ASUS has announced their first MicroATX motherboard that can support a full compliment of workstation-class hardware. The X99-M WS is an intriguing package, but it has us asking if you would really want a workstation that small.
The ASUS X99-M WS motherboard is based on the Intel X99 chipset, and offers full support for Intel Core i7 and Xeon processors on the LGA2011-v3 socket. When paired with a Xeon, the X99-M WS can also use ECC memory to guard against data corruption. The board supports dual PCI Express 3.0 graphics cards at full x16 speeds, with support for both NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX two-way configurations. ASUS has also performed extensive validation to make sure this board provides a solid foundation for your professional workstation.
As for the question of wanting or needing a workstation in this small a form factor, I just have to refer back to that time where we tried to spec-match a Mac Pro using off the shelf components and DIY chutzpah. There is a market for this, however small it may be. I for one welcome the chance to build a nice small workstation that still can get down with the best of them in AutoCAD or the Adobe suite of programs. Maybe we should take another crack at that DIY Mac Pro?
The ASUS X99-M WS motherboard is available at ASUS authorized resellers now, with the MSRP of $279.99. For more info you can check out the press release below.