April 12th, 2018 by Lyle Smith
GIGABYTE Refreshes AMD EPYC Server Line
GIGABYTE announced that it has refreshed their AMD EPYC 1U and 2U server family, adding the 1U form factor R181-Z90, R181-Z91 and R181-Z92, and the 2U form factor R281-Z91 and R281-Z92 models. Various updated options that support a range of different storage device combinations, as well as further NVMe connectivity to integrate denser, high bandwidth storage, have been added.
These AMD EPYC server systems are based on the 7000 series EPYC processor and feature a multi-die design with 32 cores per processor, 128 PCIe lanes and 8 channels of DDR4 memory (with 32 DIMM slots), which translates into a very powerful range of servers with significant flexibility and expansion options. GIGABYTE indicates that these systems also lower TCO for datacenters by offering an optional balance of compute, memory, I/O and security.
The newly refresh solutions support a wide range of different configurations as well: the R181-Z90 supports 4 x 3.5" hot-swap SATA/SAS drives, the R181-Z91 supports a mix of 2 x 2.5" hot-swap NVMe U.2 drives and 8 x hot-swap 2.5” SATA/SAS drives, and the R181-Z92 supports 10 x 2.5" hot-swap NVMe U.2 drives. Moreover, the R281-Z91 supports a mix of 6 x 2.5" hot-swap NVMe U.2 and 20 x 2.5" hot-swap SATA/SAS drives, and the R281-Z92 supports 24 x 2.5" hot-swap NVMe U.2 + 2 x 2.5” hot-swap SATA/SAS drives.
The new five GIGABYTE systems also all feature 1 x NVMe M.2 slot for an additional ultra-fast storage device and are quoted to deliver up to 32Gb/s for M.2 and U.2 and up to 6Gb/s for SATA3. The high-bandwidth storage solutions are designed for use cases such as Big Data.
GIGABYTE AMD EPYC server system specifications
|CPU||Dual AMD EPYC 7000 series processors|
|DIMM||8-Channel RDIMM/LRDIMM/NVDIMM DDR4, 32 x DIMMs|
|LAN||2 x 1GbE LAN ports|
|Storage||4 x 3.5" hot-swappable HDD/SSD bays||2 x 2.5" U.2, 8 x 2.5” SATA/SAS hot-swappable HDD/SSD bays||10 x 2.5" U.2 hot-swappable HDD/SSD bays||6 x 2.5" U.2, 20 x 2.5" SATA/SAS hot-swappable HDD/SSD bays||24 x 2.5" U.2 + 2 x 2.5” SATA/SAS hot-swappable HDD/SSD bays|
|Expansion Slots||3 x low profile PCIe Gen3 expansion slots||3 x low profile PCIe Gen3 expansion slots||5 x full height + 2 x low profile PCIe Gen3 expansion slots||5 x full height + 2 x low profile PCIe Gen3 expansion slots||5 x full height + 1 x low profile PCIe Gen3 expansion slots|
|2 x OCP Gen3 x16 mezzanine slots|
|1 x M.2 PCIe slot|
|PSU||2 1200W 80 PLUS Platinum redundant PSU||2 1600W 80 PLUS Platinum redundant PSU|