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ASRock WS-E/10G motherboard offers 22Gbps networking

by Mark Tyson on 25 November 2014, 11:05

Tags: AsRock, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), PC

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ASRock has announced a new motherboard offering users an impressive 22Gbps networking experience. The new motherboard is called the ASRock X99 WS-E/10G and was launched yesterday.

To achieve the headlining 22Gbps of networking bandwidth users of the ASRock X99 WS-E/10G must utilise all four of the built-in Ethernet ports in quad-LAN 'Teaming' mode. This "motherboard, workstation board hybrid," is equipped with Dual Intel 10G BASE-T LAN ports powered by an Intel X540 Ethernet controller chip, plus Dual Intel gigabit LAN ports powered by two Intel I210AT Ethernet controller chips.

ASRock explains how its new motherboard achieves its networking speeds; "What makes ASRock X99 WS-E/10G so fast is the onboard Intel X540 Ethernet controller. This single chip is capable of supporting dual 10G BASE-T LAN ports, which are ten times faster than your ordinary gigabit LAN and usually only seen on server boards." The firm adds that this motherboard would be a good choice for those wishing to build a small server or workstation.

Perhaps unfortunately ASRock's marketing department claims that the fast networking on offer could help users stick it to "those malevolent internet providers," and help you improve your internet speed. However the motherboard is obviously suitable for other taxing networking scenarios.

Beyond its networking capabilities ASRock has kitted the X99 WS-E/10G with plenty of enthusiast features which include:

  • 4-Way SLI/CrossFireX (x16/16/16/16)
  • 7x PCIe slots
  • 'Luxurious' 12 Power Phase Design, plus Super Alloy
  • Ultra Thin Design to Fit 1U Chassis
  • LGA 2011-3 CPU support
  • Support for as much as 128GB, UDIMM/RDIMM memory modules up to 3200+(OC)
  • 12x SATA3 ports, 1 SATA Express 10Gb/s connector, 1 PCIe Gen2 x4 M.2 slot
  • Purity Sound 2, 7.1 CH HD audio with Realtek ALC1150 audio codec
  • ASRock Dehumidifier
  • USB Key security

ASRock published a YouTube video to support its headlining networking speeds claims, please see below.

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Wowzors, 10G LAN ports!

I wonder how much this is going to come in at…..
Lovely. But it would be nice to have 1Gb “Internet” speeds before we worry about getting 10GB LAN ports :)
Lovely. But it would be nice to have 1Gb “Internet” speeds before we worry about getting 10GB LAN ports :)

I doubt the 10GB ports are for surfing t'internet!
nice…. now can they do a matx version :)
I'm thinking about my high-network-use work environment, but even there I struggle to see how this can possibly be useful… My office network connection is 1GBit to a router down the corridor, shared with a whole bunch of other people in the building. That router connects to the main servers along with a load of other similar routers on site. At no point can I use more than the minimum bandwidth between my closest router and the servers…

I can see the point of it in the server environment, marginally also for heavy users in a commercial/university environment, it seems so far ahead of most existing infrastructure that for an end user, especially in the domestic market, this is utterly pointless. Marketing it for domestic end users is pretty ridiculous!