(US) DFI Strikes again with a DT-122-GH, V1807B and PCIe 3.0x16 for 370 USD. Another HP thin client SFF workalike?

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So for those who likes the original DT122 (with the RX427BB)...well, DFI is at it again.

Let's see what's in this box?

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No no, it's a HP t740 analog but with a PCIe 3.0x16 slot, a Ryzen embedded V1807B (equivalent to a Ryzen 7 2700H), 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Not sure how it fares against the t740 (which goes for about as much but comes with a V1756B/Ryzen 5 2600H)...but it's around that price point and might be interesting for someone working on a project, and somewhat analogous to your typical AMD 4x4 NUC-like boxes (which does not come with PCIe slots). Realtek NICs though...
 
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It's got a 16x slot who cares what nics it's got embedded. I'd take it if the shipping wasn't retarded.
You care if you plan to use it for ESXi 7 - Realtek NICs are not supported out of the box so they are effectively dead weight. Realtek also had a past reputation for questionable driver quality in Linux/BSD. It's significantly better nowadays but there are those who prefer to deal with Intel i210/212/217/219 onboard if possible.
Also, shipping for an SFF (if not pre-baked into the cost of the device) is anything between 20 to 30 USD, which is about the norm.
 
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Look like it's an itx motherboard in an industrial sff case, so there seems to even be swap possibilities if one needed an upgrade. Seems like the power supply is standard too. Nice to have standard components in case something fails. :)
 

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Looking at the chassis, is that standard slot size for (Q)SFP or other various types of cards (LSI 8e)?
looks like standard LP bracket, but manual sez limited to *175mm* length
Yeah, that should be fine for QSFP applications. -nVidia/Mellanox quotes ConnectX-4 and 5s at 142mm * ~70mm, and the CX6 with the PCIe 3.0 x16 lanes are at ~168mm in length. This is potentially a better machine if you plan to, say, do 100Gb stuff since it’s 8 lanes more than the t740, and 12 more than the Wyse 5070 “big”. Of course, this is an SFF chassis versus a 3.5L, and when you have an SFF then you can consider other options out there.

Probably a fun machine if you are looking for a slightly more powerful alternative to a t740 at comparable costs (recent transactions on that chassis seen between 275-350 +20 shipping), but you are paying the first mover premium. Would be fun in 1-2 years when this machine is being liquidated and ends up in the market for 150 or less. Hopefully the upcoming Ryzen V3000 series will not render it pointless by then.
 
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This is neat. I want one.

Also, DFI? I haven't seen that name since I retired my Socket 939 Lan Party motherboard
Yeah, same people.
The DT122 series are from their industrial/embedded applications division. Last time around it's a t730 thin client analog (the DT122BE, I think)...this time it's a t740. The 122BE used to run about 80 USD back a few years ago and they work just like the t730...except bulkier and noisier. I expect the 122GH to be roughly the same, but perhaps they have a BIOS that can allocate more than 7 VFs for SRIOV applications.
 
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