TechPowerUp writes ASUS has launched the P9X79-E WS, a new socket LGA2011 motherboard for Intel's Ivy Bridge-E and Xeon Ivy Bridge-EP processor lines. The board has a 305mm x 267mm SSI-CEB form factor, it has 10-phase VRM, 2+2 phase memory VRM, eight DDR3 memory slots for up to 64GB of quad-channel DDR3-2133 memory, and a total of seven PCIe X16 slots with quad-way SLI and CrossFireX support. Pricing is $499.99.
Storage connectivity on the P9X79-E WS includes two SATA 6 Gb/s ports from the X79 PCH, four SATA 6 Gb/s from a Marvell-made 4-port SATA 6 Gb/s AHCI/RAID controller, four SATA 3 Gb/s from the PCH, and an additional two eSATA 6 Gb/s from an ASMedia-made controller. There are just four USB 3.0 ports on offer, all ASMedia-made controllers. Other connectivity includes two gigabit Ethernet interfaces, both driven by Intel-made controllers, 8-channel HD audio, legacy connectivity such as PS/2 and RS232 COM (header), and a pinch of overclocker-friendly features in the BIOS and on-board.