ASUS has officially announced the X99-E 10G WS workstation motherboard. We gave you a little preview of this board a few months ago when ASUS had it on display at Computex. The board is of course based on the X99 Express chipset but also supports Intel Xeon E5-1600 and E5-2600 (v3 and v4) processors, besides the normal Core i7 “Haswell-E” and “Broadwell-E” processors in the LGA2011v3 package.
The board is built in the SSI-CEB form factor (305 mm x 267 mm). It has a total of seven PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and makes use of PLX PEX-8747 x48 bridge chips to provide either two x16 slots with direct wiring to the CPU, or four x16 slots running at full x16 bandwidth, or seven x16 slots in x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8 configuration. There are 8 DDR4 DIMM slots that support up to 128GB of quad channel memory.
When it comes to storage you have one 32 Gb/s U.2 port, a 32 Gb/s M.2 slot, and a total of ten SATA 6GB/s ports. The board has 10G in its name because it a pair of 10 Gbps connections driven by an Intel X550-AT2 controller. Other modern connectivity includes two USB 3.1 ports (1 type-c, 1 type-a), eight USB 3.0 ports, and 8-channel HD audio with a 115 dBA SNR CODEC. No word yet on pricing.