ASRock has just unveiled their upcoming X99 WS motherboard which is based on the upcoming X99 chipset for workstations. This motherboard is in addition to the X99 Extreme6, X99 Extreme4 and Fatal1ty X99X Killer that ASRock has already revealed.
The ASRock X99 WS is a workstation motherboard so it uses the E-ATX form factor. If you plan on using this motherboard you will need to make sure it will fit in your chassis.
The motherboard features the LGA 2011-3 socket that will support Intel’s upcoming Haswell-E HEDT processors. The board will have an 12 phase all digital PWM and power to the CPU comes by way of an 8pin EPS connector. This board makes use of ASRock’s Super Alloy design that includes 50G Aluminum Alloy heatsinks, Premium Alloy Chokes, Dual-Stack MOSFETs, and Japanese made high-quality conductive polymer capacitors. The color design that ASRock is going for with this board is black and blue, which is similar to the X99 Extreme6 and X99 Extreme4.
Being a workstation motherboard you have quite a lot of expansion slots, there are a total of six PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots. The board has support for 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD Crossfire. Between the first and second PCI-Express slots is a M.2 slot. There are a total of 10 SATA 6GB/s ports and a USB 3.0 header can be spotted towards the center of the board.
The Purity Sound chip is on this board and it is isolated from the rest of the components and has a ALC1150 codec underneath the EMI shielding. Other things spotted on the motherboard are dual BIOS chips, DEBUG LED, and power and reset buttons. The rear I/O of the motherboard includes 4 USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, a PS/2 port, eSATA port, dual Gigabit Intel Ethernet, and 7.1 channel audio connections.
We expect this motherboard to have a hefty price tag, well over $400 as it is a workstation motherboard. This motherboard as well as the other X99 boards from ASRock will drop at the end of this month.
Jan 30, 2015 0