Asus Supercomputer Motherboard Revealed

From Tom's Hardware: Asus finally launched the official product page for its upcoming P6T7 WS SuperComputer moherboard, built on two Nvidia nForce 200 chips and 7 PCIe (Gen2 x16) slots. Mainly designed for CUDA parallel computing, the company said that users can shove four CUDA cards into the board (one of which should be a Quadro graphics card) to achieve nearly four teraflops of performance. Additionally, for consumers wanting tons of power on the gaming front, the new motherboard not only offers Nvidia GeForce 3-way SLI support, but also provides support for ATI's CrossFireX technology.

According to the specs, the motherboard is compatible with Intel's Core i7, i7 Extreme, and Xeon processors utilizing Intel's X58 + ICH10R chipset. The board also offers a system bus of up to 6400 MT/s, and six DIMM slots for a maximum of 24 GB of DDR3 memory using a triple channel memory architecture. On the storage front, the P6T7 provides six SATA (3 Gb/s) ports, two eSATA (RAID 0,1), and two SAS ports (RAID 0,1). For consumers who have loads of USB devices, the motherboard even comes packed with 12 USB 2.0 ports.

Asus also revealed several company-specific features supplied on the motherboard including a true 16+2 phase power design, support for CrashFree BIOS 3, EZ Flash 2, a CPU parameter recall, and a stepless frequency selection. For the workstation, the package contains a bundled diagnosis card for system checking, Asus' SASsaby card support, a diagnostics LED that checks key components during the boot process, and the Asus Heartbeat, LEDs that supposedly shine around the ASUS brand name after a successful booting process.

"The ASUS Workstation Series is the ideal foundation for a powerful PC," the company states on the product page. "It delivers awesome power, dependable performance and unparalleled multiple I/O scalability for the most demanding tasks and future upgrades. Also, it provide extreme power saving experience with EPU-6 Engine function. The ASUS Workstation Series intelligently reduces operation noise and dissipates heat through advanced and environmentally friendly methods to accommodate user needs."

As of this writing, the motherboard is not available on the market, however the company should release an official announcement soon regarding its availability and pricetag.

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