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GIGABYTE Dual-Socket Ampere Motherboard and Servers Announced

by Lyle Smith
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GIGABYTE has announced the MP72-HB0a dual-socket motherboard, a first-to-market solution that features up to 256 Arm cores. Launched alongside the MP72-HB0a are the G242-P35 and G242-P36 servers, which are highlighted by up to 120TB of Gen4 NVMe storage and Ampere Altra or Ampere Altra Max processors. The new motherboard and GPU-centric servers are ideal for hyperscale and cloud-native workloads.

GIGABYTE has announced the MP72-HB0a dual-socket motherboard, a first-to-market solution that features up to 256 Arm cores. Launched alongside the MP72-HB0a are the G242-P35 and G242-P36 servers, which are highlighted by up to 120TB of Gen4 NVMe storage and Ampere Altra or Ampere Altra Max processors. The new motherboard and GPU-centric servers are ideal for hyperscale and cloud-native workloads.

GIGABYTE MP72-HB0

Altra Max processors feature a high core-count CPU with one thread per core, 128 threads on a monolithic 128-core chip with multi-socket support and a range of PCIe/CCIX lanes for high scalability. It also has great power efficiency per core.

GIGABYTE indicates the following benefits of Ampere Altra Max:

  • High performance: Up to 128 cores with 128 threads
  • High throughput: 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes (192 lanes in 2P)
  • Optimized CCIX for inter-socket communication
  • High performance-per-watt: 128 cores with 250W TDP
  • High bandwidth and memory capacity: 8-channel and DDR4-3200
  • Applications from Cloud to Edge

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The new MP72-HB0 E-ATX motherboard gives users the ability to carve a new path toward cloud-native processing outside of the data center. GIGABYTE indicates that this will them to advance applications in cloud-based services, e-commerce, and more. The new motherboard supports top-tier processing power, including two Ampere Altra Max processors (up to 250W).

It also features 16 DDR4 (1DPC) DIMMs, one M.2 slot, three slimline ports (two for NVMe, 1 for SATA), and two SATA III ports. For networking, it comes with dual 10GbE ports and one mLAN.

GIGABYTE G242-P35 and G242-P36

The G242-P35 and G242-P36 are the latest editions to the company’s line of single-socket Arm-based GIGABYTE servers with dual-slot GPUs. The new servers now offer support for Gen4 NVMe U.2 SSDs, as the G242 server line previously focused on SATA or SATA/SAS drive support only.

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GIGABYTE G242-P36

The major difference between the two new servers is that the G242-P35 supports four dual-slot GPUs while the G242-P36 is designed for NVIDIA Arm HPC Developer Kit (supports a maximum of two dual-slot GPUs).

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GIGABYTE G242-P36

There are 128 PCIe Gen4 lanes per socket (based on the Ampere Altra platform), which includes four Gen4 x16 lanes that support CCIX (Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators standard) to promote low-latency and cache coherency. This helps to benefit components like GPUs, FPGAs, and network and storage adapters. GIGABYTE says that CCIX will bring efficient heterogeneous computing by increasing PCIe Gen4 transfer speeds and effectively leveraging the PCIe lanes

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GIGABYTE G242-P35

All three new products announced by GIGABYTE support operating systems from Red Hat, SUSE, Ubuntu, Fedora, Oracle, and Debian.

GIGABYTE MP72-HB0a, G242-P35 and G242-P36 Specifications

Model MP72-HB0 G242-P35 G242-P36
Product Type Motherboard Server
CPU Ampere Altra & Altra Max
Socket Dual-socket Single socket
Memory 16 x DDR4 (1DPC) DIMMs 16 x DDR4 (2DPC) DIMMS
Expansion Slots
  • 3 x PCIe 4.0 x16
  • 1 x PCIe 4.0 x 8
  • 4 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (for GPUs)
  • 2 x PCIe 4.0 x8 (low-profile)
  • 2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (for GPUs)
  • 2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (for BlueField-2 DPU)
  • 2 x PCIe 4.0 x8 (low-profile)
Storage
  • 1 x M.2 slot
  • 2 x Slimline ports for NVMe
  • 2 x SATA III ports
  • 1 x Slimline port for SATA
2 x M.2 slots, 4 x NVMe (Gen4) U.2 drive bays
BMC ASPEED AST2600 ASPEED AST2500
LAN 2 x 10GbE and 1 x mLAN 2 x 1GbE and 1 x mLAN
Power Supply N/A 2 x 1600W 80+ Platinum

Remote Server Management

The company also provides GIGABYTE Management Console (GMC) for BMC server management through a web-based platform. They also offer their GIGABYTE Server Management (GSM) software for free, which allows users to monitor and manage multiple servers at once.

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