ASUS Launches X99M-WS Micro-ATX Motherboard

ASUS showed off their new X99M-WS motherboard back at Computex in June and then there was a bit silence on that regards while users patiently await its release. That time should now be upon us as it’s being reported that ASUS formally launched this new Micro-ATX motherboard with LGA2011v3 socket and Intel X99 Express chipset.

This could very well be the most feature rich motherboard in this category, with this chipset and this form factor. With support for Core i7 “Haswell-E” processors and certain Xeon E5 v3 models and four DIMM slots for up to 64GB quad-channel memory, this board starts out great. Additionally you’ll get three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x16/x8 or x8/x8/x8) as well one PCIe x1 slot for expansion cards of your choice.

Storage doesn’t come short either with eight SATA3 ports and one 32Gbps M.2 slot. On top of that you could use the PCIe slots for even more storage, may it be by RAID and storage controllers or PCIe storage drives. You also get a full coverage on connectivity with dual Intel i210 Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11ac Wireless LAN.

You’ll also find the latest generation of USB ports where this board features two Type-A USB 3.1 ports on top of the six USB 3.0 and several USB 2.0 ports. There’s also a proper onboard sound solution thanks to the 8-channel ASUS CrystalSound 2.

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ASRock Rack EPC612D4U-2T8R Micro ATX Motherboard Launched

ASRock is mostly known for their consumer products, but they also have a range of server equipment in the ASRock Rack branding. Just that division has just announced the latest motherboard in their lineup and it is a unique little board.

The new EPC612D4U-2T8R comes in a rare form factor for an E5 motherboard and it can be considered the first mATX motherboard with support for Intel’s Xeon E5 v3 series with its LGA2011-3 single socket.

It further comes with four DDR4 DIMM slots for quad-channel memory and eight SATA 3.0 ports for storage. It further comes with an LSI 3008 controller with support for eight SAS3 ports. With two full PCI-Express 3.0 x16 and one x8 slot, you can expand the capabilities even further.

They haven’t skimped on the network connectivity either with Intel’s X540 that supports two 10Gbased-T connections. All of this put together makes up one very powerful motherboard for an high-end processor in a very compact form factor.

Key Specification

  • Micro ATX 9.6″ x 9.6″
  • Socket LGA 2011 R3 Intel Xeon processor E5-1600/2600 v3 series
  • Supports Quad channel DDR4 2133/1866/ ECC DIMM, R DIMM, LR DIMM
  • Intel® C612: 6 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s(support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10); 2 x sSATA3 6.0Gb/s(support RAID 0, 1)
  • Supports 8-port SAS 3 by LSI:3008
  • Supports 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x 8
  • Integrated IPMI 2.0 with KVM and Dedicated LAN (RTL8211E)
  • Supports 1 x Intel®X540

This motherboard won’t come cheap and will set you back around 500 bucks at the time of writing. We’ll also have a full review of this board ready for you soon, so stay tuned.

EVGA Enters Memory Market With Black DDR3 and DDR4 Modules

EVGA wasn’t happy with just producing high-end PSUs, motherboards, and graphics cards, they want more. The next region they are venturing into is the realm of memory with the launch of their Superclocked and Super Superclocked high-performance DDR3 and DDR4 memory modules.

The new EVGA SC and SCC are built with both black PCB and black heat spreaders, something I’m sure a lot of our readers like. The complete black design allows for a great contrast or simplistic setup in your system.

There are two sad moments in this news, the first being the phrase “unbeatable combination of price and performance”. That usually means that we won’t see any speed barriers broken and the specifications confirm that.

The DDR3 SC and SCC kits come as dual-channel kits of two pieces with either 4GB or 8GB modules and speed ratings from 1600MHz to 2400MHz. The DDR4 modules don’t go all the way either with just two quad-channel 16GB kits with either 2666MHz or 2800MHz clock rate.

The second sad news is that these modules are exclusively available at Micro Center in the US, at least for now.

The cool thing is that you now are able to build a system almost exclusively with EVGA components. Power supplies, motherboards, graphics cards, and peripherals were already available, and now the RAM modules were added. Now they just need to create their own SSDs and the setup is complete, flash drives are already available so it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch.