W790 Motherboard discussion thread

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heromode

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Manufacturers & Manuals:
(Prices updated Jun. 18)

Asus Pro WS W790-ACE

newegg $ 899 889
geizhals.eu844 820 829


Pro WS W790-ACE|Motherboards|ASUS Global
Link to manual (PDF)

Asus Pro WS W790E-SAGE

newegg $ 1,300
geizhals.eu1206 1170 1179


Pro WS W790E-SAGE SE|Motherboards|ASUS Global
Link to manual (PDF)

ASRock W790 WS

newegg $ 880

ASRock W790 WS
Link to manual (PDF)

Supermicro X13SWA-TF

newegg $ 956 1090
geizhals.eu1224 1140 1122 1040


X13SWA-TF | Motherboards | Products | Supermicro
Link to manual (PDF)

Supermicro X13SRA-TF

geizhals.eu790 774 769 795 (bulk)
newegg $ 1596


X13SRA-TF | Motherboards | Products | Supermicro
Link to manual (PDF)

Gigabyte MW83-RP0

serverparts.pl € 918 ($ 1016.23)

MW83-RP0 (rev. 1.0) | Server Motherboard - GIGABYTE Global
Link to manual (PDF)

Gigabyte MW53-HP0

serverparts.pl € 768 ($ 850.18)

MW53-HP0 (rev. 1.0) | Server Motherboard - GIGABYTE Global
Link to manual (PDF)


Articles & forum threads:
SkatterBencher #59: Intel Xeon w7-2495X Overclocked to 5200 MHz - SkatterBencher
ASUS Launches the Pro WS W790 Series of Workstation Motherboards - Techpowerup.com
https://www.servethehome.com/new-wo...xeon-w-3400-xeon-w-2400-and-w790-launch-asus/ - servethehome.com
ASUS Pro WS W790 Series workstation motherboards and Intel Xeon W-3400 CPUs make a potent combination - edgeup.asus.com
Giga Computing Releases First Workstation Motherboards to Support DDR5 and PCIe Gen5 Technologies | News - gigabyte.com
Giga Computing Releases First Workstation Motherboards to Support DDR5 and PCIe Gen5 Technologies - Techpowerup.com
4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Sprints into the Market - Techpowerup.com
ASRock W790 WS Achieves Multiple Overclocking Records on HWBOT - Techpowerup.com
Intel Xeon W9-3495X Can Pull up to 1,900 Watts in Extreme OC Scenarios - Techpowerup.com
ASUS Pro WS W790E-SAGE SE Sets 10 World Records and Wins 23 First Places - Techpowerup.com
 
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I hope these cpu compete with Threadripper Pro cpu's. Amd just got greedy and is dragging their feet because they are on top.
 

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I still think dual icelake platform is a better choice. The performance of 4th gen Xeon is worse than ideal. I don't think SPR XCC can go core-to-core, watt-to-watt(TDP) against icelake in most unaccelerated scenarios, from what I saw in our tests. MCC chips should have a chance in that respect, but they have less cores. And the price for these kinds of motherboards and CPUs... It's a good guess that they are not cheap.

I don't think AMD is on top either. Being a workstation means that the machine can handle daily tasks like gaming, "intensive" 3D modeling and web-browsing, which EPYCs did pretty badly in all of them due to its slow IFs.

I think the biggest purpose of W790 is to service the overclock players. 8490H, running at 2.8-2.9GHz, will eat up its 350W tdp easily. That means, a 60 core spr overclocked to 4GHz, should have a more than 800W power consumption. Not very practical if you really want to do some real jobs with it.
 
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I am pretty sure we are going to do a piece on at least one of these.
 
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Wow - they look really promising! Don't have access to any of them right now so can guess. A quick math.

P cores inside new W9 is much faster than Zen3 and slightly faster than Zen4 (almost identical)

My guess is (4.8GHz models): ~3950 Passmark in the single core (5995wx - 3302pt, Epyc Genoa 9654 - 2893pt, 7950x - 4313pt, 13900KS - 4812pt)
and easy overclocking up to ~4200pt (fastest Ryzen 7000 area).

math (13900KS - 4812pt):
4812/6.0GHz*4.8GHz=3850pt + 100pt because of larger cache than i9 12/13gen. result should be around 3950pt (maybe even 4000)

Multicore (56cores) - I don't know, hard to calculate because of the temperatures and power limits.
math says should be around 80% speed of the TR5995WX stock, probably Intel done many things right - so should be faster than pure math so guessing ~92% of the TR5995WX. Probably after overclocking will beat it.
 

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I don't think AMD is on top either. Being a workstation means that the machine can handle daily tasks like gaming, "intensive" 3D modeling and web-browsing, which EPYCs did pretty badly in all of them due to its slow IFs.
For gaming any modern Epyc and (almost) all TR's are fast enough, some E7v4 is still fine too together with old 1650v2 (after overclocking) - tested recently 1650v2@4.2 + 64GB + GF3090, still ok.

Fully agree they are slow in single core tasks.

(almost) For sure new Xeons will crush all Epycs/TRs/Xeons Gold/Platinium 4th gen. in this area.

I forgot, I prefer Passmark points not CB R23, It might scale very similar but CB is mostly AVX FPU coprocessor test only (and since RTX, testing things that are important only for raytracing cores in graphics cards).
 

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the ACE manual mentions the board can be powered by one or two PSU's. It also has a PCIE 8pin connector for extra juice to the pcie slots. Page 48-49 in the manual
 

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Skimming the manual all the pcie slots also support x4 bifurcation, up to 16 x pcie gen5 x4 devices. Bifurcation can be set in BIOS.
 
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Great we can overclock on the new Asus WS 790 motherboards. That will be my next upgrade from my current Evga SR-3. I guess in 3 years when the prices are down to earth, possibly a refurbished one.
 

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Everyone is suddenly copying Asus's ACE series and making black motherboards.

Edit: Updated the OP topic to general W790 thread, added links to Manufacturers and manuals
 
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The ASRock has 2x Marvell Aquantia 10GbE + Intel i225LM 2.5 GbE LAN, and 2x Thunderbolt. (and probably a kidney donor program)
 
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The ASRock has 2x Marvell Aquantia 10GbE + Intel i225LM 2.5 GbE LAN, and 2x Thunderbolt. (and probably a kidney donor program)
What's the driver situation for those Aquantia NICs in Linux and FreeBSD? A quick google gives mixed impressions. Anybody with hands-on experience?
 

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What's the driver situation for those Aquantia NICs in Linux and FreeBSD? A quick google gives mixed impressions. Anybody with hands-on experience?
no experience, but the ASRock has the Marvell Aquantia AQC113CS, and the PDF just mentions "Linux 3.10 and higher.", no mention of BSD.

https://www.marvell.com/content/dam...cs-aqc114cs-aqc115c-aqc116c-product-brief.pdf

Guess skimming linux and bsd kernel developer lists is needed for more info

edit: product page mentions:

  • Driver support: Windows 10 and Windows 11 (64-bit), Linux 3.10 and higher, FreeBSD 12, DPDK, VMware ESXI
but the drivers page has nothing for AQC113CS

Ethernet Network Adapters and Controllers | AQtion Ethernet Controllers | Client Computing at its Best - Marvell

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GitHub - Aquantia/AQtion: Aquantia AQC multigigabit NIC linux driver (atlantic) - development preview
GitHub - Aquantia/aqtion-freebsd: Aquantia AQC multigigabit NIC FreeBSD driver - development preview

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FreshPorts -- net/aquantia-atlantic-kmod: Aquantia AQtion (Atlantic) Network Driver (Development Preview)
 
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It's sad that only W790E-SAGE and X13SWA-TF has 8 memory channels. And X13SWA-TF has very weak VRM and still zero overclocking features in BIOS, so basically there is only one (SAGE) usable motherboard for that platform.