ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer Motherboard Review :: Features

06-25-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
  • Intel Core i7 and Xeon processor supported
  • Nvidia nForce 200 x2
  • CUDA Parallel computing supported
  • 7 PCI-E GEN2 x16 IO onboard
  • ATI CrossfireX and NVIDIA GeForce SLI supported
  • 4 PCIe x16 link for 3-way SLI
  • Diag LED
  • ASUS Heartbeat
  • SAS Onboard
  • GP Diagnosis Card
  • ASUS SASsaby Card Support
  • X58 chipset
  • Triple Channel DDR3 2000 (O.C.)/1866 (O.C.)/ 1800 (O.C.)/1600 (O.C.)/1333/1066
  • EPU-6 engine
  • True 16+2 Phase Power Design
  • TurboV
  • Express Gate
  • Best Quality Power Components
  • AI Nap
  • Stack Cool 2
  • Aesthetic Heat-pipe
  • Fan Xpert
  • Q-Shield
  • Q-Connector
  • CrashFree BIOS 3
  • EZ Flash 2
  • O.C. Profile
  • TPM
  • Noise Filtering
  • SATA on the Go
  • Dual RAID
  • Dual Gigabit LAN
  • IEEE-1394a interface
  • High Definition Audio
  • S/PDIF out on the back I/O Port
  • GreenASUS

ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer Motherboard Review

Part Number P6T7 WS Supercomputer
Manufacturer ASUS
Chipset X58
North Bridge Intel X58
Socket LGA1366 Socket
Memory speed 2000/1866/1600/1333/1066
Processor Types Core i7
Number of CPUs 1
QPI Up to 6.4GT/second
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Channels Triple
Maximum Memory 24GB
External Graphics PCI Express x16 x7
South Bridge ICH10R
Audio 8-channel
IDE 133/100/66
SATA 3.0 GB/s
RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, 10
LAN 10/100/1000 4 LAN Ports
Firewire IEEE 1394a

ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer Motherboard Review

ASUS combines the X58 chipset for the Northbridge with the ICH10R Southbridge on the P6T7 WS Supercomputer motherboard. This combination is the only one available to those on the Core i7 platform as Intel has not released another Northbridge as of yet and the Core i7 platform utilizes the Quick Path Interconnect for which no third party company has a license to use at the moment for another chipset.

The Intel X58 chipset supports up to 36 PCIe lanes which means that if you want to run more than one video card, a total maximum of 2 PCIe x16 slots and an x4 slot would run at maximum speed. If three graphics cards are installed with a system with X58 only, the maximum each PCI slot would run is x16, x8, x8. With four graphics cards each x16 slot would run at x8 speed. ASUS chose to include two nForce 200 bridge chips on this board.

With a single NF200 bridge chip the maximum that is supported is 3-way SLI with each card having full x16 speed. Two NF200 chips brings a new meaning to the word bandwidth with each of the four slots having a full x16 speed or 64 PCIe lanes with two chips. The real-world benefit of the extra bandwidth has yet to be seen. ASUS is promoting this board with Tesla support.

So what is a Tesla anyway? Nicola Tesla was a genius inventor that was born in 1856. He was the inventor of what became Alternate Current (AC). NVIDIA introduced the Tesla card in 2007 with the C870 which was a GeForce 8800GTX modified for CUDA. It was installed in multiples of two in a D870 Deskside Supercomputer and offered 1 TeraFLOP of computing power. More recently, NVIDIA launched their S1070 series which has four C1060 cards and offers up to 4 TeraFLOPS of computing power.

ASUS supports up to three C1060 cards with the P6T7 WS Supercomputer motherboard but more importantly, it supports up to four full-bandwidth PCI Express x16 cards meaning that you can have a Quadro card to provide the display support and 3 TeraFLOPS of computing power via the C1060 which are modified GeForce GTX280 cards. The minimum system requirements for a Tesla supercomputer according to NVIDIA is: Quad-Core 2.33GHz CPU, motherboard with 3 PCI Express 2.0 slots, 12GB of system memory and a 64-bit Operating system. The motherboard also supports ATI's CrossfireX of four cards.