ASUS WS C246M Pro 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 the base system configuration.
For our tests, we use AIDA64 Stress test which allows us to stress all aspects of the system. The ASUS WS C246M Pro with Intel Core i3 8300 processor uses little power, the bulk of the power draw we see is coming from the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. As a few more data points we saw 56W during OS idle and 233W on the AIDA64 stress test.
We want to set up and review our ASUS WS C246M Pro motherboard as an entry level deep learning platform using an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. While GPUs like the NVIDIA Titan RTX and the ASUS WS C621E SAGE Motherboard with dual Intel Xeon Gold processors are fast, they are also costly and beyond the reach of many users. In this configuration we found benchmark results to be excellent given the price. One can still use ECC memory with the Core i3-8300 CPU which costs around one-tenth as much as the Intel Xeon Gold 6134 CPUs we had in our test platform.
The system itself draws little power which means lower heat output and lower operating costs. At idle, the system is virtually silent even with an Intel stock heatsink. Ample expansion options are available on the WS C246M Pro which can be a 10GbE network card or PIKE raid controller for larger capacity storage arrays.
At the time of writing the ASUS WS C246M Pro motherboard is going for around $210 which is an affordable price point for small workstations. At the same time, it is significantly more costly than mITX consumer motherboards. One may argue that getting a consumer motherboard at a lower cost is worthwhile, but at the same time, we think that there is a segment of the market who may want the front to rear airflow design and ECC memory support. For VARs, the ability to support the Xeon E-2100 series helps to clearly segment their offerings and position them against corporate offerings from Dell, HP, and others.
Beyond the Intel Core i3-8300, Intel currently offers the Xeon E-2100 series that will work in this platform also bringing ECC support. There, our top pick is the Intel Xeon E-2146G processor which we would pair with the ASUS WS C246M for a higher-end configuration.