If a workstation build is in the cards, or you’re looking to build the baddest multi-GPU gaming rig around, the X79 platform remains the one to consider. But what motherboard could possibly fill the “ultimate” void, one that’s able to handle a lot of stress, or for that matter, 7 graphics cards? Look no further than ASUS’ P9X79-E WS.
As unfortunate as it might be, Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge-E processors didn’t do much to “wow” us when we compared it to Sandy Bridge-E last month. Despite that, IV-E remains the ‘best’ choice for those who want or need to build an LGA2011 PC.
Though X79 has some limitations compared to the mainstream Z87 chipset (we’ll talk more about this below), this platform has a number of benefits that will still lure some enthusiasts in.
The board we’re taking a look at here is ASUS’ P9X79-E WS; the “WS” stands for workstation, and it perfectly describes a market that can make proper use of this platform. We’re talking video encoding, content creation, serious number-crunching, scientific analysis, and perhaps even some server workloads. Oh, and let’s not exclude the perks for gamers – something else we’ll talk about below.
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