AMD's 7nm Rome processors are ushering in a new wave of multi-chip architectures for data center processors, but AMD has remained coy about when the 64-core 128-thread processors will come to market. According to a motherboard vendor, which displayed a new motherboard designed to support the Rome processors and PCIe 4.0, the first wave of motherboards will arrive in Q3 2019, likely signalling the beginning of shipments for the Rome chips.
AMD confirmed to us at its Next Horizon event last week that while Rome processors will drop into existing motherboards, they won't support the PCIe gen 4.0 speeds. Instead, a new wave of SP3 motherboards will come with improved PCIe designs to support the faster standard.
And that's the main attraction of this single socket motherboard. The processor exposes 128 PCIe lanes that are allocated to the four x16 slots and two one x8 slot. The board also provides two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and includes two M.2 SSD sockets to the lower right.