AMD EPYC Rome in (Deep) Mini-ITX? ASRock Rack’s New ROMED4ID-2T

ASRock Rack has unveiled its newest small type issue motherboard designed for AMD’s EYPC processors, the ROMED4ID-2T. It’s based mostly on a brand new proprietary type issue just like Mini-ITX, affectionally colloquialized as ‘Deep’ Mini-ITX, which is barely bigger than normal mini-ITX. The board helps for EPYC Rome 7002 processors as much as 64 cores.

With the ability to amalgamate as much as 64 cores with a mini-ITX motherboard is not a small feat; the ROMED4ID-2T does it for customers trying to construct a server with a small general footprint. This mannequin opts for a brand new wider proprietary design, the ‘deep mini-ITX’ type issue with dimensions of 6.7 x 8.2 inches, moderately than 6.7-inch sq. for normal mini-ITX.

The primary apparent limitation with such a small motherboard dimension and a big socket is that not all the options of the processor is made accessible – there are some sacrifices to place all of it in. That begins with the reminiscence help, with this mannequin solely having 4 reminiscence slots, and due to this fact 4 reminiscence channels, moderately than the usual eight channels that EPYC Rome can present. The opposite is PCIe 4.0 help – there may be one PCIe 4.0 x16 full size slot, and 6 Slimline PCIe 4.0 x8 ports, however that’s nonetheless far fewer than the 128 lanes this CPU can present. 

For storage units, aside from the only M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4 slot, there may be loads to accommodate a number of drives, regardless of the scale limitations, with as much as sixteen SATA ports help from two of the Slimline ports, which ASRock states will be configured inside the BIOS. This additionally contains help for bulk U.2 storage, with two Slimline ports working at PCIe 4.0 x8 or eight SATA ports, and the opposite 4 Slimline merely listed as being PCIe 4.0 x8 solely.

Being primarily marketed as a server-focused mannequin, it contains lots of the typical suspects relating to inside headers, together with one for IPMB, PMBus, and a 13-pin LPC TPM header. There are additionally three 4-pin fan headers, every with its personal fan fail LED.

Concerning connectivity, the ASRock Rack ROMED4ID-2T contains an Intel X550-AT2 10 Gb controller, which provides two 10 GbE ports on the rear panel, in addition to a devoted Realtek RTL8211E Ethernet port for the board’s IPMI. A single DB15 D-Sub video output is current for customers trying to entry the system bodily over the IPMI, with a UID LED button and a pair of USB 3.2 G1 Kind-A ports.

At current, ASRock hasn’t given any info relating to pricing or availability, however we count on to listen to one thing shortly.

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