Gigabyte's new 2U server offers support for eight double-slot cards

Gigabyte's new 'supercomputer server', the GS-R22PHL, is the first 2U server to offer a total of eight dual-slot cards. When kitted out with a full complement of GPGPU and co-processor cards, it is a powerful number-crunching machine.

Not getting enough power from your existing 2U server? You might be interested in taking a look at Gigabyte's new "supercomputer server", the GS-R22PHL.

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While there's no doubt a lot to like about the GS-R22PHL — we'll take a look at some of its features in a moment — what makes is special is that it is the first 2U chassis server capable of being fitted with a total of eight dual-slot cards. Prior to the GS-R22PHL, the best a 2U server could accommodate was six double-slot cards.

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This increase in expansion card capacity offers tremendous scope for the system to be kitted out to handle some serious number-crunching. For example, all eight slots could be equipped with a full complement of GPGPU and co-processor cards, making it ideally suited to for scientific simulation and modeling, engineering, visualization and rendering, and data mining.

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The GS-R22PHL features dual LGA 2011 sockets supporting Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 silicon, 16 DIMM slots supporting 512GB of RDIMM ECC RAM or 128GB UDIMM ECC RAM, dual 10GbE BASE-T and 10GbE SFP+ ports, eight 2.5-inch hot-swappable HDD bays supporting SATA III, SATA II, SAS II and SAS.

There's also a forth-generation ASPEED AST2300 PCIe graphics and remote management processor fitted to each system, supporting screen resolutions up to an incredible 1900 x 1600 pixels.

A system like this needs a lot of power, and that is provided by twin — one active, one for redundancy — 1,600-watt 80 PLUS Platinum level PSUs.