Despite the C2750 coming to market officially in Q3 2013, we have not seen many products that exploit the possibilities that the new 8-core Silvermont SoC provides. We reviewed the C2750D4I earlier this year, but now GIGABYTE wants to step up to the place with a version of its own, called the GA-9SISL. The focus of this motherboard, aside from the mini-ITX form factor, will be the 32GB ECC UDIMM DDR3 support and four Intel I354 Gigabit NICs alongside AST2400 management. The networking is the focus here rather than storage, although GIGABYTE does use the six on-board SATA ports and suggests that a RAID card is used in the full length PCIe 2.0 x16 slot. The system also features active cooling with a small heatsink and a TPM header, although no USB 3.0 controllers.

Next up is the GA-7PXSL1, dual processor motherboard for Ivy Bridge-E Xeons in a standard ATX form factor. Because of the large size of the LGA2011 socket area, along with the associated DRAM slots, the sockets are aligned one above the other and at 90º compared to what the consumer range is typically used to. This is so airflow can travel over the VRMs, then the CPU heatsink and finally out of the rear of the case. It also makes for some interesting PCIe placement, with a PCIe 3.0 x4 and two PCIe 2.0 x1 ports near the bottom of the board and a PCIe 3.0 x16 (wired at x8) right at the bottom. Despite the fact that each of these CPUs should be able to handle 40 PCIe lanes, most of them are unused in this motherboard as the focus is purely on density in an ATX chassis. Some of the PCIe lanes from the chipset are diverted into four Intel 82574L Gigabit NICs, as well as an AST2300 for server management. Due to size limitations there is only one DRAM slot per channel, making eight total, but they will support ECC and non-ECC UDIMM and RDIMM modules, with 1.5V modules supported up to 1866 MHz on E5-2600 V2 processors.

GIGABYTE Server is also releasing the GA-6PXSVL, a 1P LGA2011 ATX motherboard with a total of fourteen SATA ports (8x SATA 6Gbps from Marvell 88SE9230, others from chipset) and support for x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8 PCIe 3.0 lane allocation.

I have reached out to GIGABYTE for release dates and pricing. With Computex around the corner, we should see a couple of these in action then.

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  • azazel1024 - Thursday, May 22, 2014 - link

    I realize what I am looking for is very specialized...but, yeah, the octo Atom is nice and all, but not what I need.

    I'd love to see a nice dual or quad core Celeron/Pentium Bay Trail-m/d processor, 4 SATA ports, dual Intel NICs and on-board RAID (though the later isn't a requirement, but a bonus) all in a mITX form factor and preferably sub-$250 (or better yet, sub $180).

    That would make a KILLER file server.

    The octocore Atom board with the Quad NICs looks nice, but I do kind of wonder how much it can really push over the pipes. Of course, it might have no issues loading up all 4 NICs with a proper RAID array and 2 cores per NIC to handle any processing duties required and oddles of RAM space.
  • brashquido1 - Friday, June 27, 2014 - link

    Any news on a release date for the GA-9SISL yet? Of the current crop of C2750 based boards, this ones looks to be the best match to my needs. However, if the release date is still months away then I'll probably look at something else.
  • dintid - Thursday, July 3, 2014 - link

    Been talking to Gigabyte about the GA-9SISL board and ram support. Their serverteam havn't yet tested the board using 16gb modules, but hopefully they turn out to verify this board for 64gb of ram. Seems it will be able to take both ECC and non-ECC, but of which must be UDIMM.

    Quote snippet: "After checking with Gigabyte Server board dept. and found out that they haven't started to test with 16GB ECC UDIMM and it will take ~4 weeks to complete testing..."

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