ASUS 1S Workstation Boards (AMD and Intel)

The final ASUS products we were shown were from a new group at ASUS, targeting single socket workstation motherboards. The advent of dual core and forthcoming quad core CPUs will change the workstation market at least for the short term. You will soon be able to, in a single socket, achieve a level of processing power never before thought possible without going to a much more expensive workstation or sometimes server motherboard.

ASUS had two such 1S workstation boards on hand, one using AMD's Socket-AM2 and one supporting Intel's Conroe and Kentsfield processors:

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The major difference between these motherboards and their desktop counterparts is the inclusion of PCI-X slots, but otherwise you've basically got 1S desktop motherboards.

ASUS' Concept Motherboard DFI's NF590 SLI and RD580 Socket-AM2 Motherboards


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  • mindless1 - Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - link

    Nice coverage. These new toys leave me drooling. Now off I go to find a smallish nuclear reactor to power everything. LOL. Reply
  • sri2000 - Friday, June 9, 2006 - link

    You just need to get yourself a "Mr. Fusion" and you'll be all set.">
  • bespoke - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    Too bad the new DFI boards still have that hideous fan on the NF chipset - that little bugger runs at 4,000 to 5,000 and is terribly loud.

    I can't wait to upgrade to Conroe, ditch NF4 and get back to a quiet (yet nicely performing) PC.
  • Griswold - Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - link

    Duh.. newsflash, there are also NF4 boards without fans - just not from DFI. What really sucks about the fan on the DFI board is, that it breaks after 3 months and you end up replacing it with a better fan. Reply
  • Stele - Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - link


    there are also NF4 boards without fans - just not from DFI

    Although that's not much of a use if you're aiming to get a DFI board - which I think is where he was coming from. :)

    For one reason or another DFI does not seem to be interested, or at least eager, to implement more/more effective passive cooling solutions on their products. Besides the lack of noise, passive cooling's greatest advantage is the fact that it doesn't have moving parts that are prone to failure like fans... as you found out.

    At least they did take a unique step in implementing a digital integrated VR design on their board... its remarkable compactness and 'clean' layout without large electrolytic capacitors makes it really worth looking at for motherboard power circuits. Can't wait till more details of their implementation and tests thereof surface.
  • R3MF - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    was the ECS miniITX A64 motherboard with an nForce chipset.

    i would love to see a AM2 MCP61-S variant with two dimm slots and PCI-E 16x card!
  • bldckstark - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    Dual redundant power supplies in the Asus 1U server would seem to indicate that there are three or four power supplies housed within, but I believe the actuality is that there are only two right? Redundant means secondary as I understand it. Dual redundant means two secondaries. Therefore dual redundant PS's include a backup power supply and then a backup of the backup power supply. Which is it? Are there 2 or 3 power supplies in that thing? Reply
  • hoppa - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    God I am so sick of hearing about x new card that is "even better than" the already $500 dual x1950.9 XFIRE XLI+ v2.0 Z

    I miss the days when those cards, the best cards, maxed at $300, the awesome stuff was at $200, and you could do quite well for $150. Now $150 is a joke.
  • One43637 - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    is it just me or does the GB motherboard offerings remind you of the Asus motherboards (A8N32 & P5N32) that were released last year... Reply
  • Griswold - Tuesday, June 6, 2006 - link

    High time the dorks at Nvidia and ATI start working on the power saving front. At least they seemm to have that in mind for the follow-up generations... This only means that R600 and G80 wont make it into my computer until the following cards reduce the power envelope by quite a bit.

    *shakes fist*

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