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ASUS L1N64-SLI WS to be the first 4x4 motherboard

DailyTech has obtained a couple of images of an upcoming motherboard for AMD’s 4x4 enthusiast platform. The motherboard is an ASUS  L1N64-SLI WS powered by two NVIDIA nForce 680a MCPs. Two socket-1207 processors are supported with four memory slots—two slots per processor. With two nForce 680a MCPs the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS features 12 SATA 3.0 Gbps ports and one PATA for storage connectivity. There’s also an additional e.SATA port on the back I/O as well.

As far as PCI Exress goes the L1N64-SLI WS features a grand total of four PCI Express x16 slots for plenty of SLI and SLI physics processing power. Due to space limitations the L1N64-SLI WS only has one PCI and PCIe x1 slots.

Networking features of the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS include dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. The onboard Gigabit Ethernet features NVIDIA’s FirstPacket, DualNet, Teaming and TCP/IP offload technologies. Audio is powered by a high definition audio codec with optical and coaxial S/PDIF outputs. It is unknown which codec ASUS has equipped the L1N64-SLI WS with, though it could be Analog Devices or Realtek. The board is not legacy free and still has PS/2 and parallel ports.

Due to the complex design of AMD’s 4x4 platform, the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS uses an eATX form factor which will not fit in smaller cases. Since dual processors require a little extra power, ASUS has equipped the L1N64-SLI WS with an 8-pin EPS12v and Molex power connectors.

U.S. distributors claim the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS will have an MSRP of $480 without bundles, but the street price will probably be much less.

Expect AMD’s 4x4 enthusiast platform to arrive later this month with three Athlon FX processors—FX-70, FX-72 and FX-74. It is unknown if the ASUS L1N64-SLI WS will be compatible upcoming AMD Stars processors.


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WTF is this pile of crap?
By afkrotch on 11/20/2006 7:39:50 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously, WTF. This is meant for a home user? This thing is going to require more power, generate more heat, have more useless slots, and simply take up more space.

Only a moron would buy two lower performing Athlon X2s over a single higher performing Intel Core 2 Quad.

Sure in the future AMD will actually put out a quad core. Course in the future Intel will put out an octuple core, probably on 45nm and it'll use less power than a Core 2 Duo or some crap like that.

Cheaper than buying an actual workstation? Sure. So's the Intel version.

Also, why does anyone need four 16x PCIe slots? Three, I can see, for using a physics card. Shoot, I personally get pissed just having two 16x PCIe slots on my mobo.

A parallel port for me, is pretty worthless. They should have put a serial port instead. Would have made configuring switches/routers a lot easier.

Asus makes bad mobos. I don't see it. My old P4T533 was good. My P4P800-E Deluxe is good. My current P5W DH Deluxe is good.




RE: WTF is this pile of crap?
By vanka on 11/21/2006 12:54:48 AM , Rating: 2
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This is meant for a home user?

Nope, this is meant for those fanatic know as hardcore gamers. The kind of people who would sell both their grandmothers (if they haven't already) and their manhood to get a 5% FPS increase. But I completely agree with the rest of your post.


RE: WTF is this pile of crap?
By JumpingJack on 11/21/2006 1:08:55 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Nope, this is meant for those fanatic know as hardcore gamers. The kind of people who would sell both their grandmothers (if they haven't already) and their manhood to get a 5% FPS increase. But I completely agree with the rest of your post.


:) :) --- well the fanatic hardcore gamer then would be pretty dumb to buy into this at this point (or an Intel Kentsfield for that matter) as no game currently on the market can utilize 4 cores, only a few do 2 cores --- gaming performance on the 4x4 will not be any better than an equivently clocked AM2 dual core.


RE: WTF is this pile of crap?
By vanka on 11/21/2006 1:32:49 PM , Rating: 2
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gaming performance on the 4x4 will not be any better than an equivently clocked AM2 dual core.

You know that and I know that; but do the fanatics know, or care?


RE: WTF is this pile of crap?
By Runiteshark on 11/30/2006 8:45:08 AM , Rating: 2
If you configure switches and routers then you should atleast have a clue what this is useful for:


Deck this badboy out with SATA drives, 12 on the board, and with 4 16x slots you can put another 64 HDDs on just this one board alone. With that many drives in RAID, it would be pretty nice to have something like this, now wouldn't? Pretty sure this board kicks any other server board's ass when it comes to PCI-E slots too. I dare you to go find one Xeon or Socket F Opteron board that has more then 1 PCI-E slot, and that is full 16x a piece. Oh thats right you can't.

With this board decked you could have a a grand total of 76 hard drives, and I can't even tell you how useful that would be for a large NAS. The only downside is that it dosen't come with 2 more GigE ports on it so you can quad trunk it.

Think about that huh, 57TB of raw storage or 40TB of RAID 5 storage with a couple hot spares. I want to see some other enterprise storage server beat that.

So in my eyes, this does have a use. I can think of a couple more uses too.


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