Workstation essentials for your professional studio
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.
ASUS Workstation Exclusive Features
Designed with Optimized Workstation Architecture
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.
Ultimate Graphics Performance with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs
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.
Diverse CPU and Memory Types
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.
Built in Dual Intel Server-class Gigabit LAN
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.
CPU, Chipset and Graphics features
Socket LGA1155 for Intel® Second Generation Core i3 and Xeon Processors
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.
Flexible multi-GPU - your weapon of choice!
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!
Future Transfer Technology
True USB 3.0 Support
10X Faster Date Rates!
Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8Gbps with USB 3.0—the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.
True SATA 6Gb/s Support
Experience the Future of Storage!
Supporting next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6.0Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.
ASUS Exclusive Features
EFI BIOS (with EZ Mode)
Flexible and easy BIOS interface
The brand new ASUS EFI BIOS offers a user-friendly interface that goes beyond traditional keyboard-only BIOS controls to enable more flexible and convenient mouse input. Users can easily navigate the new EFI BIOS with the same smoothness as their operating system. The exclusive EZ Mode displays frequently-accessed setup info, while the Advanced Mode is for experienced performance enthusiasts that demand far more intricate system settings.
AI Suite II
One-stop access to innovative ASUS features
With its friendly interface, AI Suite II consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package. It allows users to supervise overclocking, energy management, fan speed, voltage and sensor readings, even interact with mobile devices via Bluetooth. This all-in-one software offers diverse and easy to use functions, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities.
ASUS Ai Charger+ brings you to a new level of USB 3.0-based device charging. With its easy and user-friendly interface, you can easily charge iPods, iPhones and iPads, as well as BC 1.1* standard mobile devices three times** faster than before.
*Check your USB mobile device manual for BC 1.1 support information. **Actual charging speed may vary.
Energy efficiency all around
Tap into the world's first real-time PC power saving chip through a simple onboard switch or the AI Suite II utility. Get total system-wide energy optimization by automatically detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power consumption. This also reduces fan noise and extends component longevity!
ASUS Power Design
8+2 Phase Power Design
To fully unleash the potential of new Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs, this motherboard uses a brand new 8-phase VRM power design, delivering high power efficiency and supreme overclocking ability. Furthermore, high quality power components effectively lower system temperatures to ensure longer component lifespan. This motherboard also features 2-phase power dedicated to the integrated memory controller.
EU Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, which requires products meet strict energy efficiency standards. This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and energy efficient products through product design and innovation to reduce the carbon footprint of products and thus mitigate environmental impact.