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ASUS vs The Competition

Published by Richard Parry on 18th May 2020

Through their 30+ year history, ASUS have acquired the expertise and persistence to gain a foothold in which-ever computing field they put their resources into. It wasn’t just this that made them the well-recognised and respected brand they are today, but also the constant innovation of their own products which has improved their portfolio over time. This attitude has allowed ASUS to win 674 no.1 world records as a server manufacturer by 2020. In this article, I will be informing you of why ASUS, while not as widely used as other tier 1 vendors, should certainly be a name that comes up when thinking about purchasing your next server or workstation.

ASUS holds these 674 world records, as confirmed by SPEC benchmarks, across the 1 processor and 2 processor platforms for both Intel and AMD. Furthermore, when their RS500A-E10 or RS700A-E9V2 is paired with an AMD EPYC 7002 series processor, ASUS have possession of both the worlds fastest 1 processor server and 2 processor servers.

Part of what allows ASUS-based servers and workstations to compete with other market leaders is the additional technology which is implemented compared to other tier one vendors. Most notably in this case, is ASUS’ performance boost technology, which tunes the other components to cooperate as best they can through unlocking the full potential of each. There are three main aspects to this performance tuning technology which we will cover here; core optimiser, engine boost and workload presets.

The core optimiser ASUS includes within their servers enables all of the processor cores and locks them into operating at a fixed frequency. Because of the lock, there is no chance of certain cores dropping below others and causing the operation to become jittery, resulting in lower latency across the entire machine. The ASUS engine boost feature allows a processor to remain at maximum frequency even once it has reached its thermal limit. The CPU is being fully utilised, whilst not being at risk of overheating because the thermal limit isn’t surpassed. The last main feature of ASUS’ performance boost technology is having the option to set preconfigured system settings (presets) for certain workloads or benchmarks. This saves you time because you won’t have to manually configure a system for each of your tasks, but rather select the appropriate preset. By matching applications and the workload you are running to the assigned preset, you are maximising the entire system’s productivity.

ASUS systems are excellent at upholding your business’ corporate social responsibility through the unparalleled power-efficiency they offer. Both Intel and AMD’s most power-efficient servers, according to SPEC, are based in ASUS systems. This success at green computing is possible thanks to the ASUS power balancer and thermal radar technologies. The ASUS power balancer feature, while only available on the Intel 2 processor platform, monitors the performance of the CPU’s and dynamically changes the frequency of them in accordance with current power consumption. This ensures that the systems’ performance is optimised to provide the most efficient performance possible. The thermal radar 2.0 intelligently communicates with the fans in the server and precisely determines the speeds at which each fan should be moving and can dynamically alter which section of the build receives the most airflow. The thermal radar lowers fan power consumption by up to 36%. Add in the precise thermal information which the radar detects which can be used by your business to reduce power consumption, and this ASUS feature alone will lower the overall cost of ownership. 

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