Lenovo Group said on Tuesday it has launched a new server platform capable of handling heavy computing tasks inside data centers using chips from AMD.
The world’s biggest maker of personal computers, is also a major maker of servers that sit inside data centers and power online services.
Lenovo said that the newest server designs, the ThinkSystem SR645 and SR665, are two-socket servers featuring enhanced performance and I/O connectivity for higher performance workloads. Each server will accommodate two AMD EPYC 7002 Series processors inside, making the machines capable of handling more workload. Previously, Lenovo had only offered servers with one AMD chip.
The ThinkSystem SR645 and SR665 servers feature:
- PCIe 4 support
- Increased GPU support (up to 8x 75W NVidia T4sTM)
- Increased onboard storage up to 40 2.5” drives or up to 32 NVMe drives
The AMD EPYC 7002 series has 8 memory channels, supporting 3200 MHz DIMMs yielding 204.8 GB/s of bandwidth vs. the same class of Intel el Scalable Gen 2 processors with only 6 memory channels and supporting 2933 MHz DIMMs yielding 140.8 GB/s of bandwidth.
Intel’s Xeon chips have dominated the market for server chips, but AMD has been gaining ground since its re-entry into the business three years ago with rival EPYC processors that earned positive reviews.