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GIGABYTE Announces New Intel Xeon E-2100 Processor-based Motherboards 

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 8, 2018 -- To coincide this week with Intel's announcement of the Xeon E-2100 processor's availability for servers,, GIGABYTE is bringing four new single-socket LGA 1151 socketIntel Xeon E processor-based motherboards to the market – two new workstation motherboards (MW32-SP0 and MW22-SE0) and two new server motherboards (MX32-4L0 and MX32-BS0), aimed at delivering essential performance, features and value to your enterprise.

The Xeon E-2100 processor family is geared both towards entry level workstation and server applications, and this new generation (codenamed “Coffee Lake”) has been available with firmware support for workstations since July this year, while server firmware support has been added this week. This new generation of processors features up to 6 cores / 12 threads and has been described by Intel as providing up to a 48% general performance improvement for entry level servers compared with the installed base of Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 processors. The new processor also includes improvements in speed, enhanced memory capabilities, advanced hardware-enhanced security and reliability features, and is available with support for integrated Intel UHD graphics P630 technology and Intel Secure Guard Extensions.

The Intel Xeon E-2100 processor supports two channels of DDR4 ECC memory (with 2 DIMMS per channel possible) and these four new motherboards all feature four UDIMM slots for up to 64GB of DDR4 2666Mhz ECC memory.

MW32-SP0 & MW22-SE0 Workstation Motherboards

The “SP” in MW32-SP0 stands for “super performance”, as this ATX form factor motherboard is designed to deliver great performance and visuals for applications such as 4K video content creation and streaming.

The MW32-SP0 is based on Intel’s C246 embedded chipset, suitable for Intel Xeon E processors with Intel UHD Graphics P630 technology (an “iGPU” integrated with the CPU) while also featuring bothDisplayPort (v1.2) and HDMI (v1.4) ports for dual 4K display output capabilities.

The MW32-SP0 provides rich storage capabilities including a total of 10 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports: six ports from the Intel C246 PCH (two of which can support SATA DOM modules), and four ports from a Marvell 88SE9230 controller. Also featured is an ultra-fast M.2 port (which can be used for flash storage device or Intel Optane Memory) as well as a SlimSAS port to connect a U.2 storage device.

The MW32-SP0 also features five PCIe expansion slots (one x16, two x8 or one x16, one x4 and one x1) for different peripheral devices, dual onboard 1GbE LAN ports (via Intel I210 and I219LM chipsets), a Realtek ALC887 controller for high quality audio output, and six external USB ports (including four USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports for 10Gb/s ultra-fast transfer speeds to your external devices).

Meanwhile, the “SE” in MW22-SE0 stands for “super economic”, having been designed as a cost-efficient motherboard for building entry-level workstations ideal for small / medium businesses and enterprises.

The MW22-SE0 has a mATX form factor suitable for compact workstation towers and is based on Intel’s C242 chipset. Storage wise, the MW32-SE0 features six SATA III 6Gb/s ports as well as an ultra-fast M.2 port, and this motherboard is also Intel Optane Memory ready. The MW22-SE0 also provides two PCIe expansion slots (one x16 and one x8) and an onboard 1GbE LAN port (via Intel I219LM chipset). An Aspeed AST2510 controller is included for VGA display output, and a Realtek ALC887 controller for high quality audio output is available as an option.

MX32-4L0 & MX32-BS0 Server Motherboards

MX32-4L0 and MX32-BS0 are both mATX form factor motherboards designed for server applications, featuring an onboard ASPEED AST2500 controller and dedicated MLAN port to allow for remote management via GIGABYTE’s GSM (GIGABYTE Server Management) software or third party applications (such as with a plugin available for VMware’s vCenter).

The MX32-4L0 is based on Intel’s C246 chipset, and features excellent storage device support with 8 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports (including two that can support SATA DOM modules). The “4L” in MX32-4L0stands for “4 x LAN” as this motherboard features four onboard 1GbE LAN ports.

Meanwhile, the “BS” in MX32-BS0 stands for “basic saver”, as this motherboard (based on Intel’s C242 chipset) features dual onboard 1GbE ports and 6 x SATA III 6Gb/s ports (including two that can support SATA DOM modules).

Both motherboards feature an ultra-fast M.2 port (for a flash storage device or Intel Optane Memory) and two PCIe expansion slots (one PCIe x16 and one PCIe x4) for additional add-on flexibility.

These four new motherboards continue to feature GIGABYTE’s excellent engineering and build quality and all use high-quality passive components. GIGABYTE is looking forward to bringing these new motherboards to the market to offer our customers flexibility in both performance and cost for workstation and server applications.

For more information about GIGABYTE’s enterprise and server products, please visit: http://b2b.gigabyte.com


Source: GIGABYTE

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