AMD EPYC was revealed recently and now Gigabyte has shown off an AMD EPYC motherboard that supports up to 1 TB of RAM which would seem like overkill for gaming but then again the AMD EPYC platform is not for gamers in the first place. AMD EPYC is aimed at the server market and hence the excess of RAM.
The MZ30-AR0 motherboard features quad channel memory support and has 16 DIMM slots. The motherboard supports CPUs with up to 180W TDP. This is especially compatible with the 32C/64T EPYC CPU. These are features that the server market looks forward to and Gigabyte has got all the features that you could ask for in a motherboard.
The features of the AMD EPYC motherboard from Gigabyte are as follows:
- AMD EPYC™ 7000 series processor family
- 8-Channel RDIMM/LRDIMM/NVDIMM DDR4
- 16 x DIMMs
- 2 x SFP+ 10Gb/s LAN ports (Broadcom® BCM 57810S)
- 1 x Dedicated management port
- 4 x SlimSAS (for 16 x SATA 6Gb/s) ports
- Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface
- Up to 4 x PCIe Gen3 x16 slots and 3 x PCIe Gen3 x8 slots
- Aspeed® AST2500 remote management controller
AMD has disrupted the mainstream CPU market with AMD Ryzen CPUs and AMD is also looking to take Intel head-on in the workstation market with AMD Threadripper series of CPUs. It looks like AMD will be taking on Intel in the server market as well with AMD EPYC. These CPUs will come in handy in data centers where these additionals cores and threads will give a significant advantage.
AMD is competing with Intel in all markets when it comes to CPUs but we are expecting the same from AMD when it comes to the GPU market. I hope that AMD can pull the same off when it comes to taking on Nvidia for the high-end GPU market. Looking at things realistically, it seems unlikely but one can hope.
Let us know what you think about this AMD EPYC motherboard.