ASUS M2N32 WS Professional Motherboard Review :: Introduction

10-26-2006 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Workstation computers have evolved over the years. The early computer workstations had RISC processors, were made by companies like SGI and Sun, ran their own Operating system and were processing powerhouses costing thousands of dollars. Today, the average computer workstation is virtually indistinguishable from the high-end PC using many of the same components, but stressing stability, performance and features. The high-end workstations available use components like the Intel Xeon processors, but that's not the focus of this review.

Workstation computers are designed for the following users: Architecture, Engineering and Construction, Digital Content Creation, Video & Audio Editing and Animation, Oil & Gas, Life Sciences & Imaging, Financial, Software Development, Mechanical Computer Aided Design. I would suggest the workstation motherboard for the truly high-end gamer as well, as the features of the workstation-class boards are beneficial to the tweaker user.

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Take the Dell Precision Workstation computer for example. The modern Dell Precision 390 Workstation has the Intel Core 2 Duo Dual Core CPU, SATA HDDs in various RAID modes, a Quadro graphics card, internal sound and an Intel motherboard, the same that you can buy for the gaming or home-theater market. Where it differs is the high quality components, the use of ECC memory, the graphics card, and the higher price. ASUS decided to apply the higher quality components to their MainStation line of motherboards, and the ASUS M2N32 WS Professional is an example of that line.