ASRock Rack ROME2D16-2T Testing
We wanted to gather a few quick data points to validate that the ASRock Rack ROME2D16-2T indeed is performing as expected.
Overall, we saw a solid performance from the motherboard with a variety of chip configurations. We may have had slightly lower performance on a few of the tests but overall these are within a margin of +/-2% which is a decent test variation range. What we are really looking for here is a dip of 5-10% or even more and we did not see that.
Overall, the ASRock Rack ROME2D16-2T performed well in our testing and provided a stable platform for us. There is frankly a ton of customization that can be done to this motherboard and that is very welcome.
Even at a 305mm x 330mm EEB size, the motherboard is still quite packed with features. That means that one does need to do a bit more looking through the planned components to ensure they will fit. For example, one may need different length OCuLink cables. Some PCIe slots can be obstructed by either DIMM slots or large NVMe heatsinks. Those are just some of the challenges that motherboard designers face trying to fit modern server platforms into smaller form factors like this EEB motherboard.
Still, for many applications, the ability to move to a PCIe Gen4 platform with up to 128 cores and 4TB of memory in a standard motherboard form factor is going to be a big deal. Many of the systems that are being upgraded these days are from the early Skylake Xeon era or the Xeon E5 era that were put in custom chassis for markets. Having a platform that can drop into a familiar chassis but provide an enormous capacity upgrade in terms of compute as well as I/O is a big deal.
Overall, ASRock Rack did a great job balancing the limitations of a 305mm x 330mm form factor with fitting a ton of functionality into the platform. There were even small nice-to-see features such as the dual 10Gbase-T networking onboard. This was an overall solid platform for us in our testing and that is what one wants in a server motherboard.