Package and Specs
ASUS P5W64 WS Professional is based on i975X chipset that officially supports CrossFire technology. The manufacturer doesn’t deny the support of this feature, but it is also available on regular mainboards with only two PCI-E x16 slots. The unique feature of this particular mainboard is that it allows installing four graphics cards and hence connecting eight (!) monitors to it. Who might need a system like that and for what purpose?
The mainboard’s package gives you a few hints regarding this question. The package as well as the screen you get on system boot-up reads “Wall Street Quartet”. I guess everyone understands “quartet” – a direct mention of 4 PCI-E x16 slots. But what does the “Wall Street” stand for, apart from the fact that it is a financial world symbol?
The only explanation I could come up with that this mainboard is designed for financial specialists, who can display stock market reports and other data on eight monitors at the same time, in order to be able to monitor as much data as possible and to make sure that no important moment has been missed. In other words, ASUS P5W64 WS Professional is a solution with a very narrow application field. I would even say a conceptual solution, such as mainboards with valve sound amplifiers.
At the same time, I cannot claim that only financial professionals will benefit from ASUS P5W64 WS Professional mainboard. Even if you do not have 8 monitors, you may be pretty happy with this mainboard. Just take a closer look at the detailed list of mainboard features and supported technologies also available on the manufacturer’s web-site: