ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Workstation Motherboard Review

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ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme 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. We specifically wanted to test the system using a configuration that did not include massive overclocking setups.

ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Power
ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Power

For our tests, we use AIDA64 Stress test which allows us to stress all aspects of the system. The ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Motherboard with Intel Xeon W-3275 uses more power compared to even 16-core X399 platforms. The ROG Dominus Extreme does use over 100watts over the Supermicro X11SPA-T which is a considerable amount for just the motherboard.

  • OS Idle: 124W
  • AIDA64 Stress Test: 441W

Overall, these are solid numbers for a motherboard in this class, but if you are looking for the lowest power Intel Xeon W-3200 platform, this is not it. Given the number of features on the board, we would not expect it to be. We had to dedicate an entire subheading to the power options on this platform including dual ATX power inputs.

Final Words

The ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme is perhaps one of the most impressive motherboards we have tested to date. Not only is it massive in size, but it has every feature a DIY builder could want thanks to the ROG branding which usually is marketed at the gamers. We feel the ROG Dominus Extreme is more likely to find its way into high-end workstations. One can easily see this platform being used with 4x Titan RTX’s or Quadro’s packed with 4x M.2 NVMe drives used in VROC RAID mode for fast storage.

ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Angle View
ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme Angle View

For those that wish to dabble in overclocking this platform, it has the capability to OC an Intel Xeon W-3175X 28-core processor. Some have reported OC speeds using the W-3175X as high as 4.6GHz but doing so requires advanced AIO coolers or even full water-cooling setups which adds a great deal to the platform costs.

We decided to use an Intel Xeon W-3275 which does not OC but can hit Turbo speeds of 4.4GHz. Given the fact that the Intel Xeon W-3275 has twice the memory capacity of the Xeon W-3175X, many users will prefer that option. Further, the Intel Xeon W-3275 includes the latest security mitigations. If your organization disables Hyper-Threading on its legacy CPUs like the W-3175X, then the Xeon W-3275 makes more sense. One also gets lower power consumption, less heat output, and the stability/ simplicity of not using an overclocked CPU.

For enthusiast DIY workstation users the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme has all the bells and whistles you could possibly want. All these extra features add to the motherboard’s power use which may or may not be a concern to users who have large multi-GPU systems. Even the accessory kit was expansive with this motherboard.

We like the 1GbE/ 10GbE networking included with the motherboard along with a large array of USB 3.1 ports, Type A and C ports at the back. These enable users to connect a variety of external devices including DAS’s for storage needs or even USB-C cameras for high-speed large photo/ video transfer.

About the only item, we found missing was the lack of IPMI and remote management included on the motherboard. With the ROG branding, this is expected. Still, assuming you are purchasing systems based on the ROG Dominus Extreme for teams of creative professionals, centralized corporate IT may want to have remote management capabilities to lower TCO.

All these features of the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme do come at a price. This is one of the most expensive motherboards we have tested to date at well over $1000 even on sale. These systems cost an enormous amount to configure and operate, so the price is not outlandish when paired with $3000-7000 CPUs, $3000 of memory, $5000-10000 of GPUs, and thousands more in storage, chassis, power supplies, and peripherals.

Overall, the ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme is a product you must want. If you look at the platform and think, “great, but I really do not need most of that” then this is simply not the platform for you. It is not designed to be an ultra-high volume motherboard. If you read this review and thought “this is perfect” then you are the target buyer.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Is it possible to adjust the power limits, turbo durations or AVX offsets with the W-3275?
    Because if it is possible to have the CPU run with 0 AVX offset or do something like the X299 multicore enhancement, than manual OC is not necessary. Even just unlocking the power limits and turbo durations could be a very nice performance boost.

  2. The performance section of this review makes no sense. Why are you comparing scores to a completely different CPU and then only noting “oh yeah, we’re pitting this 28 core Xeon against a Threadripper 1950X”? Very misleading charts — disappointing review quality.

  3. William, another excellent review, thaks!

    Did you notice in the BIOS any facility for controlling or configuring large BAR addresses and ranges? This is used for setting up videocards with large VRAM and also stuff like Infiniand cards, so they can do mutual (R)DMA.

    Thanks!

  4. “The ASUS ROG Dominus Extreme is perhaps one of the most impressive motherboards we have tested to date.”

    The same was said for the Zebith Extreme, and look at what those customers got. This review has a lot of benchmarks and little in the way of testing stability especially on all those extra nuts and bolts. I’d say I’m biased, but it’s legitimate given what ASUS did to those going big on the first threadripper release.

    That motherboard was a blatant grab bag towards enthusiasts with no intent to support it. One of its major maintainers, Elmor, ended up quitting Asus after a time and even still released a BIOS patched with what had been a removed feature. Where was ASUS in all of this? Nowhere.

    To have all these awesome hardware components, you need software which supports it. ASUS have demonstrated they don’t give a damn. After being previously a huge ASUS fan, I will never buy their products again. Ever.

  5. Oh, not to mention no thunderbolt in q2-3 2019?

    I was burned badly by X99 WS-IPMI and X299 PRO/SE both watchdog not working and losing ipmi ip settings and ipmitool not working altogether and random failures. I got 5 decom’d x99 in the iffuce. Since then there is little trust to “asus workstation”.

  6. >$1,771.82 on amazon
    OMG. For that price you can buy Dual Xeon E5-v3, Asus dual Cpu mobo, 128Gb of memory and still score 5000 points in Cinebench.

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