AVADirect's Supermicro Westmere-EX 8-Way Xeon Superserver is Super

Paul Lilly

If you're into the server scene, and in particular have a fetish for Supermicro Superservers, go ahead and cue the Tim Allen man grunt now. AVADirect, custom builders of high-end gaming desktops, notebooks, and workstations, just " added a whole new animal " to its server lineup based on Intel's socket 1366 Xeon Westmere-EX processors.

AVADirect's Supermicro Westmere-EX 8-way Xeon Superserver is a 5U rack system with support for Intel's 8-core Xeon 7500 family and 10-core E7-8800 family of processors. There are 64 DIMM slots that support 16GB DDR3 for a total of up to 2TB of ECC memory. Storage duties come courtesy of 16 hard drive bays, or up to 24 2.5-inch HDDs with the optional HDD module.

Other specs include six SATA II ports onboard, four PCI-E x16 + PCI-E x8, or 10 PCI-E x8 full-height, full-length slots, onboard BMC with support for IPMI 2.0 + KVM with dedicated LAN, six 9cm hot-swappable fans, and a 2800W redundant power supply.

Monsters don't come cheap, and pricing for this beast starts at around $18,500.

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