One of the great parts about the second generation AMD EPYC processors is the diversity of platforms that we are seeing. Supermicro was a pioneer in the first generation, and our first dual-socket EPYC system was from the company.
The Supermciro AS-E301-9D-8CN4 is one of the more obtuse model names, but it is certainly one of the most exciting embedded servers we have seen in some time. It takes the same CSE-300 chassis footprint and adds extra space for more storage. By stretching the case from 1U to 1.5U, the expansion capabilities of the chassis increase dramatically.
Earlier this year we posted Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory data in our review of the Supermicro SuperServer 1029U-TN10RT platform. Supermicro was one of the first out of the gate with Intel persistent memory support and the dual-processor 2U system has done great work as a persistent memory test bed.
The entire AMD EPYC 3000 lineup is fascinating. With four single-die SKUs, AMD offers different looks at the lower-power options in terms of cores and features. Onboard the Supermicro M11SDV-4C-LN4F is an AMD EPYC 3151 SoC.
Today we look at a mini-ITX motherboard from Supermicro that is designed for gamers and enthusiasts alike. Supermicro's naming scheme might seem a bit confusing, but we have seen Supermicro change their new boards to use the new C9 moniker, which was traditionally reserved for higher-end models capable of supporting the new Core i9 series of CPUs.
One company that has long been engineering motherboards for high core-count and high power consumption scenarios is Supermicro. This respected server vendor has also been manufacturing consumer motherboards since Intel’s Z87 generation (2013).