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Asus P8C WS
6.9 out of 10

Asus P8C WS

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Reviews and Problems with Asus P8C WS

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Overall 2
2.0

Random freezing makes this board unreliable for live use

ExpertSkinDoc "SuperUser", Amazon
6 April 2015
  • Summary: Asus quality is not in this motherboard. Random freezing makes this board unreliable for real time usage. I've lost my work several times with this motherboard, now I have to think whether I should get a new board, non-Asus this time.
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Overall 8
8.0

Decent Motherboard for Graphics Design

Roger W., Newegg
17 November 2014
  • Summary: Once the latest BIOS is installed, this motherboard is very reliable and accepts all of the devices I have attached to it.
  • Pros: I found this motherboard to be reliable for a workstation build I have been running for over a year. Pleased with this motherboard except for a glaring pro. Accepts ECC memory with E3-1240 V2 Xeon Processor. I am currently running 32GB of Kingston DDR3-1600 memory. Very stable. Very, very few cra...
  • Cons: The sound chip picks up interference from the Video Card which is very annoying. For a motherboard of the cost that ASUS commands, I expected better design of the sound circuitry having better EMI resistance. A separate Creative Sound Card fixed the problem. This costs an egg in an otherwise flaw...
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Overall 2
2.0

Unconscionable warranty service.

Matthew C., Newegg
4 October 2014
  • Summary: I've always had good customer support from the Asus spinoff called ASRock. I bought this Asus "Workstation" board because I thought I would be stepping up to a higher level of service than you get from ASRock. Instead this was a step down.
  • Pros: The board is okay. They cheaped out with the limited fan controller capability. The software on the website is out of date and non-functioning. It has less features than the equivalent ASRock. But it worked (until it didn't).
  • Cons: Asus warranty service is non-functioning. My board stopped working one day, and that's just bad luck. You shouldn't blame any manufacturer for normal failures. What happened after that is the problem. Their email support and RMA center take DAYS or WEEKS to respond to emails. A conversation to st...
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Overall 10
10

14 months, still running well

Brandon M., Newegg
17 October 2013
  • Summary: part selection may be difficult for a n00b, but this is not fault of board, but limits of the xeon e3 line. ecc UNBUFFERED ram if you want ecc. if you expect onboard video, buy a proc with it, not all have it.
  • Pros: my config-4x8GB dimms, Kinston branded with Samsung chips on them, was Item#: N82E16820239370 , e31230v2, 2xssd, 1xraptor, 2x random 2 tb drives. win7 ult, VMware workstation, 8, then 9 and 10. rock solid. I'm lazy and leave on 24x7. it's desktop/dev/test. 90% mem utilization and 100% cpu utiliza...
  • Cons: same price with rebate now that I bought it for 14 months ago...price should come down
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Overall 2
2.0

Must read before you buy!

Douglas T., Newegg
22 September 2013
  • Summary: I like asus boards for workstations but I would run far away from this server board!
  • Pros: Worked fine for about a month and a half
  • Cons: I bought this board back in November and it worked fine till about the end of the year. 7 months of trouble with this board, one RMA on the board, and several RMA's on other components in the server to try and determine what was wrong. Kept having random shutdowns, random power offs, and random f...
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Overall 2
2.0

Avoid This Board

Amitabha S., Newegg
17 July 2013
  • Summary: FYI -ASUS is willing to pay shipping costs both ways from 2nd RMA onward. Just ask if you're in this situation via chat and they will make you a prepaid FedEX voucher. Getting my RMA3 board soon.
  • Pros: -It worked great for a few months -Supports ECC memory
  • Cons: Unreliable piece of garbage; This board (at least the one I got), causes my PC to crash under load. We use this system to run complex numerical computations, and reliability is a must. When CPU usage goes high the system will restart. We also tested this with prime95 small ffts which pushes the f...
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Overall 10
10

Stable Workstation

Anonymous, Newegg
25 May 2013
  • Summary: I have used this mb with 1230v2 and two 8GB ECC memory sticks manufactured by the different companies. Amazingly they are running pretty stable. FYI, if you want to turn on WOL, you may need to turn on "wake up from PCIe" option on the BIOS setup screen.
  • Pros: Working very well with Axiom DDR3-1600 8GB ECC UDIMM Working also very well with Kingstone DDR-1600 8GB ECC UDIMM
  • Cons: The manual shows only a few ECC memory models in the compatible memory list, so choosing memory is challenging, particularly if you are interested to ECC.
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Overall 2
2.0

BIOS problems

Mehlin M., Newegg
24 May 2013
  • Summary: I Built a P8C system with 0505 BIOS in 7/12. Acronis would load and not see SSD drives. Paragon backup software was used successfully. Bought P8C with 3202 BIOS in 4/13 and could not load Acronis from disk used with ASUS A8N-SLI and P7F-X RAID-1 WinXP systems. Paragon software reboots endlessly.
  • Pros: has the features I want
  • Cons: Both the print manual and the latest downloadable manual (5/21/13) do not correspond to the BIOS. BIOS apparently cannot be backed up or flashed to an earlier version. Manual refers to .rom files instead of .cap files. Acronis and latest Paragon will not run with Win7 64bit pro installation on ha...
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Overall 2
2.0

BIOS and backup problems

Mehlin M., Newegg
24 May 2013
  • Summary: This is an update to my prior review. Further communication with ASUS confirms that the BIOS on the P8C cannot be flashed to an earlier version. I still do not have a definitive answer as to whether the BIOS can be backed up. ASUS is sending me a 0505 BIOS chip.
  • Pros: has the hardware features I want
  • Cons: BIOS cannot be flashed back. Unable to use my current backup software on bootable media. Manual does not correspond to BIOS CSM and Secure Boot settings
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Overall 10
10

P8C WS mboard

Randy B., Newegg
20 May 2013
  • Summary: Dead quiet in Fractal Design Case with M2 620 slient power supply.
  • Pros: Xeon 1275v2 processor. XMP 32GB Corsair 1600 memory. Very fast: Passmark CPU Mark 10,558. Passmark Memory Mark 7743. Passmark HD benckmark 4366 on Intel 525SSD. Use internal Hd 4000 video. I use VMware Workstation 9. 2012 server runs fine.
  • Cons: Want more SATA 3 ports, only 2 standard.
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