The Supermicro 7048GR-TR Workstation is an enterprise class workstation built to high standards, and designed to accommodate several types of PCIe expansion devices, such as graphics accelerators, Tesla cards, and Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors.
The supporting motherboard is the X10DRG-Q, which we reviewed earlier. The 7048GR-TR Workstation supports the latest Intel Haswell-EP processors, E5-2600 v3 series, and fast DDR4 memory.
One of the unique features of this workstation is support for 7x PCIe slots, 4x of which can be used for GPU expansion cards; the 1x slot is typically used for an AOC-TBT-DSL5320 Thunderbolt Add-On Card to provide remote operation.
The 7048GR-TR Workstation comes with dual redundant 2,000-watt power supplies (to insure uptime should a PSU fail), 8x hot-swappable drive bays, and easily manageable fan replacement if needed. As you can see, the 7048GR-TR is an impressive machine. The system we will be reviewing today has 4x Intel Xeon Phi 3120A Coprocessors installed. Around the lab, we began calling this the "Supermicro 7048GR-TR Xeon Phi Battleship," because of its capabilities. Let's move on to unpacking this machine.
If you have ever opened a Supermicro server box, then you will be right at home unpacking the 7048GR-TR workstation. Supermicro packs its servers in heavy duty, dual boxed, foam packed packaging to protect them during shipping. As you can see, there is plenty of space between the outside box and the actual workstation inside, which protects the workstation well from punctures and dents. Heavy-duty foam spacers are used to cushion the workstation, and prevent it from moving around inside the box. The packaging does an excellent job at protecting the workstation from drops and other mishandlings.
The foam spacers are split into four parts; there are two on the bottom, and two on the top. Removing the two top pieces provides access to the workstation; after these are removed, the workstation can then be lifted out. The 7048GR-TR weighs in at a net weight of 46 lbs. (20.9kg) for the basic case alone, and can easily weigh much more when fully configured, so use two people to lift the workstation out of the shipping box.
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