- Aug 25, 2012
- ASRock Z690 Steel Legend
- Vega 56
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
Thanks for the advice. Appreciated.Of course. This is a very new motherboard, and few look at the corporate/server/workstation Qx70/C2x2/C2x6/Wx80 chipsets ('x' being the generation counter) for buying motherboards—although there's a sizeable community of happy users of 'Q' chipsets in Dell Optiplex and similar pre-builds.
W680 is Z690 with support for ECC memory and Intel vPro for remote management, but without overclocking features. Or Q670 with ECC support.
The motherboard design is obviously a variation on the Z690 and Z790 ProArt. I suspect that the three siblings also share most of their BIOS code. And I suspect that the WS W680-ACE is a relatively easy hack: Take the latest EFI for the Z690 ProArt by @CaseySJ, remove the parts which deal with Thunderbolt, WiFi/BT and AQC113, remove the USB map and make your own (the back panel is different so there's no escaping this), and check the native DMAR. Should be done…
I cannot guarantee that it will indeed be as straightforward as outlined, but nothing else comes closer to your extensive list of requirements.
I know my requirements are different from most people's. A MacPro 7,1 is sort of of ideal, but far above my budget. Plus, single core performance is not great.
I once bought a Z68XP board that was nearly the same as a more popular Z68 board for Hackintoshing. The difference was small, but still it never worked well enough to be really usable. The devil can be in the details.
So I am not exactly eager to try an unproven W680 board.
From what I read ECC is the only difference between W680 and a 'normal' Z board. I have no need for ECC. It's just that most Z690-Z790 mobo manufacturers implement lots of NVME slots, not enough PCIe, and mediocre ethernet.