So, you're looking for an EPYC rack?

Subject: Systems | March 4, 2019 - 07:44 PM |
Tagged: amd, EPYC, asrock, EPYCD8-2T

The continuing shortage of high end Intel CPUs for servers has been good for AMD, or at least it could be if they could get the major vendors to help sell them.  While a local shop or small business might have had a bad experience years ago which has resolved them never to use another AMD products, large scale hosts like CTL or Amazon are not going to be limited by prejudice which has an effect on their bottom line.

What better way to demonstrate the abilities of an AMD EPYC system to someone than to build one and roll it out into production?  Phoronix have done just that, using ASRock's EPYCD8-2T board so they could test the performance on eight different Linux distros.  Check out the results for yourself and think about the possiblity of an upgrade, before you can get your hands on that Xeon.

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"If you are looking to assemble an AMD EPYC workstation, a great ATX motherboard up for the task is the ASRock Rack EPYCD8-2T that accommodates a single EPYC processor, eight SATA 3.0 ports (including SAS HD), dual M.2 PCIe slots, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports,and four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots all within ATX's 12 x 9.6-inch footprint."

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March 4, 2019 | 11:51 PM - Posted by WhatTheThreadripperScrubsDoNotKnow (not verified)

Currently the only higher clocked Epyc SKU is the EPYC 7371(around $1550-$1699 retail) which is a 16 core/32 thread part that supports a clock of 3.10Ghz base, 3.60Ghz all core, and 3.8Ghz Max.

So that's not too bad for workstation workloads and having the full 8 memory channels and 128 PCIe lanes is a better option. And all Epyc/SP3 motherboards are actually vetted/certified for ECC memory usage.

I'm seeing this MB(1) for sale on Newegg for $529.99 which is not bad for a MB with all the features:

EPYCD8-2T

◾ATX 12'' x 9.6''
◾Single Socket SP3 (LGA4094) support AMD EPYC™ 7000 series processor family
◾Supports 8 Channels DDR4 2667/2400/2133 RDIMM, LRDIMM 8 x DIMM slots
◾Supports 8x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s (from 2x mini SAS HD), 1x SATA DOM and 2 x M.2
◾Supports 2 X 10G LAN by Intel X550
◾Supports 4 PCIe3.0x 16, 3 PCIe 3.0x8
◾Supports 2 OCulink

But even as Phoronix reviews this board on some Linux Distros the Threadripper Scrubs show up on the Phoronix forums touting TR's paltry 4 memory channels and 64 PCIe lanes. Oh the TR scrubs will say that TR supports ECC but the Epyc/SP3 MBs are actually tested vetted/certified for ECC(All Types of ECC), so more types of ECC than only unregistered ECC.

Most TR MB's may only support UDIMMS and Not RDIMMS and really if one starts using dual rank DIMMS of higher capacity then RDIMMS are going to be needed.

Check out the Warranties on TR/TR4 motherboards and the TR CPU SKUs themselves and then Check out the Epyc/SP3 motherboard Warranties at the usual 3+ years for the Epyc CPU/MB SKUs. So AMD will be supporting these Epyc/Naples variants for a lot longer guaranteed support, ditto for the Epyc/SP3 MB SKUs from their makers for things like Firmware and product availability that usually last 3+ years also. The Epyc/SP3 MBs are guaranteed to support ECC and if you have any issues then there can be support tickets started but what about any ECC issues on TR MB's and that ECC support may not be official from the TR MB's maker!

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"EPYCD8-2T"

https://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=EPYCD8-2T#Spe...

March 5, 2019 | 02:08 AM - Posted by CollosalCollapse (not verified)

The real question people are asking is: W̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶r̶u̶n̶ ̶C̶r̶y̶s̶i̶s̶?̶ Does it have an RGB header?

March 5, 2019 | 06:36 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Can its RGB header run Crysis?

March 5, 2019 | 05:47 AM - Posted by Prodeous@Work (not verified)

Dam.. this is the board I was looking for the desktop/workstation. To bad there isn't anything similar (7 PCIe slots) for Threadripper.

And love the extra PCIe power header.

The dual 10Gb .. darn.

and only for 530 usd? that is dirt cheap. (for he above specs)...

March 5, 2019 | 08:30 AM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

when I saw the headline, I half-expected there to be a pixelated picture of a hot chick holding an Epyc mobo, but alas, no hot chick and no pixelation,

March 5, 2019 | 06:34 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Ah yes, ye olde XXX399.com

March 5, 2019 | 08:30 AM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

Also, and totally unrelated to this blurb...

how do the bots get past this god-awful captcha?

March 5, 2019 | 09:20 AM - Posted by CollosalCollapse (not verified)

Well, aside from attempting to automate it, there are several captcha solver services (search for the term) out there. I leave the rest to your imagination...

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