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Asus Z7S WS workstation motherboard launched

Posted on Thursday, February 28 2008 @ 02:25:00 CET by

Asus has officially released its Z7S WS workstation motherboard. This motherboard features dual Socket 771 and features the Intel 5400 chipset. e. It also supports fully buffered DDR2 800MHz dual-channel memory, dual PCI Express 2.0 x16 lanes; and comes in the compact CEB form factor.
High Efficiency with Multiple High Speed Expansion Slots
The multiple slot interfaces increase expansion choices and allows users to obtain high data transmission speeds. Supporting dual PCIe 2.0 x 16 for double the normal bus bandwidth from 2.5 Gb/s to 5.0 Gb/s, users will truly be able to accomplish more tasks in a much shorter time; while enjoying backward compatibility with previous PCIe 1.1 standards. The Z7S WS also showcases PCI-X slots for more convenience on slot expansion, and is able to bring about full speeds for Gigabit Ethernet, SCSI RAID and other PCI-X devices.

Compact Board Size with Dual CPU Support and Rich I/O
The Z7S WS is well equipped with dual CPU sockets, 6 FB-DIMMs, and rich I/O; and still fits into the compact CEB form factor (12” x 10.5”) – allowing users and enthusiasts to build up a small and compact whilst extremely powerful dual CPU workstation system with great performance.

Heat-pipe Solution for Noiseless Environments
Equipped with ASUS’ innovative heat-pipe solution, the Z7S dissipates heat efficiently. The Z7S’s particular heat-pipe design is made to increase durability, life spans and enhance thermal capacity. It also provides highly efficient operations with less heat than traditional heat sink designs.

Discrete Audio MIO Card for Improved Sound
The MIO audio card offers great sound quality to complement the robust video power. This card offers enhanced signal-to-noise ratio in a 7.1 surround channel setup – delivering exhilarating surround sound for professional and entertainment usage.

Exclusive MemCoolTM Support for Enhanced Thermal Solutions
The optional ASUS Patented MemCool Kit maximizes Fully-buffered DIMM performance by eliminating the potential risk of system memory throttling from over-temperature; as well as minimizing the system integration effort of SI for thermal & acoustic solutions.

Easy and Convenient Installations
Users will also enjoy the specially designed “extra” features that come with the Z7S WS. With Q-Connector, users can connect and disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with just one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time – making connections quick and accurate. Secondly, ASUS’ Q-Shield does without the usual "fingers" of traditional gaskets – making it convenient, easy and safe to install without the scratches and cuts like before. The Q-Shield also has better electric conductivity to ideally protect the motherboard against static electricity and shield users against harmful Electronic Magnetic Interference (EMI).

Processor / System Bus

2 x Socket LGA771

Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5100/5200
Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5300/5400 Sequence


FSB 1600/1333/1066 MHz

Digital power solution

Support HyperThreading, EIST, VT, EM64T, XD, TM/TM2

Core Logic


Intel® 5400 Memory Controller Hub (MCH)
Intel® ESB2E I/O Controller Hub (ICH)

Form Factor


CEB form factor, 12" x 10.5' ( 30.5cm x 26.7 cm )


Total Slots

6 (4-channel)


Maximum up to 24 GB

Memory Type

Fully-Buffered DIMM DDR2 800/667/533 Reg. ECC

Memory Size

512 MB, 1 GB, 2GB, 4GB

Expansion Slots
(follow SSI Location #)

Total PCI/PCI-X/PCIe Slots


Slot Location 2

MIO PCIe x1 (ASUS proprietary)

Slot Location 3

PCIe x16 slot (x16 link)

Slot Location 4


Slot Location 5

PCIe x16 slot (x16 link)

Slot Location 6


Slot Location 7

PCIe x16 slot (x8 link)


IDE Controller

Intel® ESB2E ICH:
1 * Single Channel Bus Master IDE support UltraATA 133/100/66/33

SATA Controller

Intel® ESB2E ICH:
6 SATA2 300MB/s ports
Intel® Matrix Storage (for Windows only)
(Support RAID Software 0, 1)



2 x Marvell 88E8056 Dual Gb LAN
Support teaming function

Onboard I/O Connectors

Floppy Connector


PSU Connector

24-pin ATX power connector + 8-pin ATX 12V power connector + 4-pin ATX 12V power connector

USB 2.0

1 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports for 2 USB
1 x USB 2.0/1.1 slot

Fan Header

8 x 4-pin Fan

Chassis Intruder


Rear I/O Connectors

External Serial Port


External USB Port










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