Gigabyte R181-NA0 Storage Performance
We were limited by the available sets of 10x NVMe SSDs that we had in our lab for testing but we found three sets of Intel drives to use and we simply wanted to present sequential performance findings. Storage performance will vary greatly with the types of drives used.
As you can see, we saw solid performance from the drives, certainly scaling with additional drives. All of these solutions essentially can fill a 100Gbps pipe worth of data which is a feat itself. Being fair, the Intel DC P3320 2TB drives were never formally released by Intel, although we still have more than a dozen retail marked examples in our lab. We also tried a configuration using a heterogeneous mix of higher-speed drives and saw around 30GB/s of read performance. That is good, but it is also far more than a PCIe 3.0 x16 adapter can handle.
Gigabyte R181-NA0 Power Consumption
We put the server into in our data center using 208V 30A Schneider Electric APC PDUs. We measured power using the Intel Xeon Gold 6138 CPUs, and saw some great figures:
- Idle: 99W
- 70% Load: 283W
- 100% Load: 372W
- Peak: 416W
Note these results were taken using a 208V Schneider Electric / APC PDU at 17.7C and 71% RH. Our testing window shown here had a +/- 0.3C and +/- 2% RH variance. The ambient temperatures and humidity factors are important as they greatly influence server power consumption, especially in densely populated NVMe servers such as this.
STH Server Spider: Gigabyte R181-NA0
This is going to be the first review we are going to introduce the STH Server Spider alongside. Our goal is to start giving a quick visual depiction of the types of parameters that a server is targeted at.
As you can see, this server is primarily targeted for high-performance storage scenarios. The 1U form factor lends itself well to higher-density compute, but is not quite as dense as some of the 2U 4-node density optimized solutions. If you are looking for low cost, high-capacity storage, you would instead look to 3.5″ solutions to augment the Gigabyte R181-NA0 in your infrastructure.
At STH, we do a large number of hands-on server reviews. Behind the scenes, we have thousands of cores and ample storage. One of our favorite form factors today is this 1U 10x NVMe solution. It provides a great balance of high-performance storage and compute density that fits today’s emerging software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure trends. If you are in the market for a cluster of machines for these types of deployments or proof of concept designs, then the Gigabyte R181-NA0 should be high on your list of systems to look at.