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    Asus X99-E WS alternative fort Workstation

    Hi Guys. Don't scoff at this but I'm building a Workstation for predominantly creative tasks [Video, Stills etc] but also intend to do some gaming, purely for pleasure.

    I've been considering the Asus x99-E WS up until now but having read many reviews, I wondering whether I'd be better off with the RVE. This is clearly Asus' top end Mobo overall,

    I do have some serious hardware [by my standards) : 32 GB G-Skill DDR4 , I7 5960X, 2 x GTX 780 Poseidon, 2 x water cooled loops [CPU block and GPUs].

    Both boards have aspects I will rarely use so it's down to ease of overclocking, performance and reliability.

    Anyone care to share their thoughts ?

    Regards,

    LJ

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    ROG Guru: Green Belt Array Heini PC Specs
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    MotherboardAsus SABERTOOTH Z170 MARK 1
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    Memory (part number)G.SKILL TridentZ (2 x 16GB) F4-3000C14D
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    With the hardware you say you have I have to ask which motherboard you're using now? And from the list it seems the weakest link could be resolved with a TitanX or two. The extra vram could be your new best friend.

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    The Asus X99-E WS is intended to serve as their "workstation" board. But any X99 mobo would be just as good for a 2-GPU setup, unless you want/expect better "workstation" support from the WS product.



    I had a similar configuration to yours, but ended up trading my i7-5960X for an E5-1680-3. The Xeon part had a far more robust iMC and could easily run all my DDR4, while the i7 struggled the keep the memory running at stock speeds with only half as many DIMMs. Maybe my particular i7 was a weakling and/or maybe my particular E5 is a champ, so maybe my particular parts are not representative - but I'll never buy a non-Xeon proc for my productivity platforms ever again. All X99 mobos are (or should be) compatible with all E5-16xx parts, which range from cheap little 4-core/8-thread up to 18-cores/36-threads, lol.
    Last edited by Praz; 05-27-2015 at 01:30 PM.

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    Hi Korth, yes the E5-1680 V3 3.2GHz would be nice to have. The only problem I have in the UK, is that no one seems to stock them and of course they are expensive. I can import from the USA but the import costs are horrendous. Basically I'd be paying circa £1800 as against £850 for the 5960.

    Thanks
    Last edited by Praz; 05-27-2015 at 01:30 PM.

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    Hello

    This forum is owned, operated and paid for by ASUS. After thinking about this for a bit I'm sure it is understandable why the above posts were edited. Thank you.

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    MotherboardASUS X99 R5E (BIOS2101/1902)
    ProcessorHaswell-EP E5-1680-3 SR20H/R2 (4.4GHz)
    Memory (part number)Vengeance LPX 4x8GB SS DDR4-3000 (CMK32GX4M4C3000C15)
    Graphics Card #1NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Graphics Card #2NVIDIA Quadro GP100GL/16GB, 16xPCIe3, NVLink1 (SLI-HB)
    Sound CardJDS Labs O2+ODAC (RevB), USB2 UAC1
    MonitorASUS PG278Q
    Storage #1Samsung 850 PRO 512GB SSDs, 4xSATA3 RAID0
    Storage #2Comay BladeDrive E28 3200GB SSD, 8xPCIe2
    CPU CoolerRaijintek NEMESIS/TISIS, AS5, 2xNH-A14
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    Power SupplyZalman/FSP ZM1250 Platinum
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    lol, understood, Praz.

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