ASUS Unveils the New P8B WS Workstation Motherboard

ASUS Unveils the New P8B WS Workstation Motherboard

Catering to intensive graphics applications with optimized OpenGL performance

The just-released P8B WS is aimed at professional graphics designers, offering the best OpenGL performance available with the new Intel C206 chipset and Socket 1155-based Intel Xeon E3-1200 series workstation processors. Built-in dual server-class Intel LAN contributes 64% lower CPU utilization for increased networking throughput, while on-board SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 boost work efficiency through faster data transfers. Support for multiple CPU, memory and graphics card types enables a diverse range of workstation builds. The new board ships with the ASUS “24X24” guarantee, meaning non-stop 24-hour operational excellence and assured market availability for a minimum 24 months after launch.

Optimized OpenGL performance

The combination of the workstation-specific Intel C206 chipset and Socket 1155 Xeon E3-1200 series workstation processors boosts extreme-output HD3000 integrated graphics to achieve unmatched OpenGL performance. Also, complete compatibility is assured with independent software vendor (ISV) applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk AutoCAD, Dassault Solidworks and others.

Dual server-class Intel Gigabit LAN

Built-in dual server-class hardware-accelerated Intel Gigabit LAN enables a more reliable networking environment, resulting in 64% lower CPU utilization for increased networking efficiency. Additionally, the embedded Intel 82574L LAN chipset supports a wide range of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, CenOS and Ubuntu. The P8B WS is also fully VMware certified for easy and powerful virtualization.

SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 included

USB 3.0 works up to ten times faster than USB 2.0, offering significant time savings when handling large amounts of data. SATA 6Gb/s likewise doubles the throughput of SATA 3Gb/s, expediting data transfer rates and creating a more reliable and efficient work environment.

Flexible CPU, memory and graphics options

The P8B WS supports Xeon E3-1200 series server and workstation processors as well as 2nd generation Intel Core i3 processors, plus extra-reliable unbuffered DDR3 ECC memory and more readily available unbuffered DDR3 non-ECC memory. It also enables multi-GPU configurations, including NVIDIA GeForce cards, NVIDIA Quadro accelerators and AMD graphics cards in CrossFireX. The P8B WS thus affords diverse workstation builds for every budget and need.

Model P8B WS
Chipset Intel C206
Processors Intel Xeon E3-1200 series
Intel 2nd generation Core i3
Memory 4 slots, up to 32GB, ECC/non-ECC
VGA-out Yes
Expansion slots 1 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 (x16 or x8)
1 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 (x8)
2 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 (x4)
1 x PCI-E 2.0 x1/1 x PCI
LAN 2 x Intel 82574L
Multi-GPU NVIDIA GeForce/Quadro/AMD CrossFireX
USB 2 x USB 3.0
14 x USB 2.0
Storage 2 x SATA 6Gb/s + 4 x SATA 3Gb/s
Form Factor ATX, 12-inch x 9.6-inch


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