Asus has recently announced its latest gaming motherboard, the E3 Pro Gaming V5. Asus is widely renowned for its motherboards especially when it comes to its gaming lineup. Interestingly, this time with the E3 Pro Gaming V5, Asus is offering a slightly more tempting option for desktop gamers.
Some of us might have once be disillusioned by the idea of gaming using an Intel Xeon processor. After all, it’s hard to resist the additional features a Xeon processor has and not to mention the higher L3 cache size. This misconception was unfortunately destroyed when knowing that Xeon CPUs simply aren’t meant for gaming. If that wasn’t convincing enough, then its price would definitely turn many PC gamers to other alternatives.
Asus has rekindled the hopes of some gamers with the introduction of the E3 Pro Gaming V5 motherboard. The motherboard supports CPUs from Intel Xeon E3-1200 V5 family. Other than that, it also offers PC gamers the ability to harness the performance and stability of a server-grade Xeon processor. As a side note, the latest Intel Xeon E3-1200 V5 family is built using Intel’s 14nm Skylake architecture.
The E3 Pro Gaming V5 comes with plenty of additions that makes it appealing. Firstly, the motherboard brings with it features like Asus’ SupremeFX audio technology, Sonic Radar II, Intel Gigabit LAN, LANGuard and GameFirst, which is a bandwidth allocator. In addition to that, the motherboard also has a dedicated liquid cooling water-pump header along with an onboard thermal sensor to monitor the temperature of the motherboard.
It’s worth noting that the E3 Pro Gaming V5 has an LGA1151 socket which is compatible with Intel Xeon E3-1200 V5 CPUs as well as any 6th generation Intel Core, Pentium and Celeron processors. Besides that, the motherboard also supports up to six SATA 6Gbps hard drives. If it wasn’t obvious before, the Asus E3 Pro Gaming V5 is a full-sized ATX motherboard.
According to Asus, the ASUS E3 Pro Gaming V5 will retail for US$175 (about RM750). Asus hasn’t provided any information regarding the availability of the motherboard in Malaysia.