GIGABYTE Releases Servers with PCIe 4.0 Drives and Support for Broadcom® Tri-Mode Storage Adapter

Designed for 2nd Gen AMD EPYC™

2020/10/15

Taipei, Taiwan, October 15th 2020 – GIGABYTE Technology, (TWSE: 2376), an industry leader in high-performance servers and workstations, today announced six new rack and high-density servers (R182-Z93, R282-Z94, R152-Z33, R272-Z34, H262-Z6A, H262-Z6B) for the AMD EPYC™ platform that garner considerable boosts in high-bandwidth flash storage, as well as flexibility for data center needs. The updated technology in the servers add extra performance as they target Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, Virtualization, Business-Critical Workloads, and more.

Key Features of New Servers:

  • All new servers support PCIe Gen 4 for all front drive bays and onboard M.2 slots
  • Broadcom® Tri-mode storage adapters supported: R152-Z33, R272-Z34, R182-Z93 and R282-Z94
  • All new servers have silicon-based hardware Root of Trust
  • Green tabs on bays to indicate PCIe Gen 4 U.2

Storage Flexibility and RAID:
As part of the evolving nature of drives in high-performance workload servers, GIGABYTE has included support for Broadcom Tri-Mode Storage Adapters. This technology allows for the use of NVMe, SATA, or SAS storage devices in bays connected via an adapter in a PCIe slot. At the same time, fault-tolerant functionality is available for greater protection of data. In a 1U chassis (R152 or R182) a single Broadcom adapter is supported, and in 2U chassis (R272, R282) two adapters are supported.
Broadcom storage adapters supported by: R152-Z33, R272-Z34, R182-Z93 and R282-Z94

Secure Boot Process:
GIGABYTE has begun implementing a security module in the Socket-on-Chip (SoC) to ensure a secure boot process. As a system turns on, the security subsystem initializes to protect against firmware attacks by checking BMC/BIOS’s encrypted signature and SPI flash for compromised firmware. This Root of Trust (RoT) is on all six new servers, more to come.

New Dual AMD EPYC - R-series Servers:
The 1U R182-Z93 and 2U R282-Z94 are designed for dual AMD EPYC 7002 series processors with 32 DIMM slots available, and each processor can run 16DIMMs of 3200MHz DDR4 with a BIOS setting change. As well, the 32 DIMM slots support up to 8TB of DDR4 memory. The two servers mostly differ in terms of their storage capacity and number of expansion slots, while both have additional support for PCIe Gen4. The R182-Z93 favors expansion and mezzanine slots over storage capacity, and it has support for up to 10x U.2 drives and expansion slots: 2x full-height half-length PCIe (Gen4 x16), 1x OCP 3.0 (Gen4 x16), 1x OCP 2.0 (Gen3 x8). On the other hand, the storage favoring R282-Z94 supports 24x U.2 drives and 2x SATA/SAS drives, and 1x full-height half-length PCIe (Gen4 x16) slot. The tables below compare the new rack servers to others in their series, based on storage.


▲ R182-Z93: front & rear view

▲ R282-Z94: front & rear view
R182 series
Model Name R182-Z90 R182-Z91 R182-Z92 R182-Z93
PCIe Storage Gen 3 Gen 4
SATA/SAS 4 x 3.5"/2.5" 8 x 2.5" - -
U.2 - 2 x 2.5" 10 x 2.5" 10 x 2.5"
R282 series
Model Name R282-Z90 R282-Z91 R282-Z92 R282-Z93 R282-Z94
PCIe Storage Gen 3 Gen 4
SATA/SAS 12 x 3.5"/2.5"
2 x 2.5" rear
24 x 2.5"
2 x 2.5" rear
-
2 x 2.5" rear
12 x 3.5"/2.5"
-
-
2 x 2.5" rear
U.2 - - 24 x 2.5" - 24 x 2.5"

New single AMD EPYC – R-series Servers:
The 1U R152-Z33 and 2U R272-Z34 are designed for single AMD EPYC 7002 series processors with 16 DIMM slots, and up to 4TB DDR4 at 3200MHz. The 1U R152-Z33 design has a smaller footprint, as the 1U form factor packs in less drive bays, 10x 2.5” Gen 4 U.2, for cost savings compared to the R272-Z34 with 24x U.2 and 2x 2.5” SATA/SAS bays. As well, both servers have 2x M.2 slots (Gen4 x4) on the motherboard. The R152-Z33 has one full-height half-length PCIe (Gen 4 x16) slot, and the R 272-Z34 has one PCIe (Gen 4 x8) low profile slot. As for networking, both servers come with dual 1Gb/s LAN ports.


▲ R152-Z33: front & rear view

▲ R272-Z34: front & rear view
R152 series
Model Name R152-Z30 R152-Z31 R152-Z32 R152-Z33
PCIe Storage Gen 3 Gen 4
SATA/SAS 4 x 3.5"/2.5" 8 x 2.5" - -
U.2 - 2 x 2.5" 10 x 2.5" 10 x 2.5"
R272 series
Model Name R272-Z30 R272-Z31 R272-Z32 R272-Z34
PCIe Storage Gen 3 Gen 4
SATA/SAS 12 x 3.5"/2.5"
2 x 2.5" rear
24 x 2.5"
2 x 2.5" rear
-
2 x 2.5" rear
-
2 x 2.5" rear
U.2 - - 24 x 2.5" 24 x 2.5"

New H-series Servers:
Designed for Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) and high-performance computing, the 2U 4node H-series offers flexibility for scaling out. One of the benefits of the H-series, and what makes it a good choice for rack size reduction, is the possibility for up to four nodes with focus on compute, storage, or networking. The new H262-Z6A and H262-Z6B support dual AMD EPYC 7002 series processors. Both servers, at a per node level, support 16DIMMs of DDR4 up to 3200MHz. However, the H262-Z6B can support 280W EPYC processors (ambient 25°C) as the server has less front bay drives than the H262-Z6A. Drawing in higher, less impeded, airflow allows for ample cooling of max TDP processors in the H262-Z6B. On the other hand, the H262-Z6A focuses more on storage and thus is able to support only up to 240W EPYC processors (ambient 30°C). In terms of slots, per node, both servers support 2x low profile half-length PCIe (Gen4 x16) slots and 1x OCP 3.0 mezzanine (Gen4 x16). The following tables compare the stack of H262 series servers.


▲ H262-Z6A: front & rear view

▲ H262-Z6B: front & rear view
H262 series
Model Name H262-Z61 H262-Z62 H262-Z63 H262-Z66 H262-Z6A H262-Z6B
PCIe Storage Gen 3 Gen 4
SATA/SAS 24 x 2.5" supported supported 12 x 2.5" supported supported
U.2 - 24 x 2.5" 8 x 2.5" 12 x 2.5" 24 x 2.5" 8 x 2.5"

Remote and Multiple Server Management:
As part of GIGABYTE’s value proposition, GIGABYTE provides GIGABYTE Management Console (GMC) for BMC server management via a web browser based platform. Whether for server monitoring, updating BIOS and firmware, or remote management, GMC delivers. Additionally, GIGABYTE Server Management (GSM) software is free to download and used to monitor and manage multiple servers. GMC and GSM offer great value while reducing license and customer maintenance costs.

For more about Rack servers with AMD: https://www.gigabyte.com/Rack-Server?fid=2222
For more about H-series servers: https://www.gigabyte.com/High-Density-Server
For further enquiries or assistance, contact us directly through server.grp@gigabyte.com

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