ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G Xeon W-3200 Review

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ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G Motherboard BIOS

The BIOS is relatively standard for ASUS workstation motherboards using the American Megatrends BIOS.

ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G BIOS 1
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G BIOS 1

Here we see the Advanced Menu for more detailed BIOS adjustments.

ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G BIOS 2
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G BIOS 2

As a quick note, if you compare this to the BIOS we saw with the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme, another workstation part based on the same socket, the WS C621 has a more server-like experience rather than a consumer/ gamer like experience. Those server features do not stop just at the BIOS.

ASMB9-iKVM Remote Management

The ASMB9-iKVM remote management provides detailed status screens and remote iKVM capabilities. This is a feature that not all LGA3647 workstation motherboards have.

ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G IPMI 1
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G IPMI 1
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G IPMI 2
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G IPMI 2

If you want to see the look and feel of this solution, check out our ASUS Server Management Web Tour with ASMB9-iKVM. We also have a video of ASMB9-iKVM here:

ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G Motherboard Software

Drivers and Utilities for the motherboard are found on a DVD.

ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G DVD 1
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G DVD 1

One item we spotted is that the drivers for Intel 10Gb/s network do not show up on our Driver list. These can be found on the DVD and installed manually.

ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G DVD 2
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G DVD 2

The downside here is that you need to have a DVD. We like the distribution via USB flash drive better for modern PCs.

Next, we are going to do a quick specification check, and commence with our performance benchmarks.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t buy this board, why? Because of the ASMB9-iKVM.

    I currently have a Asus X299 PRO/SE motherboard with the same ASMB9-iKVM and it’s practically useless. All sensors show critical, always, even all sorts of voltages (system is fine). The GUI also sucks.

    Taking over the console does not work when using a separate GPU instead of the onboard which makes it pretty much useless.

    Also had many problems at the beginning when the system woulden’t pass POST without a couple of resets but this was fixed in a later BIOS.

    No more Asus ‘Pro’ motherboards for me.

  2. Only one M.2.
    Its hard to find out how does this board stands out – everything is typical.

    their ipmi(x99,x299) is indeed terrible, I had problems saving ip configuration(“unknown error” on save), working with smash-clp that had none of the gui pages(no sensors, no logs) and it did not work with ipmitool (over kcs) well – changes failed save. couple of times the ipmi interface stopped responding to its ip address and need to be power cycled.

  3. What about Thunderbolt 3? That’s very important for a lot of the workstation market. Looks like you’ll need to lose the x4 PCIe slot for that, so you’re left with only 4 slots. I’m typing this from a Supermicro X10DRG-Q based workstation that is almost five years old. It has six PCIe cards installed, and I still have one more remaining if I need it (which I might soon). I couldn’t do that on this Asus board. Also, a new Asus Xeon W-3200 system is only about 30% faster by these benchmarks. I know this is single-socket, but to me it just underscores how underwhelming the progress has been on Intel workstation platforms. I definitely would’ve upgraded if there had been something interesting.

    I would really like to see some Epyc 7002-based *workstation* solutions (not server). That would be exciting.

  4. We use ASMB9 and it’s just the SP-X rebranded. I think the special part about this motherboard is 64 PCIe lanes from the CPU with more from the PCH for NVMe drives.

  5. @Tyler:”I would really like to see some Epyc 7002-based *workstation* solutions (not server). That would be exciting.”

    And you couldn’t be bothered to do a Google search for “Epyc workstation mainboard”? There are enough options, albeit for the 7001 platform. However, they are supposed to be compatible with 7002. And you are essentially only missing on PCIe 4 which Intel don’t have anyway.

    Also, why would you think a server mainboard is not suitable for a workstation?

  6. @Nikolay Mihaylov: “Also, why would you think a server mainboard is not suitable for a workstation?”

    Because of orientation of RAM slots. For workstation I prefer vertical orientation while for server obviously horizontal. There is no single Epyc board which would support 700*2* and yet provide vertical RAM slots orientation. Or have you found any?

  7. @Tyler: “I would really like to see some Epyc 7002-based *workstation* solutions (not server). That would be exciting.”

    Me too, but, it looks like AMD is preparing something for Threadripper. Rumored 3 chipsets make me curious if WRX80 will really be for workstation. Rumored capability of supporting (L)RDIMMS (besidees UDIMM ECC) and in 8-channel manner allows some hope here. So let’s see in the future…

  8. @KarelG: “Because of orientation of RAM slots.”

    I’m sorry but this is the most ridiculous excuse I’ve ever heard.

  9. This motherboard is awesome, but Intel did go wrong with cpu lineup/segmentation with constant adjustements. Best is a xeon W3200 but when looking at xeon W2200 the cpu is no more interesting…

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