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Product Id: 02.01.006.248
Quick OverviewModel - Asus WS C246 Pro
Network & Connectivity
WS C246 PRO features four PCIe x16 slots for flexible system configurability and expandability with add-on cards, such as NVIDIA Quadro graphics, RAID and LAN cards. With support for AMD CrossFireX 2-way configurations, WS C246 PRO harnesses the full power of the latest graphics technologies.
WS C246 PRO supports Intel® Xeon® E series processors to deliver powerful, optimized performance in always-on usage scenarios. Support for Error-Correcting Code (ECC) memory enables automatic detection and repair of single-bit memory errors, reducing the chance of system crashes and data corruption to ensure reliable and responsive workstation performance.
WS C246 PRO is equipped for total display flexibility with onboard HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D and VGA connectivity. With a compatible latest-generation Intel® processor, you can connect up to three independent displays simultaneously for better multitasking and enhanced productivity.
WS C246 PRO features dual M.2 slots to unleash maximum data-transfer performance. One M.2 slot supports up to 22110-length M.2 drives via PCIe Gen3 x4 for ultrafast data access, making it the perfect choice for an operating system or application drive. The other M.2 slot is suitable for SATA drives or Intel® Optane memory via PCIe Gen3 x2 support to speed up traditional hard drives.
WS C246 PRO's front panel USB 3.1 connector is ready for next-gen PC cases and devices. With backward-compatible USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A and reversible USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C ports, you'll experience ultimate connection flexibility and blazing data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps.
ASUS SafeSlot is the PCIe slot reinvented by ASUS and engineered to provide superior retention and shearing resistance, which protect your graphics card investment. Manufactured in a single step using a new injection-molding process integrates the slot with the fortifying metal for an inherently stronger slot, which is then firmly anchored to the PCB through additional solder points.
WS C246 PRO features ASUS Control Center (ACC), a centralized and integrated IT management platform for monitoring and controlling ASUS commercial products, including servers, workstations and digital signage. ACC enables remote BIOS updates, monitoring of multiple systems via mobile devices, and one-click software updates and dispatching, allowing easier server management for any IT infrastructure.
Model - Asus WS C246 Pro, CPU Sockets - LGA1151, Chipset - Intel C246 Chipset, Supported CPU - 9th/8th Generation Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron / Xeon Processors E-2100 family, Generation - 8th/9th, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 2666/2400 /2133MHz, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 64GB, Optane Memory Support - Yes, PCI Express Slot - PCI-E x1 (Gen2 X1 Link), PCI-E x16 (Gen3 X16 + X8 Link), PCI-E x16 (Gen3 X8 Link), PCI-E x1 (Gen2 X1 Link), PCI-E x16 (Gen3 X4 Link), PCI-E x4 (Gen1 X4 Link), Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 1 x M.2 Connector (NGFF Type 2280/2260/2242), 1 x M.2 Connector (NGFF Type 22110/2280/2260/2242), LAN Chipset - Intel I210AT, i219-LM, Audio Channel - 8-channel Audio, WiFi - No, Bluetooth - No, USB Port - 2 x USB3.1, 4 x USB3.0, VGA Port - 1, DVI Port - 1, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - No, IDE Port - No, SATA Port - 8 x SATA, FireWire - No, CrossFire Support - No, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - No, Thunderbolt - No, TPM Port - Yes, COM Port - Yes, Form Factor - ATX, Special Features - ATX motherboard with four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, dual M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen2 connectors, Four PCIe 3.0 x16 slots for flexible expandability with graphics, RAID and LAN add-on cards, Powerful performance with Intel Xeon E processor and ECC memory, Supports up to three independent displays simultaneously via HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D and VGA, Next-gen transfer speeds with up to 32Gbps M.2 and 10Gbps USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C, Dual Intel Gigabit LAN with teaming support, SafeSlot PCIe x16 to protect your graphics card investment, Others - 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x M.2, 1 x TPM header, 1 x PSU Power Connector (24-pin ATX power connector), 1 x COM port, 1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button, 8-channel Audio I/O ports (5+1 Audio jacks), Warranty - 3 Year, Country of Origin - Taiwan, Made in/ Assemble - China
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.