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Old 02-17-2008, 04:15 AM   #1
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Asus Z7S WS Skulltrail Motherboard Sneak Peek
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By now, we suspect most of you are aware of Intels extreme enthusiast platform a.k.a. Skulltrail that couples a pair of quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors with the dual-socket D5400XS motherboard, for a total of eight cores of high-performance goodness. We recently evaluated Skulltrail and have our thoughts on the platform posted for you all available right here.

What you may not be aware of at this point is that some of Intels partners also plan to introduce enthusiast-class motherboards complete with dual LGA771 sockets, similar to the D5400XS. Asus, for example is prepping the Z7S WS motherboard



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The Asus Z7S WS features dual LGA771 sockets that support Intel Xeon 5000, 5100, and 5300 series processors of both the dual and quad-core varieties. The Z7S WS is built around the Intel 5400 and ESB2E chipset and supports 1600MHz / 1333MHz / 1066MHz / 800MHz front side bus speeds, it has six Fully-Buffered DDR2 DIMM slots, and a pair of Marvell 88E8056 Gigabit LAN jacks with teaming functionality. The Asus Z7S WS expansion slot configuration consists of two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, one PCIe x16 slot with an x8 electrical connection, and single PCIe x1, PCI-X, and PCI 2.2 slots. The dual x16 PEG slots are a differentiating factor for the Z7S WS because Intels D5400XS only supports PCI Express 1.1. The D5400XS, however, is outfitted with NVIDIA PCI Express switches which enable SLI, something the Z7S WS lacks. Also note that the Asus Z7S WS requires standard LGA771 heatsinks, whereas Intels Skulltrail mobo will work with a wider variety of LGA775 CPU coolers. We should also point out that the Z7S WS features a digital VRM, which significantly clears up the area around the CPU sockets and the PCB is "only" 12" x 10.5", which is much smaller than the DX5400XS.

The Z7S WS I/O port cluster is pictured above, as are the boards various heatsinks and its built-in active RAM cooler. If youve ever worked with FB-DIMMs, you know they can get quite hot, so the active RAM cooler is a welcome addition to this motherboard in our opinion.

Well be firing the Z7S WS up and taking it for a spin around the lab real soon, so stay tuned for more details and a full review.
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When quoting articles could you please link to the source. Sounds like a pretty nice board though.
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These use FB Dimms though, don't they? And absolutley no software will support it, so anyone who buys it now will be completley wasting their money.
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These use FB Dimms though, don't they? And absolutley no software will support it, so anyone who buys it now will be completley wasting their money.
Wrong,

CPU-Z supports it

So don't say none

Also, there has been talk about this motherboard for months, I always wanted to see it come out
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Wrong,

CPU-Z supports it

So don't say none

Also, there has been talk about this motherboard for months, I always wanted to see it come out
Cool, so you can show it off if you have it.
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