ASRock Announce X99 WS-E/10G Motherboard – 22 Gbps NIC

Large scale motherboard manufacturer ASRock has just released their new X99 motherboard, the X99 WS-E/10G – featuring an amazing on-board network interface capabilities of 22 Gbps.

It’s able to achieve such speeds due to its two included Intel I210AT Gigabit Ethernet controllers, coupled with a dual 10-GIGE network interface provided by a single-chip Intel X540. This brings to mind a popular ‘Xzhibit meme’ which would read something like – “Yo dawg, I heard you like NIC’s, so I put a NIC on your NIC so you can network while you network.” This amalgamation of chips result in a blisteringly fast transfer peak speed of 22 Gbps, which will out-match your data drives and internet connection in an instant – it’s time for them to catch up!

ASRock has reportedly released some tests showing the fast transfer speeds in action, likening it to Google Fiber’s 1 Gbps offering and claiming its superiority to this service.

Alongside this NIC offering, ASRock’s new X99 motherboard gives you seven expansion slots (supporting Quad CrossFire and SLI configurations), 12 SATA ports and the ability to utilize up to Xenon Processor models E5 v3 (Haswell-EP) and 128GB of ECC memory.

Given this information, it seems that ASRock has provided us with a solid server option – however there is no mention of retail price, so don’t hold your breath just yet. Even though the 22 Gbps NIC offering is a bit of a gimmick and will vastly outmatch most, if not all, hardware in your possession – it’s nice that the NIC is no longer a bottleneck on our networks. Remember the days of a 10 Mbps card? We do, it sucked.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

Xenon (Palit) JetStream GTX 760 Pictured and Tested

The Nvidia GTX 760 launch is imminent, expected before the end of June and if the hive of activity all over social media is to be believed then we will see the GTX 760 on June 25th (tomorrow). On the back of this we have leaked specifications and pictures of a Xenon JetStream GTX 760, pictured above, courtesy of Chiphell. Xenon is Palit’s South Korean sub-brand so this is essentially a Palit JetStream GTX 760 graphics card.

This particular card comes with a factory overclock of 1072MHz base and 1137MHz boost with 6.2GHz on the memory. These are up from stock clocks of 980/1033/6008 MHz. Apart from that the graphics card is nothing out of the ordinary from most Palit JetStream cards.

In terms of performance we saw X3037 and a graphics score of 2730.

For comparison the GTX 670 scores more or less exactly the same at X3002 with 2730 as the graphics score.

The unit has a non reference PCB design and GK104-225 GPU.

Images courtesy of Chiphell Member Charlie