ASUS Unveils Beastly WS C621E SAGE Dual Xeon Workstation Motherboard With Overclocking Support
One thing you are not likely to hear in workstation circles is, "Do you even overclock, bro?" However, should that question arise when using an ASUS WS C621E SAGE motherboard, you could answer, "You bet your backside, I do!" For users who need to squeeze every last ounce of performance from their workstation, the WS C621E SAGE is a dual-Xeon motherboard that supports overclocking on both processors.
You would think that having dual Xeon sockets (LGA 3647), a dozen DIMM slots supporting up to 768GB of DDR4 memory would be enough, and 4-way SLI and CrossFireX support would be more than enough to piece together a monster workstation oozing with power, and in truth, it is. But for enthusiasts who scoff at stock settings as if they are an arbitrary speed limit meant to be broken, the WS C621E SAGE will happily oblige.
"ASUS WS C621E SAGE breaks performance barriers, giving you the capability to overclock dual Xeon CPUs. With its unique BIOS mechanism dedicated to boosting CPU performance, WS C621E SAGE can deliver incredible system speed," ASUS explains on the motherboard's product page.
The board's 12 DIMM slots are scattered along the top in three sections—three each on the left and side, and six that are sandwiched by the two CPU sockets. It supports error correcting code (ECC) memory, because even though there is overclocking support, at the end of the day this slab of circuitry is still intended for professional-level grunt work. And with the ability to load up so much memory, it is possible to run multiple RAM-instensive applications at the same time.
ASUS did not skimp on storage, either. There are 10 SATA 6Gbps ports in all, including eight that are native to Intel's
C621 chipset and two additional ones powered by an ASMedia controller, plus four U.2 connectors and an M.2 Socket 3 connector. And of course ASUS flaunts RAID support, especially RAID 0, which trades true redundancy for blistering fast file transfers.
Around back users will find an assortment of connectivity options, including dual Gigabit LAN ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports (one is Type-A and one is Type-C), four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and two USB 2.0 ports.
There is no word on yet on when this motherboard will be available or how much it will cost.