ASRock Rack EPYCD8-2T Motherboard Review

With EPYC processors, AMD is looking to carve out a greater share in the server market. The hype has been made about the high core-count offered for the price compared to the Intel Xeon processors. The EPYCD8-2T seeks to use all of the processing power provided by the EYPC of AMD. The EPYCD8-2T has a professional-centric feature set built into its ATX design. With 8 memory slots, two OCuLink to U.2 slots, dual 10 G Ethernet, and seven PCIe 3.0 slots, and up to nine SATA ports. This model also supports both the EPYC 7001 Naples and 7002 Rome (Rome through an update) processors from AMD.

Overview

ASRock Rack is ASRock’s enterprise arm and caters to the market for workstations, servers and data centers.

ASRock Rack catered mainly to Intel’s offerings, including Intel Xeon and the large Atom designs. The brand now has a small but growing team focusing on the market’s EPYC side, and the EPYCD8-2T is an ATX sized solution that is compatible with both Naples and Rome.

An ATX sized single LGA 4094 socket option designed for AMD’s EPYC processors is the ASRock Rack EPYCD8-2T. The board has an all-green PCB and when installed in a 1U or related chassis type. Which has a transposed CPU socket designed for more efficient airflow. Support for RDIMMS up to 32GB, and LRDIMMs up to 128GB per slot, memory support extends across eight slots. This means that the eight-channel EPYCD8-2T can accommodate up to 1 TB of DDR4. DDR4-3200/2933/2666/2400, both in the RDIMM and LRDIMM range, are supported by this model.

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