ASRock Rack 1U4LW-ICX/2T Review 1U Intel Xeon Ice Lake Hosting Node


ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Rear Overview 1
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Rear Overview 1

Our ASRock Rack 1U4LW-ICX/2T evaluation is a enjoyable one at STH. In November, we checked out many very massive servers. Now, we’re going to try the opposite finish of the spectrum, a server designed for low-cost deployments. ASRock Rack has, for years, produced servers and motherboards particularly designed to inexpensively put servers into deployments for purposes like website hosting and devoted internet hosting clusters. That’s clearly a goal marketplace for the 1U4LW-ICX/2T.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW-ICX/2T {Hardware} Overview

As now we have been doing with server evaluations, we’re going to break up this into an exterior then an inner {hardware} overview.

In the course of the images session, we saved discovering quite a lot of little options that we needed to indicate in true STH vogue, so we had so as to add a bit extra to the exterior {hardware} overview part so as to hold the 2 components extra balanced.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW-ICX/2T Exterior {Hardware} Overview

The 1U4LW-ICX/2T is a 1U server that’s round 21″ or 533.4mm deep. For a lot of low-cost colocation racks, that is perfect since shorter depth servers and racks imply extra nodes on the information middle ground. It is usually solely about 5% deeper than lots of the Intel Xeon E servers now we have checked out. For a lot of installations, the power to have both the Xeon E or full Xeon Scalable CPUs in the identical footprint goes to be a giant driver.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Front Overview 3
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Entrance Overview 3

The entrance of the system has the conventional standing LEDs, energy and reset buttons in addition to two USB ports. There’s even a service tag. There are 4 3.5″ bays and a spot for a slim optical drive. This 4x 3.5″ configuration may be very widespread within the section. Whereas one might in all probability convert a few of these to SAS, realistically on this market SATA reigns so these drives are focused at SATA drives.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Front IO And LED
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Entrance IO And LED

One good characteristic is that ASRock Rack has tool-less drive trays right here. Tabs on all sides mounting level hold the drives in place, then there may be one other tab on a backside mounting level. This made drive set up a breeze.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T 3.5 In HDD Tray
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T 3.5 In HDD Tray

You might even see InWin in among the photographs. ASRock Rack, understandably normally makes use of chassis from devoted chassis distributors. Our greatest guess is that that is much like the InWin IW-RS104-02SN however with a couple of variations for ASRock Rack’s system (e.g. the PSU.)

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T InWin Backplane
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T InWin Backplane

The rear of the system has a reasonably easy structure that’s widespread on this section.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Rear Overview 2
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Rear Overview 2

On the left, now we have a single energy provide. The one PSU is quite common within the low-cost internet hosting market.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T PSU From Rear
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T PSU From Rear

It is a 600W unit that ASRock Rack says on their spec web page needs to be an 80Plus Platinum rated unit. We want that that marking was on the PSU itself.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T PSU
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T PSU

Since this can be a non-redundant energy setup, that additionally means we don’t have an influence distribution board. As an alternative, energy is cabled to the motherboard. One small, however fascinating truth right here is that the motherboard doesn’t have a 24-pin ATX energy connector, in order that connector is being tailored for this platform.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T PSU Cable Connections
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T PSU Cable Connections

On the opposite facet, reverse the PSU is the full-height PCIe enlargement slot.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Rear PCIe Slot
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Rear PCIe Slot

That is serviced by a PCIe Gen4 x16 riser. PCIe Gen4 is a giant replace on this era. For this market, including PCIe add-in playing cards will not be overly widespread, so there’s a single slot resolution regardless that the motherboard has extra.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T PCIe X16 Rsier
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T PCIe X16 Rsier

The rear of the unit has two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports and a VGA port for KVM cart entry.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Rear IO
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Rear IO

Above the USB port is the out-of-band administration port. That is powered by an ASPEED AST2500 BMC resolution. There are then two 10Gbase-T ports which might be powered through an Intel X710-AT2 NIC that’s below the silver heatsink close to the AST2500. That X710 resolution is a reasonably high-end NIC resolution for a cost-optimized server.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T ASPEED AST2500 BMC
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T ASPEED AST2500 BMC

In true STH vogue, earlier than we get to the interior overview, there was one small characteristic that was completely stunning. The InWin case has a surprisingly good latching mechanism. Often on this section, servers have screws holding the highest in place. This was purposeful and in addition very straightforward to function. It was completely a nice shock.

ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Chassis Latch
ASRock Rack 1U4LW ICX 2T Chassis Latch

Subsequent, allow us to get contained in the system to see the way it works.

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