ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM-2T AMD EPYC Motherboard Review


ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T Overview 2
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T Overview 2

The ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM-2T is actually a big motherboard. This motherboard is a proprietary measurement at 16.53″ x 14.56″, but additionally has some cool options. Specifically, it could actually assist as much as 32x SATA III gadgets in addition to twin AMD EPYC 7002/ 7003 processors and a full set of 32x DIMMs.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM-2T Overview

Allow us to get this out of the way in which first. This motherboard is huge at 16.53″ x 14.56″. What may be very fascinating about this motherboard although is that it has options we see in two completely different courses of motherboards. First, it’s extensive, like a proprietary motherboard to suit the entire performance of the platform. Second, it additionally has commonplace energy connectors as a substitute of getting direct PSU to motherboard connectivity.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T Overview 1
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T Overview 1

The large factor that this motherboard design offers us although is a correct twin AMD EPYC setup. We get two CPUs with a complete of 16x DDR4 DIMMs per for 32x DIMM slots whole. Many smaller EATX motherboards can’t deal with this many DIMMs. It is a PCIe Gen4 motherboard, so it’s designed for AMD EPYC 7003 “Milan” and EPYC 7002 “Rome” technology CPUs.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T CPUs And Memory 2
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T CPUs And Reminiscence 2

The opposite important profit to this design is that it permits correct airflow by way of the CPU heatsinks. That permits one to make use of as much as 280W TDP CPUs on this platform.

One thing our readers have most likely seen at this level is that this motherboard is the primary we have now reviewed with out a single commonplace PCIe slot or a normal SATA port. As a substitute, this platform primarily makes use of SlimSAS connectors to deal with PCIe Gen4 and SATA gadgets.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T SlimSAS Edge Connector S And Airflow
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T SlimSAS Edge Connector S And Airflow

On the entrance fringe of the motherboard, there are a complete of 16x SlimSAS connectors that enable for as much as 128 lanes of PCIe Gen4 and as much as 32x of these lanes to be SATA as a substitute. Here’s a few of the left edge with 4 SlimSAS x8 connectors which can be parallel to the motherboard and 4 which can be vertical.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T SlimSAS Edge Connectors Left
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T SlimSAS Edge Connectors Left

On the opposite facet we have now one other eight ports with 4 horizontal and 4 vertical.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T SlimSAS Edge Connectors Right
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T SlimSAS Edge Connectors Proper

That isn’t all of the I/O on this platform both. We even have a M.2 PCIe Gen4 x8 slot and one other SlimSAS low profile slot.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T Name And M.2 Side
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T Title And M.2 Aspect

One merchandise that must be identified is that there are additionally provisions for this to be a storage server platform even with out PCIe slots and SATA ports. We nonetheless get SGPIO ports on the sting of the motherboard.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T SGPIO
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T SGPIO

On the opposite facet, we have now the ASPEED AST2500 BMC. One can see that there’s a lot extra happening right here. There’s a POST code LCD show. We additionally get one other two SlimSAS ports. Lastly, on the very proper, we get the facility inputs (one different CPU energy enter is on the other facet) in addition to a USB 3.0 entrance panel connector.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T ASPEED BMC Side
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T ASPEED BMC Aspect

One thing it’s possible you’ll be noticing is that the motherboard’s holes are designed to mount to notched pegs as a substitute of a normal screw mounting. That is designed to be a tool-less set up and locked in place by way of the massive inexperienced thumbscrew above.

For these counting, we get a complete of 19x SlimSAS connectors on this motherboard for a complete of 152x lanes of I/O. We additionally get the x4 M.2 slot for 156 of the doable 160 lanes with none of the opposite gadgets within the system being accounted for.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T SlimSAS Near POST Code
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T SlimSAS Close to POST Code

The rear I/O panel is designed for a proprietary server. We get two USB 3.0 ports, a VGA port, and even energy/ reset buttons. On the correct facet we have now a RJ45 out-of-band administration port and two community ports.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T Rear IO
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T Rear IO

The 2 community ports make the most of an Intel X550-at2 NIC that’s beneath this massive heatsink. This massive heatsink permits cooling the upper energy 10GbE commonplace.

ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T Intel X550 AT2 Heatsink
ASRock Rack ROME2D32GM 2T Intel X550 AT2 Heatsink

It is a bit completely different than the traditional evaluations that we do. It’s nonetheless very cool. It is a very trendy motherboard design from ASRock Rack.

Subsequent, we’re going to try how that is all connected given the block diagram. We’re additionally going to debate administration.

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