ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G Motherboard Power Consumption
Power consumption can vary a significant amount depending on processors used and the number of HDDs/SSDs/Expansion cards used. Here we test just a primary system.
For our tests, we use the AIDA64 Stress test which allows us to stress all aspects of the system. ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G motherboard with Intel Xeon W-3275 uses over 75watts less than the Dominus Extreme which is a considerable amount for just the motherboard changing.
OS Idle: 85W
AIDA64 Stress Test: 366W
Supermicro did a bit better at the maximum power consumption, but the ASUS platform did better at idle.
The ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G will be perhaps the most widely used Xeon W-3200 series platforms in ASUS’s WS line up. Here we get a great selection of processors for this motherboard, from Intel Xeon’s to Workstation class processors like the W-3275 we used. With 12 RAM slots, one can max this motherboard memory with 128GB RDIMM’s and M series SKUs. We also find the dual-port Intel X550-AT2 10GbE LAN controller to be a big plus vs a single Aquantia AQC-107 10G port found on the ROG Dominus Extreme.
One thing we do find lacking in the ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G is storage options. There is only one M.2 NVMe slot, and no U.2 ports. One would use the M.2 NVMe slot for the operating system and after that only SATA ports are available. To fit additional fast storage options a PCIe slot would have to be used which would cut into GPU space. With that said, if a system would only be using two GPUs’s the additional PCIe slots would be available for fast storage expansion cards.
We also get remote management with ASMB9-iKVM which many enterprise users require. In a platform like this that may see remote IT management, or may turn into a server role after it is done as a workstation, this is a great feature to have.
At this time the ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G is retailing for approximately $760. On one hand, this is almost $100 over competing motherboards. The addition of the dual Intel X550 10Gbase-T network ports undoubtedly adds to the cost. Still, it is significantly less expensive than the ROG Dominus Extreme and is designed to use the Xeon W-3200’s 64x PCIe lanes or a standard Xeon Scalable processor.
We think that if you are shopping for a Xeon W-3200 series platform, the ASUS Pro WS C621-64L SAGE/10G should be high on your list of options to consider. Its mix of server and workstation features is excellent.