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GIGABYTE Rolls Out PCIe 4.0 Servers

by Adam Armstrong

Today GIGABYTE Technology announced new rackmount and high-density severs that leverage the AMD EPYC processors. The benefits of the new CPUs are leveraged through the support for PCIe Gen 4 for all front drive bays and onboard M.2 slots. On top of that, several of the server support Broadcom Tri-mode storage adapters. The new servers all come with silicon-based hardware Root of Trust and are aimed at Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Virtualization, Business-Critical Workloads, and more.

Today GIGABYTE Technology announced new rackmount and high-density severs that leverage the AMD EPYC processors. The benefits of the new CPUs are leveraged through the support for PCIe Gen 4 for all front drive bays and onboard M.2 slots. On top of that, several of the server support Broadcom Tri-mode storage adapters. The new servers all come with silicon-based hardware Root of Trust and are aimed at Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Virtualization, Business-Critical Workloads, and more.

GIGABYTE PCIe 4.0

GIGABYTE has been releasing AMD EPYC servers since the latter company announced the new processors. In fact, we have reviewed some. The company is continuing to expand offerings now with all PCIe 4.0 across the front for storage, indicated by green tabs on the drive bays. The servers also come with a security module in the Socket-on-Chip (SoC) to ensure a secure boot process. This Root of Trust security (on all the new servers announced today) checks the BMC/BIOS’s encrypted signature and SPI flash for compromised firmware as the systems turns on.

Of the new servers announced, there are two dual socket, two single socket, and two for HCI. On the dual socket series, is the 1U R182-Z93 and 2U R282-Z94. Both servers house up to two AMD EPYC 7002 series processors and with 32 DIMM slots, 16DIMMs of 3200MHz DDR4 each or up to 8TB of memory. The 1U server has less storage in the front but has expansion and mezzanine slots for 2x full-height half-length PCIe (Gen4 x16), 1x OCP 3.0 (Gen4 x16), 1x OCP 2.0 (Gen3 x8). The 2U guy has 24 bays for PCIe 4.0 storage up front as well as two more SAS/SATA drive bays and one full-height half-length PCIe (Gen4 x16) slot.

ON the single socket side is the 1U R152-Z33 and 2U R272-Z34. Each supports one AMD EPYC CPU and has 16 DIMMM slots that can be filled up to 4TB DDR4 at 3200MHz for memory. The 1U is aimed at smaller footprint and cost optimized side with 10 drive bays for PCIe 4.0, 2 M.2 slots (Gen4 x 4) and one full-height half-length PCIe (Gen 4 x16) slot. The 2U server comes with 24 bays (as well as the same M.2 slots) and one PCIe (Gen 4 x8) low profile slot. Both servers come with dual 1Gb/s LAN ports.

For the HCI units, GIGABYTE released the H262-Z6A and H262-Z6B. Both servers support dual AMD EPYC 7002 series processors and per node support 16 DIMMS of DDR4, 3200MHZ RAM. The main difference is the amount of front drive bays and therefore the type of CPU that is supported. The H262-Z6B can support 280W EPYC processors as it has less drive bays drawing in higher airflow. The H262-Z6A is all about front storage and can only support up to 240W EPYC processors. Both servers support 2x low profile half-length PCIe (Gen4 x16) slots and 1x OCP 3.0 mezzanine (Gen4 x16).

Finally, GIGABYTE announced support for Broadcom Tri-Mode Storage Adapters. This technology allows for the use of PCIe, SATA, or SAS storage devices in bays connected via an adapter in a PCIe slot. The 1U R-Series listed above can support one adaptor and the 2U R-Series can support two.

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