Gateway Hops on Opteron Bandwagon
Anh Tuan Huynh
November 13, 2006 1:10 AM
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Gateway E-9722R Opteron Server
Gateway joins Dell in offering Opteron powered servers
has hopped on the AMD Opteron server bandwagon
. The AMD Opteron powered servers include Gateway E-9422R, E-9522R and E-9722R series in 1U, 2U and 3U sizes respectively.
The 1U-sized Gateway E-9422R is available with up to two
AMD Opteron 2000 series dual-core processors
. Twelve NUMA-friendly memory slots are available on the E-9422R as well. Backing up the two AMD Opteron processors is the NVIDIA MCP55 Pro chipset. The
provides one low profile PCIe and one full height PCIe or PCI-X slot. Four Gigabit Ethernet controllers are onboard too.
In Addition to the MCP55 Pro chipset the E-9422R has two options for integrated drive controllers. The default option is the Gateway LSI1068E 8-port SAS HBA that supports RAID 1. An optional RAID controller supports RAID levels 1, 5, 6 and 10. Both drive controllers are Mezzanine boards. Due to the 1U size, the E-9422R is only available with four hot-swap SAS or SATA 3.0 Gbps drives.
Other notable features of the E-9422R include integrated Matrox G200 graphics and a 650-watt power supply. The E-9422R can also be configured with dual 650-watt power supplies for hot-swap redundancy.
Moving up the size ladder is the 2U-sized Gateway E-9522R. Stepping up to the 2U E-9522R allows two additional hard drives to be installed bringing the total to six total hard drives. The E-9522R also has more expansion capabilities too. Six expansion slots are available on the E-9522R—one PCI-X, three low profile PCIe x4 and two full height PCIe x4 slots.
If dual dual-core processors isn’t enough processing power Gateway also has the big daddy of its Opteron server lineup—the E-9722R. While the E-9422R and E-9522R have minor differences, the E-9722R is a totally different server. Up to four dual-core AMD Opteron 8000 series processors can be installed in the E-9722R for a total of eight processor cores. Sixteen memory slots are available for dual-channel NUMA goodness too. Similar to the smaller E-9422R and E-9522R the E-9722R is powered by NVIDIA’s MCP55 Pro chipset.
Due to its 3U size, the E-9722R is able to fit up twelve hot-swappable hard drives. Available hard drive interfaces include SAS and SATA 3.0 Gbps drives. As with the other two Opteron powered servers, the E-9722R has two available hard disk controllers—the Gateway LS1068E 8-port SAS and LSI1078 SAS ROMB controllers.
Other notable features of the E-9722R include integrated Matrox G200 graphics and four Gigabit Ethernet ports. Expansion capabilities include one PCI-X, two low-profile PCIe x8 and two full height PCIe x8 slots.
Gateway allows its customers to select from a variety of operating systems. These operating systems include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard, Enterprise Editions, Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard, Premium Editions, Novell NetWare 6.5, Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 4.0, 4.0 EM64T and lastly SuSE Linux Enterprise 10 and 10 EM64T. Pricing information is unavailable on Gateway’s website. Nevertheless, Gateway advises to call its 1-800 number for pricing information.
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RE: Gateway needs a change
11/13/2006 7:23:31 AM
Ive seen some of there ads and they have never been appealing to me. I can never stop thinking of gateway as a cow machine. As for fashionable. I do think its important. Many of my friends (mostly girls) who ask me to help them buy a computer don't know anything about computers. Most of the time I would go with them and the first thing they look at is how nice a certain PC/Laptop would look. That is why I think gateway should focus on their design/looks of their products. Quite simply todays computers are almost the same. So having a fashionable edge over others is a good way of boosting market shares, look what apple is doing. Also a lot of the times I think women are prone to buying nicer looking PCs. So ya... let there be a Pink PC. As for Intel and AMD, If they had gone to an all AMD base Line up. They may or may not lose market share. But I believe if they choose that route they could get a major discount from AMD. The only reason why many companies don't sell AMD is simply because AMD does not have a capacity to produce the demands like Intel does without any hiccups. Since Gateway isn't selling so much. I think AMD could provide enough for them to sell without any short supplies and give them a big break which then gateway can sell at a lower margin than the competition. Plus they should hop on the AMD bandwagon since AMD is getting a lot of press lately in the PC industry. but yes i agree, they need to advertise more.
RE: Gateway needs a change
11/13/2006 9:03:13 AM
"..The only reason why many companies don't sell AMD is simply because AMD does not have a capacity to produce the demands like Intel does without any hiccups..."
I thought you said above that AMD has proven reliable and that Gateway should dump Intel? For some reason you don't elaborate on why this. Now you state AMD is known to be supply unreliable. Seems to me you're talking out of both sides of your mouth - and neither side make any sense.
RE: Gateway needs a change
11/13/2006 7:25:05 PM
The chips are reliable, but the supply chain isn't now. Since Dell is now selling AMD and demand for AMD is so high they are capacity constrained. Just read any of the articles in the last two weeks about other shops complaining that they can't get any AMD chips.
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