Asus P8BWS Motherboard Core i3 E3-1200 Processor Socket 1155 Intel C206 ATX RAID Gigabit LAN

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The ASUS Workstation Series is the ideal foundation for a powerful PC. It delivers awesome power, dependable performance and unparallel multiple I/O scalability for the most demanding tasks and future upgrades. It intelligently reduces operation noise and dissipates heat through advanced and environmentally friendly methods to accommodate user needs. ASUS Workstation Series motherboards also bring you ultimate reliability and quality through our 24x24 initiative, which means 24-hour operation and a 24-month life cycle supply guarantee. Let the ASUS Workstation Series improve the quality of your work and life. The P8B WS features Intel Xeon E3-1200 workstation processors and the workstation-specific Intel C206 chipset to boost extreme-output HD3000 integrated graphic. It provides ultimate visualization and 3D modeling capabilities, with dedicated support for profession applications for Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk AutoCAD , Autodesk Inventor, UGS Solid edge and more to experience extreme graphic performance. P8B WS is specially designed with BIOS and motherboard PCB layout to accommodate optimized professional openGL performance. Benchmarking in SPECviewperf 11 indicates this design results in outstanding performance, so users in computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE), digital content creation (DCC) and geographic information systems (GIS) can make good use of the ample graphics power the P8B WS supports. The P8B WS supports 2nd generation Intel Core i3 series desktop processors and Intel Xeon E3-1200 series server/workstation CPUs. System builders can also choose between robust server-grade DDR3 ECC unbuffered memory modules and more mainstream and readily available DDR3 non-ECC unbuffered memory. By supporting different processors and memory types, the P8B WS affords a wide range of workstation builds for every budget and need. For more reliable networking, the P8B WS features built-in dual Intel server-class Gigabit LAN. It uses lower CPU utilization, increasing throughput to achieve outstanding performance as well as better support for diverse operating systems. It also features teaming and fault tolerance functions provide doubled bandwidth/network redundancy compared to standard Gigabit LAN. Intel 82574L chipsets are certified by VMware for native virtualization support.


This motherboard supports the latest Intel second generation Core i3 and Xeon E3-1200 series processors in the LGA1155 package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 20 PCI Express 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel second generation Core i3 and Xeon E3-1200 series processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world. The Intel C206 Express is the latest single-chipset design that supports the new Socket 1155 Intel Core i3 2nd generation processors and Intel Xeon E3-1200 series server/workstation processors processors. It improves performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing for increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the C206 comes with two SATA 6Gb/s and four SATA 3Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval, doubling the bandwidth of current bus systems. Moreover, the Intel C206 Express chipset also supports iGPU on-board graphics boosts. The P8B WS brings you AMD quad CrossFireX graphics, featuring the powerful Intel Intel C206 platform to optimize PCI Express allocation in multiple GPU configurations. Expect a brand new gaming style like you've never experienced before.


Installed Processors (Max)

0 (1)

Supported Processor Manufacturer


Supported Processors

Intel Socket 1155 for 2nd Generation Core i3 Processors ? Intel Socket1155 for Intel E3-1200 processors ? Supports Intel 32 nm CPU ? Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

64-bit Support



Socket 1155




RAID Supported

Yes RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

SATA Supported

Yes 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s, 4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s

Rear Panel I/O Ports

Digital Port

1 x DVI-I


1 x Coaxial S/P-DIF out ? 1 x Optical S/P-DIF out

Audio Line Out Ports


Keyboard/Mouse Combo Port

1 x PS/2

RJ-45 Ports

2 x RJ-45 Ports

Firewire Ports

1 x IEEE 1394a Port

USB Ports

6 x USB 2.0 ? 2 x USB 3.0

Internal I/O Connectors

S/PDIF Connectors

1 x S/PDIF out Header

USB Connectors

2 x USB 2.0

Firewire Connectors

1 x IEEE 1394a Connectors

Serial Connectors

1 x COM

Cooling Fan Support

1 x CPU

Front Panel Connectors

1 x Front audio connector

TPM Header

1 x TPM Header

Power Connector Port

1 x 24-pin ATX ? 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V

Other Connectors

support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s) 2 x Vertical USB 2.0 port(s) 1 x Power Fan connector(s) 1 x System panel(s) 1 x MemOK! button(s)


PCI Slots

1 slot(s) - PCI

PCI Express Slots

5 slot(s) - 4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 , 1 x PCI Express x1


Maximum Memory

32GB 1066/1333MHz DDR3 (Non-ECC)

Memory Slot

4 x DIMM Slots

Graphics Device

Graphics Adaptor



Integrated Sound

Realtek ALC 892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking Audio Feature : Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel


Integrated Network

2 x Intel Gigabit LAN

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise 32/64-bit Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise 32/64-bit Windows 7 32/64-bit Windows Vista 32/64-bit Windows XP 32/64-bit



32MB flash ROM, EFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a, multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash Utility, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

Special Features

ASUS EPU : ? EPU switch ? ASUS Power Design : ? 8 +2 Phase Power Design ? GPU Boost with switch ? ASUS Exclusive Features : ? MemOK! ? AI Suite II ? Anti-Surge ? ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface ? ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution : ? Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution ? ASUS Fan Xpert ? ASUS EZ DIY : ? ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 ? ASUS EZ Flash ? ASUS Q-Design : ? ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED) ? ASUS Q-DIMM ? ASUS Q-Connector ? 4 x PCIe x 16 slot(s) ? G.P. Diagnosis Card bundled ? Quick Gate: 2 x vertical USB 2.0 on board ? ASUS SASsaby series Cards support ? ASUS WS Diag. LED

SLi/Crossfire Features

Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology



30.5cm (W) x 24.5cm (L)


  • Intel workstation-specific C206 chipsets
  • Ultimate OpenGL performance - best choice for professional workstation users
  • Diverse CPU and memory support - wide coverage for different needs
  • Dual Intel server-class LAN on board - reliable networking experience
  • USB 3.0/SATA 6Gb/s - high speed transfer technology
  • EFI BIOS (with EZ Mode) - flexible and easy BIOS interface

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Catalogue No: EL-04029294