Gigabyte added several new workstations, including a rackmount workstation, for AMD Ryzen and AMD Ryzen Threadripper (Pro.) What is interesting is that Gigabyte is adding support across a number of different verticals releasing new models in its W line.
New Gigabyte AMD Ryzen Threadripper Workstations
Let us get to the workstations and some of their motherboards.
Gigabyte W771-Z00 and MC62-G40 Motherboard
The Gigabyte W771-Z00 is a workstation built around the Gigabyte MC62-G40 motherboard. This is Gigabyte’s high-end workstation offering designed for AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO.
The MC62-G40 motherboard appears at first glance to have 7x PCIe Gen4 x16 slots, but not all are electrically x16. Instead, one is x8 in a x16 physical slot.
In the system, that x8 slot is Slot1 therefore at the bottom edge of the motherboard and would get used for a fourth double-width GPU. ATX is too small!
Still, the MC62-G40 provides consumer-friendly features such as two M.2 slots, both 1GbE and dual 10GbE (10Gbase-T) networking, and an array of USB ports. There is even a M.2 2230 slot for WiFi. One also gets an ASPEED AST2600 BMC onboard for out of band management more like a server.
We are just going to note here that this is quite a bit different compared to the Gigabyte W291-Z00 AMD EPYC GPU tower server we reviewed some time ago.
Gigabyte G182-C20 1U Workstation Server
Gigabyte has a 1U workstation server that is very interesting. This is based on the AMD Ryzen Threadripper (non-pro) and has the corresponding TRX40 chipset.
Uses for the Threadripper processor are not limited to classic workstation builds, and they have a home in a small footprint 1U GPU centric server. The G182-C20 supports all 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors and is based on the TRX40 chipset.
Some of the really interesting highlights on this one:
- Redundant 1.6kW power supplies
- Two GPU slots (PCIe Gen4 x16)
- Two U.2 SSD slots
- Dual 10Gbase-T
- Even a BMC for out-of-band management
This also looked like a really interesting platform, although a part of us wishes this was a TRX80 Threadripper Pro platform so that one could use ECC RDIMMs.
Gigabyte W331-Z00 AMD Ryzen Workstation
If you want to have a more corporate-style workstation, Gigabyte has the the W331-Z00 that offers Ryzen in a tower form factor. The catch is that this is designed around a more corporate motherboard rather than a typical consumer motherboard. There are not huge LEDs and ornamental heatsinks in here.
The Gigabyte W331-Z00 is based on the AMD B550 chipset with socket AM4 so one can put up to a 16-core processor in this system but also scale down to lower-cost options. Also, unlike the higher-end offerings, this has only dual 1GbE instead of 2.5GbE or 10GbE.
Those Threadripper (Pro) platforms look very cool. It is great to see Gigabyte push into new form factors targeting new market segments