ASUS RS720A-E11-RS24U 2U AMD EPYC 7003 Series Server Review | Whuff News


ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U CPU and Memory 1
ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U CPU and Memory 1

Today we will look at the ASUS RS720A-E11-RS24U. The server itself is an AMD EPYC 7003 (and EPYC 7002) dual-socket platform. If that model number sounds familiar, it should. We reviewed the ASUS RS720A-E11-RS24U GPU version a while back. In ASUS naming convention/modelling, the GPU version we tested with the 4x NVIDIA A100 is the same model number as the standard server edition we reviewed today. This version is less optimized for high-end GPUs and more optimized to provide a large number of PCIe expansion slots. With that, let’s get to the review.

ASUS RS720A-E11-RS24U Hardware Overview

We will not make a video of this server because we have checked the GPU version which you can see here:

Much around the cooling, the back of the unit and the riser are different, but the drive and motherboard are similar enough that we don’t think it’s worth doing another review. Also, management is effectively the same in both systems.

ASUS RS720A-E11-RS24U External Hardware Overview

The front of the system has 24x 2.5″ SSD bays. This is configurable, and ASUS has options behind this space for things like SAS expanders.

ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Front 2
ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Front 2

On the left side, we get the ASUS logo and two USB 3 Type-AS ports. We also get the little ASUS pull handle we’re used to. This folds back when closing the rack, but it makes it easier to pull the system out of a densely populated rack.

ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U USB Left
ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U USB Left

On the right we get our power, reset and chassis ID buttons, along with various status LEDs.

ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Right Front LED And Button
ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Right Front LED And Button

The 2.5″ tray is great because the same tray can be used for SATA, SAS and NVMe drives. ASUS also has a tool-less design for this where it just pops the drive into place.

Tools ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Driver Less 2.5in
Tools ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Driver Less 2.5in

The back of the system is where we see the first major difference between this and the GPU version. The GPU version has an external fan. This mainstream server has nine PCIe expansion slots. Eight of them are full height. We often have readers asking for more PCIe expansion, and this server has that.

ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Rear
ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Rear

On the right, we have a redundant 1.6kW PSU. We also have full height expansion slots. The little blue screw knob is there to hold the rung in place. No small screws make this chassis easier to work on.

ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Redundant PSU And FH Slot
ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Redundant PSU And FH Slot

In the middle, we get the standard rear I/O panel for ASUS. There is a QLED function that shows the status of BIOS entries. Then there’s a VGA port, two USB ports and an out-of-band management port. The two RJ45 ports here are via the optional dual 10Gbase-T Intel X710 module. There’s also a quad 1GbE option available, or one can simply get no onboard networking. We will show this module in the PCIe riser section.

ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Rear IO And Three Slots
ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Rear IO And Three Slots

The riser in this section is a low-profile riser and two full-height expansion slots.

On the right, we get four full-height steps. This is the main difference part because in the previous unit we reviewed there was an NVIDIA A100 GPU here and a fan unit.

ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Four Slot FH
ASUS RS720A E11 RS24U Four Slot FH

Next, let’s get inside the chassis and see what makes this server work.



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