Supermicro, a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, and networking solutions, added a new high-end workstation to its offerings of server-grade, fully-configurable SuperWorkstation systems. The SYS-5049A-T uses 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with up to 28 cores. Since the cooling solution supports up to 205W TDP, the latest 48- and 56-core Cascade Lake CPUs are not in the configuration options, being significantly higher at 350W and 400W respectively.
The workstation has 12 DIMM slots, which means it can support up to 3TB of 3DS ECC DDR4-2933MHz RDIMM/LRDIMM. If “3DS” is a new term for you, it’s a newer memory technology that is 3-D stacking of RAM die in a single package using through silicon vias (TSV) to connect the dies. For the 3TB memory limit, that would be 12 sticks of 256GB DIMMs. The SYS-5049A-T also supports Intel Optane DCPMM of course.
The motherboard, a Super X11SPA-TF, has 4 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots and 3 PCI-E 3.0 x8 slots (in x16 slots). It has 8 SATA3 ports powered by an Intel C621 controller, supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10. It has an Intel I210-AT for a single RJ45 gigabit ethernet port and an Aquantia AQC107 to power a 10GBase-T port.
The Chassis is 17.8″H x 7.0″W x 25.5″D and boasts 8 hot-swap 3.5″ SAS3/SATA3 drive bays as well as 3 more 5.25″ bays.
This SuperWorkstation is targeting architecture engineering and construction (AEC), media and entertainment, engineering and manufacturing, product design and simulation, oil and gas, and deep learning applications, as you could put up to 4 GPUs in this workstation on full PCI-E 3.0 x16 to gain significant compute capability.
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