ASRock’s X570D4I-2T: A Mini-ITX AMD X570 Motherboard with Intel’s 10 GbE Controllerby Anton Shilov on January 30, 2020 6:00 PM EST
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ASRock Rack has revealed a rather interesting Mini-ITX motherboard for AMD’s Ryzen 2000 and 3000-series processors with Intel’s X550 10 GbE controller. The X570D4I-2T platform can be used both for high-performance desktops and for small form-factor servers/NAS with robust storage capabilities.
The ASRock Rack X570D4I-2T motherboard is based on AMD’s X570 chipset and supports all the latest AMD Ryzen 2000/3000-series processors with up to 16 cores and a 105 W TDP. The platform has four DDR4 SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 64 GB of DDR4-2400 memory with or without ECC, one PCIe 4.0 x16 slot for graphics cards (when used with an appropriate CPU), one M.2-2280 slot supporting PCIe 4.0 x4 or SATA SSDs, and two OCulink connectors that bring support for eight SATA 6 Gbps ports (controlled by the X570). Since the Mini-ITX motherboard can be used for servers, it also carries the ASpeed AST2500 BMC.
On the I/O side of matters, the ASRock Rack X570D4I-2T has two 10 GbE ports (controlled by the Intel X550-AT2), a GbE port for remote management, two USB 3.1 Gen 1/2 (depends on redriver) Type-A connectors, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 header for front panels, and a D-Sub display output.
The choice of the 10 GbE controllers may seem a bit odd since we are talking about an AMD-based motherboard, but it looks like ASRock Rack originally developed the X570D4I-2T for a particular customer that required an Intel NIC, but wanted to take advantage of AMD’s latest desktop platform. In fact, the latter does have a unique set of features not available elsewhere: a support for a 16-core (reasonably priced) CPU, eight SATA ports, and 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes. Using the X570D4I-2T, it is possible to build an extremely advanced desktop PC with discrete graphics card and vast storage capabilities, or a small form-factor server/NAS featuring 128 TB of SATA storage and terabytes of ultra-fast NVMe storage that can be accessed using 10 GbE ports.
|Brief Specifications of ASRock's X570D4I-2T|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 2000 and 3000-series CPUs with up to 105 W TDP|
|Memory||4 × SO-DIMM slots, up to 64 GB of DDR4-2400|
|Storage||M.2||1 × M.2-2280 SSD with SATA or PCIe 4.0 x4 interface|
|SATA||8 × SATA HDDs or SSDs|
|Ethernet||2 × 10 GbE connectors (Intel X550-AT2)
1 × GbE (Realtek RTL8211E)
|Display Outputs||1 × D-Sub|
|USB||Internal||1 × USB 3.0|
|External||2 × USB 3.1 Gen 1/2 Type-A|
|Power||8-pin (DC-IN) + 4-pin (ATX) + 4-pin (HDD PWR)|
|Temperatures||Operating||10°C ~ 35°C|
|Storing||-40ºC – 70°C|
Compatible with other operating systems
The ASRock Rack X570D4I-2T motherboard is now listed at the company’s website, so expect it to be available shortly. Considering all the peculiarities of the platform, it is hard to tell whether this one will be available widely in retail (if at all), but at least it can be ordered directly from the company.
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Source: ASRock Rack (via Hermitage Akihabara)
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Brane2 - Friday, January 31, 2020 - linkNice, but way overpriced without any underlying technical reason.
Most people would be better off with cheap MoBo + 10G NIC.
They are obviously targeting some specific segment that is prepared to pay this.
Hopefully, competition will soon drop the prices to a reasonable levels.
yetanotherhuman - Friday, January 31, 2020 - linkThis is actually really, really nice. And no fan on the X570!!!
katsetus - Friday, January 31, 2020 - linkOnce you start adding up the PCIe links, you can understand why they had to use X570:
x16 to GPU
x4 to NVMe
x4 to 10G
x8 to SATA
By my count there is still another x4 free, though I guess the Aspeed chip goes there.
jtd871 - Friday, January 31, 2020 - linkThere are also the 1GbE and 3 USBs.
MattZN - Friday, January 31, 2020 - linkThe 1Gbe link is for dedicated IPMI (remote management).
Xajel - Friday, January 31, 2020 - linkIt's a really good server motherboard, finally a mITX motherboard which almost checks everything, I'm not saying it's perfect, but every major check is checked. 10GbE, PCIe x16, M.2 port, 6+ SATA ports and now it checks with BMC management also.
The most interesting part is the use of OcLink. I've been a big fan of it to replace SATA ports. It's flexible to use both SATA and NVMe and a single port can split to 4x SATA ports or single x4 lanes NVMe drive or multiple <4x lanes NVMe drives. Saving precious space on the motherboard and making cable management easier.
OcLink to SATA splitter cables are cheap actually...
katsetus - Friday, January 31, 2020 - linkThat's not an Oculink cable. Although you are correct, it's not expensive, they are something like 30 to 40 dollars.
Xajel - Friday, January 31, 2020 - linkSorry my bad, was searching on my phone...
Here's a Supermicro branded one, for 29.99.. even thought it's OoS.
jtd871 - Friday, January 31, 2020 - linkOK, I'll bite: I see 1 ea. 8-pin and 2 ea. 4-pin power connectors. AsRock Rack lists these as 8pin DCIn, 4pin ATX and 4pin HDD power. Do these correspond at all to standard ATX PSU connectors, or would you need a specialty PSU? Could you use a standard ATX PSU with custom cables?
MattZN - Friday, January 31, 2020 - linkIt looks like its designed for 12VDC-only PSUs but whether it is standard or not... damn good question. I think probably not.
There has been a lot of industry talk lately about implementing a new PSU design that offers only 12VDC and doing all other voltage conversions on the mobo. But this new standard uses a 10-pin primary connector, not an 8-pin connector: