Proving the Intel X58 architecture’s enduring potential and value, the P6X58-E WS ships with multi-GPU support for both NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX, SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0. It also includes built-in server-class Intel LAN, as well as ASUS-developed highlights such as Xtreme Phase power delivery and EPU energy consumption optimization. The new board ships with the ASUS “24X24” pledge, meaning 24-hour non-stop operation and 24-month guaranteed market availability to reduce costs due to involuntary product replacement.
A dedicated expansion slot controller ensures increased bandwidth availability for each connected graphics card, hence the P6X58-E WS supports up to 3-way NVIDIA SLI, with each of the triple PCI-E channels working at full X16 speeds. For AMD CrossFireX, the P6X58-E WS offers up to quad-GPU arrangements, with each PCI-E channel working in X16.
This graphics flexibility and capacity aims to serve the needs of workstation users who require advanced graphics processing capabilities for professional ventures, including computer-aided design, graphics rendering, high definition video editing, animation, engineering and modeling.
The P6X58-E WS represents the first appearance of SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 data transfer standards on an Intel X58-based workstation motherboard. USB 3.0 works up to ten times faster than USB 2.0, offering significant time savings when handling large amounts of data. SATA 6Gb/s likewise doubles the throughput of SATA 3Gb/s, expediting transfer rates and creating a more reliable and efficient work environment.
Two hardware-accelerated Intel Gigabit LAN ports double the connection bandwidth available to users, while at the same time reducing CPU utilization. The implementation by ASUS of server-grade Intel LAN reduces CPU load in half when compared with competing workstation motherboards by carrying out net-related calculations off the main processor. As a consequence, connections become faster and more stable, featuring reduced packet loss and lower latency. Users also benefit from an overall faster system, as greater CPU resources remain free to tackle other tasks. These accelerated Gigabit ports support dedicated server operating systems as well as VMWare virtualization for increased functionality and efficiency on streamlined hardware.
To better handle professional applications, the P6X58-E WS features ASUS Xtreme Phase power delivery components for more efficient, cleaner power, improved stability and increased reliability. Users also benefit from the inclusion of the exclusive Energy Processing Unit, or EPU, a proprietary ASUS programmable microchip that supervises energy consumption across the system to reduce power wastage. The AI Suite II application center brings together a wide range of utilities and ASUS tools, offering users greater control over system performance, capabilities and features, among them the versatile TurboV overclocking interface.
|CPU||1 x Socket LGA1366
Intel Core i7 desktop processors
Intel Xeon 5500/5600/3500/3600 series server CPUs
|Xtreme Phase 16+2|
|2 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 (@x16 or x8)
2 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 (@ x8 )
1 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 (@ x16 )
1 x PCI-E x1 (@ x1 )
|Up to 4 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs|
|Gigabit Lan||2 x Intel 82574L|
|Storage||2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s
6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
|USB||2 x USB 3.0 (at back panel)
12 x USB 2.0 (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)
|Audio||ALC889, 8-channel HD|
|1394a||2 x1394a (1 port at mid-board, 1 port at back panel)|
|Rear I/O||1 x PS/2 KB/MS, 1 x IEEE1394a, 2 x Intel LAN, 1 x S/PDIF Out (optical and coaxial), 8 x USB ( 2 for USB 3.0 and 6 for USB 2.0), 1 x 8-channel audio|