ASUS Intros a Pair of C246 Based Workstation Motherboards

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ASUS launched a pair of new workstation motherboards based mostly on the new C246 chipset, designed for Xeon E-2100 series socket LGA1151 processors. These embody the WS C246 Professional (ATX form-factor) and WS C246 M Professional (micro-ATX). Each boards additionally help eighth technology Core, Pentium, and Celeron “Espresso Lake” processors. The cornerstone of each boards is a zero-bling design that focuses on features related to workstations. The WS C246 Professional attracts power from a mixture of 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and an optionally available 6-pin PCIe power. An 8-phase VRM situations power for the CPU, which is wired to 4 DDR4 DIMM slots supporting as much as 64 GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory with ECC help. Growth slots embody two strengthened PCI-Categorical 3.0 x16 slots (x8/x8 with each populated), two further x16 slots which might be electrical gen 3.0 x4 and wired to the PCH; and two gen 3.0 x1 slots.

Storage connectivity on the WS C246 Professional consists of eight SATA 6 Gbps, an two M.2 slots with PCIe gen 3.0 x4 wiring, every. USB connectivity consists of two USB 3.1 gen 2 (one every type-A and type-C), and 4 USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel. Two USB 3.0 ports are put out as internal headers. There’s additionally an internal type-A USB 3.0 port meant for USB TPMs and safety keys. Show outputs embody one every of D-Sub, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. There are two 1 GbE interfaces, each pushed by Intel-made controllers. 8-channel HD audio makes for the remainder of it.

The WS C246 M Professional appears to be like higher laid out for the enterprise atmosphere, with 4 DDR4 UDIMM slots alongside the highest of the PCB, and power connectors (24-pin ATX + 8-pin EPS) alongside the fitting nook. The CPU VRM is a less complicated 6-phase fare. Growth slots embody one every of PCI-Categorical 3.0 x16, PCI-Categorical x8, and PCI-Categorical 3.0 x1. Show outputs embody DP, HDMI, and D-Sub. 2x 1 GbE ports make up networking. Clean traces reveal there could possibly be a variant within the works with a correct IPMI distant administration chip.

Source : TechPowerUp