ASRock Rack ROME2D16-2T makes an excellent EPYC server board

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For those looking to assemble your own 2P AMD EPYC 7002/7003 series server or workstation, the ASRock ROME2D16-2T rack that we tested in the last quarter and it stood up well to our daily benchmarking and testing. other Linux and BSD tasks. The board has performed very well and is currently available at retailers like NewEgg.

The ASRock Rack ROME2D16-2T is an EEB-sized server motherboard with immediate support for latest generation AMD EPYC 7003 “Milan” processors as well as previous generation EPYC 7003 processors. This 2P motherboard offers eight memory channel slots per socket and the motherboard can safely accommodate the most high-end Milan 280 watt processors.

The ROME2D16-2T offers numerous connectivity options, including five PCI Express 4.0 x16 slots and one PCIe 4.0 x8 slot. two SlimSAS connections, two OCulink connections, two M.2 slots and four SATA 3.0 slots. On the network side, this ASRock Rack motherboard has two 10GbE connections.

Around the motherboard are plenty of 4/6 pin fan headers, which is ideal if you are aiming for a high end EPYC server build.

The BMC controller on the ASRock ROME2D16-2T rack is the widely used AST2500. For remote management, the ROME2D16-2T uses the MegaRAC SP-X web interface, which continues to perform well for today’s needs, as well as the popular HTML5 web standards-based iKVM solution. ASRock Rack does not currently support BIOS / system firmware updates via LVFS / FWUPD, but BMC and system firmware updates can be easily done from the BMC web interface.

The ASRock ROME2D16-2T rack is currently available on retail internet channels like NewEgg for $ 719 which is the most cost effective for an AMD EPYC 2P motherboard under current economic conditions. NewEgg’s Supermicro EPYC 2P motherboards cost between $ 800 and $ 1,080 with similar feature sets. There aren’t many different retail motherboards currently available for EPYC Milan 2P, so if you’re looking to put together a cost-effective EPYC Milan server, the ROME2D16-2T will probably be one of the more affordable options.

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