Lenovo on Wednesday introduced its first servers based on AMD’s EPYC 7002-series ‘Rome’ processors, which offer up to 64 cores and 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes. The single-socket ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 machines are designed for a wide variety of applications, including analytics, HPC, virtualized environments and scale-out software-defined storage.

Lenovo’s ThinkSystem SR635 is a 1U server featuring 16 DDR4 DIMMs supporting up to 1 TB of memory using 64 GB RDIMMs, 16 2.5-inch NVMe drives (or four 3.5-inch drives), M.2 boot drives three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots (for three single-wide graphics cards), one PCIe x8 slot, one OCP mezzanine slot, and other I/O capabilities.

The ThinkSystem SR655 is a larger 2U machine featuring 16 DDR memory slots for 1 TB of DRAM, up to 20 3.5-inch or 32 2.5-inch NVMe storage drives, six PCIe 4.0 slots for single-wide GPUs, an OCP 3.0 connector, and other I/O means.

Both ThinkSystem SR635 and ThinkSystem SR655 support hardware RAID flash cache as well as regular set of server connectors along with Aspeed’s AST2500 BMC. Depending on configuration, the machines can be equipped with up to a 1100 W PSU. As for software compatibility, the systems can run Microsoft Windows Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and VMware vSphere.

Covered with a one or three-year warranty, the ThinkSystem SR635 and SR655 machines will be available shortly. Prices will depend on configurations of servers.

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  • PixyMisa - Thursday, August 8, 2019 - link

    Interesting that these are 1P systems. With a $4000 1P Epyc able to replace two $10k Xeons, we may be in for a significant market shift.
  • Gondalf - Thursday, August 8, 2019 - link

    "able" if the worlkload allow this. If you need of a strong per thread performance, "able" it is not.
    Many core is cute but only in some limited segments of server market.
    Pretty certain 2P servers will never be replaced and they will remain best seller, no matter with medium core number Epyc or Xeon SKUs inside.
  • dgingeri - Thursday, August 8, 2019 - link

    These are aiming specifically toward the VM host market, the market with, currently, the biggest portion of the server market. With just a single socket and 32 or 64 cores, it saves a ton of money on VMWare vSphere hypervisor licensing, which is licensed on a per socket basis. The processors themselves cost half as much, and saving $4000 per machine on VMWare licensing in addition to the processor cost savings is a definite win. For a company like mine, that's a savings of about $10,000 per machine, or about $40,000-50,000 per customer. That's almost enough to hire a whole new support tech.
  • Skeptical123 - Friday, August 9, 2019 - link

    It's only a matter of time till companies either move away from the per socket price model or just increase the flat socket fee to compensate. In the short term (longer than most people thought tbf as that has been the case for a few years now) a company can save money by doing as you say. Going forward the per die thread increase in the plan for the foreseeable future especially with "chiplet" design and the companies licensing software know this too
  • coder543 - Thursday, August 8, 2019 - link

    I think you're a bit confused. 2nd gen Epyc has incredibly strong per-thread performance.
  • Ace666 - Thursday, August 8, 2019 - link

    You are the typical Intel fanshill, just like Witteken, too blind and to stupid to see how strong AMD has become. Go ahead act like clown, but one thing is asured.... AMD is years ahead of Intel, the only thing Intel can do is CATCH UP. Cheers dude
  • PixyMisa - Friday, August 9, 2019 - link

    If you have two $10k Xeons, you are already running many cores by definition, and a single 64-core Epyc can replace them for 80% less cost.
  • Santoval - Friday, August 9, 2019 - link

    "If you need of a strong per thread performance, "able" it is not."
    Er, are you talking about gaming or servers? And are you referring to first gen Epyc or Rome?
  • Atari2600 - Friday, August 9, 2019 - link

    "A new power is rising" Gondalf, and there ain't a thing your pinup boys can do about it.
  • Supercell99 - Sunday, August 11, 2019 - link

    64 cores is plenty for a ESXi box today. Vendors will replace socket count with core count and probably MHZ sum.

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