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Sunday, February 11, 2007
Asus P5W64WS Pro

1. Introduction

- Introduction

Asus is well known for introducing innovative products into the market. Recently, Asus announced a motherboard with x4 PCI-E slots, the P5W64WS Pro series. The WS stands for WorkStation board. Typical demands for this category of board are that it should be very stable and equipped with enough ports and connections to cover just about all business use. Memory compatibility and stability is an absolute must for a workstation board. Of course, overclocking should be possible even though this category of board isn't designed with gamers in mind.

- Asus P5W64 WS Pro

The Asus P5W64WS Pro is based on Intel's 975 chipset, which supports Intel®Core™2Extreme, Core™2Duo, Pentium®4EE, Pentium®D, Pentium®4, CeleronD processors for Socket (LGA775). It features 1066/800/533MHz(FSB), dual-channel un-buffered DDR2 667/533/400 x 4DIMMs with a maximum of 4GB.

- Main features

The Wall Street Quartet is the ideal foundation for a powerful workstation. It delivers awesome power, dependable performance and unparallel I/O scalability for the most demanding tasks and future upgrades. With the incorporation of ASUS Intelligence (AI) Technology, the Main Station Series intelligently reduces operation noise and dissipates heat through advanced and environmentally friendly methods to accommodate user needs. Don't change yourself for a computer. Instead, Let the Main Station Series improve the quality of your work and your life. The main features of P5W64WS Pro are:

- Intel® Quad-core CPU Ready
- Intel Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Duo Ready
- Quad-core CPU Ready
- DDR2 800/667/533
- FSB 1066/800/533
- Quad PCI-E x 16 slots

LGA775 Intel® Quad-core Processor Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Quad-core processors in LGA775 package.
It's excellent for multi-tasking, multi-media and enthusiastic gamers with 1066/800 MHz FSB.
Intel® Quad-core is one of the most powerful CPU in the world.

LGA775 Intel® Core™2 Processor Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™2 processors in LGA775 package. With new Intel® Core™ microarchitecture technology and 1066 / 800 MHz FSB, Intel® Core™2 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world.

Intel® 65nm Dual-Core CPU support
This motherboard supports Intel Pentium D/Pentium 4/Celeron dual-core processors built on the 65-nanometer (nm) process technology with copper interconnect.


Intel® MPT (Intel® Memory Pipeline Technology)
The Intel® Memory Pipeline Technology (Intel MPT) delivers additional system-level performance by optimizing memory access between CPU and system memory, and allows increased performance at standard operating specifications.
Intel 975X chipset
The Intel 975X is the latest chipset designed to support Dual PCI Express graphics, along with the maximum 8GB dual-channel DDR2 667/533 architecture, 1066/800 FSB (front-side-bus), and Dual-core CPU. Easily build a workstation or create a multimedia environment with its exceptionally high bandwidth. Together with the Serial ATA ports enabled through the SATA 3Gb/s RAID controller integrated in the ICH7R Southbridge, the Intel 975X satisfies multi-task processing and data security.


Advanced Thermal Design
ASUS has devoted special efforts to address the thermal issues across the motherboard, and most notably the areas that reside the CPU, power, Northbridge and Southbridge.

Stack Cool 2
Stack Cool 2 is a fan-less and zero-noise cooling solution offered exclusively by ASUS. It effectively transfers heat generated by the critical components to the other side of the specially designed PCB (printed circuit board) for effective heat dissipation.

8 Phase Power Design
ASUS 8-Phase Power Design keeps CPU and power module away from suffering risk of high power stress, which makes CPU lifetime much longer and system more stable. Furthermore, It provides high efficiency operation to generate less heat than conventional power solutions and consequently achieve cool system environment. With this strong power pump, this motherboard is made for overclocking.

Fanless Design: Heat-pipe Thermal solution
Cooling fans, though a popular thermal solution, also come with noise and malfunction likelihood. ASUS Motherboard's fanless concept is specifically created to provide a cool environment without all the baggage.
The heat pipe, heat sinks and strategic board layout were tailor made to dissipate heat in the most efficient manner.


AI Clock Skew
AI Clock Skew automatically skews the memory clock signal timing, thus improving memory overclocking capability by 10 to 15%, depending on the memory features when users overclock memory frequency. Users can easily enjoy better memory overclocking without strenuously fine-tuning the clock signal timing. For professional users, they can still adjust each memory channel's clock signal separately to reach the highest memory frequency.

ASUS O.C. Profile
The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.
Precision Tweaker
It offers ways to raise system performance inch-by-inch and step-by-step to achieve maximum performance! This is about getting the most out of your machine and taking pride in your customized computer.
AI NOS™
Applications such as 3D games and video editing demand a huge chunk of system resource. Inject "nitrous oxide" into your CPU! The patented AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System) technology intelligently detects system load and automatically boosts performance for the most demanding tasks. Unlike other dynamic overclocking techniques, AI NOS™ reacts much faster to satisfy your unending need for speeds.

PEG Link
This latest technology, PEG (PCI Express Graphics) Link Mode, is a unique feature that enables users to boost graphics card performance for superior video quality. PEG Link allows users to raise GPU and VGA memory throughput via the motherboard BIOS the same way system bus and memory bus are tweaked. PEG Link Mode enables powerful video performance on DX8 and DX9 applications. ASUS engineers carefully fine-tuned the parameters for every single PCI-Express card to provide system stability during high-speed graphics operation.


AI Gear
To balance both system performance and quietness, AI Gear allows users to choose from profiles to adjust CPU frequency and vCore voltage, minimizing system noise and power consumption. Users can real-time change the mode under operating system to suit their needs.

AI Nap
With AI Nap, users can instantly snooze your PC without terminating the tasks. System will continue operating at minimum power and noise when user is temporarily away. It keeps downloading files or running applications in quietest state while you're sleeping. Simply click keyboard or mouse, you can swiftly wake up the system in few seconds.

ASUS Q-Connector
The ASUS Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.

ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
The ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 allows users to restore corrupted BIOS data from a USB flash disk containing the BIOS file. This utility saves users the cost and hassle of buying a replacement BIOS chip.

ASUS EZ Flash 2
EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.

ASUS MyLogo2
The ASUS MyLogo2 is the new feature present in the motherboard that allows you to personalize and add style to your system with customizable and animated boot logos.


PCI Express Architecture
PCI Express is the latest I/O interconnect technology that will replace the existing PCI. With a bus bandwidth 4 times higher than that of AGP 8X interface, PCI Express x16 bus performs much better than AGP 8X in applications such as 3D gaming. PCI Express x1 also outperforms PCI interface with its exceptional high bandwidth up to 500MB/s. The high speed PCI Express interface creates new usages on desktop PCs e.g., Gigabit LAN, 1394b, and high-speed RAID systems.

Dual Gigabit LAN
The integrated dual Gigabit LAN design allows a PC to serve as a network gateway for managing traffic between two separate networks. This capability ensures rapid transfer of data from WAN to LAN without any added arbitration or latency.

High Definition Audio
Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC! The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously sends different audio streams to different destinations. You can now talk to your partners on the headphone while playing a multi-channel network games. All of these are done on one computer.

SATA on the Go
The P5W64 WS Professional supports the next-generation hard drives based on the Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s storage specification, delivering enhanced scalability and doubling the bus bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval and saves. The external SATA port located at the back I/O provides smart setup and hot-plug functions. Easily backup photos, videos and other entertainment contents on external devices.

IEEE 1394a interface
IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for audio/video appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals & other PC portable devices.

- Full specifications

CPU
Intel® Quad-core CPU Ready
LGA775 socket for Intel® Pentium Processor Extreme Edition /  Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron CPU
Support Intel 65nm, Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Duo
Support Intel next generation Mulit-Core CPU
Compatible with Intel 06B, 05B/ 05A and 04B/04A processors
Intel EM64T and Hyper-Threading Technology ready
Chipset
North Bridge: Intel 975X (support ATi CrossFire dual Gfx technology)
South Bridge: Intel ICH7R
PCIe Switch: IDT 89HA0324
Front Side Bus
1066/800 MHz
Memory
4 x DIMM, max. 8GB, DDR2 667/533, ECC and non-ECC un-buffered memory
Dual channel architecture
Native DDR2 800 Support
Expansion Slots
4 x PCI-E x 16 slots (at x8, x8, x4, x8 or at x16, x0, x4, x0)
2 x PCI 2.2 slots
Crossfire Supports ATI Crossfire graphics cards
Storage
Intel ICH7R controller supports:
 - 4 x SATA 3.0Gb/s (RAID 0,1,10,5)
 - 1 x UltraDMA 133/100
Marvell 88SE6145 supports:
- 3 x SATA 3.0Gb/s (RAID 0,1,10)
- 1 x eSATA 3.0Gb/s
Audio
ADI 1988B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Support Jack-Sensing, Enumeration, Multi-streaming and Jack-Retasking
Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out on back I/O port
LAN
Marvell 88E8052 + 88E8001PCI-E Dual Gb LAN controller
Support Teaming function
USB
8 x USB 2.0 ports
Overclocking Features
ASUS AI NOS™
AI Overclocking
AI Clock Skew
ASUS PEG Link
Hyper Path 3
ASUS BIOS Profile
ASUS C.P.R.
ASUS AI Booster
Adjustable FSB/DDR2 ratio. Fixed PCI/PCIe frequencies.
Precision Tweaker:
- vDIMM: 12 step DRAM voltage control
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125V increment
- SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection): allowing FSB tuning from 100 MHz up to 550 MHz at 1MHz increment
- PCIe x16 Frequency: allowing PCIe x16 frequency from 90MHz up to 150MHz at 1MHz increment
Advanced Thermal Design
8-Phase Power Design
Stack Cool 2
Q-Fan 2
ASUS Heat-pipe thermal solution
ASUS AI Lifestyle Features
Multi-language BIOS
SATA on the Go
AI Nap
AI Gear
My Logo 2
Other ASUS Special Features
ASUS AI NET2
CrashFree BIOS 3
EZ Flash 2
Q-Connector
ASUS AI Quiet
TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 1.2 (optional)
Back Panel I/O Ports
Parallel
PS/2 Keyboard
PS/2 Mouse
RJ45
S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
4 x USB
eSATA
Audio I/O
Internal I/O Connectors
4 x USB
8-pin ATX+12V power
24-pin ATX Power connector
Chassis intrusion
CPU fan with PWM control
Chassis fan1 with Q-fan control
Chassis fan2 with Q-fan control
PWR fan
IDE connector
Floppy disk drive connector
Serial ATA connectors
CD audio in
IEEE 1394a port
Front panel audio connector
BIOS
8Mb flash ROM, AMI BIOS, Green, PnP, DMI, Wfm2.0, ACPI v2.0a, SMBIOS v 2.3, EZ flash, CrashFree BIOS2
Manageability
WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE, AI NET, Chassis Intrusion
Support CD
Drivers
BIOS flash utility under DOS
AI Booster
ASUS PC Probe II
RAID utility
Anti virus software
Adobe Acrobat Reader ver 7.0
Microsoft Direct X ver 9.0C
Accessories

User's manual
UltraDMA cable
FDD cable
2-port USB module
2-port 1394a module
I/O shield
SATA cable
SATA power cable
Media Launcher

Form Factor
ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6"(30.5cm x 24.5cm)




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