Thursday, December 17th 2020

GIGABYTE Unveils AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro Motherboard for Servers

AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro line of HEDT/Workstation processors were a nothingburger for the DIY PC crowd as it was launched exclusively through Lenovo for its ThinkStation P620 line of workstations. These processors are a step-up from the retail Threadripper 3000 series, as they feature the full 8-channel DDR4 memory interface, and 128 PCI-Express Gen 4 lanes of the "Zen 2" based "Rome" MCM. The retail Threadripper 3000 chips only feature a quad-channel (4-channel) memory interface.

GIGABYTE has developed a custom server motherboard based on the AMD WRX80 chipset that drives the Lenovo ThinkStation P620. The new WRX80 SU8 motherboard by GIGABYTE features a single sWRX8 CPU socket, supporting Threadripper Pro processors up to the Threadripper Pro 3995WX. It features seven PCI-Express 4.0 x16 slots, three 64 Gbps U.2 ports, two M.2-22110 slots, and eight DDR4 DIMM slots, each with its own dedicated memory channel. GIGABYTE also used the lavish PCIe budget of this platform to give the board dual 10 GbE interfaces. The board also comes with an ASPEED IPMI remote management chip. GIGABYTE is a server vendor, and this board's unveiling could hint at the likelihood of AMD opening up availability of the Threadripper Pro to other OEM vendors, ending Lenovo's exclusivity.
Source: VideoCardz
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14 Comments on GIGABYTE Unveils AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro Motherboard for Servers

#1
thesmokingman
Gotta be honest here, that is sexy with them slots, so damn slotty!!
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Caring1
thesmokingman
Gotta be honest here, that is sexy with them slots, so damn slotty!!
Say no to slot shaming. :laugh:
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#3
Nordic
My soul wants to crunch with this.
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#4
TechLurker
I'm more curious if SAM and AMD's equivalent of DirectStorage will be implemented on it. If I'm not misremembering, SAM (ReBAR) and DirectStorage could be useful for things besides gaming, such as rendering and some kinds of high-end photo/video editing.
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#5
Gmr_Chick
Every time I see a Threadripper board, I'm always amazed at how damn big the socket is. Oh lawd :laugh:
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#6
phill
thesmokingman
Gotta be honest here, that is sexy with them slots, so damn slotty!!
Don't ever open up a server :laugh: 24 slots in the ones I have at home... Loads of slotting fun!! If only I could need and afford the RAM to fill the slots........
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#8
InVasMani
I like the layout with the VRM on the right side and way they arranged the memory slots. This board is massive though I have to say. If they reduced it to just 6 slots for six-channel and reduced it to 5 PCIE x16 slots would be interesting too perhaps make use of all that extra PCIE slot bandwidth to make it quad 10gbE with a 5gbE or 10gbE LAN!!? That would be a hell of a hardware router plus it could do QUAD GPU and a QUAD M.2 what a beast ThreadRipper platform is really crazy. AMD needs a more entry level single CCX thread ripper pro chip with that type of motherboard. I don't know if it would fit into a ATX size format or not it would be close. In the case of 6-channel memory the traces would be tighter together too as a good perk so on a more scaled back core count single CCX ThreadRipper CPU and workout nicely and it could be quite good for a APU ThreadRipper chip too.
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Tomorrow
Gmr_Chick
Every time I see a Threadripper board, I'm always amazed at how damn big the socket is. Oh lawd :laugh:
That's what she said...
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#10
Gruffalo.Soldier
I'm the only one
Gmr_Chick
I'm always amazed at how damn big the socket is. Oh lawd :laugh:
That's what i say to my GF every night :p
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Gmr_Chick
Tomorrow
That's what she said...
Yep, that's what I said ;):D
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#12
ypsylon
I ask one question only since original TR hit the market.

Why the heck only server motherboards have horizontally rotated CPU/RAM socket/slots?

A Beauty with capital B. This board perfectly shows why vertical CPU socket/RAM is waste of space and time.

Only EVGA Dark SR-3 did it recently for 3647.
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Tomorrow
ypsylon
I ask one question only since original TR hit the market.

Why the heck only server motherboards have horizontally rotated CPU/RAM socket/slots?

A Beauty with capital B. This board perfectly shows why vertical CPU socket/RAM is waste of space and time.

Only EVGA Dark SR-3 did it recently for 3647.
EVGA also has Z390 and Z490 that has horizontal socket/RAM layout. So current mainstream Intel CPU's are supported: www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=131-CL-E499-KR
What i like more about this layout are the side by side 90 degree rotated ATX24 and EPS power connectors.

What i like less are the two RAM slots that forces one to use expensive 32GB DIMM's in order to get 64GB total.
I understand that two slots is better for oveclocking but i feel like this advantage is negated with 32GB DIMM's that overclock worse than their 16GB and especially 8GB siblings.

As for why so few use this layout? Well im guessing it's a cost issue above all else since both the EVGA Dark and this GB server board are enthusiast products with price tags to match.
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#14
InVasMani
ypsylon
I ask one question only since original TR hit the market.

Why the heck only server motherboards have horizontally rotated CPU/RAM socket/slots?

A Beauty with capital B. This board perfectly shows why vertical CPU socket/RAM is waste of space and time.

Only EVGA Dark SR-3 did it recently for 3647.
Another aspect of this style layout that seems overlooked is the ram slots are located closer to the primary GPU socket so it should have shorter traces between GPU/MEMORY/CPU it's really more electrically optimized looking to me.
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