Reddit: EPYC Server, RAM and NVMe RAID question

Discussion created by jesse_amd Employee on Apr 27, 2018
Latest reply on Apr 28, 2018 by linux_monkey

I came across this question on r/amdhelp and believe that once our Gurus answer it, it will be of great benefit to our community:


"Hi guys!

Finally we're going to get our Epyc Server!

Mainboard Supermicro H11DSi-NT with a AMD EPYC 7451 (2,30GHz, 24-Core, 64MB) - we need high clocks

Now I'm in the last steps of my planning and can't grasp some issues with this, maybe you can help.

We get one CPU and save the second socket for the future. Bad thing is, the PC Builder only supports 2400 ECC RAM right now, so I decided to get the RAM with 2666 separately and order the server without RAM.

Epyc has 8-Channel, so - if I read the manual the right way - I need to use ALL RAM slots of my CPU. We only need 64 GB RAM (and already have double of what we have now), so I would get 8x8 GB Samsung RDIMM ECC. But the compatibility list from Supermicro only lists 16 GB RAM... price difference would be around 70 €. So, anyone knows if I really need 8 sticks or lower? And better to get 128 GB instead of 64? Right now we have two servers with 24 and 32 GB RAM.

Second I would like to use 4 NVMe in 2x Raid 1 combination. Is this possible with Epyc? I know of TR with support, but EPYC I can't really find any information about it.

Btw. the Server will be virtualised running Windows Server 2012 R2 (HyperV Replica <3) and 4 VM, our ERP System, our Mail Server (Kerio) and two TerminalServers (2008 R2 OR 2012 R2, need to test it) with around 15-20 Users working on it.

It will be awesome, can't wait "