ASRock Rack TRX40D8-2N2T Management
In our hardware overview, we showed the out-of-band management port. This allows OOB management features such as IPMI but also allows one to get to a management page. ASRock rack seems to be using a lightly skinned MegaRAC SP-X interface. This interface is a more modern HTML5 UI that performs more like today’s web pages and less like pages from a decade ago. We like this change.
Going through the options, the ASRock Rack solution seems as though it is following the SP-X package very closely. As a result, we see more of the standard set of features and options.
One nice feature is that we get a modern HTML5 iKVM solution. Some other vendors have implemented iKVM HTML5 clients but did not implement virtual media support in them at the outset. ASRock Rack has this functionality as well as power on/ off directly from the window.
Many large system vendors such as Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo charge for iKVM functionality. This feature is an essential tool for remote system administration these days. ASRock’s inclusion of the functionality as a standard feature is great for customers who have one less license to worry about.
Beyond the iKVM functionality, there are also remote firmware updates enabled on the platform. You can update the BIOS and BMC firmware directly from the web interface. This is something that Supermicro charges extra for.
We are going to note that our test system came with a default admin/ admin username and password. It was an international system that ASRock Rack sent us so technically it was not sold in California. Still, we expect to see more random passwords coming to ASRock and do not be surprised if a platform you purchase has a unique password. We explain why here:
Next, let us look at the test configuration before getting to performance.
ASRock Rack TRX40D8-2N2T Test Configuration
For this test we utilized the following setup:
- System: ASRock Rack TRX40D8-2N2T
- CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X
- Cooling: NZXT Kraken X62
- RAM: 8x 16GB DDR4-3200 ECC UDIMMs
- Storage: 2x Intel DC S3710 400GB (OS), 2x Intel DC S3700 800GB data
We have the Threadripper 3990X installed on the board for an upcoming project build on STH. After testing, we think there is a lot of merits to simply having 64 cores although the 3970X is probably a better fit. These are 280W TDP CPUs and we are using a large workstation chassis to hold them since we did not have a 1U/ 2U server platform with cooling that can handle these cooling requirements.
We also added a RTX 2080 Super for the power testing to make it align more with our previous workstation focused Threadripper testing.
Next, let us get to performance testing before getting to power consumption and final words.