Although ARM servers have not yet received much attention on the open market, Ampere has introduced eMAG workstations with arm server chip platforms. Even though x86 servers are still mainstream, developers can still reap the benefits of arm hardware platforms through eMAG. The eMAG 64-bit ARM workstation is known to feature a single-processor socket design and is mounted in the XL-ATX chassis.
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It has up to 512 GB of DDR4-2666 memory, NVMe drives, some SATAs, and IPMI interfaces, including video output and PCIe 3.0 x8 expansion slots (added with a drive).
It is important to note that the workstation only offers the eMAG8180 CPU option, but don’t confuse it with Intel 8180, which uses a 32-core design, a main frequency of 2.8 GHz (acceleration frequency 3.0GHz), and a thermal design power consumption (TDP) of 125W.
The original eMAG chip is understood to feature the old AppliedMicro Skylark microarchitecture (ARM v8 custom design) with 32 MB L3 cache, 42 PCIe channels, and 8 memory channels.
For graphics, Avantek offers AMD FirePro W2100 / Radeon Pro WX 5100 and NVIDIA Quadro GV100 for The Ampere eMAG 64-bit ARM workstations.
On the operating system side, optional Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, CentOS, SUSE SLES, and openSUSE are available.
The base configuration includes 240GB SSD and a single 8GB of memory, starting at $2794.50 (19658 RMB). Chassis with side permeable and LED light effects are also subject to a charge of US$108.
If you choose to have a W2100 workstation graphics card, 64 GB of shipping, and 4 256GB SSDs, it’s priced at $4044.60 (approximately 28450 RMB).