Now that the new 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors have launched, we have new servers with new capabilities and designs to review. In this review, we have one of those servers, the ASUS RS-E11-RS12U which is a mainstream 1U server platform. In this review, we are going to see what makes this server different, and why the performance/ power of this server was slightly surprising given the other servers that we have reviewed.
ASUS RS700-E11-RS12U Hardware Overview
We are going to split the hardware overview into roughly two sections. We are first going to look outside the chassis in our external overview. We will then go into the system internals. We also have a video for this review that you can find here:
As always, we suggest watching this in its own browser, tab, or window for the best viewing experience. With that, let us get to the hardware.
ASUS RS700-E11-RS12U External Hardware Overview
The RS700-E11-RS12U is an 842.5mm or 33.2-inch deep server. That is a fairly reasonable depth for a 1U server these days. Servers are increasing memory channels and PCIe lanes, yet still fit into existing rack depth. The big difference is just how packed components are inside in modern servers.
The right side has miniature status LEDs and features like power buttons.
The left side rack ear has the ASUS branding.
On the front there are 12x 2.5″ drive bays. These 12x drive bays are designed to take NVMe SSDs, but they can also handle SATA via the Intel C741 PCH.
Because there are 12x drives, not 10x, and because of how hot modern processors run, a trade-off has to be made on the drive bays. The trays only screw in from the bottom of drives and are not toolless. Most 10x 2.5″ 1U chassis we test these days have tool-less trays, but that is a bigger challenge when airflow is a constraint.
Moving to the rear, we have redundant power supplies.
ASUS has 1.6kW power supplies to handle the load a high-end dual Intel Xeon setup puts on the system plus all of the expansion card options, NVMe SSDs, and RAM. One nice feature is that these power supplies are 80Plus Titanium power supplies as ASUS focuses on efficiency in this type of system.
The center I/O block is distinctively ASUS. There is a power button on the rear as well as a POST code LCD so one can see if a server is operating properly, or perhaps is hanging at boot. There are also standard USB, VGA, and a management port.
One feature that ASUS has is that it provides two RJ45 ports for base networking. In our server, these are 10Gbase-T ports via an Intel X710 network controller. It is nice to have 10GbE onboard although for higher-end servers the high-speed networking is likely to be handled via add-in cards.
Aside from the center low profile slot, there is another riser with two full-height PCIe Gen5 slots.
Next, let us get inside the system to see how this is configured.