ASRock Rack has unveiled its latest small form factor motherboard designed for AMD's EYPC processors, the ROMED4ID-2T. It is based on a new proprietary form factor similar to Mini-ITX, affectionally colloquialized as 'Deep' Mini-ITX, which is slightly larger than standard mini-ITX. The board supports for EPYC Rome 7002 processors up to 64 cores.

Being able to amalgamate up to 64 cores with a mini-ITX motherboard isn't a small feat; the ROMED4ID-2T does it for users looking to build a server with a small overall footprint. This model opts for a new wider proprietary design, the 'deep mini-ITX' form factor with dimensions of 6.7 x 8.2 inches, rather than 6.7-inch square for regular mini-ITX.

The main obvious limitation with such a small motherboard size and a large socket is that not all of the features of the processor is made available - there are some sacrifices to put it all in. That starts with the memory support, with this model only having four memory slots, and therefore four memory channels, rather than the standard eight channels that EPYC Rome can provide. The other is PCIe 4.0 support - there is one PCIe 4.0 x16 full length slot, and six Slimline PCIe 4.0 x8 ports, but that is still far fewer than the 128 lanes this CPU can provide. 

For storage devices, other than the single M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4 slot, there is plenty to accommodate multiple drives, despite the size limitations, with up to sixteen SATA ports support from two of the Slimline ports, which ASRock states can be configured within the BIOS. This also includes support for bulk U.2 storage, with two Slimline ports operating at PCIe 4.0 x8 or eight SATA ports, and the other four Slimline simply listed as being PCIe 4.0 x8 only.

Being primarily marketed as a server-focused model, it includes many of the usual suspects regarding internal headers, including one for IPMB, PMBus, and a 13-pin LPC TPM header. There are also three 4-pin fan headers, each with its own fan fail LED.

Regarding connectivity, the ASRock Rack ROMED4ID-2T includes an Intel X550-AT2 10 Gb controller, which adds two 10 GbE ports on the rear panel, as well as a dedicated Realtek RTL8211E Ethernet port for the board's IPMI. A single DB15 D-Sub video output is present for users looking to access the system physically over the IPMI, with a UID LED button and a pair of USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports.

At present, ASRock hasn't given any information regarding pricing or availability, but we expect to hear something shortly.

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  • Samuel Vimes - Thursday, February 11, 2021 - link

    Many say it's impossible, and yet ASRock's X299E-ITX/ac welcomes you to 2017:
  • Sahrin - Friday, November 27, 2020 - link

    Hard to see what niche this fits into, with 64-core TR topping out at $4k. Sure full Epyc gets you more memory channels and PCIe lanes, but ... this board truncates this support. Presumably the reason they went with Epyc is because you need the chipset for TR...but it’s a big cost premium to dump the chipset, tbh.

    That said, there are some really nice niche configs you can do with this (e.g., 128MB cache on 8 cores) that don’t require exotic support/implementations.

    Would be nice if it was forward compatible, too, but we’re only one generation away from the end of DDR4, so...
  • madmilk - Saturday, November 28, 2020 - link

    Perhaps this is going after a similar niche as Xeon-D. Low power, single-socket systems with a moderate amount of memory and 10Gb+ networking. Put a lower-end (16-24 core) Epyc into this and stick a bunch of them in a box.

    Or hook up 12 NVMe SSDs and a dual 100 Gb NIC and get a crazy storage server I guess...
  • Pyxar - Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - link

    Even server boards ought to be accomodating something that isn't 20 years old for a video standard if nothing else.
  • kingmustard - Sunday, January 24, 2021 - link

    LTT video on this board:

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