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

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

For a complete list head over here to check out the full specifications, but here are some of the key specs:

ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G Specifications
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G Specifications

Overall this is a great set of features. We really like the Intel X550-AT2 inclusion. Many companies are instead using Aquantia NICs in this generation and class of server motherboards. The Intel X550-AT2 is a higher-end controller.

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

Here is our test configuration for the motherboard:

• Motherboard: ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G Motherboard
• CPU: Intel Xeon W-3275 2.5GHz (28 core/56 thread)
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
• Cooling: Supermicro 4U CPU Heat Sink
• RAM: 6x 32GB DDR4-2933 RDIMMs (25-21-21-47 CR1) Low Profile
• SSD: Samsung PM961 1TB
• OS: Windows 10 Pro Workstation

For our CPU we will be using an Intel Xeon W-3275 2.5GHz (28 core/56 thread) which is a top-end SKU for this platform. The only higher-end part is the “M” version with higher memory support important if you want to use 12x 128GB DDR4 DIMMs.

ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G AIDA64 CPU
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G AIDA64 CPU

The Xeon W-3275 is a very capable CPU, the base speed is 2.5GHz but can Turbo up to 4.4GHz using Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0. You can see our Intel Xeon W-3275 Review to read more about that chip.

Let us continue with performance testing.

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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