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     Asus announces the P7F7-E SuperComputer
      Posted on 12/03/2010 at 21:01 by Benoit - source: PC World
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    Presented at CeBIT, Asus has just announced a high-end motherboard, designed for work stations. While the P7F7-E WS SuperComputer uses a standard LGA1156 socket, the chipset is an Intel 3450, which means you can combine it with Xeon 3400s as well as traditional Pentiums, Core i3s, i5s and i7s.

    The Intel 3450 is part of the same family as the Intel series 5 chipsets but in addition supports technologies designed for the pro world such as remote management (Intel AMT), data encrytion (Intel AT) or remote PC assist technology (Intel RPAT).

    The presence of 6 slots of RAM confirms this, giving a maximum capacity of 16 GB. USB 3 and SATA 6 Gbps support is included as is double Gigabit LAN. Note the two firewire ports, in spite of the fact that this port is slowly falling into disuse.

    The pro side of the card is however relative when it comes to the most demanding users. There are four 16x PCI-Express ports (at 16/8x-16/8x-8x-8x) due to the NF200 and compatibility with the Quad CrossFireX and the 3-way SLI.

    No price has yet been given for this new arrival in the SuperComputer range. The usefulness of such a card in LGA1156 is however questionable with the most demanding users going for LGA1366 and its compatibility with 32nm hexacores.

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