ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard Review


ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard Performance

We wanted to show a bit of performance data from the solution. With the Intel Core i3-8300, we have an extremely low cost solution that supports ECC memory.

AIDA64 Memory Test

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

ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard AIDA64 Memory
ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard AIDA64 Memory

Cinebench R15

Here are our Cinebench R15 results:

ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard Cinebench
ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard Cinebench

In our single socket Cinebench tests the Quad-Core Intel Core i3 8300 has a hard time reaching AMD Threadripper 1900X 8 core/16 thread numbers. We will be adding in more systems to fill out this benchmark.

Geekbench 4

ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard Geekbench
ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard Geekbench

SPECworkbench 3.0

SPECworkstation3 measures the 3D graphics performance of systems running under the OpenGL and Direct X application programming interfaces.

ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard SPECworkbench
ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard SPECworkbench

SPECworkbench is a very demanding benchmark that takes a considerable amount of time to complete. Up until this point we have only used the GPU Compute part for our GPU testing, we will continue using full benchmark runs in future reviews. The main take away here is even with an entry level system using a Quad-Core processor the ASUS Turbo RTX2060 Blower we used for a GPU gave this system a significant boost in performance.

PassMark 9

PassMark Performance Test allows you to benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests; it tests the entire PC and all its components.

ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard Passmark
ASUS WS C246M Pro Motherboard Passmark

Overall, the ASUS WS C246M Pro performed exceptionally well given its cost optimized configuration in our testing.

Next, we are going to look at the power consumption before getting to our final thoughts.


  1. I’m a bit confused by the ECC support…

    C246 supports Udimm ECC
    Xeon E-2100 supports Udimm ECC
    but udimm ECC won’t work with your i3 or any i5, i7 consumer model, right ?

  2. GourouLubrik – Intel has supported ECC UDIMM on Core i3 for several generations. Intel supports the Core i3 to segment its product lineup and offer lower-cost entry server configurations.

  3. Re: previous comment..
    Sorry, I think I wasn’t being clear when I said Nvidia RTX… I meant specifically the Nvidia Titan RTX, since it comes with 24GB, and since if I get a motherboard that can take 2, I can use it as 48GB, according to a chat with an Nvidia guy a few weeks ago. (my current card, despite connectors to hook it to a 2nd, will still only allow the software to use one of the 6GB at a time. He said you have to get into the Tensor cards before the memory can be added together)
    Plus That particular card gives an educational discount of %20, which I really need! Esecially if I want to get a 2nd one in when I save up a few more months. (not sure if they’ll give the 20% Edu disc. on more than one though) .. but I wil have to make sure there’s plenty of cooling and plenty to spare of power. (that’s why I got the 1250W power supply 10 years ago)
    Ideally I’d get an awesome motherboard, case, and power supply, and one of the Titan RTX’s, and maybe even cheap ram. and then go along by paycheck to add that killer internal (PCI) drives that intel has that goes up to pretty much 10x standard sata.. though not sure if the random rw will be horrible, or how much that particularly matters for AI dev, & demo…
    Sorry, thanks again.. Probably don’t have time to think about a system for me, but if off the top of your head, you know a better bang for buck than the Titan RTX, or have suggestions on the motherboard, RAM, CPU, etc. etc… would be awesome!


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