The size of the tower case is not overly large so it will fit nicely on desks and have space behind for cables and power cords. The Z10PE-D16 WS motherboard used in the workstation offers expanded memory capacity with a max of 1024GB of RAM. For dual use as a workstation or server, IPMI 2.0 is provided onboard without the need of an expansion card.
The front of the ASUS TS700-E8-RS8 Workstation has clean lines with a silver finish, it looks good and does not collect many fingerprints when handling. Three large ports provide ventilation for the workstation, which also act as dust collectors; these clean off easily and work well for this.
The middle area shows LED status lights to show system activity. At the top, we see three media bay covers and a key lock for security. These covers are solid and do not allow for airflow through the case. Security is important on workstations and locking this unit up will prevent anyone from unauthorized access. In order to access the power button or USB ports the front door must be unlocked.
Here we have opened the front door of the workstation and we can see the eight hot swappable drive bays and the three media bays at the top. The power and reset buttons are at the middle right of this area. Security has its place in the workspace, but we are not crazy about having to open the front door to access the headphone and microphone jacks that are above the USB ports.
Eight hot swappable SATA3 drive bays provide plenty of storage capacity for this workstation.
The drive trays are typical for ASUS products with options to mount hard drives and SSDs.
Nothing fancy on the sides of the TS700-E8-RS8. A window mod might look nice to show off the insides components.
Here we get a look at the back of the TS700-E8-RS8. At the top, there are dual 800-watt redundant power supplies, which are, hot swappable. One large cooling fan provides exhaust for the inside compartment. We also see two 2.5" hot swappable drive bays just below the power supplies.
The I/O ports for the Z10PE-D16 WS motherboard used in the TS700-E8-RS8 Workstation include:
- PS/2 mouse and keyboard port and 2x USB 2.0 ports below.
- Q-Code Logger button and USB BIOS Flashback button below.
- Next is an Optical S/PDIF output port.
- The next stack includes a Management LAN port with 2x USB 2.0 ports below.
- The next two stacks have an LAN port with 2x USB 3.0 ports below them.
- The last stack is for Audio ports.
Taking off the side panel, we get our first look at the insides of the TS700-E8-RS8 Workstation. The Z10PE-D16 WS motherboard fills the entire bottom of the case with a few inches to spare. The TS700-E8-RS8 Workstation is a bare bones kit so cable management is up to the system builder, however on a positive note: all hard drive and power connectors have been connected for you so that difficult task is completed when you purchase this kit. Most of the cables have been tied off in good locations so all that is left to do is cable up accessories that you want to add such as a DVD drive and GPUs.
The media bays have simple lock in place connections, just insert the drive and they lock in place.
The drive bays located in the front of the case come in two compartments with 4 drives in each. Each of these compartments can be unlocked and removed if needed.
At the back of the case, there are two 2.5" hot swappable drive bays. We really like this addition because you can install two SSDs and RAID them together for an OS install, leaving the front bays available for pure storage uses.
Each of the two 800-watt power supplies are hot swappable for easy replacement if needed.
This single large fan located at the back of the case provides cooling for the case. Installing the CPU heat sinks require you to connect the PWM fan header which is located right behind the gold heat sink. This is a difficult location to access. We ended up using a needle nose pliers and a flashlight to install this fan header, it was not easy to do.
Now we are looking at the front of the case towards the drive bay back plane, we get a better look at the how the cables are installed; yes, it looks like a mess. Most of these cables are tied off and do not require any further cable management. Considering this is a bare bones kit, it would not make much sense to have everything all nice and clean only to have a systems builder have to cut things loose.
Installing the second CPU heat sink, we ran into the same problem as we did on the first one. The fan header is located just behind the gold heat sink under the bundle of cables. Just like the first one, this was not easy to reach and required us to use a needle nose plier and flash light to be able to install this one.
Before we did install the CPU heat sinks we installed the CPUs which was no problem. Then came installing the RAM sticks, again space is very tight and this was not a simple task. We just took it slow and careful and managed to get everything installed without to many issues.
Just under the power supplies, we can see the back two drive bays, which come pre-wired.
Just under the power supplies, we also find four power connectors for GPUs or other expansion devices. These are in a good location and easy to reach. The only problem was our kit only came with two power cords.
The motherboard that is used in the TS700-E8-RS8 Workstation is the ASUS Z10PE-D16 WS. Not long ago we reviewed the ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard, which is very similar to this board. The D16 has expanded memory capacity and server/workstation features such as IPMI. It does not come with iKVM which would be just the trick to complete this board.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Packaging]
- Page 2 [Specifications and Layout]
- Page 3 [BIOS, Remote Management and Software]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 5 [System and CPU Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Memory Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [UnixBench 5.1.3 and SPEC CPU2006v1.2]
- Page 9 [Power Consumption and Final Thoughts]
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