Asus Z9PE-D8 WS Dual Socket Workstation Motherboard Review



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At the heart of any computer system as we all know lies a motherboard, whether it be your laptop, home desktop, workstation or server.  Depending on what the systems main role is (ie whether it be a desktop or server) there is a great effect on the type of motherboard that is installed inside.

To most consumers and the majority of the market, the focus is on the traditional board that we know of with its single CPU socket and memory banks to go with.  In the industry sector and enterprise markets however, a single socket board just doesn’t cut it and naturally we find here boards that can hold multiple CPUs and far more memory than your home system will ever hold. In the design industry speed, as with any trade, is everything and having the ability to render the design of a new car or a component of a plane for example in a quick turn around is vital for keeping the overall project on track with no delays.

With this in mind there are naturally a number of ways of doing this rendering and a whole other array of CPU and in some cases GPU intensive tasks.  One of these methods is to have an onsite server farm with stacks of rackmount servers of which are solely dedicated to either crunching numbers, remdering images or performing simulations at a rate that growing day by day. This method though for the most part is very expensive not just in the purchasing of the equipment but also the running costs that are involved with there after.

In some cases this factor can be a huge offset to some companies whether it be for financial reasons or purely that they don’t have the space available for the setup. Such companies are normally the smaller sized businesses and they will therefore endeavour to find a method of increasing their productivity without the same huge costs – especially with the economic climate in the state it is.

This therefore has lead us to taking a new edge on the scope of products that we look at and review and looking at workstation based systems with dual socket capabilities for extreme rendering and processing power is an area that we feel is a niche in the market.

When we first got the board in we soon decided that we cannot test this in the same way the we traditionally test a board with the array of game based tests with their built in benchmarks and other fps based benchmarks such as 3DMark11 as this would be completely diverging from the market sector that this board is aimed at.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Martin/1258108688 Ryan Martin

    No comparisons against any other LGA 2011 boards or processors for scale of performance…kinda unhelpful

  • Dev

    Rendering is one marked, viretualization is perhaps another. 2x cheepest 4 core xeons (200$) 8×8 gb ram and 6x1tb sata3 HDs, cheepest passive gfx card. ESXi from VMWare is free, and voila a powerhouse for testing systems/developing. You can run 10-20 VMs on a box totalling no more than 2000$ !!

  • Nochance

    No pictures of it built…. You must think we are stupid.

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  • JohnyMnemonix

    No power consumption test?

  • Imonlymyself

    you say its not for gaming, which i see your point because you only used 1 GPU, but with the extra lanes of having 2 cpu's i'd liked to seen a quad sli gpu set up and had those benchmarks to compare to your normal 2 card sli set up. this board woudnt be worth it for games using 1 or 2 cards, but it seems like if u used 3 or 4 cards this board would actually make use outta the 3rd & 4th card.

    • Dezcoal

      I agree.
      Also EVGA has a similar board the Classified SR-X which I have seen implemented in high end multi GPU gaming rigs. Speaking of the Classified SR-X it would be interesting to see how it compares to the ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS head to head.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=641275015 Bryan Sevener

    What is EIST ans what is it's purpose?

    • Philippe Hébert

      Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology

      • http://www.facebook.com/marc.hitect.9 Marc Hitect

        why do you say disable EIST? Almost every test in this review did better with EIST turned on.

  • Eauli06

    Hi, does this board support nvidi Maximus (quadro4000+tesla c2075)?


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