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ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS Dual CPU (Intel C612) Workstation Motherboard Review

By: William Harmon | Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Dec 11, 2014 3:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%Manufacturer: ASUS

Power Consumption

 

We have upgraded our power testing equipment, and now use a Yokogawa WT310 power meter for testing. The Yokogawa WT310 feeds its data through a USB cable to another machine where we can capture the test results.

 

To test total system power use, we used AIDA64 Stability test to load the CPU, and then recorded the results. We also now add in the power use for a server from off state, to hitting the power button to turn it on, and take it all the way to the desktop. This gives us data on power consumption during the boot up process.

 

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The X99-E WS uses ~100watts at idle on the desktop, and it peaks at ~455watts under full load. The power use is slightly higher than regular workstation motherboards because we have the extra NVIDIA Quadro K5000 installed on our motherboard.

 

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With the Z10PE-D8 WS, we see peak power use of only ~275watts during the boot up process. The system then settles down to ~100watts after the boot up is completed.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Back in March, we took a look at the ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS workstation motherboard, which, at the time, was ASUS's top offering for dual CPU workstation motherboards.

 

Since then, we have had a chance to see many different motherboards using the new Intel Haswell-EP E5-2600 v3 processors, and now we have the latest dual CPU workstation motherboard from ASUS to test.

 

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In our testing, we find that the Z10PE-D8 WS stacks up fairly well against the other motherboards, but there is room for improvement in some benchmarks. The Z10PE-D8 WS did very well in our CPU2006 tests, and even surpassed other motherboards in performance; this is good since CPU2006 has more real-world workloads than many of the synthetic benchmarks.

 

The Z10PE-D8 WS is also one of the few dual CPU systems that can overclock the processors. The amount of overclock is limited to BCLK only, and only by a small amount. In our testing, we found that a BCLK of 104 was the max without raising any voltages. It was rather simple to do; just keep everything on Auto, enter a 104 BCLK, and reboot. On the ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS, we had a limit of 106 BCLK, which again, is not much, but the new Haswell-EP processors performance gains negates even that running at stock settings. So, whether or not to overclock these systems for such a small amount is debateable, but if you need even a small amount of performance edge, then go for it.

 

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We consider the Z10PE-D8 WS workstation motherboard the go-to board for dual CPU enthusiast types. ASUS has changed color schemes on this board to give it a nice high-end look; the aesthetics of this board are really striking. Many users might consider water cooling this setup, and adding all kinds of fancy bling in a nice decked-out case. This motherboard looks very good with the light and dark gray color scheme, and gold-colored heat sinks, which makes it a nice system to deck out.

 

We also have the ability to run Quad SLI, or 4-Way Cross Fire for graphics to give this board the edge on graphics power. Furthermore, the added storage abilities give this motherboard excellent ability to store and process large files, and do so quickly and efficiently.

 

We are impressed with the new design for the new Intel Haswell-EP E5-2600 v3 processor platform that ASUS has come up with; it packs just about every feature you could want on a high-end platform, and does so with a no-compromise design.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The Z10PE-D8 WS retails for $630.31 at Amazon.

 

Canada: The Z10PE-D8 WS retails for CDN$768.97 at Amazon Canada.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (including Overclocking w/a)99%
Quality including Design and Build99%
General Features99%
Bundle and Packaging99%
Value for Money98%
Overall TweakTown Rating99%

The Bottom Line: Processing power, quad video card support and plenty of storage options, the ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard has it all, and looks great at the same time.

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