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  • Product: Barbecue
  • Model/name: ESC500 G2
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Table of Contents

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ESC500 G2
Workstation
User Manual
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Copyright © 2012 ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. All Rights Reserved.
No part of this manual, including the products and software described in it, may be reproduced,
transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language in any form or by any
means, except documentation kept by the purchaser for backup purposes, without the express written
permission of ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. (“ASUS”).
ASUS provides this manual “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not
limited to the implied warranties or conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no
event shall ASUS, its directors, officers, employees, or agents be liable for any indirect, special, incidental,
or consequential damages (including damages for loss of profits, loss of business, loss of use or data,
interruption of business and the like), even if ASUS has been advised of the possibility of such damages
arising from any defect or error in this manual or product.
Specifications and information contained in this manual ae furnished for informational use only, and are
subject to change at any time without notice, and should not be construed as a commitment by ASUS.
ASUS assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear in this manual,
including the products and software described in it.
Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless
such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the
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copyrights of their respective companies, and are used only for identification or explanation and to the
owners’ benefit, without intent to infringe.
E7407
First Edition
May 2012
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Contents
Notices......................................................................................................... vii
Federal Communications Commission Statement............................vii
Canadian Department of Communications Statement.
.....................vii
REACH	 ...........................................................................................vii
Safety information..................................................................................... viii
Electrical Safety............................................................................... viii
Operation Safety.............................................................................. viii
About this guide.......................................................................................... ix
Audience	
............................................................................................ix
Contents	............................................................................................ix
Conventions........................................................................................x
Typography.........................................................................................x
Reference.
...........................................................................................x
Chapter 1:	 Product introduction
1.1	 System package contents............................................................ 1-2
1.2	 Serial number label....................................................................... 1-2
1.3	 System specifications.................................................................. 1-3
1.4	 Front panel features.
..................................................................... 1-5
1.5	 Rear panel features....................................................................... 1-6
1.6	 Internal features............................................................................ 1-7
1.7	 LED information............................................................................ 1-8
1.7.1	 Front panel LED............................................................... 1-8
1.7.2	 LAN (RJ-45) LEDs........................................................... 1-8
Chapter 2:	 Hardware setup
2.1	 Chassis cover................................................................................ 2-2
2.2	 Motherboard overview.................................................................. 2-4
2.3	 Central Processing Unit (CPU).................................................... 2-5
2.3.1	 CPU installation............................................................... 2-6
2.3.2	 Installing the CPU heatsink and fan assembly.
................ 2-9
2.4	 System memory.......................................................................... 2-11
2.4.1	 Overview.........................................................................2-11
2.4.2	 Memory configurations.
.................................................. 2-12
2.4.3	 Installing a DIMM........................................................... 2-13
2.4.4.	 To remove a DIMM.
........................................................ 2-13
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2.5	 Installing hard disk drives.......................................................... 2-14
2.6	 Installing 5.25-inch drives.......................................................... 2-16
2.6.1	 Removing the front panel cover..................................... 2-16
2.6.2	 Installing 5.25-inch drives.............................................. 2-17
2.7	 Expansion slots.
.......................................................................... 2-19
2.7.2	 Installing expansion cards.
............................................. 2-20
2.7.3	 Configuring an expansion card...................................... 2-21
2.8	 Removing the system fan.
.......................................................... 2-23
2.9	 Connecting cables...................................................................... 2-24
Chapter 3:	 Motherboard info
3.1	 Motherboard layouts.
.................................................................... 3-2
3.2	 Onboard buttons and switches................................................... 3-4
3.3	 Onboard LEDs............................................................................... 3-7
3.4	 Jumpers....................................................................................... 3-10
3.5	 Internal connectors..................................................................... 3-12
3.5.1	 Rear panel connection................................................... 3-23
3.5.2	 Audio I/O connections.................................................... 3-24
Chapter 4:	 BIOS infomation
4.1	 Knowing BIOS............................................................................... 4-2
4.2	 BIOS setup program..................................................................... 4-3
4.2.1	 EZ Mode.......................................................................... 4-4
4.2.2	 Advanced Mode............................................................... 4-5
4.3	 Main menu..................................................................................... 4-7
4.3.1	 System Language [English]............................................. 4-7
4.3.2	 System Date [Day xx/xx/xxxx].
......................................... 4-7
4.3.3	 System Time [xx:xx:xx].................................................... 4-7
4.4	 Ai Tweaker menu......................................................................... 4-10
4.5	 Advanced menu.......................................................................... 4-16
4.5.1	 Trusted Computing.
........................................................ 4-16
4.5.2	 CPU Configuration......................................................... 4-17
4.5.3	 PCH Configuration......................................................... 4-19
4.5.4	 SATA Configuration........................................................ 4-20
4.5.5	 System Agent Configuration.......................................... 4-22
4.5.6	 USB Configuration......................................................... 4-23
4.5.7	 Onboard Devices Configuration..................................... 4-24
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4.5.8	 APM............................................................................... 4-26
4.5.9	 Network Stack................................................................ 4-27
4.6	 Monitor menu.............................................................................. 4-28
4.7	 Boot menu................................................................................... 4-31
4.8	 Tools menu.................................................................................. 4-33
4.8.1	 ASUS EZ Flash 2 Utility................................................. 4-33
4.8.2	 ASUS O.C. Profile.
......................................................... 4-33
4.8.3	 ASUS SPD Information.................................................. 4-34
4.9	 Exit menu..................................................................................... 4-35
4.10	 Updating BIOS............................................................................. 4-36
4.10.1	 ASUS Update utility....................................................... 4-37
4.10.2	 ASUS EZ Flash 2 utility.
................................................. 4-40
4.10.3	 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 utility..................................... 4-41
4.10.4	 ASUS BIOS Updater...................................................... 4-42
Chapter 5:	 RAID configuration
5.1	 RAID configurations..................................................................... 5-2
5.1.1	 RAID definitions............................................................... 5-2
5.1.2	 Installing Serial ATA hard disks........................................ 5-3
5.1.3	 Setting the RAID item in BIOS......................................... 5-3
5.1.4	 Intel®
Rapid Storage Technology Option ROM utility....... 5-3
Chapter 6:	 Driver installation
6.1	 Creating a RAID driver disk.
......................................................... 6-2
6.1.1	 Creating a RAID driver disk without entering the OS....... 6-2
6.1.2	 Creating a RAID driver disk in Windows®
........................ 6-2
6.1.3	 Installing the RAID driver during Windows®
OS
	 installation........................................................................ 6-3
6.1.4	 Using a USB floppy disk drive.
......................................... 6-4
6.2	 Support DVD information............................................................. 6-6
6.2.1	 Running the support DVD................................................ 6-6
6.2.2	 Obtaining the software manuals...................................... 6-7
6.3	 Installing AI Suite II....................................................................... 6-8
6.3.1	 EPU.
................................................................................. 6-9
6.3.2	 Probe II.......................................................................... 6-10
6.3.3	 Sensor Recorder.............................................................6-11
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6.3.4 	 ASUS Update.
................................................................ 6-12
6.3.5 	 MyLogo.......................................................................... 6-13
6.4	 Audio configurations.................................................................. 6-15
6.5	 System recovery......................................................................... 6-17
6.4.1	 Using the Recovery Partition......................................... 6-17
6.4.2	 Using the Recovery DVD............................................... 6-17
Appendix:	 Reference information
A.1	 Simple fixes...................................................................................A-2
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Notices
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
•	 This device may not cause harmful interference, and
•	 This device must accept any interference received including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a
Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a
residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with manufacturer’s
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
•	 Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•	 Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
•	 Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
•	 Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions
from digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
WARNING! The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the
graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes
or modifications to this unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment.
REACH
Complying with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and
Restriction of Chemicals) regulatory framework, we publish the chemical
substances in our products at ASUS REACH website at http://green.asus.com/
english/REACH.htm.
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Safety information
Electrical Safety
•	 Before installing or removing signal cables, ensure that the power cables for
the system unit and all attached devices are unplugged.
•	 To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the
electrical outlet before relocating the system.
•	 When adding or removing any additional devices to or from the system, contact
a qualified service technician or your dealer. Ensure that the power cables for
the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected. If possible,
disconnect all power cables from the existing system before you service.
•	 If the power supply is broken, do not try to fix it by yourself. Contact a qualified
service technician or your dealer.
Operation Safety
•	 Servicing of this product or units is to be performed by trained service
personnel only.
•	 Before operating the server, carefully read all the manuals included with the
server package.
•	 Before using the server, make sure all cables are correctly connected and the
power cables are not damaged. If any damage is detected, contact your dealer
as soon as possible.
•	 To avoid short circuits, keep paper clips, screws, and staples away from
connectors, slots, sockets and circuitry.
•	 Avoid dust, humidity, and temperature extremes. Place the server on a stable
surface.
This product is equipped with a three-wire power cable and plug for the user’s
safety. Use the power cable with a properly grounded electrical outlet to avoid
electrical shock.
Lithium-Ion Battery Warning
CAUTION! Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace
only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer.
Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
CD-ROM Drive Safety Warning
CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT
Heavy System
CAUTION! This server system is heavy. Ask for assistance when moving or
carrying the system.
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About this guide
Audience
This user guide is intended for system integrators and experienced users with at
least basic knowledge of configuring a workstation.
Contents
This guide contains the following parts:
1.	 Chapter 1: Product Introduction
This chapter describes the general features of the workstation, including
sections on front panel and rear panel specifications.
2.	 Chapter 2: Hardware setup
This chapter lists the hardware setup procedures that you have to perform
when installing or removing system components.
3.	 Chapter 3: Motherboard information
This chapter gives information about the motherboard that comes with the
workstation. This chapter includes the motherboard layout, jumper settings,
and connector locations.
4.	 Chapter 4: BIOS information
This chapter tells how to change system settings through the BIOS Setup
menus and describes the BIOS parameters.
5.	 Chapter 5: RAID configuration
This chapter provides information on how to configure your hard disk drives
as RAID sets.
6.	 Chapter 6: Driver installation
This chapter provides information on how to install the drivers for system
components. This chapter also describes the software applications that the
barebone workstation supports.
7.	 Appendix: Reference information
This section provides a troubleshooting guide for solving common problems
when using the barebone workstation.
DO NOT throw the motherboard in municipal waste. This product has been
designed to enable proper reuse of parts and recycling. This symbol of the
crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the product (electrical and electronic
equipment) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for
disposal of electronic products.
DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste.
This symbol of the crossed out wheeled bin indicates that the battery should not
be placed in municipal waste.
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Reference
Visit the ASUS websites worldwide that provide updated information for all ASUS
hardware and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information for details.
WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to
complete a task.
CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying
to complete a task.
IMPORTANT: Instructions that you MUST follow to complete a task.
NOTE: Tips and information to aid in completing a task.
Conventions
To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following
symbols used throughout this manual.
Typography
Bold text	 Indicates a menu or an item to select.
Italics	 Used to emphasize a word or a phrase.
<Key>	 Keys enclosed in the less-than and greater-
	 than sign means that you must press the
	 enclosed key.
	 Example: <Enter> means that you must press
	 the Enter or Return key.
<Key1+Key2+Key3>	 If you must press two or more keys
	 simultaneously, the key names are linked with
	 a plus sign (+).
	 Example: <Ctrl+Alt+Del>
Command	 Means that you must type the command
	 exactly as shown, then supply the required
	 item or value enclosed in brackets.
	 Example: At the DOS prompt, type the
	 command line: format A:/S
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ASUS ESC500 G2
This chapter describes the general
features of the workstation, including
sections on front panel and rear panel
specifications.
Chapter 1
Product
introduction
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Chapter 1: Product introduction
1-2
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
1.1	 System package contents
Check your system package for the following items.
1.2	 Serial number label
Before requesting support from the ASUS Technical Support team, you must
take note of the product’s serial number containing 14 characters such as
xxS0xxxxxxxxxx shown as the figure below. With the correct serial number of the
product, ASUS Technical Support team members can then offer a quicker and
satisfying solution to your problems.
xxS0xxxxxxxxxx
ESC500 G2
Model Name ESC500 G2
Chassis ASUS T10A Pedestal Chassis
Motherboard ASUS P8C WS
Component 1 x 500W/700W 80Plus Single Power Supply, Bronze/Silver
1 x 120x120mm System Fan
1 x Intel®
LGA1155 CPU Cooler
Accessories 1 x ASUS ESC500 G2 User’s Guide
1 x ESC500 G2 Support DVD
1 x Windows 7 Professional Recovery DVD 32-Bit (for OS bundled SKU)
1 x Windows 7 Professional Recovery DVD 64-Bit (for OS bundled SKU)
1 x AC Power Cable
1 x COM Port Cable
1 x DVI-TO-VGA converter
Optional Items Smart Card Reader
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1.3	 System specifications
The ASUS ESC500 G2 is a workstation featuring the ASUS P8C WS motherboard.
The workstation supports Intel®
LGA1155 Xeon®
E3-1200 v2 or 3rd
/2nd
Generation
Core™ i3 Processors, plus other latest technologies through the chipsets onboard.
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Model Name ESC500 G2
Operating System Genuine Windows®
7 Professional.
Processor / System Bus
supported
1 x Socket LGA1155
Intel®
Xeon®
E3-1200 v2 Processor Family
Intel®
3rd
/2nd
Generation Core™ i3 Processors
Intel®
Xeon®
E3-1200 Processor Family
Intel®
Core™ i3-2100 Processor Family
Intel®
Core™ G8x0 Processor Family
Intel®
Core™ G6x0 Processor Family
Core Logic Intel®
C216 Express Chipset
Memory
Total Slots 4 DIMMs (2 Channels)
Capacity Maximum up to 32GB
Memory Type
DDR3 1066/1333/1600 ECC/non-ECC UDIMM
* Refer to www.asus.com for detail memory AVL &
CPU support list
Memory Size 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB (UDIMM)
Expansion
Slots
Total PCI/PCI-
X/PCI-E Slots
6
Slot Type
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (at x16/x8 mode)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (at x8 mode)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (at x4 mode)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (at x1 mode)
1 x PCI
Storage
SATA
Controller
Intel®
C216:
2 SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray)
4 SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (blue)
Intel®
Rapid Storage Technology (for Windows only)
(Support software RAID 0, 1, 10 & 5)
HDD Bays 3 x Internal 3.5” HDD Bays
Networking LAN 2 x Intel®
82574L Gigabit LAN controller
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Graphic VGA
VGA Output DVI-I ports
Supports DVI with maximum resolution of 1920 x
1200@60Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1GB
*Only enabled with specific processors
Onboard I/O
1 x PS/2 KB/MS port
1 x S/PDIF Out (Optical and Coaxial)
6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
1 x IEEE1394a
2 x RJ-45 ports
1 x DVI-I port
1 x 8-channel Audio I/O
Anti-virus Software Optional Anti-Virus CD Pack
EMI
Europe (CE,
EN55022 &
EN55024)
V
Taiwan (BSMI) V
China (CCC) V
Dimension (HH x WW x DD) 423mm x 190mm x 435mm
Net Weight Kg (CPU, DRAM &
HDD excluded)
10.8 Kg
Power Supply
500W 80Plus Single Power Supply, Bronze
700W 80Plus Single Power Supply, Silver
Environment
Operating temperature: 10°C–35°C
Non operating temperature: -40°C–70°C
Non operating humidity: 20%–90% (Non-condensing)
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1.4	 Front panel features
The workstation system displays a simple yet stylish front panel with easily
accessible features. The power and reset buttons, LED indicator, optical drive, card
reader, and four USB ports are located on the front panel. For future installation of
5.25-inch devices, two drive bays are available.
Refer to section 1.7.1 Front panel LED for the LED descriptions.
Optical Drive
Empty 5.25-inch bay
Smart Card Reader
(optional)
Power LED (blue)
HDD access LED (orange)
Reset button
Microphone / Headphone ports
Power button
USB 2.0/USB 3.0 ports
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1.5	 Rear panel features
The rear panel includes a slot for the motherboard rear I/O ports, expansion slots,
a power supply module, and a vent for the system fan.
The PS/2 keyboard / mouse combo port, USB ports, DVI-I ports, Audio ports,
S/PDIF Out ports, and Gigabit LAN ports do not appear on the rear panel if
motherboard is not present.
Power supply module
Expansion slots
Power supply switch
Power cord connector
PS/2 keyboard / mouse port
USB 2.0 ports
Audio I/O ports
USB 3.0 ports
LAN (RJ-45) port 2
IEEE 1394a port
System fan
LAN (RJ-45) port 1
Coaxial S/PDIF Out port
Optical S/PDIF Out port
DVI port
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1.6	 Internal features
The barebone workstation includes the basic components as shown.
1.	 Power supply unit
2.	 120mm system fan
3. 	 ASUS P8C WS motherboard
4.	 CPU heatsink and fan assembly
5.	 Optical drive (optional)
6.	 5.25-inch drive bays
7.	 Smart card reader (optional)
8.	 Front I/O board
9.	 Internal HDD bays
6
1
2
3
4
5
7 8
9
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1.7	 LED information
1.7.1	 Front panel LED
1.7.2	 LAN (RJ-45) LEDs
LED Color Display status Description
Power LED Blue ON System power ON
HDD Access
LED
Orange
OFF
Blinking
No activity
Read/write data into the HDD
ACT/LINK LED SPEED LED
Status Description Status Description
OFF No link OFF 10 Mbps connection
YELLOW Linked ORANGE 100 Mbps connection
BLINKING Data activity GREEN 1 Gbps connection
SPEED LED
ACT/LINK LED
ACT/LINK LED
SPEED LED
Power LED
HDD Access LED
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ASUS ESC500 G2 2-
This chapter lists the hardware setup
procedures that you have to perform
when installing or removing system
components.
Chapter 2
Hardware
setup
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Chapter 2: Hardware setup
2-2
2.1	 Chassis cover
You have to remove the left side cover to install or replace internal components of
the server system.
•	 Ensure that you unplug the power cord before removing the side cover.
•	 Take extra care when removing the side cover. Keep your fingers from
components inside the chassis that can cause injury, such as the CPU fan,
rear fan, and other sharp-edged parts.
To remove the left side cover
1.	 Remove the two screws that secure
	 the left side cover to the chassis.
1
1
2.	 Unlock the side cover lock.
2
2
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3.	 Slide the left side cover for about
half an inch toward the rear until
it is disengaged from the chassis.
Carefully lift the cover and set it
aside.
3
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2.2	 Motherboard overview
The barebone server comes with the P8C WS motherboard already installed.
The motherboard is secured to the chassis by nine (9) screws as indicated by the
circles in the illustration below.
Ensure to unplug the power cord before installing or removing any motherboard
component or connection. Failure to do so can cause you physical injury and
damage motherboard components.
Refer to Chapter 3: Motherboard information for detailed information on the
motherboard.
Place this side towards
the rear of the chassis
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2.3	 Central Processing Unit (CPU)
The motherboard comes with a surface mount LGA1155 socket designed for the
Intel®
3rd Generation Core™ i3 desktop Processors and Intel®
Xeon®
E3-1200 v2
series Server/Workstation Processors.
•	 Upon purchase of the motherboard, ensure that the PnP cap is on
the socket and the socket contacts are not bent. Contact your retailer
immediately if the PnP cap is missing, or if you see any damage to the PnP
cap/socket contacts/motherboard components. ASUS will shoulder the cost
of repair only if the damage is shipment/transit-related.
•	 Keep the cap after installing the motherboard. ASUS will process Return
Merchandise Authorization (RMA) requests only if the motherboard comes
with the cap on the LGA1155 socket.
•	 The product warranty does not cover damage to the socket contacts
resulting from incorrect CPU installation/removal, or misplacement/loss/
incorrect removal of the PnP cap.
Ensure that all power cables are unplugged before installing the CPU.
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2.3.1	 CPU installation
Please note the order in opening/ closing the double latch. Follow the
instructions printed on the metal sealing hatch or the illustrations shown below
in this manual. The plastic cap will pop up automatically once the CPU is in
place and the hatch properly sealed down.
A
B
1
2
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C
B
A
5
6
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2.3.2	 Installing the CPU heatsink and fan assembly
To install the CPU heatsink and fan assembly
Apply the Thermal Interface
Material to the CPU heatsink
and CPU before you install the
heatsink and fan if necessary.
2
B
B
A
A
1
3 4
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To uninstall the CPU heatsink and fan assembly
2
A
B
B
A
1
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Recommended memory configurations
2.4	 System memory
2.4.1	 Overview
The motherboard comes with four Double Data Rate 3 (DDR3) Dual Inline Memory
Modules (DIMM) slots.
A DDR3 module is notched differently from a DDR or DDR2 module. DO NOT
install a DDR or DDR2 memory module to the DDR3 slot.
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2.4.2	 Memory configurations
You may install 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB unbuffered ECC or non‑ECC DDR3 DIMMs
into the DIMM sockets depending on the installed CPU.
•	 You may install varying memory sizes in Channel A and Channel B. The
system maps the total size of the lower-sized channel for the dual-channel
configuration. Any excess memory from the higher-sized channel is then
mapped for single-channel operation.
•	 According to Intel CPU spec, DIMM voltage below 1.65V is recommended
to protect the CPU.
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The max. 32GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 8GB (or
above).
•	 Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimum
compatibility, we recommend that you obtain memory modules from the
same vendor.
•	 Due to the memory address limitation on 32-bit Windows OS, when you
install 4GB or more memory on the motherboard, the actual usable memory
for the OS can be about 3GB or less. For effective use of memory, we
recommend that you do any of the following:
- Use a maximum of 3GB system memory if you are using a 32-bit
Windows OS.
- 
Install a 64-bit Windows OS when you want to install 4GB or more on the
motherboard.
For more details, refer to the Microsoft®
support site at
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929605/en-us.
•	 This motherboard does not support DIMMs made up of 512Mb (64MB)
chips or less (Memory chip capacity counts in Megabit, 8 Megabit/Mb = 1
Megabyte/MB).
For system stability, use a more efficient memory cooling system to support a
full memory load (4 DIMMs) or overclocking condition.
P8C WS Motherboard Qualified Vendors Lists (QVL)
•	 ASUS exclusively provides hyper DIMM support function.
•	 Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual
CPUs. Load the X.M.P. settings in the BIOS for the hyper DIMM support.
•	 Visit the ASUS website for the latest QVL.
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2.4.3	 Installing a DIMM
A DIMM is keyed with a notch so that it fits in only one direction. DO NOT force
a DIMM into a socket in the wrong direction to avoid damaging the DIMM.
•	 Ensure to unplug the power supply before adding or removing DIMMs or
other system components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to
both the motherboard and the components.
•	 Always insert the DIMM into the socket VERTICALLY to prevent DIMM
notch damage.
1
2
3
2.4.4.	 To remove a DIMM
B
A
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2.5	 Installing hard disk drives
The workstation system provides three (3) internal Serial ATA hard disk drive bays.
To install a Serial ATA hard disk drive
1.	 Refer to the previous section to remove the side cover.
2.	 Pull out the bay locks on the HDD
cage.
3.	 Lift up the secure tab on the HDD
cage.
4.	 Swing out the HDD cage.
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5.	 With the HDD label side up,
carefully insert the drive into the
3.5-inch bay and push the drive
into the bay until its screw holes
align with the holes on the drive
bay.
6.	 Swing back the HDD cage.
7.	 Push in the bay locks to secure
the hard disk drive.
8.	 Connect a 7-pin SATA cable (from
the motherboard SATA port) and a
15-pin power plug (from the power
supply unit) to the back connectors
of the hard disk drive.
Use either the 15-pin SATA power connector OR the legacy 4-pin power
connector. DO NOT use both to prevent damage to components and to keep
the system from becoming unstable.
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2.6	 Installing 5.25-inch drives
Ensure to unplug the power cable before installing or removing any system
components. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard
and other system components!
1
The system comes with three 5.25-inch
drive bays located on the upper front
part of the chassis. An optical drive that
comes standard/optional with the system
package occupies the uppermost bay
(labeled 1). The lower bays (labeled 2
and 3) are available for additional 5.25-
inch optical, zip, or floppy disk drives.
You must remove the front panel
assembly before installing a
5.25-inch drive.
2.6.1	 Removing the front panel cover
To remove the front panel cover
2
3
2.	 Gently lift the front panel
assembly until the hinge-like tabs
on the top side of the assembly
are detached from the chassis.
3.	 Remove the front panel
assembly, then set aside.
1. 	 Follow the instructions in section
2.1 Chassis cover to remove
the side cover. Locate the front
panel assembly lock, then move it
outward to unlock the front panel.
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3.	 Insert the drive into the 5.25-inch
drive bay and carefully push the
drive into the bay until its screw
holes align with the holes on the
bay.
2.6.2	 Installing 5.25-inch drives
To install 5.25-inch drives
4.	 Push in the bay locks to secure the
optical drive
1.	 Select the drive bay you intend to
use and remove the drive slot plate
cover.
2.	 Release the bay locks.
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Use either the 15-pin SATA power connector OR the legacy 4-pin power
connector. DO NOT use both to prevent damage to components and to keep
the system from becoming unstable.
5.	 Connect a 7-pin SATA cable (from
the motherboard SATA port) and a
15-pin power plug (from the power
supply unit) to the back connectors
of the hard disk drive.
6.	 Reinstall the front panel cover and
side covers when done.
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2.7	 Expansion slots
Ensure to unplug the power cord before adding or removing expansion cards.
Failure to do so may cause you physical injury and damage motherboard
components.
Slot No. Slot Description
1 PCIe 3.0 x16_1 slot (single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)
2 PCIe 3.0 x16_2 slot (x8 mode)
3 PCIe 2.0 x1_1 slot
4 PCIe 2.0 x16_3 slot (x4 mode)
5 PCI1 slot
6 PCIe 2.0 x16_4 slot (x4 mode)
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2.7.2	 Installing expansion cards
Ensure to unplug the power cable before installing or removing an expansion
card. Failure to do so may cause severe damage to the motherboard and other
system components!
To install an expansion card
1.	 Before installing the expansion card, read the documentation that came with
it and make the necessary hardware settings for the card.
2.	 Remove the left side cover from the chassis.
3.	 Lay the system on its side on a flat, stable surface.
4.	 Select the slot that you intend to use, and then remove the metal bracket next
to the slot.
5.	 Align the card golden fingers to the
slot and its metal bracket to the slot
opening on the chassis.
6.	 Press the card firmly until it is
properly seated on the slot.
7.	 Secure the card to the chassis with
the bracket screw you removed
earlier.
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2.7.3	 Configuring an expansion card
After installing the expansion card, configure it by adjusting the software settings.
1.	 Turn on the system and change the necessary BIOS settings, if any. See
Chapter 4 for information on BIOS setup.
2.	 Assign an IRQ to the card. Refer to the tables on the next page.
3.	 Install the software drivers for the expansion card.
•	 When using PCI cards on shared slots, ensure that the drivers support
“Share IRQ” or that the cards do not need IRQ assignments. Otherwise,
conflicts will arise between the two PCI groups, making the system
unstable and the card inoperable. Refer to the table on the next page for
details.
•	 By default, if you install a discrete graphics card on the PCIe x16 slot, the
onboard GPU will be automatically disabled. Connect the VGA cable to the
discrete graphics card first when using a discrete graphics card.
Standard Interrupt assignments
IRQ Priority Standard function
0 1 System Timer
1 2 Keyboard Controller
2 - Programmable Interrupt
4 12 Communications Port (COM1)
5 13 IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
6 14 Reserved
7 15 Reserved
8 3 System CMOS/Real Time Clock
9 4 IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
10 5 IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
11 6 IRQ Holder for PCI Steering
12 7 Reserved
13 8 Numeric Data Processor
14 9 Primary IDE Channel
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IRQ assignments for this motherboard
A B C D E F G H
PCIEx16_1 shared – – – – – – –
PCIEx16_2 shared – – – – – –
PCIEx16_3 – – – shared – – – –
PCIEx16_4 shared – – – – – – –
PCIEx1_1 shared – – – – – – –
PCI1 shared – – – – – – –
VIA1394 – – – shared – – – –
USB3.0 shared – – – – – – –
LAN1 (82574) – shared – – – – – –
LAN2 (82574) – – shared – – – – –
SATA Controller 1 – – – shared – – – –
SATA Controller 2 – – – shared – – – –
USB 2.0 Controller 1 – – – – – – – shared
USB 2.0 Controller 2 shared – – – – – – –
HD Audio – – – – – – shared –
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2.8	 Removing the system fan
You may need to remove previously installed system components when installing
or removing other system components, or when replacing a defective component.
This section tells how to remove the system fan.
To remove the system fan:
1.	 Disconnect the chassis fan cable from the CHA_FAN1 connector on the
motherboard.
2.	 Locate and remove four system fan
screws at the rear panel. Keep the
screws for later use.
Hold the system fan with one
hand while removing the system
screws.
3.	 Remove the system fan, and then
set aside.
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2.9	 Connecting cables
The ESC500 G2 chassis includes the power and signal cables that you need to
connect to the motherboard, storage drives, and other devices that you intend to
install.
•	 The bundled system cables are pre-connected before shipment. You do
not need to disconnect these cables unless you will remove pre-installed
components to install additional devices.
•	 Refer to Chapter 3 for detailed information on the connectors.
Standard cables connected to the motherboard
1.	 24-pin EATX power plug
2.	 8-pin EATX 12V power plug
3.	 Front panel USB 2.0 cable
4.	 Front panel USB 3.0 cable
5.	 Front panel audio module cable
6.	 System fan cable
7.	 CPU fan cable
8.	 System panel cable
9.	 Card reader cable
1
2
3
4
5
6 7
8
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This chapter gives information about the
motherboard that comes with the workstation.
This chapter includes the motherboard layout,
jumper settings, and connector locations.
Chapter 3
Motherboard
info
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3.1	 Motherboard layouts
P8C WS Motherboard
Refer to 3.5 Connectors for more information about internal connectors and
rear panel connectors.
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Layout contents
Connectors/Jumpers/Switches/Slots Page
1.	
LGA1155 CPU Socket 2-5
2.	
Power connectors (24-pin EATXPWR, 8-pin EATX12V) 3-21
3.	
DDR3 DIMM slots 2-11
4.	
CPU, chassis, and power fan connectors (4-pin CPU_FAN,
4-pin CHA_FAN1-3, 3-pin PWR_FAN)
3-17
5.	
MemOK! switch 3-6
6.	
USB 3.0 connector (20-1 pin USB3_12) 3-15
7.	
Intel®
C216 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors
(7-pin SATA6G_1-2 [gray])
3-12
8.	
Intel®
C216 Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors
(7-pin SATA3G_3–6 [blue])
3-13
9.	
Onboard LED 3-7
10.	
System panel connector (20-8 pin PANEL) 3-22
11.	
Clear RTC RAM (3-pin CLRTC) 3-10
12.	
USB 2.0 connectors
(Type A: 10-1 pin USB1314; Type B: USB11/ USB12)
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13.	
Parallel port connector (26-1 pin LPT1) 3-15
14.	
TPM connector (20-1 pin TPM) 3-19
15.	
Serial port connector (10-1 pin COM1) 3-18
16.	
Digital audio connector (4-1 pin SPDIF_OUT) 3-16
17.	
IEEE 1394a port connector (10-1 pin IE1394_2) 3-16
18.	
GPU Boost Switch 3-5
19.	
EPU Switch 3-4
20.	
Chassis Fan control setting (3-pin CHAFAN_SEL) 3-11
21.	
Front panel audio connector (10-1 pin AAFP) 3-18
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3.2	 Onboard buttons and switches
Onboard buttons and switches enhance overclocking and gaming performance when working
on a bare or open-case system.
1.	 EPU switch
Turning this switch to Enable will automatically detect the current PC
loadings and intelligently moderate the power consumption.
For ensuring the system performance, turn the switch setting to Enable when
the system is powered off.
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2.	 GPU Boost switch
Turning this switch to Enable will automatically optimize the system for fast,
yet stable GPU speed.
For ensuring the system performance, turn the switch setting to Enable when
the system is powered off.
The GPU Boost Switch functions only when you install the DESKTOP CPU that
supports onboard graphics.
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3.	 MemOK! button
When you install DIMMs that are not compatible with the motherboard, this
may cause the system boot failure, and the DRAM_LED near the MemOK
switch lights continuously. Simply press the MemOK button until the DRAM_
LED starts blinking to patch memory compatibility issues and ensure the
system’s successful bootup.
•	 Refer to section 3.3 Onboard LEDs for the exact location of the DRAM_
LED.
•	 The DRAM_LED also lights when the DIMM is not properly installed. Turn
off the system and reinstall the DIMM before using the MemOK! function.
•	 The MemOK! button does not function under Windows™ OS environment.
•	 During the tuning process, the system loads and tests failsafe memory
settings. It takes about 30 seconds for the system to test one set of failsafe
settings. If the test fails, the system reboots and test the next set of failsafe
settings. The blinking speed of the DRAM_LED increases, indicating
different test processes.
•	 Due to memory tuning requirement, the system automatically reboots when
each timing set is tested. If the installed DIMMs still fail to boot after the
whole tuning process, the DRAM_LED lights continuously. Replace the
DIMMs with ones recommended in the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors
Lists) in this user manual or on the ASUS website at www.asus.com.
•	 If you turn off the computer and replace DIMMs during the tuning process,
the system continues memory tuning after turning on the computer. To stop
memory tuning, turn off the computer and unplug the power cord for about
5–10 seconds.
•	 If your system fails to boot up due to BIOS overclocking, press the MemOK!
button to boot and load the BIOS default settings. A message will appear
during POST reminding you that the BIOS has been restored to its default
settings.
•	 We recommend that you download and update to the latest BIOS version
from the ASUS website at www.asus.com after using the MemOK! function.
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3.3	 Onboard LEDs
1.	 POST State LEDs
The POST State LEDs indicate the status of these key components during
POST (Power-on-Self Test): CPU, memory modules, VGA card, and hard
disk drive. If an error is found, the critical component’s LED stays lit up until
the problem is solved.
2.	 GPU Boost LED
The GPU Boost LED lights up when the GPU Boost switch is turned to
Enable.
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3.	 EPU LED
The EPU LED lights up when the EPU switch is turned to Enable.
4.	 Standby power LED
The motherboard comes with a standby power LED that lights up to indicate
that the system is ON, in sleep mode, or in soft-off mode. This is a reminder
that you should shut down the system and unplug the power cable before
removing or plugging in any motherboard component. The illustration below
shows the location of the onboard LED.
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5.	 DRAM LED
The DRAM_LED lights up when the installed DIMMs incompatible with the
motherboard or improperly installed. When using the MemOK! switch for
automatic memory compatibility tuning, the DRAM_LED will blink.

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