ASUS Releases the RS724Q-E6/RS12 High Performance Server

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The latest flagship server offers extreme computing density for professional and high performance applications

13 May 2011 - ASUS has today announced the launch of the RS724Q-E6/RS12, its latest flagship server based on Intel® 6-core and 4-core 5500/5600 processors. It features a four-node system in a 2U chassis with 12 DIMM slots per node, offering diverse functionality, high efficiency redundant power supplies, hot swap maintenance, remote management and easy upgradability. All are specifically designed to accommodate the needs of enterprises and businesses who demand access to true high performance applications. 

Extreme computing density with a four-node 2U configuration

Leveraging the power of new Intel® 5500/5600 series processors, the RS724Q-E6/RS12 is equipped with 4 independent hot-pluggable nodes in a 2U chassis; each node supports 6-core and 4-core CPUs plus 12 DIMM slots with up to 96GB of memory. It delivers enhanced high density performance in a compact four-node 2U configuration, totaling 48 computing cores and 48 DIMM slots.

80Plus Platinum level high power efficiency with intelligent power management

The RS724Q-E6/RS12 ships with twin 1,600W 80Plus Platinum level high efficiency redundant power supplies, averaging 88% power efficiency under load. This ample power supply offers the stability and reliability for mission critical enterprise applications and high performance computing (HPC). Up to 1,600W of power is available in 2+0 mode, catering to more conservation-minded enterprises who wish to optimize their energy signature. Automatic load balancing also allows the two power supplies to share workloads for maximized efficiency and stability.

High speed InfiniBand® QDR interconnect and easy maintenance options

Onboard InfiniBand® QDR (40Gb/s) with a QFSP port makes the RS724Q-E6/RS12 highly suited for HPC applications that demand fastest transfer rates and low latency. For easy maintenance, the server provides several thoughtful features; hot swap hard drives, fans and power supplies and hot-pluggable nodes afford convenient service and replacement without having to take the server offline. Each of the four nodes has its own individual panel for effortless access, and can be maintained while the other nodes continue working.

SAS 2.0 6Gb/s storage with real time remote management

The RS724Q-E6/RS12 supports optional ASUS PIKE upgrade kits through a PIKE riser/PIKE card combo in combination with a SAS port. This upgrades storage from SATA to SAS 2.0 for fast, easy to maintain and cost effective expandability. The optional ASMB4-iKVM upgrade kit with its online graphical user interface enables full remote control of server functions, while ASUS ASWM software provides easy deployment and management with its own user friendly frontend, delivering centralized asset supervision, notification mechanisms and integrated BMC BIOS updates.


Processor Support

2 x socket 1366 per Node

Six/Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® X5600 Series (95W)
Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® X5500 Series (95W)
Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® E5500/E5600 Series (80W)
Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® L5500/L5600 Series (60W/40W)

QPI 4.8 / 5.86 / 6.4 GT/s

Core Logic

Intel 5520 IOH
Intel ICH10R I/O Controller
Mellanox ConnectX MT25408 QDR 40Gbps controller


Total Slots

12 DIMMs per Node (3-channel per CPU, 6 DIMM per CPU)


Maximum up to 96GB (RDIMM) per Node
Maximum up to 48GB (UDIMM) per Node

Memory Type

DDR3 1066/1333 Reg DIMM/ Unbuffered DIMM with ECC

Memory Size

1 GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB* (RDIMM)
1 GB, 2GB, 4GB (UDIMM)

Expansion Slots

Total PCI/PCI-X/PCI-E Slots

1 per Node

Slot Type

1 x PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot ( x 16 link) (Low profile/HL ) per Node

Additional Slot 1

Optional: PIKE Riser Card

SATA Controller

Intel® ICH10R:
4 SATA2 300MB/s ports
Intel Matrix Storage (for Windows only)
(Support software RAID 0, 1,5,10)
LSI® MegaRAID (for Linux/Windows)
(Support software RAID 0, 1,10)

SAS Controller

Optional: (PIKE Riser Card is Necessary)
ASUS PIKE 1068E 8-port SAS RAID card
Asus PIKE 1078 8-port SAS HW RAID card
ASUS PIKE 2008 8-port SAS2 6G RAID card
ASUS PIKE 2008/IMR 8-port SAS2 6G RAID card
ASUS PIKE 2108 8-port SAS2 6G H/W RAID card

HDD Bays

I = internal
A or S will be hot-swappable

3 x Hot-swap 3.5" HDD Bays per Node(Total 12 x 2.5" HDD in 2U )



2 x Intel 82574L + 1 x Mgmt LAN per Node
1 x Single Port Mellanox ConnectX2 QDR InfiniteBand with QSFP interface



Aspeed AST2050 8MB

Onboard I/O

Per Node:
1 x External Serial Port
3 x RJ-45 ports (One for ASMB4-iKVM)
2 x USB 2.0 ports ( Rear * 2)
1 x VGA port
1 x Internal A Type USB Port
1 x QSFP Port fot Infiniband QDR

OS Support

Windows® Server 2008  Enterprise 32/64-bit
Windows® Server 2003 R2 Enterprise 32/64-bit
RedHat® Enterprise Linux AS5.0 32/64-bit
SuSE® Linux Enterprise Server 10 32/64-bit
(Subject to change without any notice)

Management Solution



Out of Band Remote Management

Optional ASMB4-iKVM for KVM-over-IP support


750mm x 444mm x 87mm(2U)

Net Weight Kg (CPU, DRAM & HDD not included)


Power Supply

1+1 Redundant 1600W 80PLUS Platinum Power Supply

Product specifications and features may change without prior notice. Check for further details.

About ASUS

ASUS, one of the top 3 global consumer notebook vendors and maker of the world's bestselling and most award winning motherboards, is a leading enterprise in the new digital era. ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today's digital home, office and person, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktops, Eee Box and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, tablet devices, servers, multimedia and wireless solutions, networking devices, and mobile phones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 3,398 awards in 2010, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PC. With a global staff of more than 10,000 and a world-class R&D team of 3,000 engineers, the company's revenue for 2010 was around US$10.1 billion.