Gigabyte has new AM5 platforms, and not just for the desktop. The Gigabyte Server division has new motherboards to put the power of the AMD Ryzen 7000 series into servers. New in this generation are two motherboards differing mostly in networking that one can use to build something very different.
Gigabyte MC13-LE1 and MC13-LE0 for AMD Ryzen 7000 in Servers
If you want AMD Ryzen 7000 and Zen 4 with PCIe Gen5, you can get it possibly before Genoa. The Gigabyte MC13-LE0 is a mATX motherboard built around the AMD B650E chipset that we covered in our AMD Ryzen 7000 Series Platform Overview. That means we get PCIe Gen5 x16 support for the GPU a PCIe Gen4 x4 for M.2 storage, and another PCIe Gen4 x4 slot.
The platform also comes with four SATA. We are seeing fewer SATA ports in this generation as a clear trend. The other major feature is the ASPEED AST2600 BMC. These platforms both have management.
The big difference between the Gigabyte MC13-LE1 and the MC13-LE0 is networking. The MC13-LE0 is the dual 1GbE network solution. The MC13-LE1 has dual 10Gbase-T. This is a very high-end 10Gbase-T solution with the Intel X710-AT2. Here is the block diagram for the MC13-LE1:
Beyond these two motherboards, Gigabyte has an AMD DASH desktop for the AMD Ryzen 7000 series called the W332-Z00.
At first, we thought this one was based on the MC13 motherboards. Instead, it has a different motherboard, as you can see on the rear I/O, with fewer NICs, more display outputs, and audio out.
To us, the standouts are the server motherboards.
Perhaps the biggest feature of the Gigabyte MC13-LE1 and Gigabyte MC13-LE0 motherboards is the support for ECC memory. Listed in the specs is support for “Dual Channel ECC / Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR5, 4 DIMMs.” Although AMD does not officially support the AMD Ryzen series like Intel does on its Xeon E line, there are a few vendors that have realized that that market is ripe for bringing Ryzen with ECC into.
These are very exciting platforms for sure. Hopefully we can get a MC13-LE1 one of these days for a review.