ASRock Rack EPC621D4I-2M Motherboard Review

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ASRock Rack EPC621D4I-2M Remote Management

The ASRock Rack EPC621D4I-2M uses an Aspeed AST2500 chip to provide IPMI functions over HTML5 interface.

Default login information is as follows:

  • Username: admin
  • Password: admin
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Login
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Login

After logging in, we see system information and IPMI options along the left side.

We will continue on with IPMI screens.

ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Dashboard
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Dashboard
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Sensors
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Sensors
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI System Inventory
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI System Inventory
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Settings
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Settings
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Maintenance
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Maintenance

Here one can see that ASRock is using a MegaRAC SP-X package that is the company’s newer offering. We like this new firmware as it offers a few new features including a HTML5 iKVM capability as well as a more mobile-friendly UI.

ASRock Rack provides iKVM functionality for remote management with their motherboards while competitors like Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo charge for this feature. Remove iKVM is one of the number one most useful troubleshooting tools and is a high-value inclusion here.

ASRock Rack EPC621D4I-2M Motherboard BIOS

The ASRock Rack Remote management solution provides the remote administrator with the information they need to manage servers far away from the home office. From the Remote Control Tab, one can launch KVM and directly control the server, including the BIOS. The ASRock EPC621D4I-2M uses a standard AMI (Aptio) BIOS.

ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Remote Control
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M IPMI Remote Control

As we scan through a few BIOS screens, this is a very standard interface for this class of product. Here are a few sample screenshots:

ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M BIOS 2
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M BIOS 2
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M BIOS 3
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M BIOS 3
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M BIOS 4
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M BIOS 4
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M BIOS 5
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I 2M BIOS 5

For those that are accustomed to using this type of server, the BIOS here will seem extremely familiar. The ability to remotely flip settings and diagnose issues at this level, as a feature included with the platform instead of as an add-on, is a great feature.

Next, let’s take a quick look at the ASRock Rack EPC621D4I-2M motherboard specifications.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Pls review ASRock Rack D2143D4I2-2T or Supermicro Edge Computing/Gateway lineup like SuperServer E403-9D-8CN-FN13TP with X11SDW-8C-TP13F.

  2. “We wanted to get this review complete instead of waiting for some of the higher end SKUs like the Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 and Platinum 8276L CPUs available”
    while all of my skylake-sp supports UDIMM, my Cascade-Lake-SP don’t support UDIMM.
    in theory this can’t work…

  3. aus dem ASRock Rack PDF(EPC621D4I-2M – EPC621D6I)
    “4 DIMM slots, Supports Quad Channel DDR4 2993/2666/2400 ECC SO R DIMM, ECC SO DIMM, and non-ECC SO DIMM (Max. 64GB)”
    Es gibt SO R DIMM ????? wo ?

  4. Hello Patrick,
    There is some confusion regarding the ILM of this socket. You mention that it is square and even reference the Dynatron B13. the folks from ASRock Rack and Dynatron were saying that it was a narrow ILM. Can you confirm which type that MB uses?
    Thanks,
    jp

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