Gigabyte MB51-PS0 Intel Xeon D-2100 Series Launch Platform

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Gigabyte MB51 PS0 Three Quarter
Gigabyte MB51 PS0 Three Quarter

At STH, we have been covering the Intel Xeon D-2100 series launch extensively and even produced the first independent third-party Intel Xeon D-2100 series benchmarks and power consumption figures. We have also been following new product launches and now the Gigabyte MB51-PS0 has been launched with the Intel Xeon D-2183IT 16-core / 32-thread CPU in an ATX form factor.

Gigabyte MB51-PS0 Motherboard

The Gigabyte MB51-PS0 is an ATX motherboard which is extremely interesting in this generation. The new Intel Xeon D-2183IT CPU has, even more, I/O and more performance than previous generations. As a result, larger than mITX form factors are becoming increasingly popular in order to handle a full complement of 8x DDR4 DIMMs.

Gigabyte MB51 PS0 Overview
Gigabyte MB51 PS0 Overview

There are a few really interesting bits to look at on the board itself beyond the 8x DDR4 DIMM slots. First, the motherboard has all 14x SATA III 6.0gbps ports that are provided by the platform. That means that one can have 8x more SATA III ports on this generation than the previous generation Xeon D-1500 series. Those 8x ports can obviate the need for an additional SATA/SAS3 controller.

Gigabyte MB51 PS0 Rear IO
Gigabyte MB51 PS0 Rear IO

There are two 10Gbase-T ports and out of band platform management. For next-generation storage, there are a M.2 and U.2 ports. Beyond these two ports, there are also two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. One of the x16 slots shares lanes with the M.2 and U.2 slots.

Gigabyte MB51-PS0 Specs

Here is a quick excerpt of the specs from the Gigabyte website.

  • Form Factor
    ATX
    305W x 244D (mm)
  • CPU
    Intel® Xeon® D-2183IT processor 2.2GHz
    Up to 2.8GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    16 cores
    Processor TDP 100W
  • Socket
    FCBGA 2518
  • Chipset
    SoC
  • Memory
    8 x DIMM slots
    DDR4 memory supported only
    4-channel memory architecture
    RDIMM and LRDIMM module supported
    Up to 512GB memory capacity
    1.2V modules: 2400 MHz
  • LAN
    2 x 10GBASE-T LAN ports (Intel® X557-AT2)
    1 x 10/100/1000 management LAN
  • Video
    Integrated in Aspeed® AST2500
    2D Video Graphic Adapter with PCIe bus interface
    1920×1200@60Hz 32bpp, DDR4 SDRAM
  • Audio
  • SAS
  • SATA
    14 x 7-pin SATA III 6Gb/s ports
  • RAID
  • Expansion Slots
    Slot_6: 1 x PCIe x16 (Gen3 x16 bus) slot
    Slot_4: 1 x PCIe x16 (Gen3 x16 or x8 bus) slot1 x M.2 slot:
    – M-key
    – PCIe Gne3 x4 signal
    – Shared with slot_4
    – Supports NGFF-2240/2260/2280 cards

    1 x U.2 ports:
    – SlimSAS type
    – PCIe Gen3 x4 per port
    – Shared with slot_4

  • Internal I/O
    1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectors
    14 x 7-pin SATA connectors
    1 x M.2 slot 1 x SlimSAS connectors
    1 x CPU fan headers
    5 x System fan headers
    1 x USB 3.0 header
    1 x COM_2 header
    1 x TPM header
    1 x Front panel header
    1 x PMBus connector
    1 x IPMB connector
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    1 x BIOS recovery jumper
  • Rear I/O
    2 x USB 3.0
    1 x VGA
    2 x RJ45
    1 x MLAN
    1 x COM_1
  • TPM
    1 x TPM header with Low pin count interface
    Optional TPM2.0 kit: CTM000

Overall, these are some interesting specs on what may be the largest Intel Xeon D-2100 series motherboard to date.

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