Gigabyte Presents High-Performance NVMe Servers

NVMe storage is nothing new in the enterprise sector, it is where it started before it became almost affordable for us normal human beings. We get more and more NVMe drives on the market, so the step onto making servers with hot-swappable NVMe drive bays. Gigabyte presented two new servers in this category during the Supercomputing 2015 show in Austin, Texas. The above pictured is the H27N-H70 High-Density NVMe Server and the one picture below is the R18N-F2A 1U 10-bay NVMe server.

The two new server are part of a larger line-up with more systems to come. Compared to SATA III and SAS3 interfaces, NVMe drives bring significantly higher IOPS as well as lower latency and power consumption. The H27N-H70 is a 2U 4-node system with support for Intel’s E5-2600 V3 CPUs and C612 chipset. They support up to 64 RDIMM or LRDIMM modules and you can add up to 8 hot-swappable NVMe drives and eight more SAS/SATA 6Gbps drives. All that is connected through eight Intel I350 controlled Gigabit Ethernet ports and the system is naturally also IPMI 2.0 remote controllable. It features dual 1600W 80 Plus platinum power supplies and has root for four half-length half-height expansion cards as well as 4 mezzanine card slots.

The R18N-F2A  is only a 1U server, but it still features 10 drive bays. It is however only two of those that are NVMe bays and the last eight are SAS/SATA 6Gbps bays. The server also works on a Xeon E5-2600 V3 base and can support up to 24 RDIMM or LRDIMMs. You can expand the system with two half-length full-height and one half-length low-profile expansion card or a mezzanine card instead. This server also features dual 80 Plus Platinum rated PSUs, but only 800W models. It has two Gigabit Ethernet ports controlled by Intel’s I350 and also feature IPMI 2.0 remote management and iKVM.

H27N-H70 – High-Density NVMe Server

  • 2U 4 nodes high-density system
  • Supports the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 V3 product family
  • 64 x RDIMM/LRDIMM ECC DIMM slots
  • 8 x 2.5″ hot-swappable NVMe bays
  • 8 x 2.5″ hot-swappable SAS/SATA 6Gb/s bays
  • 4 x Half-length low-profile + 4 mezzanine card slots for expansion cards
  • 8 x GbE LAN ports (Intel I350)
  • 2 x 1600W 80 PLUS Platinum 100~220V AC redundant PSUs
  • Complete remote management functions via IPMI 2.0 web interface and iKVM

R18N-F2A – 1U 10 Bays NVMe Server

  • Supports the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 V3 product family
  • 24 x RDIMM/LRDIMM ECC DIMM slots
  • 2 x 2.5″ hot-swappable NVMe bays
  • 8 x 2.5″ hot-swappable SAS/SATA 6Gb/s bays
  • 2 x Half-length full-height slots + 1 x Half-length low-profile or 1 x mezzanine card slots for expansion cards
  • 2 x GbE LAN ports (Intel I350-BT2)
  • 2 x 800W 80 PLUS Platinum 100~220V AC redundant PSUs
  • Complete remote management functions via IPMI 2.0 web interface and iKVM

Gigabyte’s New G190-H44 1U Barebone Impresses on All Fronts

Gigabyte released a quite impressive new server and it is one where many consumers will go “DO WANT!” when they read the features. But be warned, this is not a device you’ll want to run in your own home. However, if you are a business that needs a lot of high-computing tasks performed, then you might want to take a closer look at the Gigabyte G190-H44 HPC Server.

The Gigabyte G190-H44 is a 1U rack unit that can hold up to four high-end double slot GPUs, which is a first in this form factor. Gigabyte already pioneered the 2U servers with the 8-GPU system and this is basically half of that. It is no surprise that Gigabyte launches this system right now as it is fully compatible with Nvidia’s latest Tesla M60 card and also NVIDIA GRID certified. Both have just been presented by NVIDIA at the VMworld show.

A server like this will require a lot of power and produce a lot of heat, and that is the main reason that you wouldn’t want to run this at home. The Gigabyte G190-H44 HPC Server is equipped with dual 2000W 80 Plus Platinum rated power supplies and it will need both those to run this barebone with its maximum possibilities.

One of the amazing things on the G190-H44 is that it doesn’t come with any restrictions despite its low-profile. You can use the highest TDP models with 145W from the Intel Xeon E5-2600 V3 product family to their full potential and you can add four of the highest performing graphics cards as well. The barebone has been designed for an absolute optimal airflow that effectively cools all components properly.

This has been achieved by a front-to-back airflow and strategic placement of the card slots, the CPU sockets, the power supplies, and the 11 heavy-duty 23,000 RPM fans within the chassis. It will get loud, but it will stay cool. The G190-H44 can operate at peak efficiency without cooling trouble in an environment up to 35 degrees, which is 10 degrees above what is considered the sweet spot for server environments.

You can use both active and passive computing graphics cards in this system, which also is somewhat unusual. Normally it is either one or the other. It does, however, require the active cards to have an airflow direction that is aligned with the systems front to back design.

In spite of its highly dense layout, the G190-H44 has plenty of additional expansion abilities. In addition to its 4 double slot computing card bays, GIGABYTE reserved space for two 2.5-inch hot-swappable bays, two 1.8-inch fixed internal bays, and two full-length low-profile slots for add-on PCIe cards

Specification Highlights:

  • Supports up to 4 x double slot GPU/MIC cards
  • NVIDIA® validated GPU platform
  • Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 V3 product family
  • 2 x GbE LAN ports (Intel® I350-AM2)
  • 2 x 2.5″ + 2 x 1.8″ fixed internal HDD/SSD bays
  • 80 PLUS Platinum 2000W redundant PSU

Gelid Launched Low Cost and Low Profile 1U Intel CPU cooler

Cooling is an important factor in compact builds such as SFF and 1U rack mounted systems, but it’s something that can be tricky at times. You either get something that isn’t very effective or you get something that is loud.

Gelid has just launched their newest cooler, the Polar, and it is designed for just this. It is a low-profile CPU cooler compatible with Intel’s LGA 1150, 1155, and 1156 sockets. The tiny cooler supports Celeron, Pentium, Core i3, and Core i5 processors with a TDP up to 65W.

The heatsink height is just 27mm, so it will fit almost any chassis and the fan is inserted into it and won’t take up any extra space. Speaking of the fan, it is a 75mm fan and it features an intelligent PWM Fan Control and has an RPM between 1400 and 2000. It is a silent ball bearing fan and it can push an air flow of 29.6/50.3 CFM/CMH.

The width and length are both 92mm so it shouldn’t interfere with any other components such as RAM or PCIe slots, nor power or fan connectors. The noise level is rated between 16 and 28.9 dBa.

It is rated for 50 thousand hours of lifetime and is backed by a five-year warranty. Best of all, the suggested retail price is just $14 USD or €12 Euro.


QNAP Releases Affordable and Scalable TS-451U 4-bay Rackmount SOHO NAS

QNAP announced a new affordable 4-bay 1U rackmount NAS, the TS-451U Turbo NAS. It is built around a dual-core Intel Celeron 2.41GHz processor that delivers better multi-tasking abilities. It is designed for scalability and the storage capacity of the TS-451U can be easily expanded with expansion enclosures to meet the needs of growing data storage.

“In the entry-level rack-mountable NAS segment, we are glad to be the first NAS company to introduce the energy-efficient, 64-bit Celeron®-powered TS-451U, which is designed for budget-conscious SOHO users to store and back up data without sacrificing performance,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “Coupled with feature-rich business applications, QvPC Technology, Virtualization Station and 1080p video transcoding, the TS-451U delivers the best cost-effectiveness for growing business data needs.”

The TS-451U Turbo NAS comes with 1GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM but is upgradable to 8GB. It is powerful enough to deliver up to 220 MB/s read & write speeds with dual LAN ports and it also support full NAS AES 256-bit volume encryption to ensures the safety of sensitive data. The unit supports SSD cache, all possible RAID options, RTRR, rsync, cloud storage backup and much more. You can also expand the capacity all the way to 128TB RAW capacity with an expansion unit like the UX-1200U-RP enclosure, so the future storage needs should be secured.

The QvPC technology allows you to use the system directly by plugging in a keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor. You can access stored data, run multiple applications using Windows, Linux, UNIX, or Android-based VMs created in Virtualization Station, surf the web, or even watch videos directly from the NAS. This feature is really awesome.

TS-451U Key specifications

  • Dual-core Intel® Celeron® 2.41GHz processor (burst up to 2.58GHz) with Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
  • 1GB DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB)
  • 2 x Gigabit LAN ports
  • 4 x 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps hot-swappable HDD/SSD
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x HDMI
  • single 250W power supply
  • supporting one expansion enclosure (UX-1200U-RP or UX-800U-RP)

The new TS-451U is available now and prices start from €628,03.

Thanks to QNAP for providing us with this information

Netgear Announced ReadyNAS 3130 1U 4-Bay NAS

Netgear announced the new ReadyNAS 3130 Series Network Attached Storage with a 1U form factor for easy rack deployment in businesses of any size. With four bays, this NAS has a capacity up to 24 TB and the processor supports up to 200 simultaneous users making it especially suitable for virtualized environments.

The new four-bay ReadyNAS 3130 has dual Gigabit Ethernet for connection and two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, and two eSATA for expansion and backup. The CPU is an Intel Atom C2338 Dual Core 1.7GHz with 2GHz turbo mode and the system comes with 2GB ECC UDIMM. With its new CPU, ReadyNAS 3130 is virtualization-ready with iSCSI support, thin provisioning capability, and interoperability with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V.

ReadyNAS 3130 is available as diskless unit (RN3130) or populated with four 2TB drives (RN31342E). The new diskless edition is available worldwide at an MSRP of $1,499. ReadyNAS business-class products are backed by the NETGEAR 5-Year Limited Hardware Warranty, 5-Year Next Business Day Shipping for part replacement, and 24×7 Lifetime Technical Support.

 Thanks to Netgear for providing us with this information

GELID Launches Slim Silence CPU Cooler for AM1


Just because you have a low-power AMD AM1 CPU doesn’t mean you don’t want it to be properly cooled, especially if it’s built into a tight space like 1U rack enclosure. GELID Solutions has the solution for this with their new low-profile Slim Silent AM1 CPU cooler.

The Slim Silence AM1 cooler comes with a silent 70mm ball-bearing fan that provides a high airflow and has an intelligent PWM controller which only provides the additional air flow when it is really necessary. It measures just 26mm in height, which in return makes it perfect for any slim chassis with limited space.

Sound isn’t usually a thing people worry about when building rack computers, but since this cooler is just as suited for tiny SFF cases it would be great if it wasn’t too loud. And it isn’t thanks to the PWM fan. The sound levels are rated between 15 and 27.7 dBa depending on spinning speed.

“If you are looking for an AM1 aftermarket cooler we have it with PWM too“, said Gebhard Scherrer Sales Director of GELID Solutions Ltd.

The Slim Silent AM1 CPU cooler comes backed by a five-year warranty and is really cheap at that. If you built a budget system on an AM1 platform, you don’t want to blow the build budget out of proportions with a pricy aftermarket cooler. The new Slim Silent AM1 cooler is available now and has an MSRP of just $11.00 in the US and €8.65 in Europe.

Thanks to GELID for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of GELID

EverCool Introduces HPS 810CP Low-Profile CPU Cooler

EverCool has launched their latest CPU cooler designed for mITX, SFF and 1U enclosures, the HPS-810CP. The new cooler looks a bit more like a GPU cooler to some but should give effective performance in the intended area of use.

The HPS-810CP is built on a set of dense aluminium fins in combination with two 6mm thick copper heat pipes and a Heat Direct Transfer core (HDT). The fan draws the heat away from the motherboard and CPU with the included 80mm slim-profile fan that has a rotation speed between 1500 to 4000 RPM. This produces an airflow of 12.99 to 34.65 CFM and the static pressure generated is 0.02 to 0.143 inch-H2O. The generated noise is rated between 16.2 and 37.5 dBa depending on the RPM.

At a weight of 260 gram and measuring 87.5 x 92.3 x 27.4 mm, the tiny HPS-810CP can cool processors with a TDP up to 95W. It is compatible with all AMD AM2 or newer sockets as well as Intel LGA 1366 / 1165X and 775. It’s not compatible with LGA2011. No word on pricing or availability yet.

This new HPS-810CP CPU cooler from EverCool might not be a beauty to look at, but you can’t argue with the specifications. Used on a low TDP processor in a home or office environment should produce a silent operation on low rotation speeds while tight spaces and high TDP server environments should be suited equally well; a situation where noise is rarely an issue.

Thanks to EverCool for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EverCool

Supermicro SoC Motherboard with 17 SATA Ports Spotted

A small new motherboard from Supermicro has been spotted on the shop-shelves, the Supermicro A1SA7-2750F. This tiny board is feature packed with a total of 17 SATA3 6GB/s ports and is a totally passive cooled System on a Chip (SoC) supporting up to 64GB memory. Sparked your interest? Here are the rest of the details.

The A1SA7-2750F has an Intel Atom C2750 at it’s heart with 8 cores/8 threads. It is a compact and fanless motherboard operating at 2.4GHz, or 2.6GHz with Turbo. With 4 RAM slots and support for 16GB modules, this board supports up to 64GB ECC/non-ECC DDR3 with a speed of up to 1600MHz.

The 16 blue SATA ports are powered by a LSI 2116 SW 6Gbps SATA/SAS controller and it has an additional yellow SATA port at the top that is controlled by the SoC itself. That is an amazing amount of on-board SATA ports for such a small form factor. The motherboard also has a direct on-board USB port and a SATA DOM power connector. At the bottom we see the single PCI-Express 2.0 x4 connector (in x8 slot).

The rear IO panel has two USB 2.0 ports and two normal Gigabit Ethernet RJ 45 ports, but it also features a dedicated port for the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and a VGA D-SUB port.

Not only does this Supermicro motherboard have 16 SATA ports, it also comes bundled with cables for them all. That is a big bunch of cables in the box, but other then that and the manual it doesn’t look like many accessors are supplied.

The Supermicro A1SA7-2750F was priced at 66,980 yen including tax, that’s roughly £390. It isn’t the ordinary form factor motherboard (21.08cm x 17.02cm) and won’t fit in cases with ATX mounting. It’s designed for 1U 19″ rack systems, but one could of course just mod the case to fit. The board gets power from a 12V 8-pin and 5V 4-pin connector.

Thank you Akiba PC Watch for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Akiba PC Watch.