We love powerful 48-core processors, but not every customer is willing to pay for such power: even among modern companies with a hybrid infrastructure (local + remote cloud), many are willing to make do with 4-6 core servers on entry-level Xeon E-2100/2200 processors. In practice, when you need a solution for a host that runs a security gateway, 1C server, and Kubernetes node, you can even opt out of using ECC memory in favor of desktop processors like Core i5, Core i3, and even Pentium Gold. In General, where you need a high frequency in single-threaded loads, often there is not enough except for a normal motherboard, and here it is in front of you.
Modern server Board ASRock Rack E3C242D4U2-2T on the Intel C242 chipset for such cheap assemblies. Although, why cheap, because on the same platform, you can build both a NAS with cold Celeron on passive cooling, and a full-fledged virtualization host with a 6-core CPU. For large companies, this is an opportunity to have a single motherboard nomenclature for a whole fleet of servers, which means reducing the cost of spare parts. Well, if the customer suddenly asks the question: “how much does the server motherboard for Core i3 differ from the game one”, then do not forget that in addition to the lack of RGB illumination, server motherboards have:
- Location of memory slots along the purge of rack cases
- ECC memory support + presence of ECC modules in the compatibility list
- Built-in IPMI 2.0 ASpeed 2500 controller with dedicated port
- WatchDog support in the BIOS
- And guaranteed compatibility with Windows Server, RHEL, SLES, and Ubuntu Server
Oh Yes, I almost forgot: specifically, ASRock Rack E3C242D4U2-2T still has the best 10-Gigabit network controller Intel X550-T2 with RJ45 ports for copper. In other words, you have a modern platform that is ready to become the building block of your hyperconvergent infrastructure.