious means of tried and tested over time, what defines a great PSU ?



Read the reviews dude, its all explained in great detail in every one of our reviews.

21-03-2010, 17:46:26

bagman
easy choice the corasir, the xfx is not 100% stable unlike the corasir but do you really need that much power? what are your system specs going to be for this psu?
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