ASUS unveils PRO WS W790 SAGE and ACE motherboards ‘built for overclocking’

Published: Feb 15th 2023, 17:32 GMT   Comments

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ASUS Pro WS W790 Series workstation motherboards and Intel Xeon W-3400 CPUs make a potent combination

Many professionals in AI training, deep learning, animation, 3D rendering, and media production need a feature set above and beyond what’s available on standard consumer-grade motherboards. Their work might require a large number of PCIe lanes, ECC RAM, remote management tools, multi-GPU support, or a vast and speedy storage array. Our all-new Pro WS W790 Series workstation motherboards give these professionals the expandable graphics, extensive storage, impressive connectivity, and exceptional performance and reliability they need.

Built from the ground up for overclocking

Historically, enthusiasts have turned to Intel’s workstation-grade Xeon processors for their impressive core counts and trusted reliability. Peek at the latest Xeon W-3400 Series chips, featuring up to 56 cores, 112 threads, and support for 112 PCIe 5.0 lanes, and you’ll see that Intel’s Sapphire Rapids processors more than live up to that tradition. The Pro WS W790 Series motherboards unlock even more performance potential from these chips with the ability to overclock them.

Overclocking capabilities go above and beyond configurable BIOS options. The Pro WS W790 Series motherboards offer a robust power design that helps ensure reliable operation even when you dial in an extreme overclock. The VRM on the Pro WS W790E-SAGE SE is comprised of 14+1+1 power stages ready to deliver power efficiently. Massive VRM heatsinks on the MOSFETs and chokes keep these critical components at comfortable operating temperatures. ProCool II connectors, equipped with solid pins for better heat dissipation, ensure a snug and reliable connection to the 12V CPU input. Additional 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors ensure power output stability when users need to install multiple graphics cards.

The Pro WS W790E-SAGE SE lets you augment your available storage even further with its dual onboard 10G LAN ports powered by the cutting-edge Intel X710-AT2 Ethernet controller. These ports will make short work of multi-terabyte transfers from your network attached storage (NAS) and provide server-grade connectivity with low latency.

The Pro WS W790E-SAGE SE redefines the high-end workstation motherboard

Sleek and sophisticated, with dark hues and complementary textures, the Pro WS W790E-SAGE SE balances professional aesthetics and reliable functionality. This high-end motherboard targets the needs of users looking to take advantage of Intel’s top-of-the-line Sapphire Rapids chips. With 8 slots for up to 2TB of ECC R-DIMM DDR5 RAM, it’s primed to give you unbounded memory performance.

Multi-GPU layouts power many professional workloads these days, including modeling, simulation, and rendering applications. The Pro WS W790E-SAGE SE gets your rig up and running with 7 total PCIe 5.0 x16 slots. Featuring our Safeslot design, these PCIe slots have a reinforced metal sheath that helps keep the cards firmly installed.

Plentiful connectivity gives you the options you need for your workstation. Dual 10G Ethernet ports, kept cool with a dedicated heatsink, give you high-speed networking and speedy transfers to and from your NAS. A rich selection of high-speed USB ports stands ready for a wide range of use cases, and the dedicated BMC LAN port enables comprehensive remote management.

The Pro WS W790-ACE caters to mainstream professionals

The Pro WS W790-ACE brings the advantages of the new W790 platform to a wider audience. Outfitted with a beefy power heatisinks for its VRM, it’s ready for stable, reliable overclocking. 8 RAM slots let you run up to 2TB of ECC R-DIMM RAM in a quad-channel configuration. With its 5 PCIe 5.0 x16 slots, multi-GPU arrangements are once again on the menu. And the three SlimSAS slots provide advanced storage options.

ASUS W790 Specifications
Memory8 x DDR5, 8 channels, Max. 2TB8 x DDR5, 4 channels, Max. 2TB
Power stages14+1+112+1+1
Expansion slots7 x PCIe 5.0 x16 slots5 x PCIe 5.0 x16 slots
SATA ports84
SlimSAS slots23
M.2 slots2 x M.2 22110 (PCIe 5.0)
1 x M.2 22110 (PCIe 4.0)
1 x M.2 22110 (PCIe 4.0 )
1 x M.2 2280 (PCIe 4.0)
Ethernet2 x Intel® 10Gb Ethernet
1 x Realtek 1Gb Ethernet
1 x Marvell® 10Gb Ethernet
1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet
Rear I/O1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C®
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C®
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C®
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
8 x USB 2.0 Type-A
Front I/O1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A header
2 x USB 2.0 headers
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A header
2 x USB 2.0 headers
AudioRealtek® S1220A 8CHRealtek® S1220A 8CH
Form factorEEB, 12 inch x 13 inchCEB, 12 inch x 10.5 inch
Remote controllerAST2600BMC Header ready
FeaturesBIOS Flashback
ASUS Control Center Express
BIOS Flashback
ASUS Control Center Express

ASUS Pro WS W790 Series motherboards are ready for action

Today’s creative workstations need to offer a blend of exceptional performance, unwavering reliability, and easy remote management. The Pro WS W790E-SAGE SE and Pro WS W790-ACE deliver this demanding combination with their premium overclocking capabilities, robust power solutions and cooling, and comprehensive suite of management tools. Powerful and versatile platforms for your needs in content creation, deep learning, video editing, and much more, these are the motherboards you need for your next workstation.

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