New Gigabyte MW51-HP0 for Intel Xeon W Workstation CPUs

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Gigabyte MW51 HP0 Angle
Gigabyte MW51 HP0 Angle

Following the Intel Xeon W Workstation Processor launch today, Gigabyte has announced a new Xeon W based motherboard. The Gigabyte MW51-HP0 harkens back to some of the high-end C602, X79, C612 and X99 motherboard designs with ultra high-end expandability and features.

Gigabyte MW51 HP0 Box
Gigabyte MW51 HP0 Box

The motherboard takes advantage of the full Intel Xeon W capabilities as it has a LGA 2066 socket along with four DDR4 DIMM channels at 2 DPC with eight DDR4 slots.

Gigabyte MW51 HP0 Top
Gigabyte MW51 HP0 Top

Gigabyte added an additional SATA III controller to bring the SATA III port count back up to 10. There are also M.2 and U.2 (SFF-8643) drive connections on the motherboard for NVMe SSDs.

Gigabyte MW51 HP0 Block Diagram
Gigabyte MW51 HP0 Block Diagram

Notably, there are seven PCIe x16 slots where Gigabyte is able to use PLX PCIe switches to power the seven PCIe x16 slots.

Gigabyte MW51 HP0 Rear IO
Gigabyte MW51 HP0 Rear IO

Beyond the storage and add-in card expandability, Gigabyte also includes dual Intel i210 1GbE LAN ports, USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 ports (Type A and Type C).

Gigabyte MW510-HP0 Key Specs

Here are the key specs for the motherboard:

  • Intel Xeon W-series Processor Family
  • Intel C422 Express Chipset
  • Quad Channel RDIMM/LRDIMM DDR4, 8 x DIMMs
  • Intel VROC ready
  • ASMedia 2142 USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB controller
  • Realtek ALC1150 HD audio codec
  • 2 x GbE LAN ports (Intel I210)
  • 8 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports from C422, supports SATA DOM
  • 2 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports from Marvell 88SE9172 controller
  • Ultra-Fast M.2 and U.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 interface
  • 4 x Full speed PCIe Gen3 x16 slots; total 7 x expansion PCIe x16 slots

Final Words

If you are looking for a single-socket high-end workstation motherboard, this is it. In this generation, the professional workstation Xeon parts have significantly better capabilities than the consumer high-end desktop parts. We will be testing the Intel Xeon W-2100 series in this motherboard as soon as we get a chance.

6 COMMENTS

  1. EDIT:
    The motherboard takes advantage of the full Intel Xeon W capabilities as it has a LGA 2066 socket along with four DDR4 DIMM slots.

    Shouldn’t it be *Eight

  2. So no 10Gbit on the W processors and they did not include a 10Gbit chip/controller/NIC on the motherboard, 1Gbit on a “high-end” motherboard? That alone + the other features i would call this an entry level motherboard.

  3. This http://b2b.gigabyte.com/Server-Motherboard/MZ31-AR0-rev-10#ov and an EPYC 7351P,7401P or 7501P are the better choice when you need (dual) 10 Gbit, lots of PCIe-lanes, memory (bandwidth) and a lot of compute power for the same or less money.

    Nice marketing “4 x Full speed PCIe Gen3 x16 slots; total 7 x expansion PCIe x16 slots” with only 48 PCIe-lanes from the Skylake-W processor. EPYC has 128 PCIe-lanes of which 88 are usable for expansion on the mentioned MB without the need of an PEX8747 multiplexer.

  4. @Johnn: Asrock is a fork of Asus, for the rest they are different companies at least to my knowledge. Supermicro has it’s focus on (high-end) workstations and servers, the others deliver what they can.

  5. I like fast CPU’s but no matter how fast, I need RAM for data analysis. What is the max. amount of RAM that the mobo can support?

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