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Asus RS540-E8-RS36-ECP Extremely High-Density 4U Storage Server



RS540-E8-RS36-ECP is a 4U rack server that offers diverse RAID storage, exceptionally-high storage density, an optimized user experience. Engineered premium components for premium efficiency, RS540-E8-RS36-ECP is an ideal choice for datacenters and other high-performance enterprise applications.

Mass storage and flexibility in 4U and additional OS Kernal Disk

RS540-E8-RS36-ECP is equipped with 36 SAS/SATA 3.5-inch disk drive bays (24 front + 12 rear), and 2.5" hot-swap HDD bays per enclosure. The hot-swappable design provides non-stop high availability, making short work of maintenance. RS540-E8-RS36-ECP also offers great freedom when it comes to the choice of operating system drive type and placement, with M.2 slot available, and two hot-swappable 2.5-inch SSD bays.

ASUS PIKE II & 12G SAS Integration

ASUS PIKE II offers the latest 12Gb/s SAS together with PCI-E 3.0 solution. While ASUS latest 12Gb/s SAS doubles the data rate running at twice the speed of the previous generation, PCI-E 3.0 offers high reliability and faster speed connection. ASUS PIKE II meets user needs with support for 6Gb/s SATA and 12Gb/s SAS storage and integrated RAID data protection. Just placing the PIKE II card can immediately enlarge the capacity, improve the performance, and strengthen the signaling, making it the great upgrade option. Additionally, multiple HBAs allow multi-paths which improve over performance.

3+1 expansion

RS540-E8-RS36-ECP has high expandability with 3+1 expansion ports in a configuration: that means one PCI-E Gen3x16 slot, one PCI-E Gen3x8 slot, plus one PCI-E Gen3x8 slot OCP Mezzanine card for OCP such as the OCP 10Gbit/s LAN card. This flexible expansion offers diverse applications in storage and networking to meeting the demands of future expansion.

Premium components for premium efficiency

RS540-E8-RS36-ECP benefits from premium components hand-chosen and carefully arranged by ASUS engineers to provide premium efficiency. With ASUS Beat Thermal Chokes, Dr. MOS and 1+1 Redundant 800W 80PLUS CRPS Platinum Power Supply, it delivers great durability and up to 94% power efficiency. The 1+1 Redundant 800W 80PLUS CRPS Platinum Power Supply design allows the server to keep working even if one power supply requires maintenance, enabling uninterrupted operation. RS540-E8-RS36-ECP has durable 12k solid capacitors that are able to withstand up to 12,000 hours of high ambient temperatures. These 12K capacitors also boast lower equivalent series resistance (ESR) for increased efficiency and minimal heat generation.

Easy diagnostic and deployment

RS540-E8-RS36-ECP has a built-in Q-code/port 80 LED display panel for simple monitoring of the entire boot process, from the early hardware-awakening stages to the launch of the operating system and beyond. A bright power lamp on the rear lets you check the servers status instantly. RS540-E8-RS36-ECP also benefits from an exclusive tool-less rail kit design, easing deployment for systems administrators for increased efficiency.

User friendly design

The server also carries an asset tag for fast identification. RS540-E8-RS36-ECP also offers great freedom when it comes to the choice of operating system drive type and placement, with both M.2 slot for independent OS available.

Complete remote server management

With the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0-compliant ASMB8-iKVM module in RS540-E8-RS36-ECP and youll be able to monitor, control and manage the server remotely. ASUS Server Web-based Management (ASWM) Enterprise has a simple and intuitive web-based graphical user interface. Save time and effort by flashing the BIOS remotely, use the new screen-recording function for quick and easy trouble-shooting and exploit the many efficiency benefits of one-to-many centralized management afforded by ASWM Enterprise.


Processor / System Bus

2 x Socket R3 (LGA 2011-3) 

Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family (145W) *

Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family(145W)*

QPI 6.4 / 8.0 / 9.6 GT/s

*Refer to www.asus.com for CPU Support list



Core Logic

Intel C612 PCH


Total Slots

16 (4-channel per CPU, 8 DIMM per CPU) per Node


Maximum up to 1024GB LRDIMM

Memory Type

DDR4 2400 /2133 /1866*/1600/1333 RDIMM

DDR4 2400 /2133 /1866*/1600/1333 LRDIMM

Memory Size

32GB, 16GB, 8GB, 4GB RDIMM


* Please refer to ASUS server AVL for the latest update

Expansion Slots



1 x PCI-E x16 (Gen3x 8 link)

2 x PCI-E x8 (Gen3 x8 link)

1 x PCI-E x8 (Gen3 x8 link), OCP Mezzanine* 

* Support for MCB-10G-2S (Dual Port 10 Gigabit/s Ethernet card) (optional)


SATA Controller

Intel C612

9 x SATA3 6Gb/s ports + 1 x M.2 connector 

Intel Rapid Storage Technology Enterprise(RSTe) (For Windows Only)

(Support Software RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 )

SAS Controller

ASUS PIKE II 3008 8-port SAS HBA card(Optional)

ASUS PIKE II 3108 8-port SAS HW RAID card

12G SAS Support

HDD Bays

36 x Hot-Swap 3.5HDD Bays (BP w/Expander ) 

2 x Hot-Swap 2.5 SSD Bays (Rear)


2 x Intel I210AT + 1 x Mgmt LAN


Aspeed AST2400 with 32MB VRAM

Front I/O Ports

2 x USB 2.0 ports

On Board I/O

2 x RJ-45 ports 

1 x RJ-45 Mgmt LAN port

2 x USB 3.0 ports 

1 x Q-Code/Port 80 LED

1 x VGA port 

1 x PS/2 KB/MS port

1 x External Serial Port

OS Support

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2008 R2

RedHat Enterprise Linux

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server




Citrix XenServer

*(Subject to change without any notice)

Management Solution

ASWM Enterprise

On-Board ASMB8-iKVM for KVM-over-IP

Regulatory Compliance

BSMI, CE, C-Tick, FCC(Class A)


615mm x 444mm x 176mm

24.21" x 17.48" x 6.92"

Form Factor



Net Weight

25.915 Kg

Gross Weight

34.95 Kg

Power Supply

1+1 Redundant 800W 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supply


100-127Vac/200-240Vac,10A/5A ,50/60Hz, Class I


Operation temperature

10degreeC ~ 35degreeC

Non operation temperature

-40degreeC ~ 70degreeC

Non operation humidity

20% ~ 90% ( Non condensing)

Part List


ASUS R40D 4U Rackmount Chassis (13SV0006AM2001)


Z10PR-D16 Server board (60SB03V0-SB0A3J)

HDD Backplane

1 x BP12EX12G-35-R20F (60SC06P0-SC0A03)

1 x BP24EX12G-35-R40B (60SC06Y0-SC0A01)

1 x BP2LX-R12PD (60SC0440-SC0A02)

Front Panel Board

1 x Front I/O Board (FPB-R20F) (60SC0630-SC0A01)

USB Board

1 x Front USB Board (USB-R20A) (60SC00U0-SC0A01)

Power Distribution Board

1 x PDB-R20E (60SC07J0-SC0A01)

1 x PDB-R20E-C (60SC07R0-SC0A01)

1 x PSB-R20E (60SC07I0-SC0A01)

CPU Heatsink/ Cooler

2 x CPU Heatsink (13071-01790100)

Power Supply Unit

2 x POWER 800W 80+ PLATINUM (0A100-00080900)

HDD Tray

36 x R21A 3-5 HDD TRAY ASSY (13GS1I0AM061-1)

2 x R12A 2-5 HDD TRAY ASSY (13GS120AM021-1)

HDD Cage

1 x R9 D 25HDD CAGE ASSY (13SV0001AM0421)


3 x System Fans (120mm x 38mm) (13070-00560000)

Air Duct/Mylar

1 x R20 F Z10PR-D16 PLASTIC-DUCT (13SV0004P03011)

Mounting Rails

1 x Tool-less Rail Kit (13SV0006AM0921)


1 x MINI SAS TO 4 SATA L:400MM (14011-00050200)

1 x POWER CABLE 8P TO 4P,200MM (14017-00170000)

3 x INTERNAL SAS HD CABLE, L=85CM (14011-00480500)

1 x USB CABLE 2*4 TO 2*5,L=1280MM (14001-00300200)

1 x FPB CAB2*8/1*10+1*6+2*10 950MM (14001-00800500)

1 x POWER CABLE 24P TO 24P,200MM (14017-00050100)

2 x POWER CABLE 8P TO 8P,150MM (14017-00030200)

1 x POWER CABLE 8P TO 8P,600MM (14017-00030100)

3 x W.H CABLE 4P TO 4P, L:150MM (14G030011552)

3 x FAN CABLE 4P/M TO 4P/F, L100MM (14G000015410)

1 x PMBUS CABLE 5P TO 5P L:500MM (14G000611200)

1 x SMBUS CABLE 1*6 TO 1*6,L=350mm (14G030042900)

1 x LAN LED CBL 2*4P TO 1*5P L=900 (14001-00790000)

2 x POWER CABLE 8P TO 8P,480MM (14017-00030400)

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