ASUS unveils Z390 WS Pro motherboard

With dual x16 PCIe bridge chip

The Z390 WS Pro from ASUS is a high-end motherboard that comes with a few interesting features. Compared to the previous model, which goes by the name Z270 WS Pro, we see a similar color scheme but a reworked layout and more connectors. This motherboard is designed for workstation or content creation system, in other words the feature set will be a bit different from what we're seeing on Maximus and Strix series boards.

Like the same model from the previous generation the Z390 WS Pro is based on an ATX form factor, yet this time ASUS is using all the area the PCB has to offer. In general the layout is quite similar to the previous model and therefore it has been equipped with four full-sized PCIe slots with metal reinforcements. The board comes with a 10-phase CPU power design with server-grade components.

This board appears to be using a PCI-Express 3.0 x48 bridge chip to convert 16 gen 3.0 lanes from the CPU to two x16 slots, which are further split to four x8 slots. The slot configuration options are x16/x16/NC/NC or x16/x8/x8/NC or x8/x8/x8/x8. Furthermore there is an additional PCIe x4 slot wired directly to the PCH. Storage wise there are six SATA ports that have been angled by 90°, two M.2 slots and one U.2 port.

At a first glance this is certainly a good looking motherboard and we expect to see a price similar to the old Z270 model (around 400 euro). According to the ASUS website, the new Z390 WS Pro should not feature any AURA RGB LED.

Source: Techpowerup

News by Luca Rocchi and Marc Büchel - German Translation by Marc Büchel - Italian Translation by Francesco Daghini

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