Supermicro MicroCloud, A New AMD Powered Server

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Eight AMD Ryzen AM5 Nodes In One Chassis

Yesterday NVIDIA showed off their MGX HPC server design, a reworking of the old rack mount chassis design to accommodate modern components.   Today we can see a different design specifically for AMD, the Supermicro MicroCloud 3U chassis designed to run multiple nodes in a single enclosure.   The reason for the 3U form factor is that the eight separate single-socket AMD Ryzen AM5 nodes are installed vertically and that gives enough space for the components as well as two 3.5″ bays.

The internal connectivity between the nodes is handled by a proprietary high density connector, for external communication you can choose between 1GbE, 10GbE, or 25GbE LOMs.   There is a single PCIe 5.0 x16 slot as well as an M.2 port on each of the nodes and up to 128GB of ECC or non-ECC DDR5 DIMM, not to mention the two SATA ports for the drives located on the front.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Supermicro MicroCloud is that it can handle Ryzen 7000 processors of up to 170W TDP.   That is a much higher TDP than on many other similar products and speaks very well of the cooling that it can handle eight of those toasty processors in this small foot print.  Drop by Serve The Home for more details.

One of the biggest, and most interesting differences between this and solutions like the 1U AMD Ryzen Server we reviewed is the CPU. Supermicro says the MicroCloud can support up to 170W TDP. Other boards on the market, or that will be on the market soon have a maximum TDP of closer to 105-120W.

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