ASUS WS C612E SAGE Motherboard Management
When in the BIOS you can find the IP address for the ASMB9-iKVM chip, enter this into your web browser to bring up the ASMB9-iKVM login page.
Default login for the ASMB9-iKVM is admin/admin.
Here we see the dashboard for the ASMB9-iKVM. We spotted seven critical errors right away; these relate to fan headers that we do not have fans connected.
The ASMB9-iKVM provides a large number of settings that can be adjusted to suit user needs.
Selecting the remote control menu brings us to the iKVM feature of the ASMB9-iKVM. If you wanted to make a desktop server, say with NVIDIA Titan V GPUs for AI/ deep learning and you wanted to have remote access to the machine for tasks like changing BIOS settings, this is is a great solution.
ASUS WS C612E SAGE BIOS
Most of the BIOS functions supplied on the WS C612E SAGE are what we would typically expect to find, however, the WS C612E SAGE does provide overclocking so let us take a look at this feature.
Under the AiTweaker menu, we find the Ai Overclock Tuner, when enabled we can adjust the OC Tune Level.
Selecting the OC Tune Level brings up three different levels of overclocking. In effect, what this does is adjust the QPI by three levels. When we set this feature to Level 1, it raised our QPI by three bringing the OC to 103 QPI. Our system would not boot using Level’s 2 and 3; we suspect this is related to the CPU’s, some might go higher, the CPU’s we used would not. We believe that each level raises the QPI by three, so a Level 3 OC would raise the QPI by nine.
It is possible that adjusting the CPU voltages could allow us to go to high OC Levels, but this would result in higher heat loads which we did not want to push the system too hard without better cooling.
Under the Advanced tab, we can see the WS C612E SAGE allows us to set Optimized Performance settings to match different benchmarks.
ASUS WS C612E SAGE Motherboard Software
The WS C621E SAGE includes a DVD driver disk which you can use to install drivers and utilities.
You will likely just download drivers onto USB media but if you are an optical drive aficionado, ASUS has you covered.
ASUS WS C621E SAGE Motherboard Specifications
Here is a quick list of the motherboard specs from ASUS:
There are a couple of key features we wanted to discuss that set this apart from lower-end platforms. One can clearly see the dual sockets for maximum core count and the associated 768GB DDR4 RDIMM / LRDIMM support. Consumer desktop platforms are limited to a small fraction of this. Even AMD’s Threadripper supports only a maximum of 128GB or a sixth as much RAM. Intel Xeon Scalable is the go-to if you need high clock speeds / per core licensing optimization and high RAM capacity of a dual-socket platform.
The platform has a total of 80 exposed PCIe lanes via the PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, possible because on the Intel Xeon Scalable is being used. For storage, there are 4x U.2 connectors and an m.2 slot for 5x NVMe storage possibilities. You simply cannot get this level of expansion capability from consumer level platforms.
Next, we are going to look through some performance numbers before we get to our conclusion.