New Gigabyte AMD EPYC Server 2U4N and Motherboard Options

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Gigabyte H261 Z61 Front
Gigabyte H261 Z61 Front

Gigabyte announced a few new products. Our editor-in-chief Patrick was in Taipei Taiwan this week and got a glimpse of the new products. There is a new 2U 4-node system, the H261-Z61 being released with NVMe support. Along with that server solution, there are two single socket AMD EPYC ATX motherboard solutions, the MZ01-CE0 and MZ01-CE1.

Gigabyte H261-Z61 2U 4-Node Server

The 2U 4-node dual socket form factor is extremely popular in the enterprise server market for offering excellent density and economics with shared power and cooling. The Gigabyte H261-Z61 is a variant of a server STH has in the lab. This new variant of the H261-Z61 adds support for 2x U.2 drives per node. Instead of having 6x SATA/ SAS drives per node like the H261-Z60, the Gigabyte H261-Z61, therefore, has 2x 2.5″ U.2 NVMe drives and 4x 2.5″ SATA/ SAS drive bays per node.

Gigabyte H261 Z61 Front
Gigabyte H261 Z61 Front

Each of the four rear accessible nodes has dual 1GbE LAN, dual half-length low profile PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, an OCP x16 mezzanine slot and support for dual AMD EPYC CPUs with 8x DIMMs per CPU.

STH has a 2U 4-node Gigabyte H261-Z60 AMD EPYC server review coming this month so stay tuned.

Gigabyte MZ01-CE0 and MZ01-CE1 ATX AMD EPYC Motherboards

There are two Gigabyte MZ01 motherboards that are new single socket ATX motherboard solutions for Gigabyte. The single socket AMD EPYC platforms are popular because they can handle an enormous amount of PCIe I/O with a single socket solution.

Gigabyte MZ01 CE0 With Box
Gigabyte MZ01 CE0 With Box

You can see that there are eight DIMM slots due to size constraints in ATX. There are also four full length PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, a PCIe x8 slot, an M.2 slot, dual 1GbE NICs, and four SilimSAS connectors for 16x SATA lanes. One can effectively remove the need for a HBA in a 12 or 16 bay 2U/3U server, and still have five PCIe slots and an M.2 slot available.

Gigabyte MZ01 CE0 Rear IO
Gigabyte MZ01-CE0 Rear IO

The Gigabyte MZ01-CE0 has the two additional 10Gbase-T ports based on the Intel X550-AT2. This is in addition to the Gigabyte MZ01-CE1’s dual Intel i210 1GbE ports. The additional network connectivity of the CE0 is the differentiator.

You can learn more about the MZ01-CE0 and MZ01-CE1 on Gigabyte’s site.

4 COMMENTS

  1. This is awesome! I have three MZ31-AR0 E-ATX boards and they are great, but was really hoping for an ATX board that might have a slightly cheaper cost associated with it. Hoping for a review as well!

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