A+ SuperWorkstation 5014A-TT (AS-5014A-TT) from Supermicro is a premium desktop workstation. No single-CPU Intel workstation can match its single AMD Threadripper Pro CPU’s ability to support up to 64 processor cores. Additionally, it supports up to eight internal storage drives, 2TB of memory, and four double-wide GPUs. The 5014A-TT offers appealing value for creative professionals, data scientists, and other users who require top workstation performance.
Specs for the Supermicro SuperWorkstation 5014A-TT
One of the few desktop workstations that supports AMD Threadripper Pro processors is the Supermicro 5014A-TT. These processors have a whopping 64 cores, which is much more than Intel’s competitive Xeon W-series CPUs, which have a maximum of 38 cores (in the Xeon W-3375). To match the Supermicro 5014A-core TT’s count, you would therefore need a dual-CPU Intel workstation with scalable Xeon CPUs.
Another highlight of this workstation is its ability to accommodate four double-wide GPUs, which is supported by a 2000-watt power supply. Additionally, it boasts 128 PCI Express lanes, up to 2TB of 8-channel ECC Memory support, and other outstanding specs for a workstation with a single Processor. The AMD WRX80 chipset serves as the basis for its motherboard. Four M.2 PCIe Gen 4 x4 slots, four 3.5-inch internal SATA bays, and two 2.5-inch external SATA bays make up the storage expansion.
If you only consider workstations with AMD Threadripper Pro, competition is minimal. The Lenovo ThinkStation P620 is the most popular choice. Nevertheless, the 64-core Threadripper Pro 3995WX can only be configured with a maximum of 1TB of RAM, two GPUs, and half the M.2 slots (two). Despite this, the Supermicro 5014A-TT tower is substantially larger than this one.
5014A-TT Supermicro SuperWorkstation Desgin & Build
The Supermicro 5014A-TT measures 21.06 x 8.74 x 22.56 inches, which is huge for an ATX Full tower (HWD). Its huge, all-black, all-steel case is incredibly hefty. An LED light strip and a tempered glass panel for interior views, both odd additions to a business PC but not unwanted, are how Supermicro spruced up the design. They enhance the appearance of this incredibly pricey workstation.
This workstation’s interior soon makes it clear that it is all business. Dual 120mm fans are cleverly hidden behind the front panel by a detachable, washable dust filter.
A headphone jack, an audio jack (headphone/microphone), three USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (one Type-C and two Type-A), and two older USB 2.0 ports are all found on the front panel. There is, sadly, no media card reader. Two 2.5-inch front bays are also accessible from the outside.
Serial, VGA, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C connector, seven USB Type-A ports (three 3.2 Gen 1 and four 3.2 Gen 2), and multiple audio jacks, including S/PDIF, are all included in the back connectivity. Two Ethernet jacks are included, one of which is 10G (and has a Marvel AQC113C controller) and the other is 1GbE. (with an Intel i210AT controller, shared with IPMI). The VGA output had priority on first boot, which makes VGA on this platform a little peculiar. Much like VGA on a datacenter server, it is mostly included for management purposes.
Additional exhaust is provided through a rear 120mm. Our test unit’s two 5.25-inch bays are vacant. There are six PCIe 4.0 x16 slots right underneath the CPU. The SuperWorkstation 5014A-TT is being tested with a single, air-cooled, two-slot NVIDIA RTX A6000 GPU.
The four PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 Type-2280/22110 slots are located on the motherboard’s right. Moreover, there are four SATA3 connectors for the lower right toolless 3.5-inch bays.
At the lower left, in its separate compartment, is the power supply. Overall, operating inside the 5014A-TT is simple and provides considerable expansion.
Pricing and accessibility
You probably can’t approve this purchase order if you have to ask.
Since the video card alone costs a staggering £2,500 MSRP, if you could locate one to buy at even remotely close to that potential price, a system with the specifications of the review system is in the range of £9,500 or $12,785.
The only surprise is that it didn’t cost even more when you consider the sturdy housing, workstation-class motherboard, powerful processor, and sizable amount of Memory that Was pre-installed.
Although Intel has a large following, let’s be honest: the company made a serious strategic error by continuing to use the 14nm fabrication process for the better part of six years. This mistake was caused by the worst type of hubris.
AMD, Intel’s geeky rival, was working extra hard to build its Zen architecture while Intel was taking a lengthy development break. The early processors had potential, but they couldn’t match Intel’s single-core speed, giving the chip giant a false sense of security.
When AMD developed the Zen 2 design, switched to 7nm production, and released the most recent Threadripper processors, Intel’s delay eventually had an impact.
With silicon that was suddenly as least as fast as Intel’s and using significantly less power, AMD was able to scale in a way that Intel couldn’t match.
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO 3975WX, a veritable chained Rancor of desktop processors, sits at the center of this computer and serves as the personification of AMD’s endeavor. It has 32 cores that are hyperthreaded to manage 64 threads, has a base rate of 3.5GHz that can be increased to 4.2GHz, and consumes 280W of power.
This CPU can break apart even the most demanding multi-threaded computation because to its 2MB L1 cache, 16MB L2 cache, and 128MB L3 cache.
That makes it ideal for any operation that requires a lot of power, such as CPU-based graphics, stress analysis, or fluid dynamics. And if that’s still not enough, AMD also produces the enormous 3995WX with 64 cores and 128 threads.
With a computational GPU, some of these activities can be expedited even further. The Nvidia RTX A5000 in this Workstation covers this area. With 24GB of 384-bit linked GDDR6 memory, 8,192 CUDA cores, and 867.9 GFLOPS of double-precision power, this GPU is a workstation-tweaked Ampere GA102-875 core.
Strictly speaking, it has a few less cores than the gaming RTX 3090, and Nvidia has the A6000 model with 10,752 CUDA cores and twice as much installed memory. But by any measure, this is a powerful graphics card that is hard to match or outperform.
The review unit came with 256GB of ECC DDR4 3200-MHz SDRAM installed in eight slots, with the capacity to increase to 2TB on this configuration.