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Asus P8B WS Motherboard

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Product Description

Powerful Onboard Graphics for OpenGL Boost

  • 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

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.

Intel® C206

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.

Quad-GPU CrossFireX!

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.

Ai Charger+

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.


  • CPU
    Intel® Socket 1155 for 3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 Processors
    Intel® Socket 1155 for Intel® E3-1200/12x5 v2 processors
    Intel® Socket 1155 for Intel® E3-1200/12x5 processors
    Supports Intel® 32 nm CPU
    Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2
    * Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list
  • Chipset
    Intel® C206
  • Memory
    4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory *1
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    * Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
    * Non-ECC, Un-buffered memory only support for client OS (Windows7,Vista and XP).
  • Graphic
    Integrated Graphics Processor *2
    VGA output support : DVI port
    - Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    - Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 75 Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 1748 MB
  • Multi-GPU Support
    Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
  • Expansion Slots
    2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, black+blue) *3
    2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, white)
    1 x PCIe x1
    1 x PCI
  • Storage
    Intel® C206 chipset :
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
    Intel® C206 chipset :
    4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
  • LAN
    Intel® 82574L, 2 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
  • Audio
    Realtek® ALC892 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
  • IEEE 1394
    VIA® 6308S controller
    2 x IEEE 1394a port(s)
  • USB Ports
    Built-in Controller :
    2 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)
    Intel® C206 chipset :
    14 x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at back panel, gray, 8 at mid-board)
  • Workstation Feature
    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
  • 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 CrashFree BIOS 3
    - ASUS EZ Flash
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-Connector
  • Back I/O Ports
    1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
    1 x DVI-I
    1 x IEEE 1394a
    2 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    2 x USB 3.0
    6 x USB 2.0
    1 x Coaxial S/PDIF out
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    6 x Audio jack(s)
  • Internal I/O Ports
    2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
    2 x Vertical USB 2.0 port(s)
    1 x TPM connector(s)
    1 x COM port(s) connector(s)
    1 x IEEE 1394a connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
    1 x Power Fan connector(s)
    1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
    1 x System panel(s)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
  • BIOS
    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
  • Manageability
    WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
  • Operating System
    Fedora 13
    Windows® Server 2008 R2 Enterprise
    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
    RedHat® Enterprise Linux WS 6.0 32/64-bit
    Open SUSE 11.4
    Ubuntu Desktop 10.04
  • Form Factor
    ATX Form Factor
    12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.5 cm )
  • Note
    *1: Only using Intel 3th Core series processors and xeon E3-1200/12X5 V2 processors,DDR3 DIMM can run up to 1600MHz.
    *2: Only using processors which feature Intel HD Graphics,Intel integrated graphics could enable
    *3: Only using Intel 3th Core series processors and xeon E3-1200/12X5 V2 processors,PCIE x16_1 and PCIE x16_2 can run Gen3 performance.
    *4-1: According to Intel POR, Intel HD graphic driver may not be supported when installing Server Windows OS.
    The driver may cause unknown artifacting on your screen when continuously adjusting the monitor's resolution.
    Intel suggest using the Microsoft server windows built-in driver for customers.
    *4-2: Linux OS only conduct installation test OK.

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