Conclusion: When reviewing the WS board we really had to put ourselves in the perspective of what kind of user ASUS has in mind here, and with the major amounts of work computers do these days, there is a very large market for it. One area we do not think is aware of this board would be some of the users we see now days who do rendering from their home and also like to smash on the newest games out there.
Conclusion: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Rare motherboard designed specifically for professional users, Twin gigabit Ethernet ports, Supports quad-GPU setups, Quick Gate allows internal installation of expensive USB dongles, Six PCI-E x16 (physical) slots, Lots of ASUS-specific features: DIGI, power, USB 3.0 Boost, MemOK!, Fan Expert, BIOS Flashback..., Detailed POST code display and status LEDs
Cons: Clearance issues with graphics card in the last PCI-E slot, CEB form factor may not fit in some cases, Expensive, professional-level product, Performance indicator obscured even in a two-graphics card system, Manual does not describe PCI-E lane allocation among the slots, or how to configure multi-card systems
Excerpt: 4 Flares 4 Flares × The latest Intel Core i7 processors are class leading performers and we have already reviewed the i7-3820 and flagship i7-3960X Extreme Edition. Today we are looking at the 3930K which should offer much of the 3960X performance, at almost half the price. To power the system today we thought it was a good time to look at the Asus P9X79 WS Workstation motherboard.
Excerpt: Beim P9X79 WS handelt es sich um ASUS' erstes Workstation Mainboard basierend auf Intels X79-Chipsatz. Bereits auf den ersten Blick beeindruckend, sind die insgesamt sechs PCI-Express-x16-Slots, die man auf dieser Platine findet. Hinzu kommen acht DIMM-Slots, sowie zahlreiche Features. Den Spezifikationen zufolge handelt es sich somit um eine sehr gut ausgestattete Platine.