Supermicro AS-5014A-TT Power Consumption
The Supermicro AS-5014A-TT comes with a large 80Plus Platinum power supply. Depending on the input voltage, it can supply 1.2kW to 2kW of power.
In terms of power consumption, we had this system generally running under 500W when we just had high-speed NICs/ DPUs and without GPUs. That is an interesting case since if one just needs CPU compute, the onboard ASPEED BMC’s basic GPU means one can save the expense and power consumption associated with a PCIe GPU. When we added the NVIDIA RTX A6000 and another BlueField-2 100GbE DPU, we saw power reach close to 1kW.
Given all of the expansion possibilities in this platform, we can easily see how some will want to build systems in the 1.5-2kW range and actually utilize the maximum headroom in the PSU, but we did not get there.
This was a really interesting system. At STH, we have reviewed Threadripper Pro platforms from four different vendors. Doing the head-to-head with the Lenovo ThinkStation P620, it became very clear that Supermicro outclasses Lenovo on expandability and onboard features. Lenovo has the smaller chassis of the two, but that and the on-site warranty were the only two reasons we might recommend the Lenovo P620 over the Supermicro AS-5014A-TT. For our money, it is not even close, the Supermicro AS-5014A-TT is the better platform doing everything the Lenovo P620 does, but just better.
Supermicro also does not utilize AMD PSB. Lenovo vendor-locks its AMD CPUs, including in the P620, limiting the re-use of processors down the road. Even when using the systems out-of-the-box, Supermicro’s liquid cooling allowed the Threadripper Pro 5995WX to better sustain performance over time versus Lenovo’s solution.
Many times when we review systems, they are either reviewed in isolation or are very similar. This is one of the starkest examples in recent memory when we can do a head-to-head, and there is a clear winner: the AS-5014A-TT. In future versions, we would like to see an emphasis on toolless service, but this system was still relatively easy to work on. Overall, it gets our recommendation in the Threadripper Pro workstation category.