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Asus P8B WS
6.5 out of 10

Asus P8B WS

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Reviews and Problems with Asus P8B WS

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Overall 10
10

Couldn't find a better board for a WHS

Todd C., Newegg
19 December 2015
  • Summary: The price is right, the quality excellent. The "on-board video" is not "on-board" - its on chip - if you buy a chip with integrated video. Clearly, a board that sports DVI out but has no video chipset requires a CPU with integrated graphics or a discrete video adapter.
  • Pros: Workstation board that supports low wattage i3 chips (using an i3-2120T - 35 watts max). Dual Intel NICs support teaming. Takes full advantage of i3's on chip video (another green feature). Its an ASUS board. Power saving settings work like a charm and seem to have no negative effect on server re...
  • Cons: I have 5 case fans on my NORCO case and the board has 3 case headers and a PS header - so I'm one short. I am going to power the two 80mm fans with a 3 pin splitter on the rear most header. A minor quibble.
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Overall 8
8.0

No issues in over a year

Henry I., Newegg
10 February 2014
  • Summary: I purchased a used, cheap 8x port HBA to use with ZFS, which is MUCH faster and more reliable than the RAID card that cost 15 times more that I was trying to use! That and now I'm not locked into a vendor specific RAID platform.
  • Pros: Just works! Originally ran Win2k12 on this with Hyper-V for a small personal Tech Lab. Now run with Ubuntu 13.04 as a ZFS NAS server, along with other various flavors of Linux along the way(Arch, Fedora, etc). No issues with drivers on either platforms.
  • Cons: Ran into a few issues with conflict between some RAID card BIOSes and the UEFI on this board. A RocketRAID card caused it to boot loop continuously after the UEFI initialized. Disabling the RocketRAID BIOS solved issue, so is more likely a RocketRAID issue, but be aware that add-on cards that run...
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Overall 2
2.0

NEVER WILL BUY ASUS AGAIN

JOONG O., Newegg
15 December 2013
  • Summary: This board died suddenly, not powering on, after good 2 yr usage. I've been royal ASUS customer since 486 processor era. Good. Gladly decided to give them a chance to reward my royalty with their customer service.
  • Pros: Worked for roughly 2 years
  • Cons: Customer service & defect rate
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Overall 2
2.0

Nice while it worked now endless reboots with H-T enabled and NO FIX

JOHN T., Newegg
16 September 2013
  • Summary: ASUS used to be the board of choice for system builders - I've built several and for the most part they have been great boards - until the last year or two. Apparently there are consistent complaints about Customer Service and tricky "fixes" with the boards getting "flaky" in one way or another.
  • Pros: Nice while it worked - about six months without a hitch. Then all of a sudden endless reboots.
  • Cons: Something is seriously wrong with this board. I was using it as a server - big mistake. The problem I have is endless reboots with H-T (Hyper Threading) enabled in the BIOS. This problem mysteriously "just happened" a couple of months ago (no cause) and I've been troubleshooting it ever since. Ap...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good Xeon Server Board

James C., Newegg
24 April 2013
  • Summary: You can run 1600 Mhz memory on this board but you will need a 22nm Xeon processor. Setup summary: Xeon E3-1225 (32 nm) Crucial BLT2K4G3D1608ET3LX0 Seasonic X-Series 650w Antec 1100
  • Pros: No nonsense ATX board that worked right out of the box. I installed a E3-1225 and 16 GB of Crucial DDR3 (see below) and the board posted the first time. The BIOS was the most current version so that helped. No problem with drivers or installing Windows Server 2008 R2. Having two (2) native Sata 6...
  • Cons: DVI only onboard video out is a pain. I had to buy a DVI-VGA adapter so I could use this with our KVM switch.
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Overall 10
10

Good ESXi Board

Joseph N., Newegg
2 April 2013
  • Summary: Haven't tried updating the BIOS since everything works like it should now, but had a AM3+ Sabertooth that bricked when using the Asus Flash utility and had to buy another BIOS chip. I won't be trying anything like that with this as long as nothing is broken.
  • Pros: This board has worked very well for me over the past few months. I paired it with a E3-1275 and it works like a champ. I installed ESXi onto a 16GB flash drive in one of the on-board headers with no real problems. Had to switch around boot settings in the BIOS, but nothing extreme. I am using an ...
  • Cons: Wish it had an HDMI port instead of a DVI port, or at least both. I have it sitting next to my TV and have to bring a monitor out to it if I need to access the BIOS.
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Linda F., Newegg
28 March 2013
  • Summary: As per Asus there recommendations 1. replace power supply - 2. replace sata cables 3. update BIOS (on version 0704 - dated 7/25/11) well after doing first 2 options the 3rd option seems easy enough as i have done literally hundreds of BIOS mb flashes dating back to the 486 boards and reading reviews...
  • Pros: Configuration of this board was to be in best interest of company usage.
  • Cons: Well system is configured with 16gb of ram win server 2011 standard 2 raid 1 configurations. The issue is that 1 drive keeps dropping from controller on both raid volumes at different times. At first it sounded like bad hard drive or sata cable but drives and sata cables have been verified and te...
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Overall 2
2.0

P8B-X - DOA

Norman W., Newegg
20 March 2013
  • Summary: Returned the unit to neweggg and replaced with Intel.
  • Pros: Pros??? Specifications look impressive??? It didn't explode and kill anyone??? Board only beeps, so I guess it would be perfect to tie to the back bumper of your car to warn people when you are backing up...
  • Cons: Asus tech support was completely worthless. I wrote telling them of my problem. I explained in detail that I had tried different CPUs, DIMMs, and PS options with no change in outcome. Four days later I received a reply asking me to try swapping memory and PS...
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Overall 2
2.0

It would be great if it worked.

William P. Woodall, Amazon
14 March 2013
  • Summary: This is hands-down the best-looking motherboard I've ever seen. Great packaging, good layout, easy to read and see where everything goes. Unfortunately, that doesn't quite cut the mustard. It does have to work, and this one won't.
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Overall 6
6.0

UPDATE - A good motherboard gone bad - endless reboot

Mark M., Newegg
11 February 2013
  • Summary: The BIOS indicated that it had been updated to 2106 from 904. I figured why waste time and money to end up with what I already had, and decided to try a clean install to see if the board was serviceable. It worked.
  • Pros: In my case, the endless reboot was repairable by a clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.
  • Cons: ASUS tech support was no help. When I explained the problem, they said they would RMA the board shipping at my expense, or I could spend the $15 on a replacement BIOS chip from them to get the latest BIOS version. I was also told that the ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 did not apply to the board, even tho...
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