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Nehalem-EP, Skulltrail replacement

This morning at CeBIT, ASUS took the motherboard spotlight again with the announcement of its dual-socket, LGA 1366, Z8NA-D6 enthusiast desktop motherboard. Quickly titled the "first dual-processor ATX motherboard," this makes an interesting solution for the aging dual-socket LGA 771 Skulltrail desktop platform of yesteryear.

The board ultimately begins the generation of Intel's Nehalem-EP (Efficient Platform), which consists of dual Xeon 'Gainestown' CPUs and two QPI links per chip. One link communicates with the Tylersburg chipset while the other link communicates with the second processor, both at 25.6GB/s bidirectional bandwidth.

Because the Nehalem platform also consists of Simultaneous MultiThreading support, this desktop board is capable of running no less than 16 virtual cores on two of Intel's new Xeon 5500-series CPUs.

Additional specs of the board include 14 SATA ports, one PCI-E x16 slot, two PCI-E x8 slots, and six DDR3 memory slots capable of up to 24GB with unbuffered DIMMs and 48GB with registered DIMM modules. Moreover, power is drawn using a 24 + 8 pin connector supporting both desktop ATX and server SSI power supplies.

Pricing and availability information have not been released yet, but we can probably expect a release around the end of this month to coincide with Intel's Xeon 5500-series CPU launch on March 28th.


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Nice, i've never seen a MB layout like that before.
 

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weird how they seperated the memory like that??
 

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This is a server board, not an enthusiast one.

Exactly, bad labeling to call it the next Skulltrail.
 

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weird how they seperated the memory like that??

Each CPU has its own 3-memory slots.

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Z8NA-D6 enthusiast desktop workstation/server motherboard

 

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Enough place for processors cooling system ?


server boards dont have trues to cool for them.
or... water cooling ;]
 

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"Z8NA-D6 enthusiast desktop"

Why, just why?

This Obviously is not an "Enthusiast" mb.
 

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I'm just looking at the bottom of the board and going....wha?
Pair of PCIe 4x slots?
One is probably meant for SCSI/RAID cards...
But the motherboard has 12 bloody SATA ports!

Thanks FUD for trying to pass this off as an enthusiast board....Obviously a server/workstation board.
 

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Cebit 2009: Nehalem-EP, Skulltrail replacement

This morning at CeBIT, ASUS took the motherboard spotlight again with the announcement of its dual-socket, LGA 1366, Z8NA-D6 enthusiast desktop motherboard. Quickly titled the "first dual-processor ATX motherboard," this makes an interesting solution for the aging dual-socket LGA 771 Skulltrail desktop platform of yesteryear.

The board ultimately begins the generation of Intel's Nehalem-EP (Efficient Platform), which consists of dual Xeon 'Gainestown' CPUs and two QPI links per chip. One link communicates with the Tylersburg chipset while the other link communicates with the second processor, both at 25.6GB/s bidirectional bandwidth.

Because the Nehalem platform also consists of Simultaneous MultiThreading support, this desktop board is capable of running no less than 16 virtual cores on two of Intel's new Xeon 5500-series CPUs.

Additional specs of the board include 14 SATA ports, one PCI-E x16 slot, two PCI-E x8 slots, and six DDR3 memory slots capable of up to 24GB with unbuffered DIMMs and 48GB with registered DIMM modules. Moreover, power is drawn using a 24 + 8 pin connector supporting both desktop ATX and server SSI power supplies.

Pricing and availability information have not been released yet, but we can probably expect a release around the end of this month to coincide with Intel's Xeon 5500-series CPU launch on March 28th.





On a side note, are we the only ones who notice that the label reads "ATX From Factor"?

Haha bad typo! Seems like it's geared more for the high-end workstation with only one PCIe x16 slot. Plus, the colors are fugly!
 

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weird how they seperated the memory like that??

Needed room for that screw hole.

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This Obviously is not an "Enthusiast" mb.

What makes you say that?

Enthusiast does not always imply gamer or folder, and having dual-quad, and eventually dual six core CPUs, that can process two-threads per-core, certainly has applications that certain "enthusiasts" might take advantage of.
 

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This is clearly intended as a server board and a poorly designed one at that.

All those sata ports are overkill.. Should be SAS period.
Memory placement w/cap between the one bank is atrocious.
Should have redundant BIOS
x4 slots with scsi card will end up blocking the sata ports anyway.
 

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Is there a dual socket LGA775?
 
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