Gigabyte unveiled a new high performance motherboard designed for dual AMD EPYC (Rome) processors. The SoC MZ72-HB0 targets small businesses that are looking for high compute in a small tower or rack server.
The MZ72-HB0 comes in a standard E-ATX form factor giving it the flexibility for a diverse range of environments. It also caters more towards the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC line of processors because of the addition of PCIe 4.0, which has improved speeds and bandwidth benefiting 100G/200G Ethernet, InfiniBand, NVMe drives, and accelerators. The support for PCIe 4.0 extends into expansion slots, where there are five PCIe 4.0 slots that can be used for GPUs, accelerators, storage devices, or networking. There are a great deal of options for this motherboard, including the ability to handle a 280W AMD EPYC processor.
With support for dual processors, the MZ72-HB0 has 16 DIMM slots, 8 DIMMs per CPU, and support for 8 memory channels. This allows for DDR4-3200 in one DIMM per channel, or DDR4-2933 in two DIMMs per channel, and up to 4TB of memory. GIGABYTE has also included plenty of storage and LAN ports. The storage options: 4 x SATAIII, 2 x SlimSAS for U.2, 3 x SlimSAS for either 12 x SATAIII or 3 x U.2, and 1 x M.2 (@Gen4 x 4). For networking, there is a dual-port 10GbE Broadcom controller, and 1 mLAN port. To round it out, there is a management control software bundled with the MZ72-HB0.
As part of GIGABYTE’s value proposition, GIGABYTE provides GIGABYTE Management Console (GMC) for BMC server management via a web browser based platform. Whether for server monitoring, updating BIOS and firmware, or remote management, GMC delivers. Additionally, GIGABYTE Server Management (GSM) software can be downloaded and used to monitor and manage multiple servers. GMC and GSM offer a great value while reducing license and customer maintenance costs.