As always, we recommend opening a video in a new browser to listen along or take a look at views. As a quick note, we have done a few videos for this system previously in our AMD PSB piece in addition to our 160 PCIe Lane Style piece.
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Dell EMC PowerEdge R7525 External Overview
On the front of the system Dell sent, we see an “elegant” faceplate with its small standing screen. This is an option that can be configured. Honestly, this look is shared with Dell’s Xeon servers of the generation and looks great. It is likewise expensive. Common functions include USB service ports in addition to a display port for a cool aisle solution. The system can be configured with Quick Sync 2 which is Dell EMC’s rapid set up via a mobile phone choice, not to be perplexed with Intel’s QuickSync which is an Intel GPU video transcoding technology.
On the front of our test system, we have 24×2.5″ drive bays. Dell EMC has other offerings readily available including those for SAS, SATA, and likewise fewer drive bays. Some will not desire this much drive bay connection; others will desire as much storage as possible. As we would expect from a PowerEdge, this is highly configurable.
Something that quickly varies on this AMD EPYC server against its Intel Xeon equivalents is that all 24x NVMe SSD bays are directly linked to the motherboard with devoted lanes. That takes an overall of 24x PCIe x4 lanes for 96 overall. 96 is the complete PCIe lane matter we enter existing second-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable systems like the Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd. The big difference here is that we do not need PCIe buttons to hit this PCIe lane matter. The other, as well as probably more profound, difference is that we obtain PCIe Gen4 lanes with EPYC instead of the legacy PCIe Gen3 lanes with Intel Xeon.