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ASUS RS520-E8-RS8 Barebones Server Review

By: William Harmon | Servers in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Apr 27, 2015 9:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: ASUS

Test System Setup




We would like to thank ASUS, INTEL, Crucial, SanDisk, SPEC, Yokogawa, STHbench, HWiNFO 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 HWiNFO screen showing the various stats of the Xeon E5-2699 v3 CPU's. These CPUs have a max of 145 watts TDP. These are 18 core CPU's with Hyper threading giving us 36 cores/72 threads to work with. The CPU's have a stock speed of 2.3GHz and turbo up to 3.6GHz. 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 server like the ASUS RS520-E8-RS8 server. They have good stock speeds and can turbo up to an impressive 3.6GHz.


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 16x 16GB sticks of these kits that will bring us to 256GB 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 are starting to use STHbench for our benchmarks. This benchmark utilizes a simple Ubuntu Server installation (12.04 LTS or newer) as a base operating system and allows us to boot from a DVD, run the script that updates the system, downloads necessary files, compiles as necessary and then running benchmarks. We have more work to do with adding this benchmark, but soon we should have everything in order.

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