When you put most of your budget on the CPU and graphics card for gaming, it would be a mighty shame if the motherboard didn't look the part at all. If that is the reason why you'd get the ASUS E3 Pro Gaming V5, you'd be pleasantly surprised to find out exactly what this motherboard is capable of, not mentioning its great looks.
This ATX motherboard is based on the latest Intel C232 Express chipset, and is ready for server-grade Xeon E3-1200 V5 processors, DDR4 memory, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type A and Type-C, and NVM Express (NVMe) M.2 for extreme SSD performance. In the CineBench R15 benchmark, the performance of a Xeon E3-1230 V5 (you can find secondhand ones for really cheap!) is close to being on par with an Intel i7 6700!
Many of the latest ASUS Exclusive technologies are onboard, such as Sonic Radar II in tandem with SupremeFX audio, LANGuard protection, GameFirst technology, RAMCache, water pump header for liquid-cooling, DIGI+ VRM and more! For details, hit the PR button below.
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ASUS Announces E3 Pro Gaming V5
Intel C232 Express chipset-based ATX motherboard for server-grade Xeon processors, with gaming audio, networking and cooling,
plus DDR4 memory, USB 3.1 and M.2
- Server-grade power: LGA1151 socket and C232 Express chipset ready for the latest server-class Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors and fast DDR4 RAM
- Built to game: Exceptional SupremeFX audio, Sonic Radar II, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, plus exclusive LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
- Equipped to cool: Dedicated water-pump header for instant liquid cooling, plus intuitive control with Fan Xpert 3
- Next-gen connections and protection: USB 3.1 Type-A and C, M.2, RAMCache acceleration, Gamer's Guardian durability, plus smart DIY features
Taipei, Taiwan (18th December, 2015) — ASUS today announced E3 Pro Gaming V5, an ATX motherboard based on the latest Intel® C232 Express chipset and packed with game-enhancing exclusive features for superior gaming experiences, including gaming-grade SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II audio, gaming-grade Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst technologies for fast, safe and lag-free online play.
E3 Pro Gaming V5 offers desktop gamers the unique opportunity to benefit from the performance, stability and ready availability of the latest server-grade Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processors based on Intel’s high-efficiency 14nm ‘Skylake’ architecture. It also supports the newest high-speed DDR4 memory modules, for cooler, faster and more efficient performance.
The newest member of the value-packed Pro Gaming line-up is equipped for superior cooling with a dedicated water-pump header, plus intuitive Fan Xpert 3 controls. It also offers the very latest connectivity, with USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, reversible USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and NVM Express™ (NVMe) M.2 all built in.
E3 Pro Gaming V5 includes exclusive RAMCache technology to accelerate game loads, and has durable Gamer’s Guardian components to ensure longevity
Built to game: SupremeFX audio, Sonic Radar II, Intel Gigabit LAN, LANGuard and GameFirst
E3 Pro Gaming V5 is engineered with ASUS-exclusive SupremeFX audio technology for in-game sound that’s alive with realism. The purity and stability of the remarkable 115dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is assured, with a shielded design, electromagnetic-interference (EMI) cover and voltage-protected 5V power supply.
Supreme FX’s superior components, including the trusted Realtek ALC1150 codec, maximize acoustic performance and eliminate interference — so only the very best audio is enjoyed through either gaming headsets or speakers. The red-line shielding is illuminated for beautiful aesthetics, and it’s even customizable, allowing users to create eye-catching lighting effects.
The new motherboard also enables gamers to become hunters rather than the hunted with Sonic Radar II, a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to on the battlefield — all managed via a simple control panel and customizable game list. Sonic Radar II shows both the direction and origin of key in-game sounds, enabling ASUS gamers to practice enemy-pinpointing skill. It even includes Audio Enhancement technology to clarify every sound detail — providing an audible heads-up to vital events.
Multiple advanced networking technologies to ensure E3 Pro Gaming V5 gamers are victorious, including tournament-level Intel Gigabit Ethernet, ASUS-exclusive LANGuard and GameFirst technologies to keep the connection fast and free from lag.
Intel's LAN technology has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, significantly reducing the processor's workload to free up power for the game.
ASUS LANGuard is hardware-level networking protection that employs signal-coupling technology and premium anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors for rock-solid gaming connections and better throughout for online play, plus electrostatically-guarded and surge-protected components for greater tolerance to static electricity and improved protection against power surges.
All-new and exclusive GameFirst technology prioritizes game-related packets and allocates more bandwidth to games, eliminating laggy gameplay, streaming stutters and file-sharing slowdown. GameFirst also includes Multi-Gate Teaming to team all available networks for maximum bandwidth and the smoothest-ever gameplay.
Equipped to cool: Dedicated liquid-cooling water-pump header, plus Fan Xpert 3 controls
For the ultimate in cooling and quietness, E3 Pro Gaming V5 includes a dedicated water-pump header along with advanced onboard thermal sensors and hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode detection — all controlled by the intuitive simplicity of Fan Xpert 3.
E3 Pro Gaming V5’s integrated onboard water-pump header makes the best water-cooling efficiency instantly accessible, and Fan Xpert 3 ensures that every fan maximizes cooling performance while minimizing noise.
Next-gen connections and protection: USB 3.1, M.2, RAMCache, Gamer’s Guardian and smart DIY
E3 Pro Gaming V5 has the newest, fastest and most convenient connectivity built in, with both USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and reversible Type-C sockets for data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbit/s — or twice (2X) as fast as USB 3.0. USB 3.1 is completely backward-compatible with existing USB devices, and ASUS-exclusive USB 3.1 Boost technology automatically accelerates USB 3.1 performance even further.
A built-in M.2 socket provides access to the latest high-speed solid-state drives (SSDs), while uniquely-intelligent RAMCache technology caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds. RAMCache gets to work the moment it’s activated, minimizing the risk of data loss and turning milliseconds into microseconds — boosting game-load times to stratospheric levels.
E3 Pro Gaming V5 is protected by multiple self-defenses called Gamer’s Guardian, including the Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) for ultra-clean power delivery, DRAM Overcurrent Protection with resettable fuses to prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage, superior chokes, durable and high-temperature-resistant capacitors, and a corrosion-resistant stainless-steel input/output (I/O) back panel. It also has ASUS ESD Guards to actively protect against sudden electrostatic discharge (ESD).
E3 Pro Gaming V5 is the first ASUS consumer motherboard to support Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors. It will be followed in 2016 by multiple additions to the popular ASUS Signature series, including the ATX E3-Pro V5 and micro ATX (mATX) E3M-ET V5 and E3M-Plus V5. Every ASUS Signature motherboard is engineered with multiple advanced hardware safeguards and LED-illuminated audio.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS E3 Pro Gaming V5 will be available from DATE in COUNTRIES from PLACES. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
ASUS E3 Pro Gaming V5
LGA1151 socket for Intel® Xeon® E3-1200 v5 processors and 6th-generation Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors
Intel® C232 Express
4 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB DDR4 2133MHz
1 x PCI Express® 3.0 x16
1 x PCI Express® 3.0 x16 (maximum at x4 mode)
2 x PCI Express® 3.0 x1
2 x PCI
Two-way/quad-GPU AMD® CrossFireX™
SupremeFX eight-channel high-definition audio codec
- High-quality115dB SNR stereo output
- SupremeFX shielding technology
- Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front-panel mic jack-retasking
- Headphone amp
- Optical S/PDIF-out port on back panel
- Sonic Radar II
6 x SATA 6Gbps
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supports (both SATA and PCIe® 3.0 x2 modes)
Intel® Gigabit Ethernet, anti-surge LANGuard, GameFirst technology
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C port
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port
6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
Dimensions / form factor
ATX 12 x 9.6in (30.5 x 24.4cm)
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 16,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 5,200 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.
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