Everyone wants to know what's in Intel's new Ice Lake Xeon server platform, right? Well the first promited board has been disclosed: Axiomtek (who?) has unveiled its latest motherboard compatible with Intel's Xeon Scalable Ice Lake processors based on the LGA4189 socket. The Axiomtek IMB700 is an ATX-sized solution with six memory slots capable of supporting up to 384 GB in hex-channel, with two Gigabit Ethernet ports six SATA-600 storage slots.

During the virtual Hot Chips 2020 industry event show, during our live blog of Intel's segment, Intel unveiled some details about its upcoming Ice Lake Xeon Scalable processors. Based on Intel's 10nm+ manufacturing process, we confirmed that Intel had started production on its Ice Lake-SP chips at the beginning of the year. With not much furor surrounding expected motherboard models at the moment, Axiomtek has unveiled its IMB700 with a single LGA4189 socket based on Intel's C621A chipset. Note that this is the same family of chipsets as current Skylake and Cascade Lake Xeons.

The Axiomtek IMB700 features an ATX PCB with a very simplistic green PCB which is common on professional and industrial-grade motherboards. Some of its key features include a single LGA4189 transposed socket, with six memory slots that can accommodate both LRDIMM and RDIMM DDR4-3200 memory, with a total capacity of up to 384 GB. For storage, the IMB700 features a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 2280 slot and six SATA-600 ports, including support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays.

Located in the center of the board are three full-length PCIe slots, with the top two operating at PCIe 4.0 x16, with the other operating at either PCIe 3.0 x16 or x8. There's also three half-length PCIe 3.0 x8 slots, although one of the half-length slots shares bandwidth with the blue-colored full-length slot. 

On the rear panel is a basic array of input and outputs, including four USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports, one D-Sub video output, a PS/2 keyboard, and mouse combo port, as well as an RS-232/422/485 port, and dual Intel i210-AT Gigabit Ethernet. In regards to audio, Axiomtek offers its AX93242 HD audio converter board as an additional extra.

At present, Axiomtek hasn't unveiled any pricing information, but the official product page does state the IMB700 is coming soon. We're waiting for Intel to fully disclose its Ice Lake Xeon platform.

Source: Axiomtek

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  • mode_13h - Friday, March 5, 2021 - link

    Oh, and only dual-gigabit in 2021?!? Definitely a specialty board.
  • mode_13h - Friday, March 5, 2021 - link

    BTW, I kept wanting to read IMB as IBM...
  • mode_13h - Friday, March 5, 2021 - link

    > With not much furor surrounding expected motherboard models at the moment

    Can't recall a time there was ever exactly "furor" surrounding motherboard models...
  • mode_13h - Friday, March 5, 2021 - link

    Sooo... I guess Ice Lake SP might *finally* launch, in 2021??? I wonder if Intel was planning on just going straight to their 7 nm server CPU, until their 7nm started running behind schedule, as well.
  • croc - Saturday, March 6, 2021 - link

    With that socket's width, it is easy to see why they chose to only go with six DIMM slots Don't forget that this is a process PC, suitable for industrial applications. Do note that it has serial port and SMB As well as an 8 channel I/O that is programmable. Basiclly, a very well endowed PLC.
  • tygrus - Sunday, March 7, 2021 - link

    It's like 2 sockets conjoined at the hip. Probably will need a leaf blower or 2xWater on top. This relatively budget board is not attractive to me.
  • mode_13h - Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - link

    Ice Lake SP is 10 nm and expected to clock rather low. Intel server CPUs always come in a wide range of core counts and TDP, with some sub-100W models being a certainty.
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