I'm a data scientist that is planning on evaluating Threadripper for building data analyst workstations. Has anyone else been looking at hardware setups for this use-case? Anyone evaluating these chips/motherboards pre-release that have any advice? Anyone know if any of the motherboards at launch are going to support Raid 1+0 for M.2 storage or even going to have 4+ M.2 slots? What about just Raid 1+0 support for SATA?
TR seems a good fit for data analyst workstations especially if used with compute GPU(s).
Large possible memory with high bandwidth will work well for extensive data set.
So far the TR motherboard on the market do not offer more than 3 x4 PCI-E slots directly connected to the CPU.
That said the other 4 (x16 or x8) PCI-E slots can be used for SSD board. The cheapest solution is to use PCI-E card extender
that support M.2 D.
TR support a maximum of 7 device directly attached to the CPU (8 if one counts the X399 controller)
So the cheapest solution with extender will enable 7 nvme m.2 SSD. A software based RAID solution should work very well
and enable RAID 1 on 3 pairs of drives.