It's not like intel embedded parts have good availability and selection as retail components.I could drop a rant about how much I hate that everytime that AMD has a potentially extremely good product, there is no platform that actually uses it the way that I want. Sometimes there is no platform that uses it at all, or the product is nowhere to be found. I ranted soo much here about that, that I'm already tired of ranting.
I'm not specifically ranting about the embedded parts. Mobile Raven Ridge looked like a killer CPU for Notebooks, but it took more than half a year since AMD officially launched it before a decent variety of models became available. The only market segment where Processors and Motherboards go hand to hand is Desktop.It's not like intel embedded parts have good availability and selection as retail components.
I had an idea that AMD should actually design "reference Motherboards", which they technically do for their own internal platform prototypes, but they should license it to their Motherboard partners to manufacture it and give support and warranty. Can't see why it shouldn't work when it already does for reference Video Cards...Shouldn't AMD begin taking matters on their own hands by now? Why can't they launch their own "NUCs" and motherboards?
I recall that I asked Supermicro about if they were intending to do an overclockeable Workstation-level LGA 1151 Motherboard, since the Xeons E3 1200v5 required a C232 or C236 Chipset, and they were the first to do Base Clock overclocking on Skylake, making such Motherboard a rather interesing niche product. I got a response that they were going to elevate my suggestion.Embedded systems vendors often make what their customers are asking for. I have given the feedback to SM in-person that I think they should do an EPYC 3000 series board.
8 Zen cores, quad channel memory, 2x10Gbe, 16 SATA/NVMe, make it MATX with 2xPCIe x16.Chances are that even if the embedded parts were more widely available, no Motherboard would arrange the PCIe Lanes and offer the features the way I would want them, and instead you would see me ranting about that, heh.
Actually, I think that it would be excellent even with a single Zen die. Socket AM4 is rather underwhelming because it can't use a Zen die 32 PCIe Lanes, just 24 (16x for a single slot or 8x/8x, 4x typically for NVMe, and 4x for Chipset). The embedded Zen has no such limitation and thus you can actually use the extra 8 lanes. The dual Zen die EPYC is pretty much a ThreadRipper, and it is not as interesing as the single die Zen precisely because ThreadRipper already had the 2 * 32 lanes available. Another advantage of the embedded ones is official ECC RAM support.8 Zen cores, quad channel memory, 2x10Gbe, 16 SATA/NVMe, make it MATX with 2xPCIe x16.
Oh man I can't hold my breath XD
I can live with that honestly. Not many things could saturate 4 USB 3.0 ports, and you can always get a hub somewhere around, even keyboards and monitors nowadays integrate USB 3.0 hubs.The only thing where it is a bit underwhelming is that it only has 4 USB 3.0 and would absolutely need a third party controller.