ASUS Introduces P5WDG2-WS On Intel 975X Chipset
ASUS introduced the Main Station Motherboard Series and the P5WDG2-WS model based on the Intel 975X chipset supporting Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition 955 dual-core processors. The novelty is meant for high-end computers and workstations.
The board has two PCI Express x16 capable of ATI CrossFire dual-graphics card function and native dual-channel DDR2-800 support up to 8GB. The P5WDG2-W2 comes equipped with two PCI-X slots, two PCI slots, two IEEE 1394a ports, eight USB 2.0 ports and eight Serial ATA-II 3Gb/s ports for establishing two sets of RAID.
The novelty also features the proprietary Stack Cool 2 fanless cooling solution. ASUS claims it effectively transfers heat generated by the critical components to the other side of the specially designed PCB for effective heat dissipation. And that the result is a temperature decrease of up to 20 degrees Celsius.
The board utilizes 8-Phase Power Design also aimed at reducing heat (at least 15°C, according to the press release). It reduces input ripple current and output ripple voltage, which keeps CPU and VRM (voltage regulation modules) from suffering the risk of high power stress. It's said to have the advantages of quick transient response and stability, especially beneficial when CPU requires more current immediately under heavy loading or overclocking mode.
According to Japanese sources, the board costs about $295-335 in retail.
- Intel Pentium Processor XE 955 / Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron
- Intel 975X + Intel ICH7R chipsets
- 1066/800MHz FSB
- 4 x DIMM, max. 8GB, DDR2 800/667/533, ECC and non-ECC un-buffered memory
- 2 x PCI-E x16 (Dual graphic running @ x 8 speed), 2 x PCI-X, 2 x PCI 2.2
- Dual Gigabit LAN
- 8 x Serial ATA 3 GB/s ports
- 2 x IEEE 1394a
- 8 x USB 2.0 ports
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