Asus ROG Zeus A new Type of Motherboard: Specs and Details
Asus revealed an unusual, off-beat, and unique type of motherboard at Computex 2012. Asus calls it the Asus ROG Zeus. This new type of ROG motherboard is a X79 concept motherboard, with socket LGA2011 and a dual-GPU graphics hardware built into the motherboard. I heard about a motherboard with built in memory, I think it was also from Asus, but this is another story. It’s not actually an “onboard” GPU, but the GPU chips are integrated or wired directly into the PCI-E 3.0 slots of the Asus ROG Zeus.
Asus placed the two GPUs directly wired where the two PCI-E 3.0 slots are normally placed. You can see that there is a large heatsink for the GPU. Although Asus did not disclosed much further details on the Asus ROG Zeus’ specifications, some of them can be observed by looking at the motherboard. I’ll layout them below for your convenience.
Asus ROG Zeus Specifications
Socket type: LGA 2011
Memory Slots: 8x DDR3 DIMM supports up to 128GB of quad-channel DDR3 memory
Graphics Card: 2x 28nm Pitcairn Chips probably HD7870 in CrossFire mode (Unconfirmed)
GPU Power Connectors: 8 pin + 8 pin PCIe
Display Outputs: 2x mini DisplayPort, 2x Thunderbolt 10 Gbps, 1x HDMI
SATA Ports: 8x SATA 6 Gbps, 4x SATA 3 Gbps
USB Ports: 12x USB 3.0
LAN: 1x Gigabit Ethernet
Audio: 8+2 channel HD Audio
eSATA: 2x eSATA ports
The Asus ROG Zeus, for now, is just a design concept. There is no guarantee that this actual motherboard that we saw would actually hit the market anytime soon. Moreover, I don’t think that this type of motherboard would be “salable” on the market. Primarily, because the price of this motherboard would be insanely high, and you are stock with two built in GPUs. I will post update soon if any new information comes out regarding the Asus ROG Zeus