At Computex 2023, we saw the Gigabyte R263-P33 Ampere AmpereOne Arm server. This was a cool server to see as the release of AmpereOne CPUs inch toward general availability. While they are cloud-only right now, we expect that to change in the not-too-distant future, and so seeing servers like this Gigabyte one is exciting. Let us take a quick look.
Gigabyte R263-P33 Ampere AmpereOne Arm Server at Computex 2023
Here are the key specs of the Gigabyte R263-P33. Since we cannot see the back, the standard I/O is listed as a 1GbE port and a dedicated management port. The power supplies are 2.4kW 80+ Platinum units which seem extreme.
The front of the chassis has four 3.5″ bays focused on NVMe and the remainder on SATA and SAS with an optional controller. This is a 2U platform, but Gigabyte also has a 1U platform for those that want more density, as well as a dual-socket platform coming.
Inside the server we can see a fairly standard layout.
There is a four hot-swap fan partition in the middle behind the storage backplane. We can also see a more commercial-style motherboard than a proprietary form factor.
Here is another angle where we can see the layout a bit better.
The start of the show is the LGA5964 socket for AmpereOne. We also get eight DDR5 DIMM channels.
On the back, we have two risers for PCIe slots.
Here is the other riser. In total, we get 3x full height full-length PCIe Gen5 x16 slots with GPU support and another PCIe Gen5 x16 half-length slot.
Networking is provided via the two OCP NIC 3.0 slots on either side of the risers. There is also what might be the fastest boot solution around as a PCIe Gen5 x4 M.2 slot. Generally, we see PCIe Gen3 x1 and maybe x4 slots being used for boot devices these days.
Since our team had this question, the black box in these photos covers the connection between the power distribution board and the motherboard.
This is one of a growing number of AmpereOne servers.
Overall, it is great to see more of these servers. Now we just need AmpereOne chips. The Ampere Altra Max 128 core part is great for having many cores, but AMD EPYC “Bergamo” is set to 3x the SPECint rates per socket. We will have more on that later this week. That is not the market that Ampere is necessarily competing in, but Ampere is going to need a higher core count and a new core to push its high core count agenda versus AMD now that AMD has a higher core count offering. Hopefully, we can bring you reviews of both the server and the chip in the not-too-distant future. For now, you can learn more about AmpereOne here.