Tuesday, February 5th 2019

At 1550€, ASUS ROG Dominus Most Expensive Client-Segment Motherboard

ASUS formally launched its Republic of Gamers (ROG) Dominus, the sole available motherboard option for Intel Xeon W-3175X unlocked quasi-HEDT processor. Cowcotland scored its price in the old continent to be a whopping 1,550€, making it the most expensive client-segment motherboard (at least in the past 20 years of PC history). Built in the SSI-EEB form-factor, this board is designed for overclocking the 28-core/56-thread Xeon chip, which is capable of pulling over 1000W of power (just the CPU) under extreme overclocking. The processor itself is priced around 3,100€ including VAT. Add a matching hexa-channel DDR4 memory kit such as these Trident Z Royal ones, and your platform cost could easily touch 5,500€.
Source: Cowcotland
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49 Comments on At 1550€, ASUS ROG Dominus Most Expensive Client-Segment Motherboard

#1
havox
Nice, republic of gamers written in 3 places in case you forget this 28-core Xeon is for games. What a time to be alive.
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#2
Rahnak
havox said:
Nice, republic of gamers written in 3 places in case you forget this 28-core Xeon is for games. What a time to be alive.
Yep. Don't get the ROG branding on this at all. WS would make more sense, imo.
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#3
_UV_
havox said:
Nice, republic of gamers written in 3 places in case you forget this 28-core Xeon is for games. What a time to be alive.
Just like Skulltrail 11 years ago. Colossus. Nothing special, it will be forgotten very fast because of overall price of the system.
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#5
phill
Yeah I'm pretty sure I won't be adding this to my wish list of collectable hardware.....
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#6
bonehead123
SO what this is sayin is that it is time to whip out da gold cards AND call yo banka dude to go with you to the store :eek: :shadedshu: o_O
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#7
GlacierNine
bonehead123 said:
SO what this is sayin is that it is time to whip out da gold cards AND call yo banka dude to go with you to the store :eek: :shadedshu: o_O
Do you make an active effort to type like a 9 year old trying to be "kewl" or does it just come naturally to you?


I'm with everyone else - ROG branding on this makes absolutely no sense - this product is going to be worthless for gaming and game engines will never "grow into" that many cores at such a low clockspeed.

Should have been a workstation branded board.
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#8
Metroid
These days things are beyond stupid, so called midrange gpus and monitors for $700 and now this high end motherboard for $1600, high end monitors for $2000, high end gpus for $1500. I want the days that midrange was $250 or less and high end components were $500 or so, in my book this motherboard should cost maximum $400.

Remember the good old days when midrange was $250 or less, I remember when nvidia launched 8800 gt for less than $200 with performance close to their high end 8800 gtx $599.
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#9
windwhirl
I get that this is consumer/prosumer top of the line segment, but the pricing... Feels stupid, honestly.
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#10
Metroid
windwhirl said:
I get that this is consumer/prosumer top of the line segment, but the pricing... Feels stupid, honestly.
The truth about this is, those companies think that if Apple sells their phone for $1500, why can't we do the same? Starting last year, everything has become so expensive, gpus, monitors, are 70% more expensive than used to be, cpus are the only things that are not going wih the flow at moment and lets hope it won't but I would not hold for that cause they created an excuse for already, do not be surprised you see amd pricing their 16 cores 32 threads at $999 from what I think is supposed to be $499.

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/284589-reports-tsmc-accident-destroys-tens-of-thousands-of-nvidia-gpu-wafers
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#11
notb
windwhirl said:
I get that this is consumer/prosumer top of the line segment, but the pricing... Feels stupid, honestly.
Don't worry, there's a good reason for that: HEDT platforms are pointless. You're not supposed to understand what they're for and you're not supposed to buy them.
It's all just a showcase of what company can do - like Bugatti Veyron for VW or Maybach for Mercedes.

But the box can't say "pointless product" or "just for marketing". They have to devise some use scenario for these electronics.
AMD says TR is a professional platform for creators. That's because they don't have any other product in this segment (EPYC is for servers).
Intel already has a platform for creators/scientists/analysts - Xeon does both that and servers. So they have no choice - their HEDT is named a gaming lineup.
This W-3175X is particularly weird because it's called "a Xeon", but it's actually just another HEDT monster - just this time on the server socket (because it wouldn't fit on 2066).
Metroid said:
The truth about this is, those companies think that if Apple sells their phone for $1500, why can't we do the same? Starting last year, everything has become so expensive, gpus, monitors, are 70% more expensive than used to be, cpus are the only things that are not going wih the flow at moment and lets hope it won't but I would not hold for that cause they created an excuse for already, do not be surprised you see amd pricing their 16 cores 32 threads at $999 from what I think is supposed to be $499.
Exactly. All kinds of electronics became a lot more expensive lately. We all think about phones, but notebooks also went up. Everyone has a $1000+ Macbook or Zenbook or Dell XPS. 10 years ago you could buy a well equipped, "business-class" notebook with Windows Pro for $700. Today you have to spend double that.
We're clearly willing to spend on electronics more than we used to. It's unrealistic to think PC manufacturers wouldn't notice.
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#12
EarthDog
notb said:
Don't worry, there's a good reason for that: HEDT platforms are pointless.
Tell that to all the prosumers who use them... oh....and amd and intel who throw cores at silicon pushing last gen HEDT core count to mainstream...

....because hedt/core ount/additonal bandwidth/pcie expansion is pointless.

I think more accurate is the platforms are pointless to YOU...which is cool. :)
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#13
Object55
I just wish I would do something professionally that would justify me me saying : yeah, that's the one, I got to have it.
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#14
hat
Enthusiast
_UV_ said:
Just like Skulltrail 11 years ago. Colossus. Nothing special, it will be forgotten very fast because of overall price of the system.
This had me thinking of Skulltrail as well. It's certainly a very niche product, but it is at the top of the top.
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#15
bug
The best thing is the entire setup will be worth less than half its current value within a few years.
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#16
GlacierNine
bug said:
The best thing is the entire setup will be worth less than half its current value within a few years.
I mean, that's true of anything above an Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 anyway, let's not pretend this platform is somehow unique in that.
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#17
bug
GlacierNine said:
I mean, that's true of anything above an Intel i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 anyway, let's not pretend this platform is somehow unique in that.
Well yes, I didn't mean it like that. But it's one thing to have $1,000 system depreciate and another thing when the system sets you back $5,000+ ;)
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#18
GlacierNine
bug said:
Well yes, I didn't mean it like that. But it's one thing to have $1,000 system depreciate and another thing when the system sets you back $5,000+ ;)
The tiny number of well heeled idiots that will buy this for personal use won't give a shit about $5000 versus $1000 anyway.

The remainder of the sales will be company-purchased rigs for people who've convinced a particularly dull boss that it will increase their productivity, and those people won't care about depreciation either because it's not their money.
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#19
nemesis.ie
This price is another way of trying to get people to not buy it; it's a platform to keep Intel happy and they just want it as a halo product.

It makes little sense to start with and even less at these prices TODAY, in 6 months it will look even worse.

@bug a few MONTHS not years to <1/2 is my estimate.
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#20
bug
GlacierNine said:
The tiny number of well heeled idiots that will buy this for personal use won't give a shit about $5000 versus $1000 anyway.

The remainder of the sales will be company-purchased rigs for people who've convinced a particularly dull boss that it will increase their productivity, and those people won't care about depreciation either because it's not their money.
Why idiots? If I had a lot of disposable cash on my hands, I might be curious how it feels to have one of the fastest home rigs on the planet. I mean, back when I was a student I thought it was foolish to spend $100 on a mouse or keyboard. And now I own a mechanical keyboard :D
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#21
GlacierNine
bug said:
Why idiots? If I had a lot of disposable cash on my hands, I might be curious how it feels to have one of the fastest home rigs on the planet. I mean, back when I was a student I thought it was foolish to spend $100 on a mouse or keyboard. And now I own a mechanical keyboard :D
I was wondering how long it would take for you to start up the usual "Intel can do no wrong I will justify all their products forever" schtick.
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#22
repman244
The most pointless platform to ever exist - it's not even usable as a workstation IMO.
Intel just can't comprehend they got beaten by AMD, and I hope Zen 2 continues the trend...prices need to come down.
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#23
windwhirl
bug said:
Why idiots? If I had a lot of disposable cash on my hands, I might be curious how it feels to have one of the fastest home rigs on the planet. I mean, back when I was a student I thought it was foolish to spend $100 on a mouse or keyboard. And now I own a mechanical keyboard :D
You're not the only one. God knows the mountains of hardware I would have at home if I bought everything that piqued my curiosity...
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#24
diatribe
GlacierNine said:
I was wondering how long it would take for you to start up the usual "Intel can do no wrong I will justify all their products forever" schtick.
What? He's saying that if you are mega wealthy and money is no object, why not go all out on a system. $5,000 is too much for me to blow on a rather pointless toy when there are other better price-performance options. But the difference between $500 and $5,000 isn't as great to some people as it is to me. And that doesn't make them dumb or "idiots"; it make them wealthy.
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#25
ZhangirDuyseke
Ahahah, and now Gigabyte Aorus Waterforce Xtreme for $899 is reasonably priced:laugh:
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