While the world is focused on computer hardware at the CeBit show in Hanover, Germany ASUS took the opportunity to launch their new Z7S WS motherboard based on Intel’s Skulltrail 5400 chipset platform.  The board used the Intel 5400 chipset, supports dual LGA771 processors and has three PCIe x16 slots for graphics expansion.  Yes, the board still requires DDR2 FB-DIMM memory but the design on the board is definitely a step Intel’s reference model.

Update: after further review this is NOT a Skulltrail motherboard officially since it does NOT utilize the NVIDIA nForce 100 chips required for SLI support.

Asustek Z7S WS workstation motherboard

CeBit 2008: ASUS Dual CPU workstation motherboard launched - Motherboards  1

Asustek has released the Z7S WS workstation motherboard, equipped with dual 771 sockets. The board utilizes the latest Intel 5400 chipset and also supports fully buffered DDR2 800MHz dual-channel memory, dual PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots; and comes in the compact CEB form factor.

The Z7S’s particular heat-pipe design is made to increase durability, life spans and enhance thermal capacity. It also provides highly efficient operation with less heat than traditional heat sink designs, according to the company.

The optional Asustek Patented MemCool Kit maximizes FB-DIMM performance by eliminating the potential risk of system memory throttling from over-temperature; as well as minimizing effort for SIs targeting thermal and acoustic solutions, pointed out the company