Asus Builds Micro ATX Intel X99 Motherboard

There already exists an ITX motherboard supporting Intel's flagship Haswell-E platform, but, as you might expect, sacrifices galore. The next size up from ITX is micro ATX, which Asus' new X99-M WS fits into. The larger PCB allows for the dual-graphics configurations, quad memory channels, and assorted extras that just can't be squeezed onto an ITX board, while still allowing for a smaller-than-usual system case.

 

 

The Asus X99-M WS's LGA2011-v3 socket will readily take Intel's 8-core Core i7 and 18-core Xeon processors, with the latter enabling ECC memory support across the four DDR4 DIMM slots. Eight SATA 6Gbps ports, a PCIe- and SATA-capable M.2 slot, and three physical PCIe 3.0 x16 slots with SLI and Crossfire support fill out the major specs.

The X99-M WS has six each of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, split between the back panel and internal headers; plus two ASMedia-driven USB 3.1 ports on the back panel. There's dual Intel gigabit NICs, 802.11ac WiFi with Bluetooth, Realtek's ALC1150 audio codec with DTS Connect, and Asus' usual suite of proprietary extra features.

 

 

All of this will cost you around $280 USD. Cheaper Haswell-E boards do exist, but then you'll be dealing with a "regular" ATX board and a matching up-sized case to accommodate it.

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