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ASUS TS700-E8-RS8 Barebones Workstation Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Apr 22, 2015 2:07 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: ASUS

Test System Setup




We would like to thank ASUS, INTEL, Crucial, SanDisk, NVIDIA, SPEC, Yokogawa and AIDA64 for their support in providing parts for our test system.


For tests that we ran, we used default BIOS settings.




This is the CPUz screen showing the various stats of the Xeon E5-2699 v3 CPU's. These CPU's have a max of 145 watts TDP. These are 18 core CPUs with Hyper threading giving us 36 cores/72 threads to work with. The CPU's have a stock speed of 2.3GHz and turbo's up to 3.5GHz. Features of the E5-2699 v3 processors are:




The Intel Xeon E5-2699 v3 processors are very powerful CPU's that are perfect for a workstation like the ASUS TS700-E8-RS8. They have good stock speeds and can turbo up to an impressive 3.5GHz.


Depending on your needs, we would also recommend Intel Xeon E5-2687w v3's which are more workstation oriented processors. They do have a higher base speed and would provide faster single threaded performance. For workloads that are more multithreaded oriented, the E5-2699 v3's are hard to beat.


Many features like VT-x and VT-d can come in handy if you plan to use VM's on the system. Virtualization (VT-x) Features lower entry/exit latency, which reduces VMM overhead and increases overall virtualization performance. VM control structure (VMCS) shadowing enables efficient nested VMM usages such as manageability and VM protection. Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) 2.0 has also been updated to AVX2 which now uses 256-bits floating point SIMD instructions. This will allow you to use up to twice the amount of packed data with a single instruction. Turbo and AVX Improvements will automatically allow processor cores to run faster than the rated speed and AVX frequencies if they are operating below power, current and temperature specification limits.




Here we see the task manager showing all 72 threads provided by the E5-2699 v3's. This is a massive amount of processing power packed into these CPUs.




In our tests, we will be using the new Crucial DDR4 memory, which has a speed of 2133 MHz, and rated at CL15. We will use 8x 16GB sticks of these kits that will bring us to 128GB of RAM. We have already taken a look at these memory kits which you can find here: Crucial DDR4-2133 DRx4 RDIMM Memory Review - Testing up to 256GB




Here we can see the timings of the Crucial DDR4 memory that we will be using in our tests.




We just received an NVIDIA Quadro K5200 for our workstation reviews. The K5200 and other NVIDIA video cards allow it to be certified to run many key professional independent software vendor (ISV) applications, including Adobe, Autodesk, Dassault, PTC, SolidWorks, Avid, and Siemens.




The main specification list for the NVIDIA Quadro K5200, are shown here. The K5200 is a powerful workstation video card and is able to run demanding applications and the ability to use OpenCL and Cuda applications on the P900.




Looking at the GPUz screenshot for the K5200 gives us a full detailed breakdown of the specifications.







The ASUS Z10PE-D16 WS motherboard also allows for overclocking. Overclocking the D16 is simple, enter the BIOS and move over to the Ai Tweaker menu. Select Ai Overclock Tuner and set it to manual. This will unlock a menu that allows you to enter the BCLK you would like to change. We used a BCLK of 104 here; most CPUs cannot go higher from what we hear.


We will run all of our tests at default BIOS settings and then again with the OC set to 104 BCLK. Let us move forward now with testing the ASUS TS700-E8-RS8 Workstation. We will show test results from actual workstations we have tested and not just motherboards. Workstation load outs can affect scores vs motherboards that have far less options installed. We will also keep this on same socket setups so to not mix up processor classes.

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