ASUS introduced Mainboard Pro WS W680M-ACE SE. It is made in Micro-ATX form factor and designed for building compact high-performance workstations on 12th and 13th generation Intel Core processors in LGA 1700 version.
The new Pro WS W680M-ACE SE differs from the usual motherboards of the Intel LGA 1700 platform thanks to the Intel W680 chipset, which gives it some features inherent in server-level systems. In addition, the board received additional features such as the ASpeed AST2600 BMC controller based on two Arm Cortex A7 cores, one Cortex M3, as well as an independent 2D graphics chip for status monitoring and remote control of the computer. The novelty also has a SlimSAS port, through which you can connect either up to four SATA drives or one drive with a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface. However, the manufacturer did not include the necessary adapter cables for this connection with the board.
As the Pro WS W680M-ACE SE is designed for workstation building, it fully supports ECC memory error correction technology. Among other features more familiar to a consumer product, the novelty includes a pair of M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slots for NMVe SSD drives, as well as one each of PCIe 5.0 x16, PCIe 4.0 x4, and PCIe 3.0 x1. In addition, the Pro WS W680M-ACE SE received a USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C connection (10 Gbit/s), a DisplayPort and HDMI each and also has two 2.5 gigabit and one gigabit network adapter. The latter is used by the AST2600 controller, as is the additional VGA video output.
ASUS promises reliable board operation around the clock at ambient temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celsius and relative humidity of up to 80%. The new package also includes the ASUS Control Center Express software for management and monitoring.
Nothing is known about the costs of the Pro WS W680M-ACE SE. Taking into account that Full size ATX version This board is around $330, the mATX version will likely be a bit cheaper.