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

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

As a quick note here, the most comparable results will be to the Supermicro X11SPA-T and ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme here. Both use the same CPU. We added a few other platforms into the mix to show comparison points, but these three solutions are all using the Xeon W-3275.

ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G Motherboard AIDA64 Memory Test

AIDA64 memory bandwidth benchmarks (Memory Read, Memory Write, and Memory Copy) measure the maximum achievable memory data transfer bandwidth.

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

We have 6x 32GB DDR4-2933R (25-21-21-47 CR1) sticks on our test platform which boosts memory read speeds a great deal. The ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G motherboard showed the fastest memory speeds of the three motherboards we have tested with the W-3275.

ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G Motherboard Cinebench R15

Here are our Cinebench R15 results:

ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G Cinebench R15
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G Cinebench R15

Interestingly this motherboard had the best single-thread performance of the three platforms we tested with the Xeon W-3275, but it did not have the best multi-thread performance.

ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G Motherboard Cinebench R20

We have not run Cinebench R20 in our reviews but will start doing so in future reviews.

ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G Cinebench R20
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G Cinebench R20

We have only just started using Cinebench R20, it again shows the same pattern of high single-thread scores that we saw on the R15 test.

ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G Motherboard Geekbench 4

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

Geekbench is another benchmark that follows the high single-thread performance trend, this time beating the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme in multi-thread results.

ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G Motherboard 3DMark PCI Express Bandwidth

3DMark feature tests are special tests designed to highlight specific techniques, functions or capabilities. The 3DMark PCI Express feature test is designed to measure the bandwidth available to your GPU over your computer’s PCI Express interface.

The test aims to make bandwidth the limiting factor for performance. It does this by uploading a large amount of vertex and texture data to the GPU for each frame. The result of the test is the average bandwidth achieved during the test.

ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G PCIe Bandwidth Test
ASUS Pro WS C621 64L SAGE 10G PCIe Bandwidth Test

With this test we see 12.32GB/s PCIe bandwidth going to our NVIDIA RTX 2080 SUPER graphics card. The results are 0.08 GB/s faster than the Supermicro X11SPA-T.

Next, we are going to look at system 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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