The Asus P8C WS uses the C216 chipset.

ASUS P8C WS I like. Could be nice to have additional video options tho.

Asus DDR3 1333 Intel - LGA 1155 Motherboards (P8C WS)

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  • The Asus P8C WS motherboard is a workstation class board designed primarily for businesses class machines. While this does not mean it cannot be used in a home system, it contains several features to help enhance its reliability and stability which is crucial in a professional environment. The most prominent among these features is the ability to use Intel E3 Xeon CPUs and ECC memory in addition to standard Intel 2nd/3rd Generation 1155 CPUs and standard memory. This motherboard also includes several ports that are fairly uncommon, but sometimes needed in a business setting to ensure compatibility with existing devices.

    The Asus P8C WS motherboard is a workstation class board designed primarily for businesses class machines. While this does not mean it cannot be used in a home system, it contains several features to help enhance its reliability and stability which is crucial in a professional environment. The most prominent among these features is the ability to use Intel E3 Xeon CPUs and ECC memory in addition to standard Intel 2nd/3rd Generation 1155 CPUs and standard memory. This motherboard also includes several ports that are fairly uncommon, but sometimes needed in a business setting to ensure compatibility with existing devices.Beyond the standard USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and RJ-45 (LAN) ports, this board includes Firewire 1394a ports, a PS/2 hybrid port and internal headers for both serial (COM) and parallel (LPT) ports. The motherboard comes with a serial (COM) port bracket, but a separate bracket will need to be purchased if you want to use the parallel port.Full specifications for the motherboard are below:Note that while this motherboard supports non-registered (unbuffered) ECC memory; it only does so when used in conjunction with an Intel Xeon CPU.

  • Overall the ASUS P8C WS is a great workstation motherboard for the Intel Xeon E3-1200 V1 and V2 families as well as the Core i3 series. One potential upgrade point would be a wider selection of video out options. Still, the purpose of this motherboard is to build a workstation with one or more GPUs added so the lack of other motherboard video options can be explained. There is legacy support built-in which is important for some workstation peripherals that still use Firewire or a PCI slot that need to remain in the environment. The inclusion of ECC memory support (do check the HCL though) is a necessary feature for ASUS and this is one of the lower cost platforms to support four GPUs or other PCIe x16 cards as well as ECC memory.

    Overall the ASUS P8C WS is a great workstation motherboard for the Intel Xeon E3-1200 V1 and V2 families as well as the Core i3 series. One potential upgrade point would be a wider selection of video out options. Still, the purpose of this motherboard is to build a workstation with one or more GPUs added so the lack of other motherboard video options can be explained. There is legacy support built-in which is important for some workstation peripherals that still use Firewire or a PCI slot that need to remain in the environment. The inclusion of ECC memory support (do check the HCL though) is a necessary feature for ASUS and this is one of the lower cost platforms to support four GPUs or other PCIe x16 cards as well as ECC memory.

    - Description du produit : ASUS P8C WS - carte-mère - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - C216.
    - Type de Produit : Carte-mère - ATX.
    - Jeu de puces : Intel C216.
    - Port du Processeur : 1 x LGA1155 Socket.
    - Processeurs Compatibles : Core i3, série Xeon E3-1200.
    - Taille de RAM maximum : 32 Go.
    - Mémoire Maximale prise en Charge : 32 Go.
    - RAM prise en charge : 4 logements DIMM - DDR3 SDRAM , NON ECC, ECC , mémoire sans tampon.
    - RAM prise en charge : 4 logements DIMM - DDR3 , NON ECC, ECC , mémoire sans tampon.
    - Ports de stockage : 2 x SATA-600 (RAID), 4 x SATA-300 (RAID).
    - Ports USB/FireWire : 2 x SuperSpeed USB + 1 x FireWire + 8 x Hi-Speed USB + (2 x SuperSpeed USB + 1 x FireWire + 2 x Hi-Speed USB via connecteurs).
    - Ports USB/FireWire : 2 x USB 3.0 + 1 x FireWire + 8 x USB 2.0 + ( 2 x USB 3.0 + 1 x FireWire + 2 x USB 2.0 via connecteur).
    - Taille maximum de RAM allouée : 1024 Mo.
    - Audio : Audio HD (8 canaux).
    - LAN : 2 x Gigabit Ethernet.
    - Certification Microsoft : Compatible with Windows 7.

  • Name Price Socket Chipset Form Factor
    Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. MS-1814 $20 N/A N/A N/A
    LENOVO INVALID $19 N/A N/A N/A
    ASUS P8C WS $18 N/A N/A N/A

    Overall the ASUS P8C WS is a great workstation motherboard for the Intel Xeon E3-1200 V1 and V2 families as well as the Core i3 series. One potential upgrade point would be a wider selection of video out options. Still, the purpose of this motherboard is to build a workstation with one or more GPUs added so the lack of other motherboard video options can be explained. There is legacy support built-in which is important for some workstation peripherals that still use Firewire or a PCI slot that need to remain in the environment. The inclusion of ECC memory support (do check the HCL though) is a necessary feature for ASUS and this is one of the lower cost platforms to support four GPUs or other PCIe x16 cards as well as ECC memory.

ASUS P8C WS - motherboard - ATX - LGA1155 Socket - C216

The ASUS P8C WS is a standard ATX sized motherboard. One advantage the Ivy Bridge CPUs have over their larger Sandy Bridge-E cousins is that they tend to fit into smaller form factors such as ATX more easily. That allows users to cut down case sizes. The black PCB is muted and not too flashy. That ATX form factor goes to good use as we will see the ASUS P8C WS packs many features into that space.