Tyan Thunder HX FT83A-B7129 10x GPU System Review


Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 GPU Board 1
Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 GPU Board 1

At present we’re ending up a weekend trifecta of three GPU server opinions with the Tyan Thunder HX FT83A-B7129. This can be a 4U server that may take as much as ten double-width GPUs and in addition some further PCIe growth. Based mostly across the third era Intel Xeon Scalable codenamed “Ice Lake”, this method additionally helps PCIe Gen4. On this evaluate, we’re going to get into the system and see what makes it totally different.

Tyan Thunder HX FT83A-B7129 {Hardware} Overview

For this evaluate, we’re going to check out the outside of the server, then the inside. As a fast be aware, the precise mannequin we’re taking a look at is the B7129F83AV8E4HR-N. Tyan sells a number of variants of this server as properly. We even have a video you may try right here:

As all the time, we advise opening this in a YouTube tab, browser, or app for a greater viewing expertise. The video has fairly a little bit of context across the design selections made on this system.

Tyan Thunder HX FT83A-B7129 Exterior {Hardware} Overview

The system itself is a 4U system measuring 32.68 x 17.26 x 6.9 inches or 830 x 438.4 x 176mm. It’s actually removed from the deepest GPU servers we’ve got examined, however it additionally has a ton of PCIe expandability.

Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Front
Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Entrance

By way of storage, we get 12x 3.5″ bays which are SATA / SAS (SAS with a RAID controller or HBA) succesful. 4 of the bays are NVMe succesful as properly, as long as the system is configured for it. One will discover that above the three.5″ bays there may be 1U of area with 4 dividers. That is for the B7129F83AV14E8HR-N variant that provides 10x 2.5″ drive bays. For a lot of, the 12x 3.5″ configuration might be ample and supplies extra airflow. We are going to shortly be aware that Tyan additionally has its tool-less 3.5″ trays on this system with a straightforward latching mechanism. If one desires, 2.5″ drives might be added.

Tyan Tool Less 3.5in Tray
Tyan Instrument-Much less 3.5in Tray

On the entrance left facet of the system, we’ve got two USB 3 ports and a VGA port.

Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Front Left Ear
Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Entrance Left Ear

On the best, we’ve got a serial console port, energy/ reset buttons and standing LEDs. One of many cool options right here is that Tyan has all chilly aisle serviceable KVM ports. As an alternative of getting to get a KVM cart within the information middle and hooking as much as the rear of a GPU rack, which is usually highly regarded with a ton of air transferring, one can as an alternative go to the chilly aisle. A small however good characteristic is that the IPMI out-of-band administration port is on the rear, not the entrance right here, so one doesn’t have a state of affairs we see on some GPU servers the place the administration port must be wired within the entrance of techniques.

Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Front Right Ear
Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Entrance Proper Ear

Shifting to the rear, we get a reasonably frequent design for these 4U 10x GPU servers. The highest is all devoted to I/O growth for GPUs. The underside is for energy provides and I/O.

Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Rear
Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Rear

The I/O is dealt with by a module that has two fundamental capabilities. First, there are the out-of-band administration port and USB ports. Second, there may be an OCP NIC 3.0 slot right here.

Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Rear Management USB OCP NIC 3.0
Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Rear Administration USB OCP NIC 3.0

This module might be eliminated and simply serviced.

Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Rear Managment And OCP NIC 3.0 Slot
Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Rear Administration And OCP NIC 3.0 Slot

By way of energy provides, there are 4 1.6kW 80Plus Platinum PSUs. The 1.6kW ranking is at 200V+ whereas the ability provides drop to 1kW if you’re at decrease voltages like 110/120V. In a system like this, we get 3+1 redundant energy so which means as much as 4.8kW usable at increased voltages however solely 3kW usable at decrease voltages. Our check configuration was over 3kW so this is a crucial distinction.

Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Power Supply
Tyan Thunder HX FT83A B7129 Energy Provide

Subsequent, allow us to get contained in the chassis to see what makes this method distinctive.

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