Gigabyte launches this week Its new MU92 series motherboards are designed for Intel’s third-generation Xeon Scalable “Ice Lake-SP” processors, with up to 40 cores, and support Intel’s Xeon W-3300 CPU optimized for workstations, with up to 38 A core and high frequency. The MU92 series platform is mainly designed for servers.
GIGABYTE’s MU92-TU motherboard is based on Intel’s C621A chipset and is equipped with 1 Socket P+ for Intel’s LGA4189 processor and 16 slots for DDR4-3200 SDRAM. It uses RDIMM, LRDIMM or Intel’s Optane Persistent Memory to support up to 4TB memory module.
GIGABYTE’s MU-92-TU uses an E-ATX form factor to provide additional scalability (and memory capacity), using seven PCIe Gen x16 slots (one works in x16 mode, and three can work in x8 or x16 mode) The rest can only work in x8 mode) for accelerators, high-performance SSDs and/or network adapters. In addition, the motherboard has an M.2-22110 slot for SSD with PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, and two SlimSAS connectors support 8 SATA ports and two native SATA ports.
As a server motherboard, Gigabyte’s MU92-TU does not have rich I/O capabilities. It does have two 10GbE connectors controlled by the Intel X710-AT2 chip, and a GbE port for IPMI remote management enabled by Aspeed AST2500 BMC. In addition, the device has two USB 3.0 ports, one COM port and one D-Sub display output.
In terms of software compatibility, Gigabyte’s MU92-TU is compatible with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016/2019, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2/8.3 (x64) or higher, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP5/15 SP2 (x64) or higher Higher version, Ubuntu 20.04/20.04.1 LTS (x64) or higher. VMware ESXi 6.7 Update3 P03/ESXi 7.0 Update2 and Citrix Hypervisor 8.2.0.
Although most server workloads are optimized for multi-core/multi-threaded systems for easy expansion, there are also workloads that require high clocks and high core counts. Both Intel and AMD CPUs can achieve a balance between the number of cores and frequency, and the Xeon W-3300 series optimized for workstations is a good example of this balance. For this reason, it is very meaningful to release server boards that support both Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Xeon W processors.