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Gigabyte shows off dual socket workstation motherboard

by on20 May 2015

MW70-3S0 is based on the Intel C612 chipset

Gigabyte has been showing off its MW70-3S0, its latest dual socket workstation motherboard based on the Intel C612 chipset.

It joins the single socket MW50-SV0 to complement GIGABYTE's line of 2011-3 socket based workstation motherboards.

The MW70-3S0 has been designed with flexibility in mind, through large memory, storage and PCI-Express platforms .

With the support of three-way NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFireX technologies, this board can support up to 3 GPU cards running at full PCI-Express Gen3 x16 bandwidth. It is targeting workstation applications where a fourth GPU card doesn't bring any significant marginal output improvement.

With an onboard LSI SAS 3008 controller, the MW70-3S0 supports up to 8 SAS drives running at 12Gb/s via two mini-SAS HD connectors. In addition to its ultra-fast transfer rates, this controller is also capable of aggregating any SATA and SAS drives into a single 12Gb/s data stream thanks to the LSI

DataBolt technology.

Users can have 12Gb/s speed while using lower grade 3Gb/s or 6Gb/s drives. This can bring a significant upgrade to a system without having to invest in new and expensive 12Gb/s SAS drives.

DDR4 Memory Performance 

On Intel's previous server platforms, by design the maximum supported memory frequency has always been automatically downgraded the more DIMMs were being added on a server motherboard.

This trade-off between performance and capacity represents a dilemma to many memory-hungry server applications, GIGABYTE offers a unique solution. All the GIGABYTE boards based on the LGA 2011-3 socket support by default a maximum frequency of 2133 MHz in any memory configuration :

Easy BIOS Update

Because updating the version of a BIOS can be a troublesome experience, GIGABYTE has developed an integrated function (no utility to install) that lets you update the BIOS of your motherboard :

Without having to install CPU(s), memory, drives, operating system, or power on the system (but a power supply must be connected), It allows • One board at a time via our standard IPMI 2.0 web interface and multiple boards simultaneously via command line

Intel Xeon Processors E5-2600 V3

Based on the Haswell microarchitecture, this Intel processor family features a whole new set of performance enhancing features over the previous generation. In addition to the usual boost in frequencies and core numbers, the Intel Xeon E5-2600 V3 family is the first in the server industry to support the brand new DDR4 memory technology.

Moreover, these processors include encryption performance overhead reduction features, and technologies improving run time and migration VM integrity.

DDR4 Server Memory Support

The Intel Xeon E5-2600 V3 family is the supports the new DDR4 technology on the market. Still built on a quad channel architecture, these new memory modules feature a increased stock frequency of up to 2133MHz and a lower voltage of 1.2V per module. Together, these two main improvements can not only deliver a large bandwidth performance boost to memory intensive applications, but also considerable energy savings to large scale server deployments.

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