As it is based on Intel's C232 Express chipset, the new Asus E3 Pro Gaming V5 motherboard supports Intel's Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs as well as standard 6th generation Core Skylake LGA 1151 CPUs. According to Asus, the new ATX motherboard brings server class CPU support to gamers.
Asus also claims that Intel's C232 Express chipset provides better price/performance for gamers as well as a choice between Intel's server-grade Xeon E3-1200 v5 line of CPUs or the standard consumer Skylake CPU and packs it in a motherboard with gaming oriented features.
When it comes to specifications, the new Asus E3 Pro Gaming V5 motherboard supports up to 64GB of DDR4-2133 memory in dual-channel, has two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x4), two PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slot and two standard PCI slots, single M.2 slot, six SATA 6Gbps ports, single USB 3.1 Type-C port and plenty of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports. It also features Gigabit LAN from Intel I219LM controller and ASUS SupremeFX 7.1-channel audio.
Since it is mostly aimed at gamers, Asus has decided to include plenty of other features including Asus Ai Charger+, Fan Xpert 3, EZ DIY, Q-Design, Media Streamer, RAMCache, LANGuard and GameFirst, as well as gaming-grade Asus SupremeFX audio.
The new Asus E3 Pro Gaming V5 should be available in retail/e-tail soon with a price of around US $175 and can be already found listed in Europe with a price of under €150.