ASUS Announces Z97-WS Workstation Motherboard


ASUS Announces Z97-WS Workstation Motherboard with Gen3 4-Way Graphics Power

Intel Z97 chipset-based workstation motherboard features on-demand NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD CrossFireX technology, plus supreme power solutions

 ASUS Z97-WS Motherboard

Taipei, Taiwan (11 May, 2014) — ASUS today announced the Z97-WS motherboard for workstations. Based on the Intel Z97 chipset, the Z97-WS is tailored for extreme graphics processing to cater to the requirements of design industry professionals and gaming enthusiasts. It features PCIe Gen3 4-Way Graphics Power with NVIDIA GeForce SLI Technology and AMD CrossFireX on demand; as well as advanced and efficient power solutions with integrated Dr MOS MOSFET, ultra-durable 12K solid capacitors, along with exclusive ASUS ProCool power connectors and Beat Thermal Chokes.

Ideal for graphics-intensive tasks

The Z97-WS motherboard boasts PCIe Gen3 4-Way Graphics Power with NVIDIA GeForceSLI Technology and AMD CrossFireX on demand to give users flexible multi-GPU solutions for more powerful graphics processing.

This makes the Z97-WS ideal for professionals working with 3D design and modeling software, as well as other graphics-intensive simulations and rendering applications. This graphical prowess also makes the Z97-WS a viable option for gamers looking to experience the latest PC games at their maximum visual settings. In addition, the Z97-WS offers extensive expandability options with ample room for RAID cards, PCI Express-based solid state storage drives (SSDs), video capture cards, and other components.

Supreme power solutions for unmatched efficiency

The ASUS Z97-WS uses innovative design and premium components to deliver industry-leading power efficiency. Gold-coated Beat Thermal Chokes provide efficient conductivity for minimal power loss delivery; while the integrated Driver-MOSFET (Dr MOS) saves space and reduces operating temperatures.

ASUS is the world’s first motherboard manufacturer to introduce 12K solid capacitors, with the Z97-WS using durable Japanese-made capacitors that are able to withstand up to 12,000 hours of temperatures as high as 105°C – far exceeding those of everyday computing. These 12K capacitors also boast lower equivalent series resistance (ESR) for increased efficiency and minimal heat generation.

The Z97-WS uses ASUS ProCool power connectors that ensure close, secure connections with the motherboard. The flush connections made by these connectors allows for lower impedance and better heat dissipation to lower operating temperatures.

Hassle-free troubleshooting

The Z97-WS motherboard features Q-Code Logger — a one-touch troubleshooter that lets users easily check system status at any time. Users can even save all Q-Code logs on a USB flash drive when the system is powered off. The motherboard also comes with ASUS Dr. Power, an exclusive ASUS utility that tracks power supply status in the background and notifies users of any impending power supply issues. 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS Z97-WS will be available from 11th May. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS Z97-WS Specifications

CPU

LGA1150 socket for 4th, New 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium/Celeron/Xeon E3-1200/12×5 v3 Processors

Supports 22nm CPU

Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0*

* The Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.

Chipset

Intel Z97 Express Chipset

Memory

DDR3 4 x DIMM, max. 32GB, DDR3 3300(O.C.)*/3200(O.C.)*/3100(O.C.)*/3000(O.C.)*/2933(O.C.)*/2800(O.C.)*/2666(O.C.)*/2600(O.C.)*/2500(O.C.)*/2400(O.C.)*/2200(O.C.)*/2133(O.C.)*/2000(O.C.)*/1866(O.C.)*/1800(O.C.)*/1600/1333 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory

Dual channel memory architecture

Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.

Please refer to Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors List) for details.

Expansion slots

4 x PCI Express 3.0*/2.0 x16 slots

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x4 slots(at x 4)*

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots

*The PCIe x4_1, USB3_E56 and SATAExpress_E1 connectors share the same bandwidth. The PCIe x4_1’s default setting is in auto mode that automatically optimizes the system bandwidth.

Multi-GPU support

Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology

Supports NVIDIA 4-Way SLI Technology

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor, 12”x 9.6” (30.5cm x 24.4cm)

Full specifications are available at www.asus.com

About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.

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