GIGABYTE Presents Its New C612 Series Server & Workstation Motherboards

Posted on Sep 26 2014 - 2:42pm by admin

GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, is happy to introduce today its new lineup of motherboards based on the new Intel C612 chipset. Supporting the brand new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 V3 product families (former codename Haswell-EP) and the also brand new DDR4 server memory, this new lineup initially consists of one workstation motherboard and six server motherboards.

MU70-SU0On Intel’s previous server platforms, by design the maximum supported memory frequency has always been automatically downgraded the more DIMMs were being added on a server motherboard. As this trade-off between performance and capacity represents a dilemma to many memory-hungry server applications, GIGABYTE offers a unique solution. All our motherboards based on the LGA 2011-3 socket support by default a maximum frequency of 2133 MHz in any memory configuration.

Easy BIOS Update
Because updating the version of a BIOS can be a troublesome experience, GIGABYTE has developed an integrated function (no utility to install) that lets you update the BIOS of your motherboard(s) :

  • Without having to install CPU(s), memory, drives, operating system, etc.
  • Without having to power on the system (but a power supply must be connected)
  • One board at a time via our standard IPMI 2.0 web interface
  • Multiple boards simultaneously via command line

Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600/1600 V3 Product Families
Based on the Haswell microarchitecture, these new Intel processor families bring a whole new set of performance enhancing features. In addition to the usual boost in frequencies and core numbers, the Intel Xeon E5-1600/2600 V3 families are the first in the server industry to support the brand new DDR4 memory technology.

Moreover, these new processors include encryption performance overhead reduction features, and technologies improving run time and migration VM integrity.

DDR4 Server Memory Support
The Intel Xeon E5-1600/2600 V3 families are the first generation of server processors to support exclusively the new DDR4 technology on the market. Still built on a quad channel architecture, these new memory modules feature a increased stock frequency of up to 2133MHz and a lower voltage of 1.2V per module. Together, these two main improvements can not only deliver a large bandwidth performance boost to memory intensive applications, but also considerable energy savings to large scale server deployments.

The MW50-SV0 is GIGABYTE’s first workstation motherboard supporting the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 V3 product families. Eager to offer the most flexible product for the largest number of workstation applications, GIGABYTE has included on this motherboard all the features required to reach that goal.

Notably, it features a mezzanine card slot with four PCIe lanes with custom mounting sockets to receive one of our proprietary LAN controller cards. Positioned right between the board’s CPU socket and its rear I/O, it can add more LAN ports (including 10GbE fiber ports) to the standard interface and fit into a larger range of possible network scenarios.

Moreover, if you want complete specification, visit DroxTech it includes a comprehensive audio connectivity with five audio jacks and an optical S/PDIF output on the rear panel, as well as a front audio header, an S/PDIF-In header and an S/PDIF-Out header on the board.

  • 8 x DDR4 DIMM slots
  • 2 x GbE LAN ports (Intel I210 controller)
  • 1 x GbE LAN port (Intel I218 controller) supporting Intel vPro
  • Rear I/O add-on card slot
  • 3-way and 2-way NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFireX support
  • 1 x mSATA 6Gb/s slot
  • 13 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports

Server Motherboards
MU70-SU0
While having 12 memory DIMMs on an ATX form factor is already quite uncommon, being able to run all of them at full speed is unique! This means this motherboard can receive up to 768GB of DDR4 memory running at 2133MHz frequency. The MU70-SU0 is therefore an ideal platform for any server running memory intensive applications.

Moreover, this motherboard uses a mezzanine card slot with four PCIe lanes with custom mounting sockets to receive one of our proprietary LAN controller cards. Positioned right between the board’s CPU socket and its rear I/O, it can add more LAN ports (including 10GbE fiber ports) to the standard interface and fit into a larger range of possible network scenarios.

  • 12 x DDR4 DIMM slots
  • 4 x GbE LAN ports (Intel I210 controller)
  • Rear I/O add-on card slot
  • 1 x mSATA 6Gb/s slot
  • 9 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports
  • ASPeed AST2400 remote management controller

MD30-RS0
The main interest of the MD30-RS0 is the presence of two 2011-3 sockets on an ATX form factor without doing any trade-off on other features. This board still provides 8 memory DIMMs, a large storage platform, and various full-length PCIe slots.

In addition to its ten SATA III 6Gb/s ports, the MD30-RS0 has two Mini-SAS 6Gb/s connectors that can be activated with the addition of our proprietary CRA220-8 add-on SAS card, providing at the same time RAID 0/1/1E/10 levels for these ports.

In spite of its very packed placement, this board still uses standard sockets and not narrow ones. Therefore, users have a larger choice of available cooling devices to install on this board.

  • 2 x LGA 2011-3 sockets on an ATX form factor
  • 8 x DDR4 DIMM slots
  • 2 x GbE LAN ports (Intel I210 controller)
  • 10 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports
  • Up to 8 x SAS 6Gb/s ports
  • Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller

MD50-LS0
This model offers all the standard features expected from a professional board dedicated to run standard server applications and is an ideal entry point into dual socket hardware.

In addition to its ten SATA III 6Gb/s ports, the MD50-LS0 has eight SAS 6Gb/s ports that can be activated with the addition of our proprietary CRA220-8 add-on SAS card, providing at the same time RAID 0/1/1E/10 levels for these ports.

With both of its sockets being completely offset, the board’s processors are able to receive equally cold air flow without disturbing each other’s thermal levels and the operating efficiency of the CPUs.

  • 8 x DDR4 DIMM slots
  • 2 x GbE LAN ports (Intel I210 controller)
  • 10 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports
  • Up to 8 x SAS 6Gb/s ports
  • Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller

MD60-SC0
This motherboard is a beefed up version of the MD50-LS0, with a larger memory platform and an onboard 10GbE fiber network solution. In the context of virtualized environments getting always more popular and asking for more and more resources from the networking side of a system, this motherboard is ready for high-performance virtual applications thanks to its high end Intel 82599ES controller. Capable of load-balancing, FCoE support, and low latency transfers, this solution simplifies a network’s topology while boosting its overall performance.

  • 16 x DDR4 DIMM slots
  • 1 x QSFP+ port supporting two 10GbE outputs via split cable
  • 10 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports
  • Up to 8 x SAS 6Gb/s ports
  • Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller

MD70-HB0
This model integrates directly on the motherboard an LSI SAS 3008 controller, which provides eight SAS 12Gb/s ports. This controller also features the LSI DataBolt technology that makes the aggregation of lower bandwidth drives into 12Gb/s data streams possible. For users already owning SATA/SAS 3Gb/s or 6Gb/s drives, this means the benefits of a 12Gb/s bandwidth can be enjoyed without having to make a large investment in new SAS 12Gb/s drives.

  • 16 x DDR4 DIMM slots
  • 2 x 10GbE BASE-T LAN ports (Intel X540 controller)
  • 8 x SAS 12Gb/s ports
  • 10 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports
  • Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller

MD80-TM0
This model is the top of the end of this new lineup and it can accommodate the maximum amount of memory offered by the Intel Xeon E5-1600/2600 V3 families with twenty-four DDR4 memory DIMM slots. This motherboard also features an onboard M.2 slot, which can receive M.2 SATA SSD cards up to 6Gb/s or M.2 PCIe SSD cards up to 10Gb/s.

  • 24 x DDR4 DIMM slots
  • 2 x 10GbE BASE-T LAN ports (Intel X540 controller)
  • 8 x SAS 12Gb/s ports
  • 10 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports
  • Onboard M.2 slot
  • Aspeed AST2400 remote management controller