Intel's upcoming X79 Express chipset has turned out to be one of the stars of this year's Computex, and Clevo has one of the most interesting implementation that we have seen until now, as the company has showcased an LGA 2011 board designed to be used in high performance gaming notebooks and mobile workstations.
The board is simply called the P270WM and is nearly the size of a desktop ATX solution, but it features a different from factor to fit inside the confined space available in a notebook.
In spite of these limitations, Clevo
was able to design a pretty fully featured motherboard, which even packs support for SLI and CrossFireX graphics thanks to the two MXM slots installed.
These are placed to the right of the CPU socket and just underneath them sit some sort of SATA port and the Intel X79
chipset. A SO-DIMM socket can also be seen on the left edge of the board.
Three other SO-DIMM sockets are available on the other side of the board, to provide quad-channel memory support.
Also on this side, Clevo has placed one full-length and one half-length mini PCI Express slot, an Express Card 54 slot and a memory card reader.
Other connectivity options include two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a FireWire 800 port, an Ethernet port, as well as DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI video outputs.
Clevo hasn't provided any details regarding the CPUs that are going to be supported by the P270WM mainboard, but considering that Sandy Bridge-E processors feature the same 130W TDP as the current high-end Gulftown chips, all of Intel's upcoming LGA 2011 parts should work with this board.
Clevo's notebook motherboards are used by a variety of mobile workstations manufactured by companies such as Eurocom
, AVA Direct, Maingear or Origin, to name just a few. (via VR-Zone