The ASUS P8C WS motherboard combines the advantages of several product classes. While mainly a workstation board, it also incorporates server readiness, and can be easily used in high end standard desktop builds. As a flexible choice for system integrators, its compact design and Intel C216 chipset offer better convenience and compatibility. It is fully Independent Software Vendor certified, and supports Intel Xeon E3-1200/12x5 v2 series processors as well as 2nd and 3rd generation Intel Core i3 processors. The board also works equally well with non-ECC and ECC DDR3 memory. Four USB 3.0 ports cover both the rear I/O and front panel to enhance user-friendly connectivity, while dual Intel® Ethernet ports double networking capabilities and reduce CPU workload. High end performance in a compact workstation form factor The P8C WS utilizes the workstation-specific Intel C216 chipset, and supports Socket LGA1155 Intel Xeon E3-1200/12×5 v2 processors. These features allow for accelerated OpenGL performance, a benefit much sought by workstation users. The board is Independent Software Vendor (ISV) certified, and enables optimized output with Intel integrated graphics. Popular workstation applications such as AutoDesk AutoCAD 2013 and Inventor 2012 all tap the performance of the P8C WS, ensuring users a smooth start to their professional workstation build. Flexible support for multiple processor and memory types Users get more flexibility and choice with the P8C WS, which natively accommodates both Intel Xeon E3-1200 series server and workstation processors and mainstream Core i3 2nd/3rd generation processors. Additionally, users can opt for widely available unbuffered non-ECC DDR3 memory or server-grade unbuffered ECC (or error-correcting) memory. The more open design of the P8C WS makes it a multi-purpose board, which affords diverse workstation builds for every need. Full USB 3.0 integration for easy accessibility The P8C WS ships with four USB 3.0 ports for easy accessibility - two on the front panel, and two on the back. This is double the USB 3.0 ports previously offered by the P8B WS motherboard. USB 3.0 works up to ten times faster than USB 2.0, offering customers quicker data transfers, which are especially useful for the large-scale content handled by workstation operators. To make the most of the advantages offered by USB 3.0, exclusive ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports the newer UASP (USB-Attached SCSI Protocol), increasing maximum USB 3.0 speeds by up to 170%. USB 3.0 Boost also automatically detects the best USB protocol for every connected device, ensuring optimal data performance. Dual Intel Ethernet and server-grade reliability Twin Intel Ethernet ports cut down on CPU utilization while increasing bandwidth and packet transmission rates, thus raising networking reliability - another critical benefit for professional and commercial users. The twin ports support teaming and fault-tolerance functions, effectively doubling bandwidth compared to standard Gigabit Ethernet and ensuring server-grade networked performance. This hardware LAN configuration works with several operating systems, including Windows, CenOS, and Ubuntu. The onboard Intel 82574L controller features VMware certification for native virtualization technology support, allowing users to more readily create virtual systems for expanded productivity.