Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2013 - 11:27 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: asus, p9x79-e, workstation, Sandy Bridge E, quad sli, quad crossfire, lga 2011
Earlier this year at CES, ASUS showed off a high-end workstation board called the P9X79-E WS. The board is meant for Sandy Bridge-E processors, but will likely be compatible with Ivy Bridge-E as well. Unlike Wolverine and Zeus, the P9X79-E WS is a motherboard that will actually see the light of day and has been officially launched. It will be available sometime in May at an as-yet-unannounced price.
The P9X79-E hosts a single LGA 2011 processor, up to 64GB of 2400MHz DDR3, the Intel X79 PCH, and support for 4-Way SLI or CrossFire on four of its seven total PCI-E 3.0 slots. The workstation board uses a 10-layer PCB, ASUS DIGI+ with 10+2 power phases, DR Power PSU monitoring, ASUS SSD Caching II, solid capacitors, and fanless heatsinks connected via copper heatpipes.
Storage options include six SATA 6Gbps ports, four SATA II 3Gbps ports, and two eSATA ports coming from the front panel header. The rear IO has changed a bit since the board seen at CES, however. The now-official ASUS P9X79-E WS includes the following rear IO options:
- 1 x PS/2 combo port
- 10 x USB 2.0 ports (one can be used for BIOS flashing)
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports
- 2 x eSATA ports
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet ports backed by Intel i210 GbE controller
- 6 x Analog audio ports
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF port
The board can accommodate up to four dual slot graphics cards or seven single slot expansion cards (like PCI-E SSDs and RAID controllers). As a workstation board, it is likely to be pricey, but for those that need 4-way SLI and LGA 2011 (possibly for Ivy Bridge-E though its hard to say for sure if that will work yet) it is shaping up to be a good option. As mentioned above, the P9X79-E WS will reportedly be available for purchase in about a month. Sometime in early May or late April, according to Slash Gear.
Specifications and Outside Features
In recent weeks we have been getting a lot of requests for system reviews, but when ORIGIN PC approached us about testing a super-high-end system with dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690s, we were definitely interested. When we were told to expect a 4.9 GHz Sandy Bridge-E platform to base those Quad SLI GPUs on, we were sold.
ORIGIN PC has been around since 2009 when several people started the company after leaving Alienware. While boutique computer builders are still fairly common in today's market, ORIGIN tries to differentiate with ideas like lifetime (yes, lifetime) phone and forum support for your system, lifetime labor for upgrades and services and 72 hours of burn in testing on each machine.
The rig we are looking at today falls under the Genesis brand and is the highest end starting point for a custom PC from ORIGIN. Options for this series include Sandy Bridge-E, Ivy Bridge and even AMD FX processors all with water cooling, multi-GPU configurations and of course, fancy lighting.
Here is a quick overview of the most prominent specs:
- Corsair 800D chassis
- Intel Core i7-3930K 6-core Sandy Bridge-E @ 4.9 GHz
- Intel DX79SR Motherboard
- Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 4GB cards (Quad SLI)
- 16GB DDR3-1866 quad-channel memory
- 1200 watt Corsair AX1200i Power Supply
- Dual 120GB Corsair Force GT SSDs in RAID 0
- 1TB Seagate 7200 RPM SATA 6G HDD
- Custom ORIGIN Cryogenic liquid cooling setup on CPU
Our estimated cost is...$5,750.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2012 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: sli, quad sli, gtx 680
With an Intel Core i7 3960X, 16GB of DDR3, an ASUS Rampage IV Formula motherboard and an Enermax Platimax 1500W PSU, Hardware.Info took four GTX 680s and started benchmarking. Of course, that means more than one monitor so these benchmarks are at 5760x1080 and due to the new architecture some games were not quite sure what to do with the extra graphics cards. Some games like Metro 2033 were not able to provide significant scaling at high resolutions but then again Crysis 2 had no idea what to do with three HD 7970s which makes it hard to determine a clear winner between three HD 7970s and four GTX 680s. The benchmark results offer results we've never seen, with over 80fps from the NVIDIA cards on Crysis 2 and 130fps on Skyrim. The end result is that apart from games which seem to need updating, the scaling of the GTX 680 is impressive and it pulls less power than the HD 7970s.
"We just published a comprehensive GeForce GTX 680 4-way SLI review on Hardware.Info. Since we are the first to extensively test a Quad-SLI configuration of nVidia's brand new GeForce GTX 680, we wanted to make these exciting results available to a wider audience and created an English version of the article."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Nvidia shows off first 'Kepler' GPUs @ The Register
- ASUS GeForce GTX 680 SLI @ techPowerUp
- Arctic Accelero S1 PLUS - GPU cooler @ Funky Kit
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Technology Report @ TechARP
- AMD Radeon HD 7750 Video Card Review @ Madshrimps
- GeForce GTX 680 SLI @ Guru 3D
- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 680 Graphics Card SLI Performance Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Launch Review @ Neoseeker
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2011 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: quad sli, quad crossfire, sli, crossfire, nvidia, amd
With SLI and CrossFire we all hoped to see direct scaling so that a quad GPU setup would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of 4x better than a single GPU. That has proven to be incorrect, not only is the scaling nowhere near that it has been discovered that in some cases going beyond 2 GPUs can actually reduce performance.
As the hardware and drivers evolve, it is worth revisiting the scaling performance of both AMD and NVIDIA which is why [H]ard|OCP grabbed two GeForce GTX 590s and two AMD Radeon HD 6990s, both dual GPU cards. In three of the five games tested they ran into at least one issue, a strike right off the bat. Read on to see how they rate the value of the two manufacturers based on the performance they saw once they'd resolved the problems.
"How does NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 590 SLI Quad-GPU compare to AMD's Radeon HD 6990 CrossFireX Quad-GPU? We will find out if these "if-money-didn't-matter dream video card setups" will deliver the gameplay experience we all expect."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Asus ENGTX460 GTX 460 Voltage Tweak Review @ Tweaknews
- MSI GeForce GTX 580 Lightning @ OCAU
- Gigabyte GTX 560 (GV-N56GOC-1GI) @ Pro-Clockers
- ASUS GeForce GTX 560 1GB DirectCU II TOP @ TweakTown
- MSI N560GTX Ti Hawk Video Card @ Benchmark Reviews
- Zotac Geforce GTX 550 TI @ Rbmods
- MSI GeForce GTX 560 Twin Frozr II Review @ Techgage
- NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table @ Hardware Secrets
- Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide @ Tech ARP
- AMD FirePro V7900 @ Phoronix
- AMD FirePro V5900 @ Phoronix
- ASUS Radeon HD 6870 Video Card Review @ Legit Reviews
- MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition OC @ Benchmark Reviews
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Graphics Card Review @ eTeknix
- Sapphire Radeon HD 6770 1GB Vapor-X @ TweakTown
- VTX3D Radeon HD 6790 1GB @ OCAU
- HIS Radeon HD 6790 IceQ X Turbo 1 GB @ techPowerUp
- PowerColor PCS+ AX6950 Vortex II @ Benchmark Reviews